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"Tomorrow belongs to Social Entrepreneurs" is what we at Deshpande Center of Social Entrepreneurship believe in. Our institute was established to encourage social entrepreneurship in India. Our institute revolves around encouraging entrepreneurship among today's youth. Our founders Dr. Gururaj 'Desh' Deshpande and Mrs. Jaishree Deshpande strongly believe in the power of youth that is entrepreneurial. Our Managing Trustee, Mr. Naveen Jha is one of the most entrepreneurial person I have ever met.

Understanding Social Entrepreneur: 

Social entrepreneur is an individual that understands what the society needs and how s/he can contribute in meeting those needs. S/he doesn’t leave anything to chance or in the hands of the government. They come up with ideas that are innovative, scalable and create sustainable impact on the lives of people of the society. Essentially the enterprise of a social entrepreneur need not be in a not-for-profit outfit, it can also be a for-profit unit but addressing most pressing issues of the society.




Social Entrepreneur is made up of never give up attitude, possess strong leadership skills and passionate about the cause. A social entrepreneur can work in a wide array of areas concerning societal development like healthcare, education, livelihood management, uplifting backward section, helping small businesses, microfinance, environment etc. They are changemakers of the new era that device transformational businesses for the society. Their business model is an amalgamation of for-profit enterprising with for-purpose enterprising.
To quote Dr. Deshpande, “… it’s not important for India to produce the next Facebook or Google. Masses in India don’t need Facebook as much as they good infrastructure and education… India can be a leader in low-cost, high-volume innovations. That’s the particular demand we here”. 
Social entrepreneur strives to build on ideas that generate results and achieve social change. The products/ services predominantly add value to the society. They work at grassroots level with an aim to adding value to the people at the Bottom of the Pyramid (BoP) of the society. Be it educating kids from remote rural villages or setting up basic healthcare services accessible to the Indian rural areas or working on innovative ways to harvest rainwater and help agriculture, the scope for social entrepreneurial ventures in India is innumerable. 

Muhammad Yunus says, “I’m encouraging young people to become social business entrepreneurs and contribute to the world, rather than just making money. Making money is no fun. Contributing to and changing the world is a lot more fun.”

Yes, being social entrepreneur IS fun and to know more about how DCSE’s MSE program helps you become one, click here.


Quote of Dr. Deshpande is taken from: http://deshpandefoundationindia.org/downloads/hbs.pdf

The author works at Deshpande Center for Social Entrepreneurship as an Asst Professor. He is also a part of Resources and Research team. Know more about the institute here.

This is just a prelude to the series on Social Entrepreneurs. Throughout the series, I shall interview entrepreneurs and try to unravel their world, anxieties, challenges, achievement and what it means to be an entrepreneur.


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