Unconvention is Villgro's platform to seek out and nurture social enterprises, and grow the social enterprise movement all over India. Since 2009, the Unconvention platform has supported thousands of entrepreneurs through 38 events, which have seen 120 pitches, 3200 attendees, 75 partners, 100+ speakers and more.


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Looking for India's most
innovative social entrepreneurs

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For entrepreneurs building a business with social impact, this is a unique platform that gives you access to experienced leaders and ideas in the sector, as well as access to Villgro's pioneering incubation programme, which has successfully worked since 2001 with early-stage innovators and businesses.

Budding entrepreneurs pitch their business model to an exclusive expert panel made up of investors and entrepreneurs for valuable feedback

All Pitch finalist consult with villgro investment managers and management for the opportunity to be incubated by villgro and receive funding upto Rs 65 Lakh

Winners receive cash prizes of up to Rs 1 Lakh as seed money to kickstart their business.


Only businesses with a for-profit model are eligible


Your business must have high impact on rural or urban poor


Unless otherwise specified, we invite pitches in the sectors of healthcare, education and agriculture


Your enterprise must have a prototype of its product or service and has conducted a significant number of pilots in the field, or must be already in operation. It must have conducted one pilot at least.


Enterprises which have been in operation for more than 3 years from the date of the pitch competition will not be considered.


Submissions may be entered as individuals or teams (max. 4). Only the individual or the team members who have registered may pitch to the panel of judges and answer questions


You must apply online and be present to pitch. You will be notified ahead of time if you are selected to pitch.

If you are not selected to pitch, you are still invited to attend Unconvention, where you will have the opportunity to meet other entrepreneurs and hear about their work, and network with investors, partners, and others

For more information, contact us at unconvention@villgro.org


Apply to an Unconvention Pitch.

Try and provide as much information as you can against the heads mentioned in our online form. To see what the form looks like,

Round 1

The Villgro team will review your application, using basic filters, such as the novelty of the idea, business viability, sector mandate-fit, entrepreneur credentials

Round 2

Phone interview with the applicants who make it to the first shortlist. Announcement of the pitch finalists based on the results from the phone interview.

Final Round

Phone interview with the applicants who make it to the first shortlist. Announcement of the pitch finalists based on the results from the phone interview.

All applicants are informed about the results of our screening, whether or not they make it to the next round.

** Given the number of applications we receive, it is difficult for us to provide individual feedback on each application. That said, we will try our best to respond to your requests for feedback.One way to get feedback is to use the networking sessions at Unconvention to talk to our mentors and investment managers.


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