about N/Core

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.

innovation grant

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

hands-on support

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

investor connect

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

Maneesh Dhir

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

Sanjay Purohit

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

Ujwal Thakar

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

Ajay Kela

President & CEO, Wadhwani Foundation

Alok Goel

Partner, SAIF Partners

Amit Gupta

Co-founder, InMobi

Anantha Padmanabhan


Anshu Gupta

Founder & CEO, Goonj

Anurag Batra

Chairman & Editor in Chief, BW Businessworld

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.

our focus

we work with nonprofits in any area of poverty, but here are a few of the themes we care about




financial inclusion





gender equality

human rights

disaster management

nonprofit ecosystem

selection process

online application

twice a year, we open our applications. early-stage nonprofit founders can apply online

round 1

if selected, you will be invited to submit a detailed application about your organisation

round 2

selected few are invited for video conversations with N/Core selection committee, to better understand the goals and needs

final round

final top entrepreneurs are invited to spend a few hours with N/Core Partners, after which the final selected cohort is announced

N/1 Cohort

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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