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What will you learn?

Understanding the needs and aspirations of rural entrepreneurs
Strengthening district level entrepreneurial ecosystems
Enabling enterprise support services though a Technology, Finance, Market and Capacity building (TFMC) framework
Project management and learning systems

This workshop is for you if you have 7-12 years of work experience in the development sector and believe in sustainable long-term solutions for inclusive rural prosperity and growth.


  • The WHY, WHAT and HOW of social innovation and inclusive entrepreneurship
  • Social innovation and systems thinking approaches and their application in the development sector
  • Pathways for grounding inclusive entrepreneurship in rural settings
  • Tools for designing, implementing and managing entrepreneurship programmes
  • Interactive sessions with expert guest speakers

Our Illustrious Guest Speakers and Faculty

  • Shrashtant Patara
    Shrashtant Patara
    Shrashtant is the CEO of Development Alternatives Group and an architect by training. His focus is on systems change, social innovation, and entrepreneurship, resulting in the co-creation of multi-stakeholder based service delivery models. Shrashtant is a Fellow of The Rockefeller Foundation's Global Programme on Social Innovation and has completed a programme on leadership for system change conducted by Harvard Kennedy School and the Schwab Foundation.
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  • Kanika Verma
    Kanika Verma
    Kanika is the Associate Vice President of the Development Alternatives Group and leads their Green and Inclusive Entrepreneurship vertical. She is passionate about social innovation and system change and sees herself 'building bridges' from grassroots work to global discourse on inclusive innovation, entrepreneurship and the future of work. She is a part of the Schwab Foundation working group for building the social economy in India. She is currently pursuing an M.Phil. with a specialisation in Inclusive Innovation at University of Cape Town.
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  • Neeraj Ahuja
    Neeraj Ahuja
    Neeraj is part of the senior leadership team at Transform Rural India Foundation. He has experience across diverse sectors including multinational companies, government, and non-profit organizations. He leads the Rural Youth economic opportunity program in TRI and is responsible for fostering partnerships with global and domestic philanthropic organizations, key government ministries, and the private sector. He has also been a part of the Prime Minister's Fellows Programme.
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  • Prema Gera
    Prema Gera
    Prema has over 30 years of experience in programme design, management and policy advocacy with national and international NGOs, foundations, bilateral donor agencies. She has worked for a decade with the United Nations. Currently, she is an Advisor to Development Alternatives, on their social innovation-led inclusive entrepreneurship and women's economic empowerment programme.
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Our Expert Facilitators

  • Shabnam Durani
    Shabnam Durani
    Assistant Programme Director
    Development Alternatives
  • Debasis Ray
    Debasis Ray
    Senior Manager
    Development Alternatives
  • Supriya Shukla
    Supriya Shukla
    Development Alternatives

Stories of Change

Watch our video on Micromovements of Change.

The Programme

All you need is a passion for entrepreneurship and basic fluency in English and Hindi.

The programme is for three days and starts at 10am on February 23, 2024 and ends at 5pm on Februaruy 24, 2024.

Venue: Mirzapur, Uttar Pradesh
Feb 23, 2024
Introduction to social innovation for inclusive entrepreneurship
Feb 24, 2024
Unpacking social innovation in-practice, immersive exposure to social innovation tools

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INR 12,450 per participant

(course fee only without accommodation/meals/local conveyance)

INR 24,500 per participant

(includes course fee, reading material, accommodation, local conveyance and meals)

Special rate of INR 19,500 for NGOs and groups of over 5 participants

For reserving your seat, please make payment to the bank account below and send a copy of confirmation to

Indian Micro Enterprises Development Foundation
A/C No. 921010006516021
IFSC Code - UTIB0004516
Axis Bank Katwaria Sarai Branch
New Delhi - 110016

Register now and secure your seat!

Limited seats available!