N/Core selects 10 non-profits for incubation programme

Atul Satija, founder and CEO, N/Core

Bengaluru, August 31

N/Core, an incubator for non-profit start-ups, has selected 10 early-stage non-profits solving poverty-related issues, for N/1, its six-month-long incubation programme that will kick off here on September 11.

The start-ups were cherry-picked from a pool of 1,032 applications with 2,654 entrepreneurs from 19 countries across the world, translating into less than 1 per cent selection rate for the incubation programme. The applicants include graduates from institutions such as IITs, IIMs, ISB, NIT, JNU, Harvard University, Stanford University, Princeton University, Yale University, INSEAD, University of Maryland, National University of Singapore and Oxford University.

New solutions

“It is an exciting phase in India where some of the best young innovators are readily entering the social sector and providing out-of-the-box solutions to age-old challenges,” said Atul Satija, founder and CEO, N/Core. “We completed the selection process on Wednesday. We had received applications from Canada, the US, Spain, Pakistan, the Netherlands, South America and several from Africa, including Nigeria, Ghana, Sudan and Ethiopia. While some of the start-ups are testing innovative ideas, others are working on scaling their solutions. We are providing them with the ecosystem to structure and scale their organisations to create a bigger impact.”

Sushrat Foundation, started by Shitij Malhotra, who has past experience in Stanford India BioDesign, is planning to improve healthcare for patients from poor backgrounds by putting in place a better process and methodology in government hospitals.

Another selected incubatee, Samuel Rajkumar, founder of Foundations for Environmental Monitoring, works to solve the problem of access to potable water through a smart mobile-based water-quality testing solution.

Mazin Mukhtar, a University of Maryland alumnus and founder of Akshar Foundation, has a unique approach to teaching young children from underprivileged backgrounds in Assam by training and leveraging teens of the same community.

Abhinav Agarwal, founder of Anahad Foundation, who registered his non-profit while pursuing his degree from Berklee College of Music, is committed to build a tech-based infrastructure for folk music/musicians to save their art through a modern, tangible medium.

N/Core is offering a grant of ₹10 lakh to each selected non-profit and plans to incubate 100 non-profits over the next five years, by incubating around 10 such start-ups twice every year.

Published on August 31, 2017

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