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EduMentum, an incubator plays a crucial role transforming education sector

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With a shared vision to transform the education landscape across contexts in India, nine early-stage nonprofit organizations have joined the 5th cohort of EduMentum, an incubation program by Shibulal Family Philanthropic Initiative in association with Mantra4Change. Since its inception in 2017, EduMentum has incubated 32 organizations working to improve the quality of education across 18 states in India. These organizations work with under-resourced schools and communities that are either marginalized or come from low-income backgrounds.

Mr. S.D. Shibulal, who co-founded Infosys in 1981 and was a member of the Board of Infosys and CEO & MD between 2011 and 2014 and currently serves as Permanent Trustee, The Shibulal Family Philanthropic Initiatives said, “India aims to reach its 4th Sustainable Development Goal and make Quality education a reality for its millions of students by 2030. India has 220 million school-going children who will join the workforce by the year 2025. Large scale systemic transformation of the education system is an important step towards achieving the above goal and enhancing economic growth. An incubator like EduMentum plays a crucial role in developing entrepreneurship in the area of systemic education transformation”

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Permanent Trustee, The Shibulal Family Philanthropic Initiatives said, “India aims to reach its 4th Sustainable Development Goal and make Quality education a reality for its millions of students by 2030. India has 220 million school-going children who will join the workforce by the year 2025. Large scale systemic transformation of the education system is an important step towards achieving the above goal and enhancing economic growth. An incubator like EduMentum plays a crucial role in developing entrepreneurship in the area of systemic education transformation”

The 5th Cohort of EduMentum brings together organizations for six different states of India. These organizations are:

  • Pencilbricks Foundation – Karnataka & Maharashtra
  • Kalpakta Foundation – Maharashtra
  • Ashayen – Odisha
  • Community 1st Foundation – Maharashtra
  • Samavesh Trust – Gujarat
  • Sushakti – Haryana
  • Neev Shikshan Sanstha – Gujarat
  • Better Education Lifestyle and Environment Foundation (BELiEF) – Maharashtra
  • India Foundation for Education and Transformation (IFET) – Arunachal Pradesh

Launched in September 2017, EduMentum is a 3-year program that focuses on empowering local change leaders across the country who aim to transform education and design interventions that address the scale and scope of India’s education system. With over 1.5 million schools across 29 states, the need to enable social entrepreneurs to transform the education landscape in India and ensure that every child receives quality education is urgent and essential – this gave birth to the idea of EduMentum.

EduMentum offers seed funding of up to Rs 7.5 Lakhs per annum along with a series of intensive, knowledge and capacity-building workshops for incubatees in collaboration with an eclectic mentor panel. It would also provide a network and connect to the right ecosystem for the organizations to flourish. The program aims to successfully incubate 50 organizations working in different parts of the country by 2025.

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