Social Entrepreneurship

Nurturing Social Innovation

Empowering social startups to create scale faster and create a greater impact

Bala Vikasa, a pioneer in Community-Driven Sustainable Development initiatives, turned its focus to promoting Social Entrepreneurship and nurturing Social Innovation, believing that these are key to Sustainable Development as the traditional development models are struggling to meet contemporary challenges.

However, Social Entrepreneurship, as an approach to create high-impact sustainable business solutions to solve critical social problems, is still at a nascent stage in India. While there are myriad support systems to aid business entrepreneurs in their entrepreneurial journey, there is a visible gap when it comes to resources that strengthen, guide and facilitate social startups/entrepreneurs, as they strive to sustain their enterprises while striking a balance between achieving their mission and generating revenue.

Diverse programs and activities are implemented throughout the year at Bala Vikasa CSRB to foster social innovation, support social entrepreneurs and strengthen the ecosystem.

Program and Activities

Ramana Gupta

Ramana Gupta is an extremely accomplished financial professional with more than 30 years of experience in banking, finance, and corporate treasury. He is also co-founder of Wealth First Finserv, an independent investment advisory firm directed by senior-level partners. Ramana Gupta is a person who influences top-ranking finance professionals; whose opinion is highly sought after; and whose judgment is widely respected and trusted.
Ramana Gupta graduated in economics from Osmania University and qualified as a Financial Risk Manager from a banking institution. After graduation, he started his career as a banker with State Bank and worked across the country in various departments gaining insights in all aspects of banking. Known for his quick decision making and expertise in foreign exchange, he developed a passion for financial markets early in his career.

In 1995, he joined a leading corporate house to broaden his horizon. With the dawn of liberalization, the 1990s provided him with a huge scope for structuring innovative practices in risk management and capital expenditure. He went on to create several benchmarks in long term sustainability and low-cost financing.
Apart from this, he has also been proactive in social work as the inherent penchant of giving back to society is part of his personality. As a result, he became part of Bala Vikasa CSRB, where he is unleashing his passion through helping zealous social entrepreneurs. As a mentor, he is putting his best foot to bring up new aspects and angles to solve problems innovatively.

Ramana Gupta

Advisor and Board Member, Bala Vikasa

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