From 200 to 22, the 2014 India Development Marketplace Finalists have been announced!
 
The launch of the 2014 India Development Marketplace was an immense success. During the three week call for proposals, we received almost 200 applications from social entrepreneurs with innovative solutions to challenges in the delivery of crucial services to the poor populations in the Northeastern states of Assam, Meghalaya, and Mizoram. After a vigorous assessment of all applicants, the Development Marketplace team is excited to announce the 20 finalist selected for on-site evaluations by DM, IFC, and other World Bank Group sector specialists. The finalists are:
 
SELCO India provides sustainable energy solutions and services to under-served households and businesses in Meghalaya.
 
iKure Techsoft (P) Ltd uses ICT to enable accessible and affordable primary care for rural communities.
 
ERC Eye Care is an eye care service social enterprise that provides affordable eye care solutions to rural people in the Northeastern states of India.
 
BASIX Sub-K iTransactions Limited provides financial inclusion for those in most need through branchless banking in the Northeastern states of India,
 
Dhriiti promotes ‘farmpreneurs’ and sustainable livelihoods through promoting home grown agriculture.
 
Seven Sisters Development Assistance (SeSTA) is a women’s collective that catalyzes inclusive development in North East India by enhancing capabilities of rural communities.
 
The Mann Deshi Foundation provides financial inclusion and literacy for women entrepreneurs.
 
Tamul Plates Marketing Private Limited is able to improve energy access to those in most need by providing arecanut leafplate producers,
 
Nishant Bioenergy provides processed biomass based, cost effective carbon neutral technologies to provide low cost fuel supplies for poor village popluations.
 
GNRC Limited provides free medicare to those who usually would find it out of reach through its GNRC Medireach program,
 
SAS Poorna Arogya Healthcare Pvt. Lit. (SAS-PAP) offers innovative schemes that suit the socio economic conditions of the urban and rural poor across India.
 
Shija Hospitals and Research Institute Private Limited is a private health institute provides advanced healthcare technology with a humane touch to the masses.
 
SughaVazhvu Healthcare envisions a world of ‘disease-free villages,’ and replicates its model of bringing primary health care to rural India to Assam.
 
Jnana Probodid impoves energy access to 1,000,000 people through micro-solar-panel manufacturing.
 
Decentralized Energy Systems India Pvt. Ltd. generates employment and rural development through promoting renewable energies,
 
FIA Technology Services Pvt. Ltd. improves financial inclusion by delivering banking and financial services at an affordable cost to vast sections of disadvantaged and low income customers.
 
The South Asian Forum for Environment’s NEWS-UP program provided nonconventional energy in water and sanitation for the urban poor.
 
Asomi Finance Pvt. Ltd. brings core banking solutions to rural households in Assam.
 
North East Diocesan Social Service Society (NEDSSS) provides community health solutions to Assam and rural Meghalaya through its CHARM program,
 
Swabalambi rehabilitates and trains disabled individuals in order to integrate them into communities.
 
GVK Emergency Management and Research Institue uses research technicians to improve emergency management in local hospitals.
 
Agastya promotes seeks to transform and stimulate the thinking of economically desadvantaged children.
 
Each project will be evaluated on a number so criteria. Grantees will be announced in June, so stay tuned!