Deshpande Foundation and Microsoft Ventures in India proclaimed partnership to launch Sandbox Startups, an incubator focused on incubating startups in tier two and three cities of India.
On August 23, a Memorandum of Assocation (MoU) for three years was signed for the formation of the Sandbox programme which will support startups with seed funding, skill development and support in its mentor network. The programme has pitched startups like nanoPix, an image processing company that has designed an algorithm to grade cashew nuts and NextDrop, which has developed an SMS-based water-alert system.
Founded by global business leader and philanthropist Gururaj “Desh” Deshpande and Jaishree Deshpande, the Deshpande Foundations has operations in India, Canada and the USA.
Rajinish Menon, Director, Microsoft Ventures in India, said, “Our partnership with Deshpande Foundation aims to engage with entrepreneurs from smaller towns at every stage of their journey from ideation to maturity”.
On the occasion of the launch Deshpande Foundation CEO Naveen Jha said, “The objective of this partnership is to work in an inclusive manner to ensure that all relevant stakeholders, such as early stage entrepreneurs, academia, students, the venture capital community, mentors, advisors, high-net-worth individuals and corporates, are active participants in the innovation ecosystem”.