Deshpande Sandbox startups


The aim of the Sandbox is to create an environment where unconventional approaches to addressing social innovation is encouraged. The value of the Sandbox lies in its ability to identify synergies and explore potential collaborations among the catalyst network. Our success lies in our ability to execute as we not only provide financial resources to our partners, but also strategic support, challenging them to impact larger populations and work more efficiently for sustainable development. We are proud to boast some remarkable partnerships in the Sandbox that have evolved into exemplary successes as we continue to support a critical number of local leaders, entrepreneurs, and innovators who can focus and develop solutions to local issues.



We work in compact geographic areas that we call “(Social) Innovation Sandbox, a ‘living laboratory’ for local social entrepreneurs to have their ideas tested, strengthened and sustained over a period of time. As a systems solution, Sandbox is built on the principle that innovations for change need to be ‘bottom up’, rooted in a deep understanding of the problem itself and co-created with the people who need it most. To this end, Sandbox builds local leadership and strengthens capacity within the community to absorb the idea and own it in the long run. The Sandbox ecosystem has 4 impact units – Agriculture, Skilling, Micro Entrepreneurship and Startups. LEAD and Navodyami programs are a part of this ecosystem. While LEAD is a youth-leadership program that works with college students to foster empathetic and entrepreneurial thinking, Navodyami helps to make micro-entrepreneurship a viable livelihood, enabling individuals to build sustainable small enterprises.


ALIGNMENT WITH United Nations
#Envision2030: 12 goals out of 17 goals - To transform the world for persons with disabilities


UN Sustainable Development Goals
Deshpande Foundation India Sustainable Development Goals No Poverty
Deshpande Foundation India Sustainable Development Goals Zero Hunger
Deshpande Foundation India Sustainable Development Goals Good Health And Well Being
Deshpande Foundation India Sustainable Development Goals Quality Education
Deshpande Foundation India Sustainable Development Goals Gender Equality
Deshpande Foundation India Sustainable Development Goals Clean Water And Sanitation
Deshpande Foundation India Sustainable Development Goals Decent Work And Economic Growth
Deshpande Foundation India Sustainable Development Goals Industry, Innovation And Infrastructure
Deshpande Foundation India Sustainable Development Goals Reduced Inequalities
Deshpande Foundation India Sustainable Development Goals Responsible Consumption And Production
Deshpande Foundation India Sustainable Development Goals Climate Action
Deshpande Foundation India Sustainable Development Goals Life On Land

GLOBAL SANDBOX FOOTPRINTS