Welcome to
Social Entrepreneurship Incubation Centre

Asia is facing simultaneously huge growth potential and increasing inequalities, with often weak national solutions to the social issues at hand. Social purposeborganisations (SPOs) – which includes but are not limited to non-profit organisations and social enterprises - are seen to solve these issues sustainably.

At SEIC, we work closely with such early-stage initiatives to help them grow as entrepreneurs and leaders and build the capacity to translate their visions into sustainable social organizations with meaningful impact.

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There’s this little three-pound machine that’s behind your eyes and in between your ears. This machine is really strange and probably the most powerful. They do lots of inconsistent things and sometimes even create unreasonable ideas. From my years of experience and learning, I have realised that the most unreasonable of ideas generated by this machine have often changed the world. In the quote of George Bernard- “The unreasonable man adapts himself to the world; the reasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man”.

 If we want to move forward, create a just and sustainable society, we need people that are willing to break through the status quo. Today, it is quite true to say that there is a great correlation between unreasonability and progress, especially when it is combined with Social Entrepreneurship- Because Social Entrepreneurs choose to see opportunities where other people see intangible problems. And the most ambitious of these Social Entrepreneurs aim towards systemic change.

Our Social Entrepreneurship Incubation Centre is an endeavour to identify, encourage and nurture such aspiring social entrepreneurs to look beyond boosting the bottom line alone.

Rather, we wish to urge social ideas and start-ups big and small to set their sights on being “ at the forefront social change” through broadly scalable business models. The centre provides ample room to students and entrepreneurs to grow with institutional support and the same is reflected in all aspects of our programs and activities.

I welcome all of you to come and witness our quest to bring forth social start-ups from scratch-to growth and to contribute in the transformation of capitalism- where success will be measured by the social impact we create.

Dr S. Raja Samuel
Madras School of Social Work,
Nodal Officer’s Note
Social Entrepreneurship Incubation centre in Madras School of Social Work is set up to create impactful social business models to bring about social change in behaviour, ecology and is financially sustainable in nature. It is aimed at creating an eco system conducive for social ventures
SEIC gives opportunity for the aspiring students and general public to experiment social ventures to address the societal problems through social business. The Center will provide guidance, mentorship, physical work space and create networks among fellow social entrepreneurs as well as funding agencies. One of the major thrust of Incubation centre is to give preferential option to vulnerable communities such as Tribal, SC, Person with disabilities, Transgender community, Artisan sector and slum community and promote social Entrepreneurial venture. I invite you to be part of social change process.
M. Antony Stephen
Nodal Officer,
Social Entrepreneurship Incubation Center,
Madras School of Social Work, Chennai.
Advisory Team
  • Mr. Muthu Kumar Thanu
    Secretary , SSER - MSSW
    Dr.S. Raja Samuel
    Principal and Secretary , MSSW
    Mrs. Marie Banu
    Director of Centre for Social Initiative and Management (CSIM)
    Prof.M. Antony Stephen
    Nodal Officer, SEIC HOD, MASE
  • Mr. Jagan Karthick
    Incubation Manager, Derbi Foundation
    Mr. Vasanth Tamil Selvan
    Founder, ARIRO
    Dr. Joseph Injodey
    Senior Advisor
    Mrs. Jaishree Chater
    Entrepreneur and Advisor
Executive Team
  • Prof. Antony Stephen
    Nodal Officer - Centre Chief
    Prof. Kashfa Haque
    Incubation Assistant
    Program Lead
    Prof. Jackson Khumukcham
    Incubation Assistant
    Ecosystem in Chanrge - Indigenous
    Ecosystem in Charge - Women Entrepreneurship
  • Prof. Pravin Kumar
    Ecosystem in Charge - Tribal Entrepreneurship
    Prof. Agnes Roshini
    Ecosystem in Charge - PWD Entrepreneurship
Meet our partners!

SEIC continues to collaborate and bring together key specialists from different verticals to help Startups shorten the sprint towards their goal. Our partners are broadly classified as Investment Partners, Ecosystem Partners and Innovation Partners.

Cape Kumari Foundation, Kanniyakumari
Climate Smart Technologies (CST)
Tamil Nadu People’s Forum for Land Rights (TPFLR)
Global Network of Social Entrepreneurship
Mahatma Gandhi National Council of Rural Education
World Vision India
Department of Science and Technology, Tamil Nadu
Agaram Foundation
Sustainable Livelihood Institute, Auroville (SLI)
Entrepreneurship Development and Innovation Institute, TN
Forest College and Research Institute, TN
Samanvaya Social Venture
Nandri Foundation
Centre for Social Initiative and Management (CSIM)
Derbi Foundation
Holy Cross Service Society
Claret College, Banglore
Spiti Ecosphere

Coalition For Social Enterprises in Tamil Nadu was initiated by the team of SEIC and MSSW Faculties in order to connect with and map social entrepreneurship landscape and opportunities in Tamil Nadu
The given below organisations took part in the coalition initiative held at Auroville and a steering committee was formed:

1) Anna University, Chennai
2) Loyola Institute of Business Administration
3) Sustainable Livelihood Institute, Auroville
4) AIC RAISE Startup Incubation Center
5) Unbound Foundation
6) Samanvaya Social Venture
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At SEIC, we work closely with such early-stage initiatives to help them grow as entrepreneurs and leaders and build the capacity to translate their visions into sustainable social organizations with meaningful impact.
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