About Kakatiya Sandbox

An ecosystem for long term social impact through innovation and entrepreneurship in rural Telangana. It provides a place for the catalysts to test ideas, make changes and eventually develop truly scalable solutions. The ecosystem allows for sharing, networking, collaborating and deliberating ideas with other catalysts. The value of the Sandbox lies in its ability to identify synergies and explore potential collaboration among the catalyst network.

Kakatiya sandbox Telangana map

Inspired by the Deshpande Foundation's Hubballi Sandbox, Mr. Raju Reddy (Sierra Atlantic) and Mr. Phanindra Sama (redbus.in) are supporting the Kakatiya Sandbox initiative to empower the districts of Nizamabad, Karimnagar, Medak, Sircilla, Siddipet, Kamareddy, Peddapally, Jagityal and Sangareddy in the state of Telangana. Applying a 'bottom up' approach to building scalable solutions, the Kakatiya Sandbox works to create an effective ecosystem where resources are put to use through entrepreneurship, innovation and sustainability.

The Sandbox will engage with not-for-profits, academics, non-governmental organizations and entrepreneurs to launch effective and scalable models of development. They will empower urban and rural youth with the leadership and skills necessary to manage their own social enterprises and become the change their community needs. Through the implementation of these programs, effective, scalable and relevant solutions will arise from within the communities of these three districts. In the very first year of setting up the Sandbox in Nizamabad, more than 150+ student projects have been implemented. In this short span of time 2 records - one Limca book of record and one Guinness World record have been achieved.

What is Sandbox Approach ?

The aim of the Sandbox is to create an environment where innovative approaches to addressing social challenges is encouraged. The value of the Sandbox lies in its ability to identify synergies and explore potential collaboration among the catalyst network. Our success lies in our ability to execute as we not only provide financial resources to our partners, but also strategic support, challenging them to impact larger populations and work more efficiently. We are proud to boast of some remarkable partnerships in the Sandbox that have evolved into exemplary successes as we continue to support a critical number of local leaders, entrepreneurs, and innovators who can focus and develop solutions to local issues.

We work in compact geographic areas that we call '(social) innovation sandbox', a living laboratory for a diverse range of entrepreneurs and development practitioners to get their ideas tested, strengthened and sustained over a period of time. Applying a 'bottom up' approach to building scalable solutions, the Kakatiya Sandbox works to create an effective ecosystem where resources are put to use through entrepreneurship, innovation and sustainability. At the bottom of sandbox approach is the quest to create critical mass to take up entrepreneurial solutions of various magnitudes and scope.

Kakatiya sandbox team Sandbox Approach

Founders

Raju Reddy

Founding Patron - Kakatiya Sandbox, Founder and Former CEO - Sierra Atlantic

Raju Reddy is the Founding Patron - Kakatiya Sandbox, Founder and Former CEO - Sierra Atlantic, a company that grew to be the best-in-class global services company over a period of 17 years. Under his leadership, Sierra Atlantic grew from a startup.. Read more

Phanindra Sama

Founding Patron, Kakatiya Sanbox, Founder and Former CEO - redbus.in

Phani is ranked #3 amongst India's Most Promising Entrepreneurs by Business World. He has been chosen as a Global Shaper 2011 of the World Economic Forum. He was awarded Entrepreneur..Read more


LeadershipTeam

Kakatiya sandbox team Sunilkumar S K Chief Technology Officer, Deshpande Foundation

Sunilkumar S K

Chief Technology Officer, Deshpande Foundation

Mr. Sunilkumar is a technology entrepreneur with over fifteen years of experience in designing and developing IT products and solutions. His work is spread across domains of Finance, ERP, CRM, New Product..Read more

Kakatiya Sandbox team Annie Kakatiya Sandbox Program Manager

Annie Vijaya

Senior Manager-Partnerships

Annie is associated with Deshpande Foundation since 2008. A taskmaster, Annie has been instrumental in setting up the HR department, LEAD program and Master of Social Entrepreneurship..Read more

praveen kumar program manager kakatiya sandbox

Praveen Kumar

Program Officer

Gajula Praveen kumar, a young innovator and a multilinguist having strong domain knowledge pursued his MBA in Agri Business Management at Sri Sri University, Odisha. Read more