Tweetchat series: Seeding conversations ahead of SUS2014

Tweetchat series:

3. Inclusion in Business  

As we turn to elections 2014, much of the discussion on good decisions is related to development. And while we think of development, we must plan and envision it from the angle of sustainability and inclusion and how corporates can scale this as a part of their strategy and resource management.
In the lead up to Sankalp Unconvention Summit 2014@_thealternative along with @sankapforum will host a Twitter chat on inclusion in business – from direct product or service development  that reduces the vulnerability of the Base of the Pyramid to environmental resource management to incubation, support, investing and more in building inclusive value chains in rural and urban markets for business.
Date: 7th April, 2014
Time: 3pm (IST)
Hashtag: #SUS2014 or directly log in to

2. Pioneer Capital: Taking Social Solutions To Scale | April 4, 2014 | 15:30 (IST)

On the one hand it is heartening to witness a surge in impact investing globally. On the other, it’s not uncommon to hear from social entrepreneurs that radical, innovative ideas usually find themselves hearing that they are too ‘risky for investment’. While getting through the seed stage is considerably easier with friends and family / philanthropic / grant capital, negotiating the challenges that can take these businesses to their transformative potential takes a second wind of capital. Often, this journey to scale requires the destruction of ‘ecosystem’ barriers like assembling the value chain, creating public goods and addressing regulatory issues.

Who is best placed to address these barriers and others along the path?

In a run up to conversations at the Sankalp Unconvention Summit 2014, let’s discuss how this pioneer gap may be bridged. Will traditional venture capital models be enough or will it take an entire ecosystem of pioneering capitalized to be mobilized. The “Pioneer Gap” specifically refers to the burden shouldered by enterprises that are pioneering new business models for social
change. Join our tweetchat to discuss this.


  1. What is holding market-based solution models from reaching scale in transformative ways?
  2. What is the role of pioneering capital in enabling scale?
  3. What is the role of social entrepreneurs in this?
  4. What comes after scale?

Date: April 4, 2014 | Time: 15.30 IST

Hashtag: #Sankalp

Panel: Ashish Karamchandani – Deloitte Monitor Group, Sreejith Nedumpully- Upaya Social Ventures, Moderator: Scott Anderson, Editor – NextBillion

1. India-Africa Collaboration – Opportunities and challenges April 2 | 1700 IST 

Charisma Murari
Charisma Murari

Charisma is a baptised digital marketing junkie who loves encountering path breaking, new ideas – online and offline. Working in the entrepreneurial social development space with Intellecap, she is constantly inspired by astute innovators who are turning widely held notions upside down.

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