This year, we launch with an all new nomination process that’s as simple and easy for you as 2-minute noodles
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Shamnad Basheer Prize
The Shamnad Basheer Prize will be awarded to two mature initiatives that are innovatively transforming our systems of law and justice. These initiatives have proven that their ideas can work, and are now growing and consolidating their impact.
The Idea Prize will be awarded to two early-stage initiatives that could innovatively transform our systems of law and justice. These initiatives are testing and/or building proof of concept for their ideas. The Idea Prize is supported by the Jayasimha Foundation in memory of Late Justice R Jayasimha Babu.
Both categories are open to different types of initiatives – for-profits, not-for-profit, unregistered entities, hybrids, as well as initiatives inside existing organizations. Do note that initiatives emerging from within the State institutions, be it the Judiciary, Legislature, or Executive are not eligible for the Prize.
What 'is' the Prize?
The Prize offers cash prizes of upto 10 lakhs for winners. But, the Prize isn’t about just winning. Shortlisted initiatives from 2018 and 2020 continue to engage with Agami to grow their network, build new collaborations and grow the field of innovation in law and justice.
10 Lakh Prize
5 Lakh Prize
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Is my nomination eligible?
Here’s the eligibility criteria
Initiatives must meet the following general eligibility criteria to be nominated (or for self-nomination). Initiatives that do not meet the below-mentioned criteria may be excluded from the first evaluation
And how do eligible nominations win?
Here’s the evaluation criteria
Participating initiatives that meet the eligibility criteria will be evaluated on the basis of the following criteria
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Questions Regarding Eligibility
Yes, anyone with an idea that serves justice, is eligible for the prize. Do note that initiatives emerging from within State institutions, be it the Judiciary, Legislature, or Executive are not eligible for the Prize.
If you are not a previous winner of the Agami Prize you may nominate yourself, even if you’ve applied before.
The term ‘Initiative’ includes an independent organization, or an initiative inside an existing organization, or even a coherent project without a legal entity. Where a legal entity is involved it can be either a for-profit, not-for-profit, or hybrid entity. Do note that initiatives emerging from within the State institutions, be it the Judiciary, Legislature, or Executive are not eligible for the Prize.
The term ‘Based in India’ means having a legal entity in India or having the primary operations, whether through an entity or not, in India.
The term “inflection point in its lifecycle” means the initiative is at a critical turning point in its journey. There are certain factors at play (partnerships, critical mass of users, environmental conditions, strategy shift) because of which it is at a precipice of significant growth and impact.
Regarding the Process
Yes, you may nominate yourself.
Yes, there is no limit on the number of nominations per nominator.
Shortlisted nominees will be announced by September 2022.
Shortlisted nominees will be announced by September 2022. Finalists will be announced by October 2022. And winners will be announced in December 2022 at the Agami Summit.