we offer an innovation grant of
₹15 lakhs that will enable you to develop your theory of change and make it work
1:1 hands on mentoring by The/Nudge CSI partners to help you achieve strategic clarity along with focussed support on fundraising
connect with an awesome peer group, and a network that is interested in your idea and eager to help you to grow
dedicated mentoring by some of India’s most admired leaders.
deadline: 27th september
submit basic details about the problem & solution. shortlisted applicants will be invited to submit detailed proposals.
deadline: 4th october
submit detailed B plan.
shortlisted applicants will be invited for virtual interviews.
week of 12th october
interviews with CSI Partners.
up to 15 orgs selected for incubation.
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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.
: an innovation grant of upto 15 lakhs
: hands on 1:1 mentoring by a CSI partner and a focussed support on fundraising
: support from portfolio manager
: connects to potential donors and partners
: access to like minded alumni network
The deep hands-on support for 9 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.
: focussed support on fundraising. this helps entrepreneurs achieve clarity on your fundraising strategy and become fundraising ready.
: 1-on-1 support by the CSI portfolio manager, as a thought partner, and skin-in-the-game collaborator in the success of their incubatees.
: face-to-face as well as virtual immersion events, usually held in Bangalore during the various bootcamps. 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.
Innovation grant 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.
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/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.
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. we welcome nonprofits that leverage technology in their product, service or outreach, to bring about social change.