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Incubation Program

What is the purpose?

UnLtd India’s Theory of Change is that social entrepreneurs will sustain and scale if they get an enabling ecosystem in their early stages. Through our Incubation Program, we provide our social entrepreneurs opportunities to maximise their potential as entrepreneurs and leaders to accelerate the growth of their organisations and deliver high-impact.

What can I expect?

We personalise our Program as each idea is unique and every entrepreneur is on a different growth trajectory. Our Incubation Program provides one-on-one coaching, access to mentors and funders, and peer learning. To know more, click here

Is there any preference for specific ideas, problems or sectors?

No, we are open to any idea that solves a pressing socio-economic issue in India.

For our July 2021 Cohort, we are specifically looking to support early stage social entrepreneurs, Founders of NGOs with innovative ideas for creating sustainable livelihoods or income-generating opportunities to alleviate poverty in India.

Does the Incubation Program provide funding?

Yes, we believe that passion drives an idea, but money sustains it. Hence a certain amount of financial support is provided depending on the life-stage of your organisation.

How does UnLtd India define a social entrepreneur?

We believe a social entrepreneur is any individual who is taking action to create positive social change by setting up an NGO (Section 8, Trust, Society) or a Social Enterprise (LLP, Pvt. Ltd, OPC, Partnership, Sole Proprietorship)

For our  July 2021 Cohort, we are specifically looking to support early stage social entrepreneurs, Founders of NGOs with innovative ideas for creating sustainable livelihoods or income-generating opportunities to alleviate poverty in India.  The NGO should have their 12A and 80G (can be applied for status) Certifications.

Is there a fee charged for the Incubation Program?

The program is completely free and is designed to help social entrepreneurs grow in all aspects.

Application Process

What is the eligibility criteria of the Incubation Program?

You can read more about our selection criteria in detail here

When does the application process take place?

Applications open twice a year: September for the January Cohort, and April for the July Cohort.

Applications for our incubation program open in the 1st week of April every year for the July Cohort. 

The application / selection timelines for the July 2021 cohort are as follows:
~ Applications dates: 5th April – 25th April
~ Applications Review: By 30th April
~ Screenings: By 10th May
~ TOC: By 20th May
~ Mock Panels: By 4th June
~ Final Panels: By 25th June
~ Cohort Announcement: By 30th June
~ Induction & cohort commencement: Week of 12th July 

Due to uncertainity of travel and social distancing norms, the selection process will be conducted virtually.

For how many years can I be a part of the Incubation Program?

You can be a part of the Program for a maximum of 3 years in the Test & Build Level, and 1 year in the Grow Level.

I am not a registered organisation and haven’t decided on a model. Can I still apply?

For our Jan 2021 July 2021 Cohort, we are specifically looking to support early stage social entrepreneurs, Founders of NGOs with innovative ideas for creating sustainable livelihoods or income-generating opportunities to alleviate poverty in India.  The NGO should have their 12A and 80G (can be applied for status) Certifications.

I am still at an idea stage. Can I apply?

For our Jan 2021 July 2021 Cohort, we are specifically looking to support early stage social entrepreneurs, Founders of NGOs with innovative ideas for creating sustainable livelihoods or income-generating opportunities to alleviate poverty in India.  The NGO should have their 12A and 80G (can be applied for status) Certifications.

I am currently a one-member team. Can I apply?

Yes. We will help you grow your organisation over a period of time.

I have applied to UnLtd India before. Can I re-apply?

If you haven’t been selected the first time around, don’t be discouraged, you can apply again.
If you have been a part of the Incubation Program before, depending on the life-stage of your organisation, you can reapply.

Can I submit 2 applications for 2 different ideas?

No. You will have to submit the idea you are more inclined towards.

Can I apply if I am not the Founder/Co-Founder of the idea/organisation?

Unfortunately, no. Our Program is solely designed for Founders/Co-Founders. The Application allows for upto 3 Co-Founders named as  Primary Applicant and 2 Co-Founders.

I am working on the idea part-time. Can I apply?

To be eligible to our Program, you must be working full-time or if part-time (3 days or more a week) on your program     

Our operations have stopped due to the current global pandemic. Can I apply for support?

You can apply to our program if you have pivoted your model or have a strong plan of action to mobilise funds and resources in the next 2 months.