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The ANDE Chapter in India envisions a thriving ecosystem for entrepreneurs in the country and aims to build a strong local network that leverages global connections. We aim to achieve this by generating new knowledge about small and growing businesses, forging strong connections, and facilitating collaborations between members.The chapter also aims to facilitate better dissemination of local and global knowledge and connect members with new partners in India and globally.

For more information about ANDE in India, contact Devyani Singh or Sucharita Kamath.

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Social Enterprise Landscape in IndiaThe India chapter worked with the British Council to produce research on the state of social businesses in India. The overall study covers social businesses in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Ghana and explores their the growth and impact. Check out the 4-country report here and the India focused study here.

Impact Inventing - Strengthening the Ecosystem for Invention-Based Entrepreneurship in Emerging MarketsANDE held a series of round-tables on green inventing in Brazil, India, Kenya, Mexico, and South Africa with a diverse group of participants. The emerging report compiles the findings from these discussions and identifies five major ecosystem gaps that stymie the growth of invention-based enterprises in emerging markets.

Education for the 22nd CenturyWhat are the gaps that keep young people from moving smoothly from education to employment? And how can education-focused entrepreneurs ease the transition? ANDE with the support of SAP SE set out to uncover how education-focused entrepreneurs are making a difference and the challenges they face along the way through a series of global round-tables.

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Media & Webinars: The India Chapter organises monthly webinars where members talk about initiatives on which they are working and share their learning, ideas, challenges, and best practices. Webinars in 2017 have so far covered topics like forging corporate-incubator partnerships for impact, behind-the-scenes of start-up acceleration and incubation, and how India's top companies are supporting skills and livelihood.

How Poop is Becoming Big Business for Small Businesses (ImpactAlpha): The chapter's latest article on how entrepreneurs are improving sanitation in India featuring ANDE members Enviu, Ennovent, Toilet Board Coalition, and Water for People.



The ANDE India Chapter hosts chapter meetings, dinners, and happy hours to provide time for ANDE members and non-members to network; learn; discuss specific topics such as new initiatives and forging corporate partnerships for impact; as well as to present local studies and share best practices.

The Chapter actively connects global and local members to forge partnerships and potential collaborations, and support other relevant events in the region.

ANDE India Accelerator & Incubator Convening

In partnership with Stitching DOEN, this event brought together accelerators and incubators in India to discuss best practices, share the latest findings from the Global Accelerator Learning Initiative (GALI), and to inform potential partners on how they can take part in the initiative.

GALI, a collaboration between ANDE and Emory University, is designed to explore – and answer - key questions about enterprise acceleration including: Do acceleration programs contribute to revenue growth? Do they help companies attract investment? Do they work as well for developing-world impact entrepreneurs as they do for developed-world tech entrepreneurs? See recent publications and more details here.

India Chapter Meeting at Sankalp

The Chapter hosted a networking lunch and a fireside chat with Sam Parker, the Director of Shell Foundation. We discussed ANDE’s report - 'What's Working in Startup Acceleration - Insights from Fifteen Village Capital Programs'. The meeting was an opportunity for ANDE members in India to network with the global ANDE network and for those new to the India Chapter to learn more about the local entrepreneurial ecosystem. Read more about the event here.

Incubation for Social Impact

In partnership with Nesta, ISBA, GIZ and Bethnal Green Ventures and with support from from the UK Government’s Department for International Development, ANDE held a one and a summit to convene incubator managers and discuss approaches and challenges in incubating social businesses. The discussions dealt with approaches and challenges to incubating social enterprise with a focus on – (i) Incubation in smaller cities, low income states, and less developed regions; (ii) Enterprise ecosystems; (iii) Sustainable business models for incubators; (iv) Impact measurement; and, (v) Attracting, developing, and retaining talent.

Supporting Green Entrepreneurs in India

The India roundtable was held in collaboration with Ananta Aspen Centre and The Lemelson Foundation where over 35 leading stakeholders came together to discuss solutions to facilitate the growth of product entrepreneurs in India. The workshop ended with a public event on policy support for the ecosystem featuring Mr. H.K Mittal (Department of Science & Technology, Government of India), Dr. Renu Swarup (Adviser to the Department of Biotechnology and Managing Director of BIRAC), and Mr. Rakesh Rewari (formerly of SIDBI). Mr. P.R. Ganapathy (President of Villgro) facilitated the panel discussion.

Find the key takeaways from the discussion and ANDE’s recommendations here.


India Corporate Partnerships Working Group

Objective: Foster Corporate Partnerships to Support Small and Growing Businesses

The ANDE India Corporate Partnerships working group, in collaboration with the Strategic Alliance partners (GIZ, Bosch, and Intellecap), aims to be a supportive early stage laboratory for ideas that facilitate collaboration between corporations and intermediary organizations (e.g. incubators, investors, donors) to ultimately support and small and growing businesses through:

  • Knowledge Sharing to increase mutual understanding and identify best practices
  •  Convenings to develop stronger connections between stakeholders
  • Development of tools to foster partnerships between corporations and intermediaries
  • Advocating for more SGB-Corporate partnerships by sharing success stories

Corporations are increasingly recognizing the value of SGBs in their CSR strategy, as well as to their corporate bottom line. The ANDE India Corporate Partnerships Working Group will help fill in in the gaps in knowledge about opportunities, potential partners, and mechanisms for engagement to help SGB-Corporate partnerships live up to their potential.

Investment Manager Training

The ANDE Investment Manager Training course is the only course of its kind that provides a comprehensive overview of investing in small and growing businesses. The course is designed for investment managers who are actively making investments in SGBs and capacity development providers who are working to support entrepreneurs through the investment process.

The India Chapter hosted its second IMT in September 2016 in Bangalore with Bob Webster (Managing Director at Small Enterprise Assistance Funds - SEAF) as the instructor.




Click here to see a map of ANDE Members working in India.


Steering Committee: The Steering Committee meets quarterly to discuss key aspects concerning the Chapter's performance and strategy. They provide support to the Chapter’s success and support the operation in various activities. The operations of the Chapter are led by Devyani Singh.

 ANDE India Chapter Steering Committee Members:
Steering Committee Chair: P. R. Ganapathy

PR Ganapathy is the President (India) at Villgro Innovations Foundation, and has operational and strategic responsibility for all major programs that make Villgro's vision a reality. Ganapathy directly mentors social enterprises in the Villgro portfolio, helping entrepreneurs overcome their challenges and scale. He is actively involved in building the impact ecosystem in India, through organizations like ANDE; by being an active part of industry bodies and working groups; and, by giving inspirational talks at forums like TEDx. Prior to Villgro, Ganapathy co-founded a venture-funded startup and held leadership positions at small and large corporations in India and the US. He has an MBA from IIM Ahmedabad, and an Honors degree in Mathematics from Hindu College.

Regional Chapter Manager, India: Sucharita Kamath

Sucharita joined  ANDE in September 2017 as India Chapter Manager. She brings with her more than two decades of experience spanning the social  enterprise, IT, non- profit and consulting industries including various senior management roles in consulting, program & project management, social enterprise management, training, and facilitation.  She is a “Chennai girl,” and when work and her son’s national sailing commitments leave her spare time, she likes to spend time outdoors trekking, sailing, and traveling the world. A people person through and through, she has a passion for doing her bit to make the world a better place and sees social entrepreneurship as a means to this end. All that she does is driven by the belief that where there is a will there is a way! Sucharita has a Masters in Business Administration from the SAID Business School, Oxford and a Masters degree in Applied Mathematics and Computer Systems from the Florida Institute of Technology.


Senior Program Coordinator, India: Devyani Singh

Devyani joined ANDE in 2016 as a Program Coordinator based in India. Her past work spans across impact consulting, research, and monitoring and evaluation. Prior to joining ANDE, she was at Ennovent, leading a nationwide social enterprise survey and has worked with the Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) on urban sanitation and education technology related research in rural India.

She is interested in the interaction between public policy, technology, and social innovation, holds a Bachelor's degree in Economics, and is a StartingBloc Fellow.