The Telangana government has launched India's first social innovation centre -- The ‘Kakatiya Hub For Social Innovation’ in Nizamabad on Sunday.

Telangana IT Secretary Jayesh Ranjan made this announcement at the one-day Development Dialogue, an international social entrepreneurship ecosystem conference hosted by Kakatiya Sandbox.

Jayesh Ranjan said the ‘Kakatiya Hub For Social Innovation’ funded by the Telangana government and implemented through Kakatiya Sandbox will function like a rural incubator to encourage entrepreneurship at the grassroots level.

He said, “There are a large number of problems to be solved in rural areas and the people who are familiar with them should be in the best position to solve the problems. However, rural entrepreneurs need a structured guidance and an incubator is the best way of providing a necessary ecosystem and support to them.”

The IT secretary said the government will make sure that the rural incubator in Telangana will be run exactly in the same as any other high-end incubator like the T-Hub, the country’s biggest, located in Hyderabad.

Indian-American entrepreneur Raju Reddy, co-founder of Kakatiya Sandbox, Dr. ‘Desh’ Deshpande, founder of Deshpande Foundation, Redbus founder Phanindra Sama, who is also the co-founder of Kakatiya Sandbox, welcomed the government’s decision to implement the rural incubator in Nizamabad.

The move is expected to create a model for promoting entrepreneurs in rural and semi-urban areas in the country.

Dr. ‘Desh’ Deshpande, founder of Deshpande Foundation which introduced the Sandbox concept in India 10 years ago, said, “People in impoverished communities see a problem, feel helpless about it, or they tend to complain. But those in vibrant communities see opportunities in problems. They try to solve them. This is Entrepreneurship. The objective of the Sandbox is to encourage problem-solvers.”