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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.

UnLtd India is looking for its next cohort of early-stage Social Entrepreneurs, Founders of NGOs, creating sustainable livelihoods, providing skill development for income generation opportunities or working on healthcare or environment.

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, creating sustainable livelihoods, providing skill development for income generation opportunities or working on healthcare or environment. NGOs (Section 8, Trust, Society) registered on or after 1st Jan 2014 with 12A and 80G (can be in progress) certifications are eligible to apply.

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 – 2nd May
~ Applications Review: By 7th May
~ Screenings: By 14th 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 

*In the wake of such difficult times, we have decided to further extend our Incubation Program application deadline to 31st May 2021. For the applicants applying till 2nd May, the above mentioned deadlines across all the stages of selection process holds true, but for the applicants applying between 3rd May – 31st May the dates for screenings, TOC and Mock panels would differ. The dates of final panels however would be 25th June only.

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 July 2021 Cohort, we are specifically looking to support early stage social entrepreneurs, Founders of NGOs, creating sustainable livelihoods, providing skill development for income generation opportunities or working on healthcare or environment. NGOs (Section 8, Trust, Society) registered on or after 1st Jan 2014 with 12A and 80G (can be in progress) certifications are eligible to apply.

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

For our July 2021 Cohort, we are specifically looking to support early stage social entrepreneurs, Founders of NGOs, creating sustainable livelihoods, providing skill development for income generation opportunities or working on healthcare or environment. NGOs (Section 8, Trust, Society) registered on or after 1st Jan 2014 with 12A and 80G (can be in progress) certifications are eligible to apply.

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.