Whether specialising in social enterprise or supporting these businesses as part of a wider portfolio, we know a lot of incubators face similar challenges. But one thing’s for certain: the best advice usually comes from those who have been in the same position.
This event was aimed at Indian incubator managers who want to exchange learning with their peers. It was co-organised by Nesta, BGV, ANDE, ISBA and GIZ, with support from the UK Government’s Department for International Development.
Day One - February 22nd
Welcome and introductions
Aditya Pant (ANDE), David Elliott (DfID India), Madeleine Gabriel (Nesta), Raghu Rajamani (ISBA) and Susanne Dorasil (German Embassy)
Interactive learning: shared challenges
Glen Mehn and Jessica Stacey (Bethnal Green Ventures)
a) ‘Sustainable business models for incubation’
Facilitated by Ashwin Joshi (CIEE)
Speakers: Shalaka Joshi (UnLtd India), Pranay Gupta (91 Springboard) and Norbert Kunz (Social Impact)
b) ‘Incubation beyond the big cities: operating in low-income states and less dense entrepreneurial ecosystems’
Facilitated by Raghu Rajamani (ISBA)
Speakers: Amit Raj (Jagriti Yatra), Balasubramanian Munuswamy (DfID India), Glen Mehn (Bethnal Green Ventures), Lina Sonne (Okapi), Sivarajah Ramanathan (Nativelead Foundation) and Mrityunjay Suar (KIIT Bhubaneswar)
c) ‘Impact measurement for incubators'
Facilitated by Aditya Pant (ANDE)
Speakers: Raghu Rajamani (ISBA), Saurabh Lall (ANDE), Alex Prather (Unitus Seed Fund) and Madeleine Gabriel (Nesta)
d) ‘Accessing and retaining talent'
Facilitated by Shweta Gandhi (Karmany), Priya Thachadi (Villgro) and Glen Mehn (Bethnal Green Ventures)
Practitioner panel - ‘Incubation for social impact: perspectives from around the world’
Chaired by Jessica Stacey (Bethnal Green Ventures, London)
Speakers: Paul Basil (Villgro, Chennai), Ahwin Joshi (CIIE, Ahmedabad), Norbert Kunz (Social Impact, Berlin), Ramaswamy Iyer (STEP Pune, Pune)
Announcing the INVENT selection
Paul Basil (Villgro) and Marshall Elliott, Head of DfID India
Day Two - February 23rd
Investment for social entrepreneurs
Facilitated by Katharina Kuehn (GIZ) and Rustam Sengupta (Boond)
Incubation models and tools showcase
Facilitated by Glen Mehn (Bethnal Green Ventures)
Participants: Coimbatore Innovation and Business Incubator, Jagriti Yatra, Nativelead Foundation, Unitus Seed Fund
Turning the tables: incubator pitches
Facilitated by Glen Mehn and Jessica Stacey (Bethnal Green Ventures)
Social entrepreneur panel: Chander Thareja (Intellemind Technologies) and Rustam Sengupta (Boond)
Next steps, action planning and conclusions
Facilitated by Madeleine Gabriel and Florence Engasser (Nesta)
Who we are
Nesta is an Innovation foundation based in the UK, expert in mapping new approaches to innovation and innovation support around the world.
Bethnal Green Ventures (BGV) is a leading UK social venture accelerator programme with a great deal of experience designing practitioner events like Good Incubation UK and Social Innovation Camps around the world.
The Indian Science and Technology Entrepreneur Parks and Business Incubators Association (ISBA) is a not-for-profit Society aiming to promote business incubation activities in India through knowledge sharing and networking among Indian Technology Business Incubators and Science and Technology Entrepreneurs Parks and other startup support organisations.
The Aspen Network for Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE India) is the Indian chapter of a global network, aiming to support the entrepreneurial ecosystem in India by generating new knowledge, forging stronger connections and facilitating collaborations between members.
The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) assists the German Government in achieving its objectives in the field of international cooperation and offers demand-driven, tailor-made and effective services for sustainable development, as well as customised solutions to complex challenges.