What makes a changemaker? How do individual characteristics such as age, gender, and personality influence who becomes a social entrepreneur? To what extent are the characteristics of a social entrepreneur innate, and to what extent can they be taught or cultivated? This branch of our research concentrates on the role and traits of the individual innovator as a critical catalyst in processes of social change.
Individual social entrepreneurs and innovators draw upon their personal and professional networks for inspiration, knowledge, and resources. How do entrepreneurs' families, mentors, and educational institutions shape the work that they do? Our research in this area seeks to understand the critical components of a social entrepreneur's network that enable successful innovation, and how these can be enriched.
How do government policies, local geography and resources, existing organisations, and the funding landscape create or restrict opportunities for social innovators and entrepreneurs in North India? What institutional and other contextual prerequisites make social entrepreneurship both possible and effective? We seek to explore how social entrepreneurship can develop synergies with existing efforts to meet social needs.

A Social Innovation Lab in North India