If you are an individual with a social entrepreneurship idea, or a student with a viable social startup plan or someone with an already operational social entrepreneurship project, Dainik Jagran will support you in the best way possible.


Inspired by the Government of India’s Startup vision and committed to promote entrepreneurship in the areas related to the group’s 7 core concerns – educated society, healthy society, water and environment conservation, women empowerment poverty alleviation and human resource management, Janhit Jagran was launched in 2015 and its first winners were felicitated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Since then the initiative has evolved from being an annual award to an incubation platform and now offers funding up to Rupees 4 crore.

Janhit Jagran travels to 30 cities across the country with its City Pitches. If you have an idea for a social enterprise or an innovative idea that can contribute in fixing India’s biggest development challenges, this could be the one for you.


The initiative targets new and existing social startups working in the areas related to its core concerns and has a special incentive for college students with innovative ideas. The enterprise aspirants are offered mentoring and funding support -up to Rs 25 lac for each selected entry – by its incubation partners: Startup Oasis, Foundation for Innovation and Research in Science and Technology-IIT Kanpur, Innovation Park- IIM Calcutta and Technology Business Incubator-KIT Bhubaneshwar. The student applicants get a chance to win training at IIM Calcutta besides cash prizes up to Rs 1 lac.


For expert guidance in various sectors, Janhit has tie ups with prestigious organizations in each one of them – Piramal Foundation in education, WaterAid in Water Conservation, UNESCO in environment, PHFI in human resource planning, and PLAN India in Women Empowerment.

The program has an elite group of knowledge partners –IRMA and Deshpande Foundation – that bring high level insight into design of the initiative and into the process of evaluating the entries.

Stages of the programme :

Get Inspired: Read stories of social entrepreneurs, their work and the change they are bringing about in our newspaper and on our digital platforms.

Get in Touch: If it inspires you and you are planning to startup in any of the areas related to Dainik Jagran’s 7 concerns, apply.

City Pitch: If you are shortlisted, you will be asked to pitch your idea/project/enterprise plan at a City Pitch  near you.

National Pitch: If your pitch is shortlisted for the Jury Round, you will get an opportunity to pitch before the Jury.

Get Honored: The programme concludes in selection of the best projects across each of the 7 Sarokaars. Teams/individuals with functional and flourishing enterprises stand a chance to win funding upto Rs. 4 Crores.

Get Going: All selected projects will get the Incubation opportunity.