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Digital Empowers is aimed at accelerating innovation for social impact. The platform seeks to facilitate the generation of new ideas and foster the spread of these ideas while facilitating action through a cross-collaborative process. Since inception in 2018, Digital Empowers has engaged with thousands of experts to create and expand the knowledge base, explore technology solutions that have exponential impact on the most pressing problems—all of which have cross-sections and applications around the world, and create an ecosystem of vital cross-sector partnerships leading to collaborative social impact solutions. The program has also opened doors for social entrepreneurs and changemakers to ideate and collaborate with business and technology leaders to bring novel social impact innovations to the community. 

“Through Digital Empowers, we are raising awareness of new technologies and their role in solving societal issues, exploring the art of the possible through real world examples of technology-led innovations, and providing a common ground to foster cross-sector partnerships at a local, regional and national level,” Balaji Ganapathy, Global Head, CSR, Chief Social Responsibility Officer, Tata Consultancy Services

A key part of Digital Empowers is Pitch for Purpose, a startup competition launched in 2020 celebrating social entrepreneurs and their innovative ideas that seek to solve some of the thorniest issues we face today. Organized by Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), in collaboration with SEED SPOT, the competition will recognize mission-driven founders whose startups use emerging technology and innovation to address social and environmental challenges.    

The competition is open to founders of U.S.-based early-stage tech ventures using their startup as a force for good. Six founders will be selected to compete in a live pitch event for the chance to win $15,000, in addition to business resources and mentoring from industry experts to take their startup to the next level.  More than 150 diverse, passionate founders from across the U.S. applied to participate in the 2020 competition. 

Founders are invited to submit their applications on or before October 22nd, for a chance to participate in the live-pitch event taking place virtually on November 18th.  Find the application here.  

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