About Kakatiya Sandbox

Kakatiya Sandbox is a place where people can come with ideas and work on them to make them reality.


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

Kakatiya sandbox team Raju Reddy Founding Patron - Kakatiya Sandbox, Founder and Former CEO - Sierra Atlantic

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

Kakatiya sandbox team Phanindra Sama Founding Patron, Kakatiya Sanbox, Founder and Former CEO - redbus.in

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


Kakatiya Sandbox team Naveen Jha CEO, Deshpande Foundation India

Naveen Jha

Patron, Kakatiya Sandbox CEO, Deshpande Foundation India

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


Managerial Team

Kakatiya Sandbox team Dr. Neelam Maheshwari Director, Grants & Navodyami, Deshpande Foundation

Dr. Neelam Maheshwari

Director, Grantsmaking and Partnerships

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

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