The vision of AFI Forum 2012 is to use the assets of the technology sector to accelerate the impact of the innovations of social enterprises. From spreading healthcare coverage to reducing employment and helping farmers improve production, entrepreneurs have successfully shown that it is possible to scale impact using Information & Communication Technologies (ICT). The Forum endeavors to enable them to share their experiences and help some of India’s promising social entrepreneurs do the same.
The Forum serves the following purposes:
- Sharing of ideas, inspiration and best practices by icons such as Sam Pitroda as well as successful social entrepreneurs
- Access to financial, governmental, human & intellectual capital resources
- Interaction with mentors who can provide business process advice and long-term support to scale
- Access to technology companies that can offer products and services
The Forum addresses five sectors – agriculture, education, energy, healthcare and livelihoods. It will will identify social enterprises in these sectors that are poised to scale using ICT and provide funding, resources, knowledge and connections.