Surya Nepal Asha Social Entrepreneurship Award 2012

Celebrating entrepreneurs who create social, environmental and economic values

SNASEA 2012- Honouring ‘Hidden Heroes’ and ‘Agents of Change’ [THT]

[Published in The Himalayan Times, Dated 16th December 2012]

The first Surya Nepal Asha Social Entrepreneurship Award (SNASEA) in 2011 saw five social entrepreneurs recognised for their exemplary work along with 20 ideas being showcased at the bazaar and enthusiastic participation during the seminars. This year again, SNASEA continues with recognition, rewarding and supporting social entrepreneurs all over Nepal through the three-days of bazaar and seminars and the award ceremony .

Through SNASEA we have honoured and promoted `hidden gems’ -individuals who have made a difference in their communities but are rarely noticed by the public. The event serves to not only award heroes but also aims to inspire potential change makers to make an effort for themselves and their society.

SNASEA is the first ever award in Nepal to recognise Nepali social entrepreneurs who create values for people, planet and profit. While these people would otherwise probably go unnoticed in the public sphere, SNASEA attempts to bring these selfless achievers into the limelight. In the process, not only does SNASEA recognise winners for their achievements but also strives to encourage others to follow these exemplary individuals or ventures so that a whole ecosystem of social entrepreneurship is created and fostered.

The vision of the award is not only to celebrate the hidden heroes for their initiatives but also to showcase their ventures and the impact they have made. With this in mind, SNASEA has already organised the bazaar, seminar series, while the award finale will be held on December 18 where the ‘Hidden Heroes’ of SNASEA 2012 will be announced.

The culture of entrepreneurship is indispensable in the development of social enterprises in Nepal. The business sector, which is the accumulation of entrepreneurial success over time, has an indispensable role in facilitating the eco-system for entrepreneurship. With this in mind, SNASEA 2012 also features an additional recognition this year for businesses that support enterprise development and ignite start-ups in the country. Through ‘ Agent of Change’ recognition, the National Business Initiative (NBI) seeks to showcase

and honour such established businesses for their outstanding initiatives in supporting enterprise development and promoting entrepreneurship in Nepal. As such, it is a recognition, and not an award.

Most of the selected businesses seem to have developed mutuallybeneficial ways to support new enterprises. Through technical, financial, and logistic support, these businesses help start-up entrepreneurs to improve quality or quantity of supplies or promote ancillary businesses or expand the demand for their business-to-business products. This alignment of support with self-interest is probably the most effective and sustainable way of promoting entrepreneurship. In addition to the increment in supply and demand, these win-win approaches advertise and expand entire sectors and have wider impact on the national economy through networks created in the market.

The award ceremony on December 18 will also see the presence of Dr Ashwin Naik, Founder and CEO of Vaatsalya Healthcare, an award winning social enterprise, focused on building a network of hospitals in Tier II and Tier III towns in India, as the international guest speaker.

Dr Naik has also been awarded as one of the Young Global Leaders (YGL) for 2012 by World Economic Forum which was announced in Geneva, Switzerland on March 6, 2012. This honour is bestowed by the World Economic Forum each year to recognise the most distinguished young leaders nominated below the age of 40 from around the world. Dr Naik will thus be sharing his knowledge and experiences in the field of social entrepreneurship from India.

Although a concluding event for SNASEA 2012, the award finale will mark a new beginning for the winners and the finalists of SNASEA, helping them build an extensive network of supporters and investors to take their social ventures and initiatives to newer and greater heights.

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