Innovation for Scalable Impact

Deshpande Foundation

Innovation for Scalable Impact

The Deshpande Foundation, founded by Jaishree and Gururaj ‘Desh’ Deshpande, has supported sustainable, scalable social and economic impact through innovation and entrepreneurship in the United States, Canada, and India. 

Our Approach

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There are two types
of societies...

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The world has come a long way in addressing the major issues we faced in the past. We have eradicated smallpox, lifted millions out of poverty, and increased life expectancy around the globe.  Yet we are still faced with many challenges around the world. Income and wealth disparity have significantly increased in the current century. While two billion of the world’s population enjoy a middle class or better existence with adequate resources and disposable income to cover their needs, over 5 billion have scant livelihoods and are still struggling to meet the many daily challenges. Despite its economic success, the US, like India, has pockets of underserved populations that are still struggling to achieve the American dream. Addressing the challenges of these two different segments require distinctly different approaches.

There are two types
of societies...

LOREM IPSUM

The world has come a long way in addressing the major issues we faced in the past. We have eradicated smallpox, lifted millions out of poverty, and increased life expectancy around the globe.  Yet we are still faced with many challenges around the world. Income and wealth disparity has significantly increased in the current century. While two billion of the world’s population enjoy a middle class or better existence with adequate resources and disposable income to cover their needs, over 5 billion have scant livelihoods and are still struggling to meet the many daily challenges. Despite its economic success, the US, like India, has pockets of underserved populations that are still struggling to achieve the American dream. Addressing the challenges of these two different segments require distinctly different approaches.

For people with

disposable income...

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To address the opportunities for people with disposable income, one needs to lead with innovation, identify unique ideas, approaches and products and ensure that they will satisfy their needs. However, new technologies and products by themselves are not adequate unless it includes a deep understanding of the customer, the domain and its context. The solutions need to be uniquely innovative in highly competitive markets. The Deshpande Foundation approach for this segment brings together deep innovation with understanding the relevance of the idea for the intended audience to create economic or social impact.

For people with

disposable income...

LOREM IPSUM

To address the opportunities for people with disposable income, one needs to lead with innovation, identify unique ideas, approaches, and products and ensure that they will satisfy their needs. However, new technologies and products by themselves are not adequate unless it includes a deep understanding of the customer, the domain and its context. The solutions need to be uniquely innovative in highly competitive markets. The Deshpande Foundation approach for this segment brings together deep innovation with understanding the relevance of the idea for the intended audience to create economic or social impact.

For people with

low disposable income...

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On the other hand, in communities with low disposable income, it is more important to have a deep understanding of the social issue and the community needs. Building community trust and understanding will lead to the appropriate solutions and required innovation. While solutions might not be unique, implementation is key. Here the Deshpande Foundation approach is to first develop an appreciation of the issue and the community and only then introduce appropriate innovation to create socially impactful solutions.

For people with

low disposable income...

LOREM IPSUM

On the other hand, in communities with low disposable income, it is more important to have a deep understanding of the social issue and the community needs. Building community trust and understanding will lead to the appropriate solutions and required innovation. While solutions might not be unique, implementation is key. Here the Deshpande Foundation approach is to first develop an appreciation of the issue and the community and only then introduce appropriate innovation to create socially impactful solutions.

An idea does not have an impact unless it is directed at some burning problem in the world

Our Principles

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  • Cocreation - Work with the people to create solutions
  • Contextual – Respond to local conditions and needs
  • Community Supported – Look for enthusiastic support as proof of value
  • Capacity Building – Strengthen beneficiaries to absorb and sustain solutions
  • Collaborative – Partner and learn from best in class
  • Cost Effective – Aim to control costs and scale

Our Principles

LOREM IPSUM
  • Cocreation - Work with the people to create solutions
  • Contextual – Respond to local conditions and needs
  • Community Supported – Look for enthusiastic support as proof of value
  • Capacity Building – Strengthen beneficiaries to absorb and sustain solutions
  • Collaborative – Partner and learn from best in class
  • Cost-Effective – Aim to control costs and scale

Our Leadership Team

Board

Desh Deshpande

CO-FOUNDER,
DESHPANDE FOUNDATION
PRESIDENT & CHAIRMAN,
SPARTA GROUP LLC

Jaishree Deshpande

Founder
DESHPANDE FOUNDATION

Paul Grogan

President & CEO,
The Boston Foundation

Kate Guedj

Senior Vice President & Chief Philanthropy Officer,
The Boston Foundation

Sushil Vachani

Former Director,
IIM Bangalore &
Former Professor,
Boston UniversitY

Hemang Dave

Investor

Serge Bhachu

Managing Director,
Sparta Group LLC.
Leadership

Raj Melville

Executive Director,
Deshpande Foundation

David Parker

CEO,
EforAlL

Leon Sandler

Executive Director,
MIT Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation

Karina LeBlanc

Executive Director,
Pond Deshpande Center, University of New Brunswick

Greg Bavington

Executive Director,
Dunin Deshpande Queens Innovation Center, Queens University

Vivek Pawar

CEO,
Deshpande Foundation India

R. Raghuttama Rao

CEO,
Gopalakrishnan-Deshpande Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship,
IIT Madras
Connecting MIT's innovators to the business community to accelerate emerging technologies to market

Infrastructure

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Deshpande Foundation India, Headquarters

Deshpande Startups

Deshpande Education Trust Campus

  • State of the art auditorium
  • Computer based classrooms
  • Architected interactive meeting spaces
  • India’s largest incubator with 100,000 sq.ft of space
  • Flexible coworking space
  • 8,500 sq. ft. ESDM Cluster with State of the art HW and circuit lines
  • 12,000 sq. ft. Maker’s Lab with 3D Printers, CNC Machines and complete fabrication facilities
  • 6 Acre Campus
  • 16 Computer-based learning laboratories
  • 16 Classrooms
  • 50+ Trained faculty
  • Accommodation for 1750 students

Deshpande Foundation India, Headquarters

  • State of the art auditorium
  • Computer-based classrooms
  • Architected interactive meeting spaces

Deshpande Startups

  • India’s largest incubator with 100,000 sq.ft of space
  • Flexible coworking space
  • 8,500 sq. ft. ESDM Cluster with State of the art HW and circuit lines
  • 12,000 sq. ft. Maker’s Lab with 3D Printers, CNC Machines and complete fabrication facilities

Deshpande Skilling Campus

  • 6 Acre Campus
  • 16 Computer-based learning laboratories
  • 16 Classrooms
  • 50+ Trained faculty
  • Accommodation for 1750 students

Deshpande Foundation at a glance

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Deshpande Foundation at a Glance

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