About us, Deshpande Startups Deshpande Foundation

WHO WE ARE


India’s largest platform to penetrate into the 70% (TIER-II & TIER-III) untapped India's market.

World-class facilities to build product startups with an access to Makers Lab & ESDM Cluster.

We envision an environment where anyone can realize their entrepreneurial aspiration, with free and full access to our startup ecosystem, regardless of one’s socio-cultural, geographic, education or financial background or venture domain one that will meet the realities of real India.

We see a wide spectrum of startups emerging in India to meet the heterogeneous structure of the Indian economy and society.
Venture-funded technology startups, whilst important, is just one such form and even there, the model still needs to evolve for India. We see the vibrancy of such entrepreneurship at scale drive the future of livelihoods, economic growth, global identity and social infrastructure development for India.

The purpose of Deshpande Startups is to catalyze such an environment. The world has 7 billion people. About the top 2 billion are now served well by what we now know as the startup ecosystem in metros in India and abroad. The economic activity for the bottom 5 billion is picking up and that growing economy is underserved by startups. There are startups coming up in big metros to serve this population in India. However, they suffer being far removed from the customer base. The audacious goal for the incubation centre in Hubballi is to create the Best Ecosystem for startups to serve the bottom 5 billion people in the world and the associated businesses.

India has over 1.3 billion people. About 200 million of them live in cities and over 1.1 billion live in villages and semi-urban areas. Hubballi is a small city surrounded by villages. The incubator in Hubballi offers access to a rural and semi-urban customer base, motivated cost-effective talent and compassionate mentors who can nurture startups. The startups can draw on the expertise and support of 500 professionals of the Deshpande Foundation’s Hubballi sandbox who are actively engaged in programs for skill development, agriculture, livelihoods and healthcare for these rural and semi-urban customers. With the assistance of these seasoned professionals the startups can refine business models designed to serve this important customer segment.

If startups in Hubballi can serve villages and semi-urban areas in India, they can then expand their businesses to global markets to serve the 5 billion people at the base of the economic pyramid across the world.


BOARD MEMBERS

Dr. Gururaj Desh Deshpande, Advisory Board Deshpande Startups

Dr. Gururaj "Desh" Deshpande
Advisor, Deshpande Startups

Dr. Aravind Chinchure, Director, Deshpande startups

Dr. Aravind Chinchure
Director, Deshpande Startups

Ramanathan Narayanan, Director, Deshpande startups

Ramanathan Narayanan
Director, Deshpande Startups

Rajiv Prakash, Director, Deshpande startups

Rajiv Prakash
Director, Deshpande Startups


LEADERSHIP TEAM

Rajiv Prakash, CEO, Deshpande startups

Rajiv Prakash
CEO, Deshpande Startups

B Gopala Krishnan, Director, Incubation, Deshpande Startups

B Gopala Krishnan
Director, Incubation

Priya Nagaraj, Director, Strategic Partnerships, Deshpande Startups

Priya Nagaraj
Director, Strategic
Partnerships

Golden Frankly, Deputy Director, Incubation, Deshpande Startups

Golden Frankly
Deputy Director, Incubation

Amrut Patil, Deputy Director & Head, Yuva Entrepreneurship, Deshpande Startups

Amrut Patil
Deputy Director & Head,
Yuva Entrepreneurship

Manjunath Gogi, Sr.Manager & Head, EDGE, Deshpande Startups

Manjunath Gogi
Sr. Manager & Head, EDGE


TEAM MEMBERS

Atul Kavitak, Manager, Incubation, Deshpande Startups

Atul Kavitake
Manager, Incubation

Azhar Yakkundi, Incubation-Executive, Deshpande Startups

Azhar Yakkundi
Executive, Incubation

Chetan Madivalar, Executive, ESDM, Deshpande Startups

Chetan Madivalar
Executive, ESDM

Harish Gadagin, Technical Executive, Makers Lab, Deshpande Startups

Harish Gadagin
Technical Executive,
Makers Lab

Kalmesh Kotabagi, Executive, Makers Lab, Deshpande Startups

Kalmesh Kotabagi
Executive, Makers Lab

Kedar Kulkarni, Sr. Executive-EDGE, Deshpande Startups

Kedar Kulkarni
Sr. Executive, EDGE

Neelappa H, Manager-ESDM, Deshpande Startups

Neelappa H
Manager, ESDM

Nikhil Bellad, Sr. Executive, Accounts, Deshpande Startups

Nikhil Bellad
Sr. Executive, Accounts

Poorva Ekbote, Executive, Web Communication, Deshpande Startups

Poorva Ekbote
Executive,
Web Communication

Raju Mudhireddy, Sr. Executive, Social Media, Deshpande Startups

Raju Mudhireddy
Sr. Executive,
Social Media

Rakshit Kalyani, Manager, Incubation, Deshpande Startups

Rakshit Kalyani
Manager, Marketing

Rashmi S. Jatti, Executive, Operation, Deshpande Startups

Rashmi S. Jatti
Executive, Operation

Shaik Reshma, Executive, Yuva Entrepreneurship, Deshpande Startups

Reshma Shaik
Executive,
Yuva Entrepreneurship

Sanmati Jakkannavar,  Asst. Manager - Human Resources, Deshpande Startups

Sanmati Jakkannavar
Asst. Manager, HR

Santosh Pujer, Sr. Executive - ESDM, Deshpande Startups

Santosh Pujer
Sr. Executive - ESDM

Sharanu Mugali, Manager, IT, Deshpande Startups

Sharanu Mugali
Manager, IT

Shruti Lingadal, Executive, ESDM, Deshpande Startups

Shruti Lingadal
Executive, ESDM

Siddu Parannavar, Manager, Admin & Operations, Deshpande Startups

Siddu Parannavar
Manager,
Admin & Operation

Siddharth Lahri, Associate, Investments, Deshpande Startups

Siddharth Lahri
Associate, Investments

Snehal H Dixit, Executive, Marketing, Deshpande Startups

Snehal H Dixit
Executive, Marketing

Soundhar B, Incubation Associate, Deshpande Startups

Soundhar B
Associate, Incubation

Subramanya Badiger, Associate - ESDM, Deshpande Startups

Subramanya Badiger
Associate, ESDM

Swapna Ankola, Manager, Incubation, Deshpande Startups

Swapna Ankola
Manager, Incubation

Umesh Hosamani, Executive, Operations, Deshpande Startups

Umesh Hosamani
Executive, Operations

Veeranagouda S, Business Development, ESDM Cluster, Deshpande startups

Veeranagouda S
Business Development
Manager, ESDM

VijayKumar Madnur, Associate, Operations, Deshpande Startups

Vijaykumar Madnur
Associate, Operations

Vijaylaxmi Patil, Sr. Executive-Incubation, Deshpande Startups

Vijaylaxmi Patil
Sr. Executive, Incubation

Vivek Mogal, Manager, Incubation, Deshpande Startups

Vivek Mogal
Manager, Incubation

Yashvi Mehta, Executive, Yuva Entrepreneurship, Deshpande Startups

Yashvi Mehta
Executive,
Yuva Entrepreneurship


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Next to Airport, Opp to Gokul Village, Gokul Road, Hubballi, Karnataka.