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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.

Dedicated Mentoring

During the 6 months of incubation, N/Core Partners will work with you to share their expertise and give you hands-on support.

Sector Connect

We connect you to an array of people interested in your work, eager to help you grow at a much faster pace and impact at scale.

N/Core Partners

Achieve strategic clarity through deep insights and mentoring from some of India’s most admired leaders.

  • Dr. Gopichand is the Founder and CEO of Myelin Foundry and an Independent Director of Bosch India Limited. He is also the Vice President of the IET, Board of Trustees, UK. Until recently, Gopi was the Group Chief Technology Officer and Innovation Head for Tata Group. Previously, as the Chairman and Managing Director of GE India Technology Centre, he helped grow GE’s largest R&D Centre – the John F. Welch Technology Centre.

    gopichand katragadda

    Founder and CEO,

    Myelin Foundry

  • Lan set up one of India’s first endowment funds, at the Azim Premji Foundation, to sponsor various philanthropic activities in the areas of primary education and related development. He currently manages investments worth ~$21 billion. Lan is an MBA from IIM Lucknow, and has previously served as Chief Strategy Officer and Head of M&A for Wipro Technologies.

    k r lakshminarayana lan

    Chief Endowment Officer,

    Azim Premji Foundation

  • Kamakshi has two decades of experience investing in listed equities. She was Senior Vice President at Capital International and has served on the board of Larsen and Toubro Financial Holdings. Since 2013, Kamakshi has been affiliated with Ankur Capital, a venture capital fund for social enterprises. Kamakshi is an alumna of Harvard and UPenn.

    kamakshi rao

    Senior Investment Director,

    Ankur Capital

  • Madhav is co-founder and former CEO of Pratham, one of India's largest, and most impactful nonprofits. Madhav is the 2012 recipient of the WISE Prize for Education, the most coveted recognition in education. He also received the 2011 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship. Madhav has a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Ohio State University.

    madhav chavan

    Co-founder & former CEO,


  • Maneesh Dhir heads Technology Strategy at FICO(R). He is also a Partner at Social Venture Partners. Maneesh was formerly head of Apple in India, responsible for growing their business to $1Billion+. He holds an MBA from the Stanford, and is an alumnus of University of California, Los Angeles and IIT, Delhi.

    maneesh dhir

    Former Managing Director - India,


  • Sanjay is a Chief Curator at Societal Platform, and Strategic Advisor for EkStep Foundation, eGov Foundation, Mantra4Change, Fundamentum Partnerships and Unleash, to name a few. He is a frequent speaker at the World Economic Forum (Davos). Previously, Sanjay was Chairman of the Board, Infosys Consulting, and CEO for EdgeVerve Systems Limited, an Infosys Company.

    sanjay purohit

    Chief Curator,

    Societal Platform

  • Shankar Maruwada is the CEO and Co-founder of EkStep. He was Head of Demand Generation and Marketing for AADHAAR, India’s national identification program. Shankar co-founded Marketics, a pioneering company in data analytics. He is also a startup investor and mentor. He is an Alumnus of IIM Ahmedabad, IIT Kharagpur.

    shankar maruwada


    EkStep Foundation

  • Surendra Kumar Jain (SK) is a co-founder and former Managing Director for Westbridge Capital. Prior to Westbridge, SK was with Sequoia Capital. Earlier, he was co-founder and CEO of MeraNet, and worked at Intel, Motorola and Booz-Allen & Hamilton. SK is an alumnus of IIM Ahmedabad, IIT Delhi and the University of Minnesota.

    surendra kumar jain

    Co-founder and ex-Managing Director,

    WestBridge Capital

  • Ujwal Thakar, a banker for 28 years, has held key senior management positions at several leading banks including Standard Chartered Bank, BNP Paribas and Times bank. He has also served as CEO of Pratham, and GiveIndia. Currently, Ujwal Ujwal is advisor to PricewaterhouseCoopers in their BFSI practice and serves on the board of Educate Girls and several other nonprofits.

    ujwal thakar

    Former CEO,

    Give India, Pratham

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