Motives may differ, but goalposts for successful ventures remain the same.

Since 2002, NSRCEL has been a centre of excellence at IIM Bangalore incubating, supporting and seeding commercial
ventures. We have touched over 15000 entrepreneurs over the years, actively incubating 67 ventures that have created over 4500 jobs and
cumulatively stand at a billion dollar valuation in 2016.

'NSRCEL Social' plans to leverage our experience in nurturing early stage ventures to build successful
not-for-profit social impact ventures.

We invite social changemakers and entrepreneurs to connect with our Social Incubator supported by MSDF (Michael and Susan Dell Foundation). The focus of the initiative is to nurture early stage Not-for-Profit ventures that address problems of the Urban Poor.


NSRCEL Social aims to address the lack of an effective support system for early stage non-profit organisations. These organisations are offered little or no technical assistance with regard to fundraising, legal issues and operational challenges and find it difficult to secure funding under Corporations, foundations or the government. On the other hand, there is a pressing need for high quality non-profits with a growing pool of philanthropic and CSR money.

The non-profit incubator will select and nurture early-stage organizations over the next two years, helping them become world-class non-profits that deliver impact. This initiative aspires to create a proven template for non-profit incubation in India, developing a playbook for nurturing and scaling early stage organizations. Such an approach can be replicated at other academic institutions and incubation hubs across the country. The Incubator is guided by an advisory committee comprising of established non-profit and business leaders and esteemed faculty of IIM Bangalore.

Path to Success

The selected non-profits will be supported for two years through

Ongoing mentoring and capacity building leveraging NSRCEL's rich network of mentors, entrepreneurs and experts

Access to networks across funders, government and ecosystem players

Visibility through an annual calendar of activities

Access to support and advisory services such as legal, financial & HR

Workspace on IIMB campus enabling access to a vibrant start-up environment surrounded by other NSRCEL incubatees, as well as the faculty, and students in the institute.

Our Team

Advisory Council

Eric Savage

Eric has well over 20 years of experience. He moved to india in 2007 to help set up Unitu...

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Krishnakumar Natarajan

A leading authority in global IT Sector, Krishnakumar Natarajan co-founder Mindtree...

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Malavika Harita

Malavika has an illustious career as an advertising professional. She founded Saatchi and Saatchi...

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Matthew Spacie

Formerly Chief Operating Officer of Cox and Kings and Founder of

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Gita Sen

Dr. Gita Sen is a founder and member of the Executive Committee of Development Alternatives...

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Ravichandar is Chairman & MD, Feedback Consulting. His work focus is on guiding the firm for sustained...

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Debashish Mitter

Debasish leads the foundation's strategy and operations in India for education, employability skills...

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Mentor Panel

Rajiv Kucchal

Rajiv is an active angel investor and mentor to multiple startups in the social enterprise and technology...

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Gayatri Vasudevan

Gayathri is the CEO of LabourNet. She has built LabourNet into a respected social enterprise...

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Dipesh Sutariya

Dipesh Sutariya holds a Bachelor degree in Electronics Engineering (B.E) from V.E.S.I.T, Mumbai...

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Naghma Mulla

A Chartered Accountant by profession, Naghma works towards creating and maintaining...

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Pramod Kulkarni

Pramod Kulkarni holds a Post-graduate Diploma in Management from IIM-A...

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Apply Now

The incubator is currently open for application towards the first cohort of
non-profits fitting into the following selection criteria:

Not for profit ventures that address problems of the urban poor focused on education, financial inclusion, jobs & livelihoods, and health sectors

Registered with proven on-ground experience of at last one year

Led by a high-quality entrepreneurs committed to the social mission

Preferebly based out of Bangalore

The call for application is open. The final cohort will be selected based on a rigorous selection process of desk reviews, bootcamps and interviews with the selection panel. Click here to apply.

Our Partners

Funding Support