Knowledge Pillars

Social Impact


Social Impact vertical at YES Institute is looking to bring about social transformation by catalyzing private capital for development by harnessing the true spirit of entrepreneurship. At YES Institute, we believe that the next wave of growth and more importantly equitable growth would come from the emergence of economy based on the principles of DICE (Design Innovation Creativity and Entrepreneurship). This would create an enabling eco system to catapult social economic growth leading to the betterment of the bottom of the pyramid by jumpstarting innovative thinking among the youth and the community members. Towards this endeavor we look to collaborate and partner with various stakeholders including policy makers, impact investors, government, industry and academia to facilitate the enablement of a conducive eco system.

The Institute is also involved in enabling the Impact Investing ecosystem in India by capturing the MINDSHARE in this sector and bringing the best global practices to augment the development of the Impact landscape. As a thought leader we are deeply involved in developing innovative financing instruments to channelize mainstream capital towards development.

The team has worked with several institutions and individuals to harness the power of Impact Investing. Some of our programs:

YES Institute Social Innovation Series

We partnered with the University of Chicago Centre in Delhi. The convening saw participation from government officials, foundations, Impact Investors, Civil Society Leaders and Entrepreneurs. The first dialogue focused on the dynamic of Social Impact Bond (SIB) as an innovative financing model that would help create an enabling framework to encourage development of such ground breaking financial innovations.

Sir Ronald Cohen’s India Impact Investing Tour

Sir Cohen is Chairman of the Global Social Impact Investment Steering Group. YES Institute partnered with the Impact Investors Council for a 3 City national tour to engage multiple stakeholders of the Impact Investing Eco-System. The tour saw CEO dialogues, student interactions and engagements with policy makers with a laser sharp focus on building a robust social sector in India

Prof. John Hoffmire’s India Tour

Prof. Hoffmire serves on the faculty of the Said Business School, University of Oxford. YES Institute partnered with Crisp Social Ventures for his India tour to understand the dynamics of crowd funding including talks and simulation exercises. The tour saw engagements with multiple stakeholders such as regulators, embassies, asset managers etc.

Women & Culture of Innovation

YES Institute partnered with the Embassy of Israel to bring together women leaders from Israel to talk about the Israeli culture of Chutzpah in ensuring the success of the entrepreneurs of Israel.