St.Joseph's Institute Of Management

2021 SJIM Eminent Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award

St. Joseph’s Institute of Management (SJIM) is Karnataka’s oldest business school, established in 1968. It is located in the heart of Bengaluru’s business district, off MG Road. This year, the institute commemorates 25 years since it received AICTE approval for its flagship 2 year full- time post graduate program in management.

For over five decades, the institute has been instrumental in fostering business education, research and industry interfaces that focuses on ethics and social responsibility. Students and staff at the institute espouse SJIM’s values of integrity, honesty, inclusiveness and service to society, within the larger framework of the Jesuit spirit of Magis.

It is fitting therefore, that in the 25 th year of our flagship program, we institute the SJIM Eminent Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Each year, we envision recognizing an individual or the leader of a group/organization that has applied a sound business model to impactfully address a social or environmental injustice. Awardees will receive a citation and cash award of Rs.25000.

Criteria and Eligibility

Qualifying nominees must be based in India and will be evaluated against the following criteria:

  • The individual (or the leader of a group/organization) is a visionary social leader- entrepreneur, whose values are embedded in the operations and culture of the business model.

  • The individual (or their group/organization) addresses a current social or environmental injustice in novel, even disruptive, ways.

  • The individual (or their group/organization) has a financially sound business model with a viable plan to achieve long term growth and sustainability. Ideally, this model should have achieved, or be in the process of achieving, scalability. Funding sources should be diverse, and aligned with values.

  • The individual (or their group/organization) is the key actor, but is embedded in the ecosystem, collaborating and partnering with other local, regional or national players.

  • The individual (or their group/organization) must display evidence of having measured and evaluated its investment and impact, and also display evidence of learning.

The nominee may be a part of private nonprofits, or for-profits, or even hybrid structures. We invite nominations irrespective of linguistic, religious or regional affiliations. We will evaluate all nominations unbiasedly, and so accept nominations from large, small, national, local, older and younger individuals/groups/organizations without discrimination.

Areas of operation of nominees could include (but are not restricted to) education and training, economic opportunity, health, human rights, livelihood and sustainable markets.


You may nominate yourself, another individual, the head of your group/organization, or a member of your group/organization. To nominate, please fill in and submit the online application form given below, no later than 5 th March 2021.

All entries will be evaluated through a double blinded jury, and the winning entry will be announced on this page. The decision of the jury is final and binding.

Nomination Form: