Deshpande Startups, EDGE Program, Cohort - 17
Deshpande Startups, EDGE Program, Startup Launchpad
Deshpande Startups, EDGE Program

To help early-stage start-ups to create sustainable ventures by prioritizing
customer discovery, validating the existence of problems, and thereby
understanding nuances of entrepreneurship.

Entrepreneurial Problem

Starting a Business for a first-generation Entrepreneur is a bold step to take upon. Unique ideas and Innovative startups often struggle to understand the market needs and build a viable business. Studies have shown that 80% startups fail in their early stage because of not understanding the market demand. With right entrepreneurship training and startup mentoring founders can mitigate the risks and increase success rate.

The EDGE Program

EDGE is a 12-week Pre Incubation Program to Support Founders at their early startup stages and create sustainable ventures by prioritizing Problem Validation, Market Research, Customer Discovery and thereby understanding nuances of entrepreneurship.

EDGE provides first-generation entrepreneurs with the opportunity to test, validate and continuously improve on their business ideas. The Program’s uniqueness lies in its focus on an in-depth customer discovery process, enabling entrepreneurs to identify and interact with their target customers to better understand the problem-solution fit. This flagship program of Deshpande Startups, is a great opportunity to network with other Entrepreneurs, Startups, Mentors, and Industry Experts building entrepreneurial mindset.

Deshpande startups, Announcement

EDGE Cohort : Travel and Tourism

Duration : 12 Weeks (8-12 hours/week)

Format : Hybrid (Offline + Virtual)

Application Status : Open

Write to us at : edge@dfmail.org

Call us at : +91-951-331-5287


Mentorship from Experts

Founders can leverage mentors network and get insights from successful Entrepreneurs and Industry Experts.

Pitching Opportunities

Open pitching opportunities to join Incubation and other support programs at DS.

Tools & Frameworks

Access to internationally accepted tools & frameworks

Infra Support

Access to Makers Lab, 3D printing lab, ESDM Cluster & co-working space

Peer Network

Network of peers can help you build more successful business and become more effective leaders

Entry to DS Ecosystem

Join the community of Deshpande Startups to network and grow your business


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Startups Enrolled


Startups Launched


Startups Incubated


Startups in Revenue Stage


Customer Interviews


EDGE Stories

Ft. Abhijith Janardhan V, Founder, Little Help
Prithvi Allurkar, Founder, Consistent Coder

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes! The Program fee for all 3 months is INR 20k/startup team.

The average time commitment required from startup founders would be 8-12 hours per week for the program.

No, we do not provide direct funding. We enable you to get funding ready and then can redirect you to other funding schemes within the ecosystem. We can also connect you to Angel Investors and Venture Capitalists if, and only if, we feel you fit the funding criteria.

  1. If you simply have an idea, apply immediately.
  2. If you have a product but have doubts about what to do next, apply immediately.
  3. If you are working on a side hustle, apply now!
  4. If you are in the initial stages of your startup, apply now!
  5. Anyone who is pre-seed or in the seed stage and needs to get funding ready, you see where we are going with this, apply!

The core program lasts for 12 Weeks, i.e., approximately 3 Months. We then selectively support the founder's post-EDGE engagement. For further information, contact us below!

Write to us at : edge@dfmail.org
Call us at : +91-951-331-5287

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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