The Social Alpha Entrepreneurs for Impact (E4i) program is a year-long immersive program that equips passionate ‘entrepreneurs-in-the-making’ with end-to-end capacity building and training to leverage India’s deep science, innovation and entrepreneurship environment.

It is anchored in grassroots problem solving, immersive development sector experience, technology scouting, business planning and venture building. The program is designed to bring together entrepreneurs and innovators, and foster collaboration amongst some of the top educational, technical and philanthropic institutions in the world.The program completes the lab-to-market journey by enabling entrepreneurs to commercialize existing deep science-based innovations in labs.

We are looking for passionate, empathetic and motivated individuals who are dedicated to creating impact. We believe that an E4i can be from any background and walk of life. Whether you have a corporate or government experience, fresh out of college or an experienced professional - if you believe you can help India tackle critical social, economic and environmental challenges, we want you!


   Rural household / community water filters and purification devices
   Access to clean drinking water
   Sewage sludge treatment


   Diagnostic devices
   Early prevention and detection
   Prosthetics and assistive technology
   Non-communicable diseases
   Primary healthcare delivery


   Increasing farm productivity/ yield
   Reducing post-harvest losses
   Price discovery, transparency and maximization


   Energy efficient appliances
   Clean cooking
   Edge of grid technologies & storage
   Low carbon technologies
   Micro-grids & smart meters
   EV & Bio-fuel innovations
   Municipal waste to value

Our Philosophy

Established in 2016, supported by the Tata Trusts and the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, Social Alpha is an evolving ecosystem that bridges the gaps in every social entrepreneur's journey.

At Social Alpha, we believe social entrepreneurship and innovation are critical for solving complex development challenges in emerging economies. We stand for the creation of a new category of empathetic capital that focuses on high early-stage risk, holds low returns expectations, and has long-term exit timelines.

Our aim is to enable disruptive innovations that lead to the creation of deep and irreversible impact.

We believe there is a need for an avenue to draw in passionate, empathetic, and talented changemakers to form, reform, and transform their ideas into impactful interventions through harnessing the power of technology and social enterprise


Understanding of entrepreneurial activities

  •    Cohort-building exercises
  •    Experiential learning
  •    Peer-learning activities
  •    Problem statement analysis
  •    Mentoring sessions
  •    Design Thinking & Product development
  •    Entrepreneurial stint
  •    Technology scouting
  •    Exposure to key social sector problems in India

Development of key business skills

  •    Market research
  •    Business plan development
  •    Financial management and accounting
  •    Legal framework for social enterprises
  •    Sales & marketing
  •    Fundraising
  •    Developing pitch presentations
  •    Team building and hiring

Exposure to a wide array of stakeholders

  •    Grassroots challenges & potential beneficiaries
  •    Development sector (NGOs)
  •    Social enterprises & entrepreneurs
  •    Academic institutions
  •    Investors & funding organizations
  •    Innovators
  •    Sector Experts
  •    Mentors

Rigorous selection process for creating a cohort of up to 8 E4i entrepreneurs

1. Written Application

2. Group Interview

3. Case Study + One-on-One Interview