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Call for Anjani Mashelkar Inclusive Innovation Award nominations announced


The Anjani Mashelkar Inclusive Innovation Award is an annual award of Rs. 1 lakh given to an individual or an organization for an idea, prototype or a commercialized product, service and business model.


By Team ABLE

The Anjani Mashelkar Inclusive Innovation Award is an annual award of Rs. 1 lakh given to an individual or an organization for an idea, prototype or a commercialized product, service and business model. The innovation must address the problems faced by the disadvantaged resource-poor people in India and offer an original and implementable solution.

This award presents an opportunity to spur and fuel innovation for the benefit of the most disadvantaged sections of society in order to ‘include’ them into the mainstream. It also has another equally important aim: to sensitize innovators about the problems faced by such sections of society- such as the resource poor elderly people.

The awardees will preferably be those who believe in not just ‘best practices’, but ‘next practices’. Most importantly, it will value solutions that represent ‘affordable excellence’, breaking the myth that ‘affordability’ and ‘excellence’ cannot go together. As the award grows in stature and gains national recognition, it will endeavour to leverage support for the innovator from various other private and public sector organizations.

Process: Every year a call for nominations is announced for this award; Expert team shortlists applicants based on the above mentioned criteria; If more details are required, then shortlisted applicants will be contacted by an expert team; The jury will select the winner from a shortlist.

Criteria: Only Indian organizations or persons of Indian origin are eligible to apply; Innovators of all ages may apply; The nominations should be for prototypes or proof of concepts which have the potential to be successful innovations. Raw ideas will not be considered; the prototypes, products, services or business models should be original and novel; they should provide highest quality affordable products and experiences to the resource poor people. The innovations should substantially and positively affect the quality of life of the disadvantaged sections of society- such as the resource poor elderly people.