13th Sankalp Global Summit Report 2021

Welcome to the Sankalp Global Summit 2021 Report!

We at Sankalp are ever grateful to the 292 speakers, including 2 Nobel Laureates, 10 program partners, and the 2521 participants who joined us from 104 countries across the world for the Sankalp Global Summit 2021 summit on “Mainstreaming Impact”. We thank our partners International Finance Corporation (IFC), Bop Inc, USAID Samridh, British Asian Trust, Cartier Women’s Initiative, O Farms, Energy Catalyst, & Bayer Foundation. In addition to this we also had the support of several Friends of Sankalp who supported the outreach & amplification of the summit. We had 29.2 million impressions for the Global Summit!

We also hosted our 2nd Private Equity Conference “Rendezvous” for growth stage enterprises; as well as the 3rd Edition of the CAIF conclave on circular textiles & apparels at Sankalp. We retained our core purpose of convening to create an ecosystem of support for entrepreneurs around knowledge, capital & networks.  We hosted 58 knowledge sessions across core thematic areas financial services, climate change, gender & livelihoods, WASH, agriculture, circular economies, impact investing, & future of work; with cross cutting themes of women, capital & technology. In addition, we had over 25 booths that showcased innovations, & partners in our exhibition area. Our endeavor always was to maintain a balance of gender, & diversity to our panels with a strong focus on bringing out the voice of the Global South.

One of the key highlights of the summit in 2021 was the 8 moderators from mainstream & independent media who helped us navigate the conversations this year – this included BBC, CNBC, CNBC Awaaz, Forbes, IDR, & India Spend. #SankalpGlobal2021 Page | 4 Our Sankalp Awards remain the coveted “Oscars”of the impact world with 257 entrepreneurs applying this year. To narrow down to the best of the best, we hosted two investor screening committees, & a prestigious Grand Jury to select 5 global award winners.  We also introduced a new ecosystem award and had 94,000 voters help us choose our first awardee! Many of our Award winners & semi-finalists have gone on to raise significant funding to help scale their businesses from their engagements at Sankalp.

Overall, we hosted 2855 hours of networking, & facilitated 956 one on one meetings at the Summit. We recognize that virtual meetings may not be ideal, but the ability to be inclusive, cost effective, and the scale it affords is of tremendous value to entrepreneurs as well as investors. We also hosted dedicated Deal Rooms between investors to meet other investors; investors to entrepreneur deal rooms, as well as a specific Female Founders Deal Room.

Taking it a step forward, at Sankalp we also hosted our 2nd Private Equity Conference “Rendezvous”; which facilitated 85 one on one meetings between entrepreneurs who were looking to raise upwards to $5 Million with potential investors.

In this report you will find highlights of the summit, as well as some key initiatives, and numbers related to the summit. Our agenda, & speaker lists can also be downloaded as annexures.

The real value of a virtual convening is that every session is recorded and the tremendous knowledge repository remains as a digital asset for anyone to access on our YouTube page.

We remain committed to building an ecosystem of support for the Global South and welcome you all to this journey along with us


Team Sankalp