At its Decennial year, St Joseph’s Institute of Management (JIM), St Joseph’s College, Tiruchirappalli presents JIM ARRUPE AWARD FOR SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP.
Founded on Jesuit values of higher education, JIM as a Jesuit Business School strives to form responsible leaders who would make difference in the lives of people.
This award goes to a social entrepreneur whose innovation has already had significant, proven impact on some of the society’s most pressing problems, and invests directly in the promise of even greater impact at scale. The entrepreneur, to receive the award, should have demonstrated concern for the vulnerable, optimism about our future, an ability to think and do, and most importantly, an unfailing belief in solutions.
THE AWARD NAME: ARRUPE
The award is named after Reverend Father Pedro Arrupe, SJ, Former Superior General of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits). Father Arrupe (pronounced Ah-roop-eh) studied medicine as a young man, but he abandoned his medical training to enter the Society of Jesus in 1927. He was ordained in 1936 and within a few years was sent to Japan to work as a missionary. During World War II, Father Arrupe was teaching on the outskirts of Hiroshima when the first atomic bomb fell. Using the medical training he received in his youth, Father Arrupe transformed the Jesuit residences into a makeshift hospital to care for the injured and dying. In 1965 he was elected Superior General of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits), a position he held until 1983. As the leader of Jesuits around the world, Father Arrupe helped guide the order through the changes of Vatican II and focused his tenure on working with the poor and marginalized. Father Arrupe, who died in 1991, made it his life’s work to educate men and women to serve others—an ideal that now guides Jesuit schools across the world.
Each Awardee receives a Fifty Thousand Rupees and a Citation, and three-year core support to the entrepreneur from JIM to scale his/her work and increase its impact in terms of training and resources sharing. He or she also will gain leverage through his/her long-term participation in the activities of JIM community of Jesuits, Faculty, Staff, Parents and students. We select Awardees that focus on one or more of the following issues: Environmental Sustainability, Education, Economic Opportunity, Health, Peace and Human Rights, and Sustainable Markets.
JIM employs a year-long sourcing process for the Award. Our goal is to recognise and support save socio-business organizations that are the most highly-aligned to JIM’s fundamental values. To that end, we only accept referrals and nominations solicited from authentic people in the entrepreneurship area and reject all unsolicited nominations and referrals.
CRITERIA AND ELIGIBILITY
Qualifying Social Entrepreneur and his/her organization will be evaluated against the following criteria:
- Social Entrepreneur
The organization is led by a visionary social entrepreneur whose values are embedded in the culture of the organization.
- Impact Potential
The organization’s innovation is positioned to effect large-scale policy, behaviour, and/or infrastructure/systems change and shows evidence of significant impact already achieved. The organization has a sound and viable business model and a compelling plan for achieving long-term growth and sustainability.
The organization has partnerships in place to optimize its model and execute its mission on a larger scale. It is a key actor that has local, regional, national and/or other key players in its ecosystem.
The organization has an approach that fundamentally disrupts an unsustainable and unjust equilibrium to solve social and/or environmental problems.
- Issue Area
The mission of the organization addresses a critical and timely issue identified as one of the world’s most pressing problems.
The JIM Arrupe Award recipient typically exhibits many of the following characteristics:
- Led by a visionary, effective social entrepreneur serving as a spokesperson for their issue area
- Strong leadership team and board
- Clear and unwavering focus on mission
- Sound business model, scalable for greater, systems-level impact
- Strong, strategic partnerships
- Commitment to measurement, evaluation, and learning
- Diversified and mission-aligned funding sources