Villgro ran a research programme for three years with support of the International Development Research Centre (IDRC). The program sought to learn from entrepreneurs’ and enterprises experience with market-based models for invention and scaling innovations that benefit lower-income groups in India. As part of the project, Villgro worked with the academic and research community to generate a stronger evidence base from which to identify, propose, and disseminate innovative solutions for constraints facing the Social Enterprise Ecosystem in India and beyond.

Health Horizons 2021

Health Horizons 2021 is the first of a series of sector-focused “Future Social Enterprise Opportunities” reports written in partnership with Okapi Research. The series is meant to provoke would-be social entrepreneurs, impact investors, incubators, and others involved in the system of private finance for enterprise-driven responses to social challenges to look forward as well as around themselves.


Regional Ecosystems Research

This research provides insights into the current state of regional social enterprise ecosystems – the strengths, weaknesses and opportunities to invest in support ecosystem – and also highlights the gaps, and priorities for filling those gaps, as felt locally. The research was conducted in nine cities in India – Pune, Patna, Jaipur, Chandigarh, Bhopal, Guwahati, Bhubaneswar, Thiruvananthapuram, Lucknow – in parallel with Villgro’s Unconvention|L social enterprise events, incorporating both conventional research methods such as observation and surveys and also a focus on understanding local entrepreneur’s perspective through dialogue and discussion.