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Villgro's Unconvention: Reaching out to rural innovators in India
December 16, 2009

Dec. 16, 2009 – Last week, Villgro featured it's first "Unconvention" in Chennai, India which featured a opportunity for rural innovators to meet, share their innovations, and recognize accomplishments. Activities for the 4-in-1 convention included: An Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship conference, a business plan competition for social entreprenuers, a fair where innovations can be showcased, and an awards ceremony to honor outstanding innovators.

Winners of the first annual Villgro Awards were:

  • Lifetime Achievement - Bindeshwar Pathak, Sulabh International
  • Social Enterprise - Suminter India Organics Ltd
  • Media - CNBC TV 18
  • Journalist - Shree Padre of Adige Patrike (Karnataka)
  • Investor - Acumen Fund
  • Incubator - ICRISAT Agri Business Incubator
  • Grassroots Innovator - T Muthu Ayyappan for his innovative automatic feeder for poultry fish farms

Read more:
Think Change India: Villgro’s Unconvention brings together grassroots, rural innovators
India PRwire: Villgro ushers in a new era in Social Sector Entrepreneurship with 'Unconvention' Villgro UNCONVENTION: “Unconventional” in Every Sense

About Villgro

Over 8 years Villgro (formerly Rural Innovations Network or RIN) has incubated more than 40 innovations and significantly impacted a little over 350,000 lives in rural India. The unique Villgro model that encompasses everything right from scouting for ideas to displaying the finished product or service in the villages makes Villgro the one-stop destination for many social innovators. For more information, visit:

Villgro, along with the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (IIT-M) are partners in the Lemelson-RAMP (Recognition And Mentoring Program) in India. The RAMPs support innovators in developing countries – India, Indonesia and Peru – with support in developing, testing, networking and marketing their solutions that serve the poorest of the world's poor. For more information, visit: