EdCelerate: Accelerating social entrepreneurship for India’s school reform

by on March 15, 2015

At Central Square Foundation, we believe in exploring multiple approaches to solving the critical challenges facing the Indian school system. Over the last three years of grantmaking efforts toward this end, we realised the need to strengthen the ecosystem of early stage education entrepreneurs. To meet this demand, we recently launched EdCelerate, a year-long accelerator programme with the objective of providing structured support to early stage education entrepreneurs and building their capacity to scale. Through EdCelerate, we provide seed grants to these entrepreneurs, and facilitate access to our network of mentors, informational content through webinars, and networking opportunities (both peer to peer and with the larger ecosystem). We also offer knowledge partnership, impact measurement and advocacy tools.

We launched the programme with our first cohort of four entrepreneurs:

  • Sajeevta Foundation – Founded by Krutika and Gautam Patel, Sajeevta Foundation is cheap nfl jerseys focused on creating inclusive classroom learning environments for children from diverse socio-economic backgrounds.
  • Social Cops– Founded by Prukalpa Sankar and Varun Banka, Social Cops uses web and android-based technology to provide real time data on the education system to various stakeholders- governments, organisations, and parents- to enable better decision making.
  • LeapForWord – Founded by Pranil Naik, LeapForWord is using technology to educate students, teachers and youth from underserved communities in English language through modularised content.
  • Moinee Foundation –Founded by Arvind Thanvi, Moinee Foundation is working to develop a free, quiz based learning platform called Quiz Academy to enable students to practice questions and learn concepts based on their curriculum.

These organisations were identified after a thorough selection and due diligence process. We were impressed not only by their ideas and models, but also by the passion that each of these entrepreneurs exhibited to address our nation’s education challenges.

Our focus is to build symbiotic relationships with these organisations through which they benefit from our support in building their capacity and we benefit from their on-the-ground experience in key issues such as social inclusion in classrooms, data-driven decision making and use of technology for teacher development and student learning.

As we create this ecosystem for early stage entrepreneurs, we hope that our efforts will support them in setting new benchmarks of quality and will enable the scale-up of their innovative models.