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Social Alpha

Our role in Saamuhika Shakti

Addressing the challenges around waste management has been a key focus area for Social Alpha. As a part of Saamuhika Shakti, we aim to identify technology and innovations that accelerate waste management and processing in India and build income stability for the informal waste pickers, through the entrepreneurship engine.
The 3-year program includes two accelerators focussing on field deployment of the selected innovations in Bangalore and other geographiesOur role is to meet Saamuhika Shakti’s outcomes around perception change i.e., to cultivate a feeling of dignity, respect, and professional pride among waste pickers and, to encourage Bengaluru’s general population to respect and value waste pickers and waste picking.

Who we are

Social Alpha is a multistage innovation curation and venture development platform for science and technology start-ups that aim to address the most critical social, economic and environmental challenges
We support entrepreneurs through a network of innovation labs, startup incubators, accelerator programmes, seed funds and market access mechanisms.
The Social Alpha architecture integrates the innovation, incubation and investment ecosystems and allows for an effective mechanism for allocating resources to mission-driven entrepreneurs throughout their lab-to-market progression.

How we do it

The program under Saamuhika Shakti was launched in November 2020 with a nationwide application call for start-ups working in the waste management space.
Five start-ups were selected as part of the first winning cohort, based on their potential to positively impact the lives of the informal waste pickers and successfully deploy innovative waste management solutions on ground. These are:
These startups are a part of a yearlong accelerator program in which they have access to the following offerings:
Social Alpha's second winning cohort was announced in June 2022. The five startups selected to form the cohort include:
This cohort will receive financial support of up to Rs 15 Lakh and market access to a network of stakeholders to implement pilots on the ground – showcasing how the informal waste pickers can have access to stable employment. They will also have marketing and branding support, incubation with Social Alpha for one year and access to Social Alpha’s seed investment of up to Rs 1 crore.

Activities and impact

Cohort 1

Number of informal waste pickers hired through the program 26
Income increase observed 33%- 232%
Tonnes of waste diverted from landfills 3902 tonnes

Cohort 2

Number of informal waste pickers hired through the program 12
Income increase observed Being evaluated
Tonnes of waste diverted from landfills Being evaluated

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