NSRCEL partners with Capgemini in India to support social startups

KOLKATA: NSRCEL, the startup hub at IIM Bangalore, has partnered with Capgemini in India to support social impact startups in the country’s growing startup ecosystem. Of the 28 startups that made the pitch, four startups have been selected for this programme, which will commence in the first week of August.

The selected startups are BLINK Research and Services, ECONUT Coconut Producer Company, Learning Matters, and PROSOC Innovators.

“We are delighted to have Capgemini join us in supporting social enterprises, especially during these trying times. Our partnership is a unique one as this is the first time that we are making a multi-year commitment to our start-ups to help them scale their operations and enhance their impact,” said Prof. Venkatesh Panchapagesan, Chairperson, NSRCEL.

The selected ventures will receive, from Capgemini, an entrepreneurial grant of Rs 75 lakh each, across three years, based on their progress and milestone. From NSRCEL at IIMB, they will gain access to domain mentors and networks that will help them scale. The mentors will address specific challenges and provide assistance wherever required.

“As part of Capgemini’s endeavour to ensure that technology and innovation drive sustainable and social development, we aspire to nurture novel ideas and dreams that have the capability to enhance and transform life. It is wonderful to see young change makers developing novel ideas to tackle the country’s social problems with inspiring energy and enthusiasm,” said Anurag Pratap, Head of CSR India, Capgemini.


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