13th Edition of Sankalp Global Summit 2021 concludes successfully

Summit organized by Aavishkaar Group and Intellecap on the theme Mainstreaming Impact was attended by over 2000+ delegates from 70+ countries The 3-Day virtual summit saw participation from eminent industry, leaders, and Nobel Laureates like Prof. Muhammad Yunus and Kailash Satyarthi Sankalp Global Awards 2021 winners included MeMeraki, Yolele Foods, Folia Water, SmartTeller, ReCity, and Whrrl.

New Delhi: The Sankalp Global Summit 2021, one of the world’s largest inclusive development platforms and an initiative of Intellecap and Aavishkaar Group, was concluded successfully with over 2,000+ attendees from 70+ countries participating in this 3-day event between October 12-14, 2021. The summit was attended by 200+ Indian and global speakers including two eminent Nobel Laureates, Kailash Satyarthi, Founder, Bachpan Bachao Andolan, and Prof. Muhammad Yunus, Founder, Grameen Bank. It hosted 58 Sessions, 500+ Entrepreneurs, 200+ Investors, and over 100+ Female Founders who discussed and deliberated on sustainable and affordable solutions to people and creating a meaningful impact in society.


On the last day of the Summit, Sankalp Forum announced winners of Sankalp Global Awards 2021 in different categories. From the total of 252 global entries, Sankalp Forum shortlisted 10 finalists and announce 6 winners as below:


MeMeraki from India (Livelihoods category)
Yolele Foods from Africa (Agriculture category)
Folia Water from Bangladesh (Health & WASH category)
SmartTeller from Nigeria, Africa (Financial Inclusion category)
ReCity from India (Energy & Climate Change category)
Whrrl from India (Sankalp Global Ecosystem category)

The virtual summit was a huge draw and attended by impact entrepreneurs, developmental institutions, investors, corporates, and regulators with conversations on climate resilience, environment, circularity, financial inclusion, and considering the sustainable business as the key focus. Eminent speakers from several Indian and global companies, & governments included Dr. Ajay Mathur, Director General, International Solar Alliance;Carolien De Bruin, Head of COVID Response Alliance for Social Entrepreneurs, World Economic Forum; Emile Schmit, Managing Director, BoP Inc; Parmesh Shah, Global Lead for Data Driven Digital Agriculture, World Bank; Preeti Sinha, Secretary General, UN Capital Development Fund; Rajan Anandan, Managing Director, Surge & Sequoia Capital India LLP; Wendy Werner, Country Head – India, International Finance Corporation (IFC); Richard Hawkes, CEO, British Asian Trust; Dr. Srikanya Yathip, Secretary General, Thailand Pension Fund; Vivek Singh, Head of Portfolio – Employment & Entrepreneurship, IKEA


Foundation; Edwin Keh, CEO, The Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel; Veena Reddy, Mission Director, USAID/India, Asif Saleh, Executive Director, BRAC; Francois Bonnici, Head of the Schwab Foundation, World Economic Forum; .


Urvashi Devidayal, Sankalp India Lead and Associate Vice President of Intellecap said, “In this second year of virtual Summit, we saw encouraging response from all our participants from India and other parts of the world who debated and discussed some of the toughest challenges faced by our world and sustainable & affordable solutions offered by promising social enterprises and entrepreneurs to address the same.


Sankalp is proud to be partnering with leading global institutions including World Economic Forum’s COVID Response Alliance for Social Entrepreneurs, British Asian Trust, Energy Catalyst, Bopinc, International Finance Corporation, Cartier Women’s Initiative, Bayer Foundation, USAID and SAMRIDH.T The summit also featured deal rooms, entrepreneur slumber parties, exhibition booths, literary sessions, and the Sankalp Global Awards where outstanding enterprises showcased their innovations, and 6 winners were announced. The sessions at the Summit were well structured around 8 high impact tracks, namely agriculture, clean energy and climate solutions, financial services, health and WASH, gender and livelihoods, impact investing and blended finance, circular economy, and the future of work. Finally, on the last day of the summit, the 4th CAIF Conclave with the theme “Sustainable Business is Good Business” was held with a spotlight on circular and sustainable business practices for the textile and apparel industry in the Global South.