We combine the knowledge and experience of UK expertise on social entrepreneurship to design programmes in India. We also develop and connect UK expertise with Indian Social Entrepreneurs to scale up their work through training, mentoring, consultancy support.

'Young Women Social Entrepreneurship Development' was launched jointly by Diageo and British Council India with an aim at empowering young women and developing the spirit of Social Entrepreneurship across India. The programme follows a Training of Trainer’s model and has trained 61 women Master Trainers from 30 diverse organisations/institutions involved with/are social enterprise since 2013. The programme supports these Master trainers to further cascade workshops to young women beneficiaries within their communities; building the spirit of Social Entrepreneurship amongst them. We aim to reach out to 4000+ Women through 61 Master Trainers and 170 F2F Cascade workshops by end of 2015.

In continuance with building capacity, we plan to go to the next stage of mentoring innovative ideas and facilitate women clusters to set up their own social enterprises through partner organisations/ institutions. We expect about 15 – 20 such ideas which can go through a grilling exercise by an independent panel, and select 10 best ideas. With a little seed money and mentoring support, we will be able to monitor their journey to setting up a Social Enterprise. Furthermore we aim to create mentoring support for Social Enterprise organisation in India and the UK by linking them together on a common platform for scaling up their work.

“Young Women Social Entrepreneurship development Programme” 2013-14

‘Young Women Social Entrepreneurship Development’ is a partnership programme, launched jointly by Diageo and British Council India on 19th September 2013. The programme has, through the team of Master Trainers, facilitated skills development of active young women with an aim to promote creativity, innovation, employability and growth of an entrepreneurial spirit.

The pilot project was for a period of 12 months with a focus to identify young women trainers (20-35 years, termed as Master Trainers), assess their training needs and improve their capacity by providing necessary tools, innovative methodologies, best practices and increasing their awareness of social entrepreneurship as a career opportunity. Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode (IIMK) was contracted as the training partner and based on needs analysis, designed and delivered a six day training programme for Master Trainers in February 2014.

The programme, over the course of a year, has trained 24 Master Trainers from 14 diverse institutions who have further cascaded 48 training workshops across India, thus training 1250 young women on social entrepreneurship. This training provided a platform to women beneficiaries to interact among themselves and with the Master Trainers resulting in a number of innovative ideas. Some of these may be developed further to enable women clusters to set-up social enterprises.

The programme has with the support of partner organisations demonstrated a strong commitment to empower women through social enterprise, opening opportunities in the social enterprise domain. We are now expanding the programme by working with more partner organisations and identifying new Master Trainers who will be trained at Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode and then cascade training to more beneficiaries which will largely be young women.

Following organisations and institutes were selected as partners for the programme, Ahmedabad Women’s Action Group, Amity Business School, Avinashilingam University for Women, Banglanatak dot com, Committed Action For Relief And Education, Centre for Social Initiative and Management (CSIM), Creative Handicraft, Happy Hands Foundation, Indian Academy for Self Employed Women (IASEW), Jaipur Rugs Foundation, Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences, Nedan Foundation, Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development (RGNIYD) and Swechha-We for Change Foundation.

“Young Women Social Entrepreneurship development Programme” 2014-15

With successful completion of the pilot phase of Young Women Social Entrepreneurship development Programme British Council in partnership with Diageo has taken upon the journey for second phase. We have carefully selected an additional batch of 36 Master Trainers from 16 new organisations and institutions. Master Trainers have been interviewed and selected in accordance to their training experience, work in social enterprise and their connection with the women they wish to work with.

In continuation with the first phase we have contracted Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode for the second phase training for new master trainers. The training was held from 3rd May to 10th May 2015 at IIMK campus. A number of IIMK faculty facilitated interactive sessions while Helen Vines of Vineswork,Devon,UK gave the trainers a global perspective on Social Enterprise. The training was complemented with Field visit as well as interaction with Social Entrepreneurs. On completion of the training all master trainers from first and second phase shall cascade 160+ workshops to almost 3000 young women across 20 states of India.

For second phase we have partnered with the following organisations; Aakar Innovations, Association of Women Entrepreneurs of Karnataka (AWAKE), Association of Lady Entrepreneurs of Andhra Pradesh-ALEAPCEQUIN- Centre for Equity and Inclusion, Earthy Goods Foundation, Gujarat National Law University, HARSHA Trust, Idobro-Rise Infinity , Mann Deshi Foundation, The North East Initiative Development Agency (NEIDA), Prodigals Home, Red Dot Foundation –Safecity, Saath , Swayam Shikshan Prayog, Samarthanam Trust for the Disabled and Udyogini. Our partners are from an array of social enterprise working for Women Safety, Hygiene and Sanitation; Green Technologies, Women Cooperatives etc.

With partners spread across India we hope to take this programme to a next level where we can build in a pool of innovative ideas from the beneficiaries and provide them mentoring support to make their inspiration into reality. We stand firm on our commitment to create global opportunities in the domain of Social Enterprise and look forward to expand with more audiences across the world.