Nine non-profits begin their incubation journey with NSRCEL and Capgemini

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Bengaluru, 30th September 2021: NSRCEL, the startup hub at IIM Bangalore, has selected 9 ventures in the final phase of the social program with Capgemini. The program supports not-for-profit tech-enabled ventures solving social problems and impacting areas of Education, Employability and Environment.

“It is very exciting to see the tech-enabled non-profits get ready for the incubation journey at NSRCEL. NSRCEL has been actively empowering the early-stage ventures with initial handholding to support them in achieving their entrepreneurial goals. The increased attention towards social startups is extremely crucial to underline the existing problems.” said Anand Sri Ganesh, COO, NSRCEL.

The incubation phase will focus on entrepreneurs getting access to workshops on building their value proposition, impact measurement, leadership capacity building, legal and compliance support, strategic road map for scaling among others along with a grant. Capgemini’s Applied Innovation Academy was engaged during the pre-incubation and will continue to do so in the incubation phase for proficiency building activities.

“The NSRCEL-IIMB-Capgemini partnership project gives zeal to the idea of empowerment using technological innovation. Through our inclusive approach, we will be nurturing social start-ups and innovative products. Presently, we have selected 9 social ventures who will be fostered through our mentoring and guidance. This initiative would set an example of non-profit incubation in India and create a playbook which can be used at other academic institutions and incubation hubs across the country. We believe this partnership will serve as a great platform to encourage entrepreneurial ideas that are sustainable and replicable, spearheading change and creating impact at the ground level”, said Kumar Anurag Pratap, Vice President, CSR – India, Capgemini.

More than 350 applications were received for the Capgemini Social Program. All of them went through a multi-stage screening process and 27 ventures were selected for the pre-incubation. These 27 ventures post their 3-month engagement with NSRCEL and Capgemini pitched to the jury in a two-stage selection process and out of which 9 ventures have been selected to be incubated at NSRCEL, IIM Bangalore. These incubated ventures will also receive seed support.

The participants of the NSRCEL Social program will receive continued support after program completion through webinars, masterclasses, guest lectures and workshops.

Key Statistics of Previous Cohorts

  • Number of Cohorts conducted: 3
  • Number of ventures impacted: 60+
  • Follow on funding raised by incubated ventures: INR 12.5 crores
  • Number of lives impacted: 4.5 million

Top 9 ventures under Social Startup Incubation:

TIP & Baeru: TIP Sessions is a climate action NGO this is enabling community-led waste management by leveraging the power of design, technology, lingual and regional context.

Education and enabling of livelihoods for rural women is how they are able to work towards climate & gender justice in Coastal Karnataka & Western Ghats.


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Indic AI: Indic AI is an Edtech NGO startup, we are using AI and Tech solutions to enable the SWD (students with disabilities) to pursue a high-quality education with Top colleges in India and Abroad. We would like to build a SWD community where education and dreams are easily accessible and they don’t have to struggle for basic amenities. We would like to create a community where SWDs from different backgrounds get support and guidance and a platform where they help each other. We provide them coaching for higher education with leading education institutes and mentorship by field experts with a career span of over 15-20 years which help them achieve their ambitions. We plan to make them employable by imparting skill development training so they can be absorbed by the corporations. Our aim is to make this society more inclusive and the education more accessible.


 NETRI Foundation: NETRI is India’s first incubator and aggregator for women in politics which delivers programs that equip women
to run for elections, become political professionals or political entrepreneurs thereby increasing women’s participation in decision-making.

Working with a vision to engender politics & decision making, we are creating 21st-century female-leader icons who have the imagination and determination to transform Indian politics and governance.

Our participants are women between 20-58 years old, who have political aspirations but lack knowledge, resources, skills, external support and pathways

to pursue a career in this field. We help them align their head, heart and hand through capacity building, with a value system that enables them to deliver public service in just and effective ways.


Voyage Educare Foundation: Voyage Educare Foundation (VEF) is a mission-driven not-for-profit with a vision to seek justice for every child in all aspects of life. At VEF, we are convinced that education is a means of establishing justice and mercy in the world. Therefore, we work to empower key stakeholders to eliminate educational inequity for our children.

Through our flagship program Raabta, we intend to transform underserved schools into lighthouse schools by training, coaching, mentoring, and capacity building of key stakeholders responsible for a child’s holistic education. The ultimate goal is to improve outcomes for students, including levels of learning, achievement, and wellbeing.


Vigyanshala: VigyanShaala enables the innovators of tomorrow to achieve their dreams by bringing science, technology, and learning to their doorsteps today.  At VigyanShaala,  We believe everyone deserves the opportunity to create a better world through science. With a combination of cross age peer mentoring, research experience, building community innovation spaces and science outreach we are shaping scientific aspirations of millions of young people across India and bridging the gender gap in science.



Farmers for Forest: Farmers for Forests (F4F) uses the Payment for Ecosystem Services model to protect and increase India’s biodiverse forest cover in close collaboration with  India’s rural and indegenous communities. F4F leverages satellite and drone technology to bring accountability and transparency to India’s forestry sector and to achieve its mission to fight climate change and poverty at scale.


Vidhyalaya Udhyam: Vidhyalay Udhyam co-creates high quality, affordable maker lab in rural remote geographies to enable at risk young learners. Maker Labs are unleashing the entrepreneurial capabilities of young learners in vulnerable geographies through and guided maker mindset curriculum.

 Ennoble Social Innovations: Ennoble Social Innovations focuses on bringing systemic transformation in rural school ecosystems across India through scalable and sustainable innovations. Since its inception in 2018, Ennoble through its flagship ‘YeloGreen’ has been making an impact in the lives of 75,000+ students.

Everything we do comes from our commitment towards delivering an engaging learning environment and promoting quality educational outcomes for rural school students. Our innovative solutions and educational interventions have been recognized through several national and international awards including Top 24 Startup- Maharashtra State Innovation Award, Cemex-Tec Social Entrepreneurship Award- Mexico, Infosys Foundation – Aarohan Innovation Award.


Gramhal: Gramhal uses and technology and data to enable farmers earn fair prices for their produce. In India, more than 118 million farmers struggle to earn a fair price. At the heart of this problem, is the information and connection gap that farmers face. Gramhal solves this problem by creating a hyperlocal information and networking platform – where farmers can request quality inspection of their crop(s) at their doorstep, list their produce on the platform and receive competitive pricing from a pool of buyers.  These bundled services build farmers’ agency and enable them to earn a fair price.

Gramhal is an impact-first organization and is focused on creating systems-level change at scale. Till now, the organization has worked with 7000 farmers across Madhya Pradesh. By 2025, Gramhal aims to impact lives of 10 million farmers.