The projects submitted to the India DM 2013 competition included a very rich and diverse range of products and services targeted to impact the "base of the pyramid" in the states of Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh. Launched in January, there were over 190 proposals submitted and, of those, 20 projects were invited to showcase their projects at a Development Marketplace event in Bhopal on 1 May 2013.


Women sewing.Of the twenty finalist projects, seven of them are registered for-profit organizations, twelve projects have a non-profit base and one operates as a hybrid. Six of the finalist projects are targeting Madhya Pradesh for scale and replication; seven projects are targeting their work in Jharkhand; 4 in Chhattisgarh and 3 projects intend to work in more than one target state. The selected enterprises were judged on five parameters — innovation, scalability or growth potential, sustainability, social impact, and gender issues.


Each grantee received $100,000 to extend and scale up their business models.


The projects ranged from models built around low-cost infant warmers to mobile science labs for rural schools to mobile phone-based information and case research systems demonstrated innovative application of technology. Other programs targeted complex social challenges such as adolescent girl trafficking; connecting school drop out youth to skills and jobs; managing tuberculosis treatment in very poor communities and facilitating use of organic fertilizers. Some of the projects demonstrated extensive experiments in enhancing business models, such as a hybrid model for facilitating bee keeping, exploring sustainable business through carbon credits, agro forestry and rural productivity hubs for farmer collectives.


Projects Targeting Jharkhand


  • South Vihar Welfare Society for Tribals. Combating human trafficking by empowering adolescent girls and improving their health status.
  • Alternative for India Development. Delivery of banking/ financial inclusion products/ services to excluded families by combining Panchayat kiosk banking outlets and Self Help Group strategies.
  • Water Life India. Sustainable community water systems for safe drinking water.
  • Embrace Innovation. Deployment of Embrace infant warmers in low-resource government hospitals and measuring impact over time.
  • Operation ASHA. Implementation of eCompliance to supplement their treatment/ prevention of tuberculosis and turn the tap off on Multi-Drug Resistant TB in Jharkhand’s tribal regions.
  • Dimagi Social Innovation. Working on using/ developing technology to increase the quality of services provided by community health workers.
  • iMerit Technology Services. Empowering marginalized women by training them in IT-based livelihoods.


Projects Targeting Madhya Pradesh


  • Access Development Services. Help aggregate small and marginalized farmers to create Producer Companies/ Cooperatives.
  • Agastya International Foundation. Facilitating hands on education by developing Mobile Science Labs.
  • Real Medicine Foundation. Empowering women as a means to address malnutrition in India.
  • Rang De. Enabling individuals to become rural entrepreneurs with cost effective micro-credit for enterprise development and education.
  • Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (India). To reduce the cost of cultivation at a large scale by using organic fertilizers.
  • Under The Mango Tree Society. Using beekeeping to supplement income of tribal farmers.


Projects Targeting Chhattisgarh


  • Bilt Tree Technology Ltd. Changing lives of tribal farmers of Chhattisgarh through sustainable agro-forestry.
  • Micro Insurance Academy. Help facilitate self-reliant community based health insurance schemes of and for low income communities in remote regions of India.
  • Vigyan Ashram (part of Indian Institute of Education). Empowering youth to build a human powered generator, solar lighting and laptop charging system.
  • Vrutti. Aims at re-strategizing extension services through demand led market based farmer enterprises focusing in accelerated growth in agriculture.


Projects Targeting Multiple States


  • Kherwadi Social Welfare Association. Looking to provide vocational training with inputs in life skills and work readiness to 1 million school-dropout youth.
  • SMV Wheels Pvt. Ltd. Provide a unique solution to cycle rickshaw drivers to become owners of their own vehicle in just over a year along with vocational support services.
  • ESAF. Provide clean energy solutions to lower income groups with the help of micro-credit programs.


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