Powering Innovations for the Next 3 Billion, Sankalp Global Summit 2016


The Sankalp Global Summit 2016, an Intellecap initiative, is among the world’s largest convening platform for entrepreneurs and innovators focused on the low-income markets of Asia and Africa. The 2016 edition of the Sankalp Global Summit will engage stakeholders from across the entrepreneurship ecosystem to debate and discuss ‘Innovations for the Next 3 Billion’.

With a focus on India as the epicentre of innovations for the 3 billion people expected to enter the low-middle income segment by 2030, the Summit, from April 20 to 22, 2016, at JW Marriott Sahar (Mumbai), will celebrate entrepreneurship that combines profits with sustainable impact.

With majority of these economically active 3 billion people living in the emerging markets, the summit will help rethink businesses, scale, policies and investments. The various discussions and activities at the summit will engage investors, policy makers, entrepreneurs, service providers and corporates to think about innovations in a whole new way, with over 30 sessions and knowledge exchanges between the Global North-South and the Global South-South markets.

“The emerging regions of Asia and Africa perhaps present the biggest opportunity of the century, as innovation and entrepreneurship hotspots for the low-income markets. Yet, they are equally steeped in irony when it comes to building scalable innovative businesses. Sankalp Global Summit 2016 will help unlock this entrepreneurship potential by convening key global stakeholders in India to develop a supportive ecosystem to scale innovations for the low-mid income segment. The critical outcome from the summit is a roadmap built along with our global partners to commit resources, talent and capital towards supporting innovations,” said Aparajita Agrawal, Director, Sankalp Forum at Intellecap.

With innovation as the unifying theme, some of the key engagements at this year’s Sankalp Global Summit cut across different stakeholders that can support the entrepreneurship discourse:

  • Recognising leading enterprises and innovators
    • Sankalp India Awards Enterprise Pitch: In its 8th edition, the Sankalp Awards will showcase and reward top high-risk enterprises from across India, East Africa and Indonesia, who work in the low-income markets
    • Sankalp Global Innovation Challenge: As a first of its kind global challenge in India, the Summit will showcase 10 innovators from around the world with a focus on technology for development
  • Championing innovations in financing
    • Multifaceted deliberations supporting businesses to scale in the emerging markets through disruptive SME financing innovations and technology-led financial inclusion s
  • Scaling sector-led innovative business
    • Finding the next unicorn in education – a debate on building billion dollar businesses or impacting one billion population
    • Accelerating impact and investments in innovative sanitation businesses, including charting the role of the corporate sector, in partnership with the Toilet Board Coalition in the US
    • Developing disability ventures with a focus on innovations for improved accessibility, in partnership with International Committee of the Red Cross
    • Powering the rural India with innovative off-grid energy business and financing s, in partnership with the Rockefeller Foundation
  • Creating a supportive policy framework
    • Evaluating pioneering policy frameworks from across Vietnam, Malaysia, US and India to develop a supportive policy environment for entrepreneurship, in partnership with the World Bank Group
  • Building regional innovation and knowledge corridors
    • Engaging with innovators and experts from across South Asia, Southeast Asia, EU and Africa to cross-pollinating replicable and scalable ideas across regions
  • Making mainstream reach the last mile
    • Discussing case studies and breakthrough innovations in last mile delivery for corporates and financial institutions

The Summit will see over a 100 speakers share their perspectives through 30+ sessions. Some of the key speakers include:

  • Shinjini Kumar, CEO, PayTM Payments Bank
  • KRS Jamwal, Executive Director, TATA Industries
  • Kiran Karnik, Former President, NASSCOM
  • Arun Maira, Former Member, Planning Commission
  • Matthias Fuchs, Boehringer Ingelheim, Germany
  • Asif Saleh, Executive Director, BRAC, Bangladesh
  • Kevin Jones, Founder, SOCAP, US
  • Jack Sim, Founder, World Toilet Organisation and BoP HUB, Singapore
  • Cheryl Hicks, Executive Director, Toilet Board Coalition, US
  • Ashvin Dayal, Associate Vice President & Managing Director, Asia, The Rockefeller Foundation
  • Sanjay Bhalla, Head B2G, IBDC, Panasonic India
  • Dr. Klaus Pendl, First Counsellor – ICT, Delegation of the European Union to India
  • Ehon Chan, Executive Director, Social Entrepreneurship, Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Centre, Malaysia
  • Nguyen Minh Thao, Deputy Director, Central Institute for Economic Management, Govt. of Vietnam


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