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 Michael & 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 over 20 years of experience in investment banking. He moved to India in 2007 to help set up...

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Krishnakumar Natarajan

Krishnakumar Natarajan, a leading authority in the global IT sector, co-founded Mindtree in 1999...

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Malavika R Harita

Malavika is the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Saatchi & Saatchi Focus in India. ...

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Matthew Spacie

Matthew comes with an extensive experience in senior positions in the corporate sector...

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Gita Sen

Dr. Gita Sen has over 35 years of experience working nationally and internationally on....

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Ravichandar is the Chairman & Managing Director of Feedback Consulting. His work focus is on guiding firms...

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Debasish Mitter

Debasish leads the Michael & Susan Dell Foundationís strategy and operations in India for...

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Mentor Panel

Rajiv Kucchal

Rajiv is an active angel investor and mentor to multiple start-ups in the social enterprise and technology space...

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Gayatri Vasudevan

Gayathri, the CEO of LabourNet, has built the firm into a respected social enterprise, by anchoring on values of...

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Dipesh Sutariya

Dipesh Sutariya is the co-founder and CEO of Enable India, a non-profit organization that has been...

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Naghma Mulla

Naghma works towards creating and maintaining a sustainable philanthropy network to...

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Pramod Kulkarni

Pramod Kulkarni is a founding member of Prerana, an NGO that enables merited....

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M J Arvind

MJ Aravind was a co-founder of Daksh, one of India's largest independent BPO companies...

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Rajesh Navaneetham

Rajesh is a founder-partner in Katalytics Growth Consultants (

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Samina Bano

Samina Bano is currently the Founder Director, RightWalk Foundation and a Ashoka Fellow...

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Sourav Mukherji

Sourav Mukherji teaches post graduate and doctoral level courses at IIM Bangalore...

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Nagaraja Prakasam

Nagaraja (Naga) Prakasam is a full time angel investor who has invested in 16 start-ups and seen three exits...

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Apply Now

The incubator has closed its application and already selected its first cohort. For the selection process for next year , non-profits must fit into the following selection criteria:

The final cohort will be selected based on a rigorous selection process of desk reviews, bootcamps and interviews with the selection panel

The call for application is closed. We will be starting the application process for the next cohort soon.

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.

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