Seed for Change Student Grant Competition
Do you have an idea that could change lives?
The Seed for Change (SFC) annual student competition provides monetary prizes to bold, creative ideas that have the potential for widespread impact. The competition, run by the Mittal Institute, seeks interdisciplinary student project proposals that could positively impact social, economic, and environmental issues in India and Pakistan. The program aims to develop a vibrant ecosystem for innovation and entrepreneurship.
Harvard undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to apply. Projects in the early seed stages are prioritized over start-ups that have previously received support. Prizes will be awarded in the following categories:
India: The grand prize winner will receive up to $40,000 to fund their project. Up to two runner-ups will also be eligible to receive up to $5,000 for their projects.
Pakistan: The grand prize winner will receive up to $15,000 to fund their project.
Recent Winning Projects
Gramhal: Gramhal is a social enterprise that builds smallholder farmers’ agency and increases their income by unlocking post-harvest services of storage, credit, and market linkage via a digital platform.
- Vikas Birhma, MPP ’19 at Harvard Kennedy School
- Pankaj Mahalle, Tata Institute of Social Science, Mumbai
Riskboard: Riskboard is an app in development that will harness online data via social media and open source media data sites to monitor political risk and human rights abuses in India.
- Pradeepan Parthiban, ALM ’19 at Harvard and Tech + Human Rights researcher at Harvard Kennedy School
- Ori Pleban, MPP ‘19 at Harvard Kennedy School
- Arjun Bisen, MPP ’19 at Harvard Kennedy School
- Ryan Jiang, BA ’20 at Harvard College
Meet: Meet is an employment app for India that connects verified employers and job-seekers, providing both with trusted information, such as reviews, job openings, and profiles to support better matching.
- Vish Srivastava, MDE ’19 at Harvard Graduate School of Design and Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
- Ankit Chugh, Medha, India
Please reach out to Selmon Rafey (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions.
The Seed for Change competition is made possible by a generous grant from KP Balaraj MBA ’97 and Sumir Chadha MBA ‘97.