laws. explained in simple language.

about: making new connections between law and technology, Nyaaya wants to demystify the complex Indian laws for citizens like you and me. their online repository of every central and state law is written in simple conversational english and devoid of heavy legal jargon that most of us cannot process. awareness leads to action; and with this premise they are leading citizen awareness of laws as a way to drive the government agencies towards transparency and better governance. Nyaaya already has over 50k unique visitors, with ~30% returning and has content syndicated across 4 online mass-media platforms.

founding team: Srijoni Sen is an alumni of National Law School and is focused on enabling better governance. as a founding member of Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy, Srijoni has actively engaged with the government to create better laws.


MicroX Foundation

thriving lives

about: MicroX provides 360 degree support to farmers with solutions for input linkages, production optimization and market linkages. goal is to transform farming from an occupation to a profession and enable farmers to earn consistently high returns. they have directly worked with more than 500 farmers so far and trained about 200 underprivileged youth via ICICI skills academy. in next 2 years, they aim to have a base of 10,000 farmers providing employment to 20,000 daily wage labourers to produce 10 different crops, generating revenue of 72 crore/annually for farmers. More here.

founding team: graduates of IIM, IIT, NSIT, YIF, having global exposure in business development, fundraising, rural development, sustainable agriculture and technology applications.


Janm Ventures

igniting an ecosystem of health startups that reach the underserved

about: India has a bold aspiration of achieving universal health coverage. one billion Indians have no financial protection against health care costs. as a result, healthcare related expenses push 70 million into poverty every year. and those who have insurance are only covered for hospital care. chronic diseases which take more lives than all other diseases combined should be addressed well before hospitalization. to achieve universal health coverage, India must overcome barriers to progress: gaps in the workforce, breakages in last mile delivery, challenges in pooling risk through insurance models, to name a few. startups are powerful engines of innovation that can help tackle such challenges, but until now they have principally served the urban, upper classes. Janm Ventures will ignite an ecosystem of healthcare startups dedicated to those at the base of the pyramid.

founding team: Chintan is an MD from John Hopkins School of Medicine, a Fulbright Scholar, and an until recently was an engagement manager at McKinsey & Company. he has worked with health ministries, philanthropic foundations, health insurance and pharmaceutical companies, and hospitals on four continents.


Social Healthcare Trust

complete eyecare, delivered at door-step

about: 40% of global blind and 21% of visually impaired are from India -70% plus from rural areas & urban slums. Social Healthcare Trust provides comprehensive eyecare solutions in underserved regions of north India with a unique model of remote eyecare centres leveraging tele-ophthalmology in partnership with prominent secondary/tertiary eyecare facilities. the centres are expected to become financially sustainable within 1.5-2 years of their start.

founding team: Anurag is an IIT-K alumni with a decade plus experience in the corporate world. his roles span program leadership, business development & fundraising, both in management consulting & development sector programs. he is working on making Social Healthcare Trust a scalable and sustainable nonprofit from ground up.


1000 days (I DO)

saving every newborn

about: Golden 1000 Days aims to ensure healthy growth of every child in its first 1000 days through frugal innovation & fostering multi-stakeholder partnerships. the first 1000 days after a child's birth affects not just survival but physical & cognitive development for life. among all under-5 deaths, 45% children die in their first month. these deaths are preventable. the immediate focus is to break informational barriers, by educating mothers and communities on the best practices in the first 1000 days using illiterate-friendly technology. started in Sept 2016, now present in 2 districts of Odisha and Chhattisgarh, they have trained 100+ pregnant women. they aim to reach 200,000 mothers in next 5 years by leveraging technology & local community through Swasthya Saathi program. find out more here

founding team: four Prime Minister's Rural Development fellows worked in different remote, tribal and conflict affected districts across the country. Rajesh is a BITS-Pilani alumnus, Mayank holds MBA from FMS, Delhi & has been a Teach for India fellow. Sandeep & Prasad were software engineers turned development professionals.


Spreading Hope

keeping kidneys healthy

about: while, around 400 thousand Indians suffer from chronic kidney disease, only one per cent get access to a kidney transplant and 95% can't afford the treatment. Spreading Hope aims to drive preventive healthcare up and fix awareness gaps by enabling easy access to health-care information, promoting the cause of organ donation. their drive-across-India initiative and their dance studios become the natural medium for such engagements.

founding team: Lourd Vijay is synonymous with dance on the international stage. he established Lourd Vijay's Dance studio in 1998 and now has the Largest authentic Salsa School in the country. he has been a Judge at the Asia Pacific Salsa Open championship and holds a Guinness Record as well. after a challenging personal journey with organ transplant he has dedicated himself to the cause.


Autism Support

building an autism friendly India

about: Autsi's goal is to turn the parents of autistic children into experts, creating a network of caregivers across country. our mission is that every child with autism gets the right care, at the right place and right time. autism impacts the nervous system's overall cognitive, emotional, social and physical health. children with autism need intensive lifelong care. the problem is that access to expert care is expensive, of poor quality and not enough. India will never have enough experts to solve this problem at scale. without good care these children will not reach their full potential and will never get mainstreamed into society. 15 million children in India need autism care right now.

founding team: Shemeer is a BITS Pilani alumnus passionate about technology for social change. currently grant making-Azim Premji Philanthropic Initiative, previously programme director - Amnesty International India.



that time of the month

about: 300 million women in India do not have access to proper menstrual hygiene practices. Sukhibhava is fast driving that number down by women/transgender micro-entrepreneurs within communities to drive adoption of low-cost clean menstrual products and lead behaviour change. an aggregator of various menstrual hygiene solutions, they have an app for efficient distribution for micro-entrepreneurs and a cloud based education technology for the trainer's education. Sukhibhava reaches 9300 women every month and has educated over 14300 women in Bengaluru, Uttarakhand. Sukhibhava's impact has been recognised by Tata Trusts, Piramal Foundation, World bank, UN Habitat's India Youth Fund, Deshpande Foundation, NASSCOM Foundation and many others.

founding team: Dilip Pattubala is an Acumen Fellow (2016), holds a masters in Social Welfare and Social Policy from Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge and has worked with The Akshaya Patra, HelpAge and Red Cross Society in London. Sahana is the district Rotaract representative (2016-17), holds masters in media policy and business administration from Symbiosis University and has worked for Janaagraha, KDD India and Knobly Media.



meaning alternative to college

India has the world's largest youth population, and with that, the largest unemployed youth. skilling initiatives today are helping to train people to get jobs and live a life of dignity. yet, we aren't able to meet the aspirations of the youth, something that colleges were tasked to achieve. NavGurukul is an alternative to college where students work on aspirational and high-growth careers like software engineering through an intense one year fully residential program. students work on freelancing projects during and after the training as a way to earn and repay the training “loan”, thus making the entire effort financially profitable.

Abhishek Gupta is a IIT Delhi alumni and has earlier co-founded and Rishabh Verma is a self-learnt programmer and entrepreneur who worked on technology with various startups.


Think Zone

empower women. educate children.

about: while 97% of our children enrol in schools, over 40% dropout before by age 12. the high dropout rates and poor learning outcomes eventually contribute to a huge deficit in our workforce. ThinkZone solves for both the cause and the consequence by training women micro-entrepreneurs drive technology based learning in low income communities. the women entrepreneurs are provided with a school-in-a-box (a low-cost educational toolkit pre-loaded with lessons and activity-based content) to deliver quality early childhood and primary-level programs.

founding team: Binayak, having experience in Global Education Practice Consulting with the World Bank along with experience in the field of impact investing, skills development and ICT4D is a XIMB Rural Management Graduate. his team also includes Sambit Roy, a NIT Jaipur alumnus has successfully founded and exited a startup and has multiple years of experience in leading large technology development teams in MNCs.


Bridges Of Sports

empowering India. one sport at a time.

about: Bridges of Sports (BoS) envisions a National Sports Corps (NSC) that will provide sports fellowships to 400,000 by 2025 as a way to make sports accessible to underserved thereby creating an inclusive India, by creating sustainable opportunities through sports eco-system. the NSC consists of ex-athletes, physical education teachers, coaches and volunteers from the local community. they are trained and placed in schools and communities as coaches on a 2 year fellowship. BoS will use sports as a social intervention tool - to achieve zero dropout rate in schools; to provide training in sports such that post secondary education - these kids can at least be community coaches and local entrepreneurs. BoS has 1200 kids from 2 districts in Karnataka, starting the program in April 2017 and is providing grants for NGO's aligned with their vision. it has also signed MoU with Wheeling Happiness Foundation, Co-founded by the Silver Medalist at Rio Paralympics - to provide the support system for the differently abled.

founding team: Nitish Chiniwar is an avid motorsports enthusiast with a background in motorsports engineering and is a William J Clinton (AIF) fellow.


Janwaar Castle

the barefoot skateboarders. breaking barriers.

about: Janwaar Castle aims to break the barriers of caste and poverty to create confident, bright, self-aware children. they use skateboarding as a tool to create a common platform for children from all backgrounds. with simple rules like girls first and no-school-no-skateboarding they are effectively transforming the village into a progressive society.

founding team: Ulrike is originally from Germany, an author, publisher and futurist. she has spent many years traveling across 100 countries before she fell in love with Janwaar, MP, India! she has worked in the development sector in Africa and India and has worked with Prof Peter Kruse (professional consultant for collective intelligence) for 8+ years.



every teacher will learn & grow, anytime anywhere

about: there are 8.6 million teachers in India and in the year 2014-15 only 30 % of them received any form of training. TheTeacherApp aims to connect teachers to continuous professional development using a smartphone. they create digital learning experiences which is the right blend of content, engagement, access and motivation. currently they have piloted the app and their content strategy with 500 government teachers in partnership with America India Foundation, Pratham and Bharti Foundation. this year's big focus for TheTeacherApp is to roll out multiple content strategies like Author Fellowship Program, Dream Team program along with building distribution partnerships with state governments like Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Bihar.

founding team: Vinod Karate has explored the problem of building teacher's capacity for over 8 years. more recently he was the founding member of STIR Education, which is working with over 15000 teachers to improve outcomes. Ishan Wahi is a technologist who has 5 years of experience in building technology products at organizations like IBM Research, Amazon and PayPal. building the University of Texas-Austin's eLearning platform, sparked his curiosity to delve deeper into solving the problem of digital access and quality content for teachers in India.


InquiLab Foundation

where every child creates

about: schools have become giant systems of imitation where marks are considered as the only measure of students capabilities. children are not expected to produce original work, not taught employable skills or urged to think about problems and solutions that are relevant to their area of habitat. in a place where there is a lack of job opportunities, they are not taught to explore new ideas and sustain themselves through innovation and entrepreneurship. of the 300 million that entered the workforce since 1991, we could employ only 140 million. Global Strategic Foresight Community (GFSC) predicts many of the current jobs would become irrelevant. we must have the ability to generate livelihoods through innovation and entrepreneurship for the 1 million Indians who enter workforce every month. but such capacity building is not focused upon in our schools. InquiLab Foundation works with schools and children to build innovators via project-based learning modules and activities. as children come together to solve real-world problems they learn the essential skills of ideating, decision making, designing and prototyping solutions and entrepreneurship.

founding team: Eshwar Bandi, Sahithya Anumolu and Vivek, ex-TFI fellows with engineering background from BITS, YDIT and work experience with Amazon, IBM. they are passionate about progressive learning methodologies and believe that engagement is the key to keeping kids in school.


I-Saksham Education & Learning Foundation

seekhen | seekhayen

about: I-Saksham works in extremist affected areas of Bihar with an aim to integrate need of quality education for poor children with skill development and local livelihood needs of underprivileged youth. I-Saksham provides in-situ education and skill development services, with the aid of digital technology to enterprising young community educators (with mostly SC/ST/BPL background, females, differently-abled). their training programs are creating a new breed of enterprising community educators to bridge the learning gap in poor children, and also spreading digital literacy within the community. in the last 2 years, I-Saksham has trained 250 community tutors and reached out to 3000 poor children. female participation rate has been 50% and 70% of these trained youths are presently able to make to make INR 1500-2500 per month as enterprising community tutors.

founding team: the team of 3 PMRD Fellows founded I-Saksham in 2014. Aditya worked as a McKinsey consultant and is MCA from JNU. Ravi worked at Basix and is an IRMA graduate. Shravan is an MBA from Symbiosis and has work experience in microfinance, and rural development.


Prakash Academy

quality education for rural India

summary: 0.8 million class X students of Bihar failed in their matriculation exam in 2016. most of these students failed because of lack of quality teachers in remote and rural areas in the areas of mathematics and science. Cymatic is aiming to bridge this gap by making quality teacher available directly into the classrooms of rural and remote areas through video-conferenced and digitally enabled learning centers that will operate in a self-sustaining/hybrid payment model. their 3 centers in Gopalganj have impacted 200 students within only 10 months of operations.

founding team: Pramod Kumar is a graduate of IIT (BHU) and IIM-K and his own journey through poverty and dejection fuels his passion and commitment to his cause. his co-founders include Kaushik Sharaf (BIT, Mesra) and Aman Kumar Singh (MITS Gwalior).



let’s build a wall

about:Wall-O-books is a rapidly growing network of alternate learning centers for vulnerable children in India, designed to transform their reading, thinking and expression skills, connect them with one another for better social integration, and finally help them take their learning back to their families to change the way they are growing up. Wall-O-Books walks up to all kinds of places in India, collects 100 kids and helps them build a hypercool library of their own using just a wall - a Wall-O-Books. They then equip it with a startup stash of 100 books, a world map, a light bulb and a few more things and elect a little librarian to take care of it. Wall-O-Books runs 159 centers, reaching 45,000+ children. They want to build 2900 centers (100 in each state) covering 1 million children in the next two years.

founding team: Sanjukt K. Saha an alumni of IIT-Kanpur and ESMT Berlin. Swastika Gurung is an alum of University of Calcutta and is WEFGlobal Shaper, Kolkata.


Rapid Response

rescue, relief and rehabilitation

about: every year in India, millions of people are affected by natural disasters. India is one of the most disaster prone countries in the world, 23 out of 29 states are multi-disaster prone regions. there is an urgent need of local institution, which can play a pro-active role in disaster management. Rapid Response covers the full spectrum of disaster management - preparedness before it strikes and response and rehabilitation after it does. it is probably India’s first non-profit dealing specifically with disaster management. some of the disaster preparedness programs are community managed disaster risk reduction, SMS based disaster preparedness and early warning system and comprehensive school safety program for children.

founding team: Mohamad Farukh has a postgraduate degree in international development from the University of Manchester. prior to Rapid Response, he worked with local and international NGOs in India, Uganda, Cambodia and UK.


Foundation for Finite Resources

basics first. safe, adequate water. springing it.

about: Foundation for Finite Resources (FFR) is built on one fundamental principle that solving basic necessities is a precursor to any meaningful development of a community. they are focused on bringing water to remote tribal communities of Odisha, by harnessing the potential of springs. they identify, map and develop perennial springs in the hills and forests, in order to supply safe and adequate water, 24x7, at the doorsteps of tribal communities. depending on the discharge of the spring, they integrate various development interventions such as supply of water for drinking, household consumption, backyard irrigation, enhancement of livelihoods, elimination of open defecation etc. they are also planning to work on protection, conservation and rejuvenation of springs and their host aquifers so that the interventions are sustainable and irreversible.

founding team: Prasanna, a Prime Minster’s Rural Development Fellow and an engineering graduate from NIT Tiruchirappalli, quit his automobile design & manufacturing career to focus on solving the basic needs of the remotest of communities. he is currently pursuing a Masters in Development from TISS. Rakesh, the other co-founder was an executive at Pradan (NGO).


Guardians of Dreams

universalize childcare standards towards ensuring positive adult-outcomes

about: Guardians of Dreams working towards building an anchor institution to define and consolidate the childcare sector; and solve critical gaps in research, intervention design, implementation capacity and resource mobilization. in the initial phase, they aim to create and deliver interventions within an institutional framework (children’s homes and orphanages). in parallel, they’re putting in place key institutional components such as participant mobilisation and fundraising, along with establishing sector-presence through programs like renovating shelters, providing financial assistance to meritorious students and procuring basic documentation for children living in shelter homes and orphanages.

founding team: team of 4, with deep sector experience and a passion for bringing smiles to every child. Sujith Varkey and Gloria Benny were co-founders of Make a Difference (MAD) where Mekha T and Aditya Surneni worked closely with them and grew it to a pan-India presence working with over 80 shelter homes, 3500 volunteers and 5000 students.