New Delhi, September 15, 2022: The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, the sister organisation of the World Economic Forum and the Jubilant Bhartia Foundation of Jubilant Bhartia group today conferred Aniket Doegar of Haqdarshak Empowerment Solutions with the prestigious ‘Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award – India 2022’. The award was presented by Shri. Anurag Singh Thakur, Union Minister for Information & Broadcasting and Minister of Youth Affairs & Sports Government of India, at a grand ceremony in the presence of eminent personalities.
Congratulating the winner and finalists and lauding the work of social entrepreneurs, Shri. Anurag Singh Thakur, Union Minister for Information & Broadcasting and Minister for Youth Affairs & Sports Government of India, said, “In a world driven by uncertainties, geo-political upheavals, the role of social entrepreneurs is increasingly becoming critical to nation building. It is imperative to know investments in environment, sustainability and governance will play a crucial role in not only meeting our shared goal of 5 trillion dollar economy, but also sustainable development goals by 2030 and achieving net zero emissions by 2070.” He further added, “Social Entrepreneurs put their innovative ideas to action, build a team, align beneficiaries and stake-holders, raise necessary funds and drive the organisations with their passion and energy towards solving critical issues, be it reduction of poverty, education of children, empowerment of women, climate change mitigation, healthcare etc.”
Ms. Hilde Schwab, Co-Founder and Chairperson, Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, and Professor Klaus Schwab, Founder & Executive Chairman of World Economic Forum and Co-Founder of the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship applauded the work of the social entrepreneurs and congratulated the winner & finalists. They shared, “Over these last challenging years, we have seen such depth of civic action, entrepreneurialism and innovation in India. Social entrepreneurs are the driving force behind innovations that improve the quality of life of individuals not only in India but around the world. Their role in creating a just, inclusive and sustainable COVID-19 response and recovery is pertinent. The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship has been proud to partner with Jubilant Bhartia Foundation in recognising the exceptional work of Indian social entrepreneurs in alleviating environmental and social problems over the past 13 years. This year’s winner and finalists of the Social Entrepreneur of the Year India Award represent the ethos of social innovation and entrepreneurship.”
Congratulating the winner and the finalists, Mr. Shyam S Bhartia, Chairman and Founder and Mr. Hari S Bhartia, Chairman & Co-Founder, Jubilant Bhartia Group and Founder Directors of Jubilant Bhartia Foundation, shared, “The last two and a half years of the COVID-19 pandemic have showcased social entrepreneurs across the world as a different breed of individuals, going beyond the realm of possibility and serving humanity with all their might. Their creativity, resilience, commitment, potential and reach have been simply outstanding. Today we are proud to celebrate and felicitate all our finalists as extraordinary individuals with remarkable achievements and contributions towards society. We are proud of our 13 years of unique and rewarding partnership with the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship. Through our partnership, we have been able to give the social entrepreneurs in India a global platform to showcase their work, scale-up their initiatives and cross-learn from an enriching alliance of similar high-spirited individuals from across the world.”
Aniket Doegar, Haqdarshak Empowerment Solutions on winning the SEOY Award India 2022, shared, “I want to thank all our Haqdarshaks on-ground. This award will go a long way in supporting us as a young tech company. A big thanks to the Jubilant Bhartia Foundation and the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship. With this recognition we hope to achieve our goal of reaching 100 million citizens.”
The winner of SEOY Award India, Aniket Doegar will join the world’s largest and the first inter-sectoral community of social innovators in the world affiliated with the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship.
The other finalists for SEOY Award India 2022 were Osama Manzar from Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF), Ajaita Shah from Frontier Markets, Wilma Rodrigues from Saahas Zero Waste and Meera Shenoy from Youth4jobs. The winner and finalists of SEOY Award India will also get an opportunity to apply for the Hindustan Times Fellowship for the Stanford Seed Transformation program.