About us, Deshpande Startups Deshpande Foundation


India’s largest platform to penetrate into the 70% (TIER-II & TIER-III) untapped India's market.

World-class facilities to build product startups with an access to Makers Lab & ESDM Cluster.

We envision an environment where anyone can realize their entrepreneurial aspiration, with free and full access to our startup ecosystem, regardless of one’s socio-cultural, geographic, education or financial background or venture domain one that will meet the realities of real India.

We see a wide spectrum of startups emerging in India to meet the heterogeneous structure of the Indian economy and society.
Venture-funded technology startups, whilst important, is just one such form and even there, the model still needs to evolve for India. We see the vibrancy of such entrepreneurship at scale drive the future of livelihoods, economic growth, global identity and social infrastructure development for India.

The purpose of Deshpande Startups is to catalyze such an environment. The world has 7 billion people. About the top 2 billion are now served well by what we now know as the startup ecosystem in metros in India and abroad. The economic activity for the bottom 5 billion is picking up and that growing economy is underserved by startups. There are startups coming up in big metros to serve this population in India. However, they suffer being far removed from the customer base. The audacious goal for the incubation centre in Hubballi is to create the Best Ecosystem for startups to serve the bottom 5 billion people in the world and the associated businesses.

India has over 1.3 billion people. About 200 million of them live in cities and over 1.1 billion live in villages and semi-urban areas. Hubballi is a small city surrounded by villages. The incubator in Hubballi offers access to a rural and semi-urban customer base, motivated cost-effective talent and compassionate mentors who can nurture startups. The startups can draw on the expertise and support of 500 professionals of the Deshpande Foundation’s Hubballi sandbox who are actively engaged in programs for skill development, agriculture, livelihoods and healthcare for these rural and semi-urban customers. With the assistance of these seasoned professionals the startups can refine business models designed to serve this important customer segment.

If startups in Hubballi can serve villages and semi-urban areas in India, they can then expand their businesses to global markets to serve the 5 billion people at the base of the economic pyramid across the world.


Dr. Gururaj Desh Deshpande, Advisory Board Deshpande Startups

Dr. Gururaj "Desh" Deshpande
Advisor, Deshpande Startups

Dr. Aravind Chinchure, Director, Deshpande startups

Dr. Aravind Chinchure
Director, Deshpande Startups

Ramanathan Narayanan, Director, Deshpande startups

Ramanathan Narayanan
Director, Deshpande Startups

Rajiv Prakash, Director, Deshpande startups

Rajiv Prakash
Director, Deshpande Startups


Benjamin Mathew, CEO, Deshpande startups

Benjamin Mathew
CEO, Deshpande Startups

Vijaykumar Mane, Director, Market Access Manager, Deshpande Startups

Vijaykumar Mane
Director, Market Access
& Head - Scaleup Program

Golden Frankly, Deputy Director, Incubation, Deshpande Startups

Golden Frankly
Deputy Director & Head, Incubation Program

Amrut Patil, Deputy Director & Head, YUVA Entrepreneurship, Deshpande Startups

Amrut Patil
Deputy Director & Head,
YUVA Entrepreneurship


Adarsh Naik, Sr. Executive, Incubation, Deshpande Startups

Adarsh Naik
Sr. Executive, Incubation

Azhar Yakkundi, Sr. Executive-Incubation, Deshpande Startups

Azhar Yakkundi
Sr. Executive, Incubation

Balaji B K, Sr. Executive, YUVA, Deshpande Startups

Balaji B K
Sr. Executive,
YUVA Entrepreneurship

Chetan Madivalar, Sr. Executive, I2P, Deshpande Startups

Chetan Madivalar
Sr. Executive,
Idea to Prototype

Hanisha M, Sr. Executive, EDGE, Deshpande Startups

Hanisha M
Sr. Executive, EDGE

Kalmesh Kotabagi, Executive, Idea to Prototype, Deshpande Startups

Kalmesh Kotabagi
Executive, Idea to Prototype

Kedar Kulkarni, Asst. Manager, EDGE, Deshpande Startups

Kedar Kulkarni
Asst. Manager, EDGE

Manjunath Chalawadi, Graphic Designer, Media & Communications, Deshpande Startups

Manjunath Chalawadi
Graphic Designer,
Media & Communications

Manjunath Kshatri, Executive, Operations, Deshpande Startups

Manjunath Kshatri
Executive, Operations

Mohsin Taj, Front Office Executive, Operations, Deshpande Startups

Mohsin Taj
Front Office Executive,

Nagaraj Bolakatti, Manager, Market Access, Deshpande Startups

Nagaraj Bolakatti
Manager, Market Access

Neelappa H, Manager - Idea to Prototype , Deshpande Startups

Neelappa H
Manager, Idea to Prototype

Nikhil Bellad, Sr. Executive, Accounts, Deshpande Startups

Nikhil Bellad
Sr. Executive, Accounts

Omkar Bhatia, Junior Engineer, I2P, Deshpande Startups

Omkar Bhatia
Junior Engineer,
Idea to Prototype

Piyush Joshi, Sr. Executive, EDGE, Deshpande Startups

Piyush Joshi
Sr. Executive, EDGE

Poorva Ekbote, Executive, Web Communication, Deshpande Startups

Poorva Ekbote
Web Communication

Rakesh Totakar, Sr. Executive, YUVA, Deshpande Startups

Rakesh Totakar
Sr. Executive,
YUVA Entrepreneurship

Rakshit Kalyani, Manager, Incubation, Deshpande Startups

Rakshit Kalyani
Marketing & Communications

Reynold Connor, Deputy Manager, Scaleup, Deshpande Startups

Reynold Connor
Deputy Manager, Scaleup

Sanmati Jakkannavar,  Asst. Manager - Human Resources, Deshpande Startups

Sanmati Jakkannavar
Asst. Manager,
Human Resources

Santosh Pujer, Sr. Executive - ESIdea to PrototypeDM, Deshpande Startups

Santosh Pujer
Sr. Executive,
Idea to Prototype

Shivaraj Yalagi, Executive, IT Deshpande Startups

Shivaraj Yalagi
Executive, IT

Siddanagouda N, Executive, Operations Deshpande Startups

Siddanagouda N
Executive, Operations

Siddu Parannavar, Manager, Admin & Operations, Deshpande Startups

Siddu Parannavar
Admin & Operation

Snehal Dixit, Executive, EDGE, Deshpande Startups

Snehal Dixit
Executive, EDGE

Subramanya Badiger, Associate - I2P, Deshpande Startups

Subramanya Badiger
Associate, Idea to Prototype

Swapna Ankola, Manager, Incubation, Deshpande Startups

Swapna Ankola
Manager, Incubation

Swapnil Labade, Associate, Incubation, Deshpande Startups

Swapnil Labade
Associate, Incubation

Umesh Hosamani, Executive, Operations, Deshpande Startups

Umesh Hosamani
Executive, Operations

Veeranagouda S, Business Development, Idea to Prototype, Deshpande startups

Veeranagouda S
Business Development Manager,
Idea to Prototype

VijayKumar Madnur, Associate, Operations, Deshpande Startups

Vijaykumar Madnur
Associate, Operations

Vijaylaxmi Patil, Asst. Manager, Incubation, Deshpande Startups

Vijaylaxmi Patil
Asst. Manager, Incubation

Vinay Ghodke, Sr. Executive, YUVA, Deshpande Startups

Vinay Ghodke
Sr. Executive,
YUVA Entrepreneurship

Vivek Mogal, Manager, Incubation, Deshpande Startups

Vivek Mogal
Manager, Incubation

Yashvi Mehta, Sr. Executive, Yuva Entrepreneurship, Deshpande Startups

Yashvi Mehta
Sr. Executive,
YUVA Entrepreneurship

We are located at

  Foundation For Sandboxstartup Initiatives, Next to International Airport, Gokul Road,
Opp. to Gokul Village, Hubballi, Karnataka, INDIA - 580030

Deshpande Startups



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