Hyderabad-based startup incubator T-Hub organized Social2, a meetup aimed at creating a platform to bring together entrepreneurs looking to create social impact.
The idea is to bring together social entrepreneurs, eco-system organizations like Villgo, Intellecap, T-Hub and organisations who work on grass root levels like ALC or Jaipur Rugs. It also aims to help students, professionals and individuals interested in building social enterprises or build businesses with a social or environmental impact.
â€śIndia has a buzzing social impact ecosystem but seems disconnected at times, Social2 is a place where everybody can come together and exchange, seek help and collaborate. The aim is to create a more inclusive, connected eco-system both locally and nationally,â€ť says Juliane Frommter, director â€“ international relations at T-Hub.
In the first edition that was held on Wednesday, over 60 people across the ecosystem registered. Juliane says that there are startups in spaces like agritech, health-tech and like T-Hub has meetups for various sectors, it now wants to do something in the social impact space as well.
T-Hub will be organizing Social2 once every two months and hopes to help social entrepreneurs connect with the necessary network, impact financing as well as incubation and acceleration services. â€śWe want to ensure there is a high level of engagement between stakeholders, so that we can accelerate and scale social innovation,â€ť says Juliane.
â€śUsually itâ€™s all about people selling their own ideas but here people were patient enough to listen to other people share their experiences and how they can be a part of the eco system. Thereâ€™s a lot of demand and less of supply when it comes to social impact space for jobs. So there is more scope for unemployed youth to apply and look into this space and do something good for themselves and for the planet as well,â€ť said Ravitheja Muthu, co-founder of Loop Reality who attended Social2.
Social entrepreneurs are those who look to solve social, cultural, or environmental issues and make a difference to lives of people especially in the areas of health, education, livelihood and food security amongst others.
And in todayâ€™s world where technology is finding its way into every aspect of peopleâ€™s lives, a number of startups attempt to use technology to solve social problems.
This article has been produced with inputs from T-Hub as a part of a partner program.