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N/Core is investing deeply in select founders of early-stage nonprofits, working on problems related to poverty, through a seed-grant, one-of-a-kind mentoring and a vast network
the N/Core advantage
if you know where you want to go, we will get you there faster. much faster.
we offer an innovation grant of INR 10 Lakh. all you need to do is start building on your theory of change and make it work
during the 6 months of incubation, one of the N/Core Partners will work with you. for some of you, we also work beyond the duration to scale the impact
we also connect you to an array of prospective investors, eager to help you grow at a much faster pace
make a mark with the best leaders behind you
Ex-MD, Apple India
Maneesh Dhir is the former MD of Apple India and helped to scale the organization ~20x to USD one billion plus revenue over a 6 year period
KR Lakshminarayana (Lan)
Chief Endowment Officer, Azim Premji Foundation
Lan is the Chief Endowment Officer at Azim Premji Foundation, primarily focused on developing and executing the foundation’s philosophy for philanthropy
Ex-Consulting Board Chairman, Infosys
Sanjay Purohit is a renowned scale advisor with 26 years of diverse and global experience. He is currently advisor to EkStep Foundation and eGovernments Foundation working in the area of systemic transformation in education
Ex-Pratham & GiveIndia CEO, Advisor to PwC, KPMG
A banker for 28 years, Ujwal Thakar entered the social sector as CEO of Pratham, and later led GiveIndia, a pioneering platform for philanthropy. He has been transforming the way nonprofits work and raise funds
plus you will have some of the best entrepreneurs and experts to help you build something great
who should apply?
we are looking for problem-solvers. dreamers who can challenge the status quo and doers who can build credible solutions.
if you have a purpose, the preparedness, rock-solid commitment, and confidence in your ability to make lasting changes, we are looking for you.
we work with nonprofits in any area of poverty, but here are a few of the themes we care about
twice a year, we open our applications. early-stage nonprofit founders can apply online
if selected, you will be invited to submit a detailed application about your organisation
selected few are invited for video conversations with N/Core selection committee, to better understand the goals and needs
final top entrepreneurs are invited to spend a few hours with N/Core Partners, after which the final selected cohort is announced
Vijay Shekhar Sharma
Founder & CEO, Paytm
"The for-profit startup ecosystem in India is thriving now. But there is only so much that a for-profit organisation can do to create equality of opportunity for people who are at the bottom of the pyramid. To build nonprofits who solve for large scale issues, it is imperative to build a similar ecosystem that our for-profit startups enjoy."
Dr G.N. Rao
Founder & CEO, LV Prasad Eye Institute
“I see a shift in the mentality of talented Indian youth. More than ever, the focus of today's well-educated youth is to create a lasting impact in the society that they live in. It is very important to provide them with the right support system for them to innovate and scale their initiatives. N/Core is a great start.”
"Incubators are playing a crucial role in jumpstarting Indian entrepreneurs. It’s terrific to see N/Core attempting to provide a similar level of support for nonprofits, to help solve some of our big social challenges. I am excited to be part of this movement."
Partner, Saif Partners
“Startups with a great team and a strong focus on customers, metrics, and innovation have done wonders. We need to have the same culture in nonprofit startups to solve for challenges of humanity. I believe that N/Core will be a great opportunity for nonprofits to learn the startup philosophy and scale."
Co-Founder, FISE & Social Alpha Evangelist
“The team behind N/Core is highly committed and has a proven track-record. I particularly like their energy, follow up and the execution focus. We are very happy to be partnering with N/Core in this search for mission driven entrepreneurs"
CEO & Editor in Chief, People Matters
"Building outstanding value to the world is a fruit of courage! Best of luck to N/Core team."
"You are a great passionate group. I feel privileged to have met you. Best wishes."
"A great beginning! Heart + Capabilities => Peace."
meet our 10 select incubatees
find out more about 14-day N/Core alpha immersion and 20 nonprofits we worked with
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