Deshpande Foundation

About US

Addressing Grassroots Problems through Innovation, Collaboration and Sustainability

We have constantly worked towards recognizing and addressing the challenges of rural and semi-urban India. We focus on creating better, faster, inclusive and economical solutions in the areas of Agriculture, Micro-Entrepreneurship, Skilling, and Startups. We believe in navigating a unique path as a social enterprise, harnessing a blend of business excellence and compassion of not-for-profits.

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1 lakh farmers benefited | 7000+ farm ponds
1 lakh farmers benefited | 7000+ farm ponds
9500+ Skill in Village students benefited
9500+ students benefited - Skill in Village
190+ Government NaliKali teachers trained (EarlySpark)
190+ government NaliKali teachers trained - EarlySpark
14000+ SkillPlus students trained
14000+ students trained - SkillPlus
4900+ micro-entrepreneurs supported
4900+ micro-entrepreneurs supported
300+ startups supported
300+ startups supported


Agriculture Initiatives

Initiatives to fulfil the primary needs of the farming community and bring about their economic prosperity.

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Deshpande Skilling

Empowering rural youth to become a part of India’s growth story.

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Micro-Entrepreneurship Development Program (MEDP)

Helping small and local entrepreneurs build their businesses and grow to their fullest potential.

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Deshpande Startups

A Living Laboratory for Entrepreneurs.

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  • Tata Trust
  • SBI
  • DTS
  • LTI - Lets Solve
  • HDFC Bank
  • Sidbi

Global Presence

  • Dunin-Deshpande Queen's Innovation Centre
  • EforAll
  • GDC - Stem to Startup
  • Pond-Deshpande Centre
  • MIT Deshpande Center
  • RISE