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Sankalp 2009 announces awards for innovative key entrepreneur ideation in healthcare sector

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Sankalp 2009, India’s Largest Social Enterprise and Investment Forum, recently announced awards for innovative key entrepreneur ideation in the healthcare sector. The Sankalp 2009 Emerging Award for Healthcare was won by Biosense Technologies, an enterprise that is actively focused on combating anaemia-the cause of 40% maternal and infant mortality. The Jury Representative, Vikram Ramana, Acumen fund announced the Growth Award to Vaatsalya and the High Impact to TanClean. Other competing entrepreneur ideas in the same category include mDhill, Ivy Biotech, Medsphere technologies to name a few.

Sankalp 2009 was held with the aim for creating the first investment forum for emerging enterprises as well as encourage ideas that aim to solve pressing issues of the day in a sustainable and profitable manner. The primary objective of this initiative was to bring together various stakeholders sharing a common conviction that capital should be invested to create multiple bottom-line returns (financial, social and environmental) and not exclusively financial (profit-maximizing) or social (philanthropic) returns.

Sankalp 2009 is supported by partners such as The Rockefeller Foundation, National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD), Rianta Capital, the Rural Innovation Network (RIN), VC Circle, TiE and many more

“I have participated in many such fora but rarely have I seen the quality of plans that I saw at Sankalp. I would not be surprised to see a number of participants who are looking for capital actually get funding as a result of Sankalp 2009.”-Mohanjit Jolly, Executive Director, Draper Fisher Jurvetson and jury chair of the Sankalp 2009 jury for the healthcare track.

The Jury consisted of 30 investors across the 5 sectors and in addition to the names mentioned above included prominent investors like Bejul Somaia of LightSpeed Ventures, C.K. Gopalakrishnan of NABARD, Kumar Ashish of ICICI Bank, Amit Vikram of Milestone Religaire, Deepthi Reddy of IFMR Trust, Prof. James Tooley amongst others.

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Written by sreelakshmi

4 May, 2009 at 1:22 pm