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.
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.
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.
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
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
Naveen has been with Deshpande foundation since its inception in India in 2006. Naveen graduated from Brandeis University, USA, with a Masters in International Development and he is recipient of ..Read more
Dr. Neelam Maheshwari received her PhD. in Gender Studies from the State University of New York in Buffalo in 2012, and her Masters in International Development from Brandeis University in Boston in 2007..Read more
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
Sridhar Neelam is a young BITS Pilani Alumni with over 6 years of experience in the development sector. Presently, managing the Kakatiya Sandbox of Deshpande Foundation, he has been associated with Nirmaan, a non profit focused on education and skill development for the under privileged in the past. He is inspired to work for the socio-economic empowerment of rural India, and sees Kakatiya Sandbox, as the capacity building powerhouse for the rural communities. His interests include youth empowerment, agriculture and micro-enterprise development... Read more