An ecosystem for long term social impact through innovation and entrepreneurship in rural Telangana. It provides a place for impact 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.
The Deshpande Foundation's Hubballi Sandbox
Mr. Raju Reddy (Sierra Atlantic) and Mr. Phanindra Sama (redBus.com) founded Kakatiya Sandbox initiative 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.
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.