If you have an idea that can have a significant impact on the lives of India’s poor and are looking for an organisation which will fund, support and mentor your idea to develop it into a social enterprise reality, you should certainly get in touch with Villgro.
Villgro, a non-profit organisation, has been focusing on spotting and supporting innovations that they believe have the potential to make a difference in the lives of people living in rural India. From funding and incubating early stage, innovation-based, for-profit social enterprises to awarding The Villgro Fellowship, which is a 1-year leadership development program specially designed for professionals seeking a career to help create social impact, Villgro has been inspiring and promoting a better ecosystem for social entrepreneurship in India.
Villgro offers support to budding entrepreneurs who are looking to disrupt the fields of energy, healthcare, education and agri-business with their ideas. Some of the projects that Villgro has helped include a low-cost blood glucose monitoring device; a skills development platform that uses gamification; eco-friendly, smoke-free commercial stoves; and an initiative that sees a group of women getting involved in entrepreneurship through retail.
Established in 2001, Villgro has given a leg up to 43 innovations to date. The organisation is iteself backed by Ashoka: Innovators for the Public and supported by Rockefeller Foundation.
If you have an idea that can change the lives of the poor, Villgro is very much interested to support and build it into an impactful and sustainable businesses reality. Go ahead and apply for incubation here.