incubator

pilot >> growth

a catalyst for the nonprofit sector, nudging capable and committed problem solvers to work on some of the toughest problems faced by India’s poor.

we accept applications for our incubator 2 times in a year - once for our Tech cohort and once for Open Cohort

what we offer to nonprofit entrepreneurs

Innovation Grant

We offer an innovation grant of
₹15 lakhs that will enable you to develop your theory of change and make it work

Dedicated Mentoring

6 months of mentoring by The/Nudge CSI Partners will help you to achieve strategic clarity

Sector Connect

Connect with an awesome peer group, and a network that is interested in your idea and  eager to help you to grow

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The/Nudge CSI Partners

dedicated mentoring by some of India’s most admired leaders.

Application Process

Round one

Open for All

Deadline: 31 July

Submit research concept note
Shortlisted applicants will be invited
to submit detailed proposals

Round TWO

Shortlisted Applicants

Deadline: 15 August

Submit detailed proposals
Up to 10 proposals will be reviewed
by the Expert Jury

Round three

Final Shortlist

Week of 24 Aug

Interviews with Expert Jury
Up to 4 proposals selected will receive the Research Innovation Grant

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FAQs

For queries, please email us at
pioneer@thenudge.org

Who is eligible to apply for incubation?

The/Nudge Incubator is a catalyst for the nonprofit sector, nudging capable and committed problem solvers to work on some of the toughest problems faced by India’s poor. Our goal is to jumpstart 150+ nonprofits and 1000 nonprofit leaders in 5 years. You need to have registered as a nonprofit* (society, trust or Section 8 company) within 3 years prior to the date of applying. At least one founder should be working on the idea full time.

*Note: If you have not yet registered your nonprofit organization, you are encouraged to apply to Launchpad - our pre-incubation program.

What do you offer to selected candidates?

We offer
: An innovation grant of Rs. 10 - 15 lakhs.
: Deep hands-on mentoring by a CSI Partner, and support from our Portfolio manager
: Connects to potential donors and partners

What happens during the 6 months?

The deep hands-on support for 6 months includes:
: 1-on-1 Mentoring by a CSI Partner through virtual interactions every two weeks. This helps entrepreneurs to achieve strategic clarity and refine their business model.
: 1-on-1 support by an N/Core Portfolio manager, as a thought partner, and skin-in-the-game collaborator in the success of their incubatees.
: Face-to-face immersion events, usually held in Bangalore during kickoff, midpoint and endpoint. These are designed to help entrepreneurs to meet fellow cohort members, immerse in The Nudge CSI DNA through interactions with some of India’s most admired leaders, forge a bond with the The Nudge CSI Portfolio manager, and the The Nudge CSI Partner assigned to be their mentor and most importantly, to get ready to pitch and fundraise.

What can I use the innovation grant for?

Innovation fund is to help you build a minimum viable product for your idea. This involves costs of experimentation: refining your model based on the interaction with your first beneficiaries and visible impact, costs of building capacity: hiring and training early team members, product development, and any other costs compliant with CSR law.

What additional support systems and networks will I get access to?

The Portfolio manager will support you with connects to potential partners, donors and mentors, and address any ad hoc needs that may arise from time to time.
The supportive network includes The "The Nudge CSI Corporate Social Entrepreneurship (CSE) Council", a group of CSR leaders who relate to the cause of entrepreneurship in the nonprofit sector.
The Nudge CSI Collective, a network of some of India’s most admired entrepreneurs and subject matter experts who believe in the need and potential of nonprofit entrepreneurship.

Why CSI tech?

We believe technology has the power to accelerate social development, as tech-enabled products and services can help scale ideas much faster and at an affordable rate. CSI tech is our initiative to jumpstart nonprofits that leverage technology in their product, service or outreach, to bring much needed social change. This is not limited to nonprofits developing hardware or software products, but also includes nonprofits applying existing technology to alleviating poverty.

Who is eligible to be a part of the CSI tech?

Startups that leverage technology as a means to deliver impact are eligible to apply to N/Core tech, provided they also meet all the eligibility criteria for CSI Incubator, as listed above.

Why does CSI have a specific focus on land and property inclusivity?

Historically, while we have had a great response to our call for applications (<2% selectivity) - we have not seen many applications in areas of poverty that are more obscure, and invisible to entrepreneurs looking to startup in the development sector for the first time. However, these underserved areas such as land rights, affordable housing, etc - have a deep impact on poverty alleviation.However, these underserved areas such as land rights, affordable housing, etc - have a deep impact on poverty alleviation.

In order to diversify CSI's areas of investment, in a manner that serves our purpose of poverty alleviation in a meaningful way, CSI has partnered with Omidyar Network to find talent working in this area, and to accelerate their startup journey. The selection bar remains the same as from other areas, but our outreach has been more intensive, to account for the lack of critical mass of new breed of startups in this space. We are therefore open for rolling applications, for organizations working in Land and Property inclusivity.

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