IIM Bangalore hosts social start-up ‘Santhe’ organised by NSRCEL

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IIM (Indian Institute of Management) Bangalore’s NSRCEL, an innovation and entrepreneurship hub introduced a social-startup ‘Santhe.’ The start-up is introduced with the collaboration of Michael and Susan Dell Foundation.

The one day event included panel discussions, workshops, peer-to-peer sessions and other activities. It also organised a stall space for social ventures names ‘Suite of Services,’ which offered services relevant to legal, technological, HR and branding to other areas in the sector.

The discussion’s main focus remained at ‘Collaborative Funding for Impact- The New Mantra.’ The panel discussion was moderated by Prof. Sourav Mukherji, Faculty Organisational Behaviour & Human Resources, IIM Bangalore.

Sudha Srinivasan, CEO of N/Core said, “Technology has changed over the span of 5 years  like booking cabs/tickets through an online app and the same has been fueled by our existing entrepreneurs. But, unfortunately same didn’t happen in case of social space.Our main focus area should be to build an enterprise, who look into disrupt areas of work & technology and can be utilized for demographic specific.”

Major Speakers at the event

  1. Deep Mukherjee- CEO, CII National Committee on Sports and Head, Sports Development, Star India
  2. Shweta Sharma Kukreja- MD, Central Square Foundation
  3. Pradeep Nair- Regional Director, Ford Foundation
  4. Sudha Srinivasan- CEO, N/Core
  5. Ashutosh Tyagi- Head, Social Finance India
  6. Saras Agarwal- Principal, Bharat Innovation Fund
  7. Ingrid Srinath- Founder Director, Centre for Social Impact and Philanthropy, Ashoka University

The event also had a celebration of its first batch of 8 social ventures at the event. Initially funded at INR 18 lakhs, the programme fostered cross leaning and sharing of best practices through the mix of programmes and other incubates under its fold.

After an 18-month-long incubation journey that saw its inception on September 15, 2017, the first batch of 8 social ventures graduated today.


They bring incubated start-ups, co-working ventures, industry mentors, eminent academicians together at the centre. This unique ecosystem thrives on continuous interaction between theory and practice.

This initiative is supported by Governmental, Corporate and other institutional partners.


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