Raj Melville

Deshpande Foundation Harnesses Resources to Support Covid-19 Crisis Efforts

The Deshpande Foundation and its partner organizations have joined others in going virtual in response to the Covid-19 pandemic sweeping the globe. The Deshpande Foundation in India held productive discussions with local administrative authorities including the District Commissioner, the Police Commissioner, Zilla Panchayat CEO, Hubballi-Dharwad Municipal Corporation Commissioner, and the District Health officer about harnessing …

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EforAll addresses needs of alumni and startups during Covid-19 crisis

While moving its programming and accelerators online, EforAll reacted quickly to address the needs of hundreds of its alumni who have been forced to close or have seen dramatic fall in revenues. It has compiled an Entrepreneur Resource List online of support resources for startups and entrepreneurs, created a weekly webinar series to cope with …

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EforAll’s Work Seeding Start-ups Profiled in New York Times

“EforAll fosters local entrepreneurship by supporting aspiring small-business owners who have ideas but lack capital and connections.” The article titled “Helping Towns by Seeding Their Own Backyard With Start-Ups”, written by Wealth Matters columnist Paul Sullivan for the New York Times, features Desh Deshpande, who with his wife Jaishree founded EforAll in Lowell and Lawrence; …

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Vice President Venkaiah Naidu Inaugurates Deshpande Skilling Center During Development Dialogue

On February 2, 2020, the Vice President of India, the honorable Shri Venkaiah Naidu inaugurated the Deshpande Skilling center, one of the largest in India. Speaking at the occasion he said that while over half of India’s population consists of youth, it is both an opportunity and a challenge. Most youth lack the skills to …

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DDQIC launches Spread Innovation Challenge to tackle Covid-19

The Dunin Deshpande Queens Innovation Center has launched the Spread Innovation Challenge to encourage teams to develop innovative solutions to address the impacts of the Covid-19 crisis. Teams selected will be able to participate through the summer to flesh out their ideas. The Mayor of Kingston in his recent daily brief encouraged the community of …

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Be.For.Change Tackles Profit vs Impact for Social Ventures

Be.For.Change (B4C) Ventures is a program of the Pond-Deshpande Centre in New Brunswick, Canada which provides programs and services for social entrepreneurs. Social entrepreneurs face a conundrum regarding their work: do you look to maximize the impact you are having or the profit you’re generating? To address this issue, B4C convened a gathering of alumni …

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DDQIC Entrepreneurs Attend Development Dialogue 2020 in Hubballi, India

Thanks to a partnership with the Deshpande Foundation, and at the invitation of its founder Gururaj Deshpande, for the fourth year in a row Dunin Deshpande Queens Innovation Center sent a delegation of 8 Queen’s students and alumni to the Development Dialogue Conference. The entrepreneurs selected for the delegation are each leading their own start-ups …

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Gopalakrishnan-Deshpande Centre Completes Eighth Cohort of I-NCUBATE Program

The Gopalakrishnan-Deshpande Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (GDC) at IIT Madras conducted the eighth cohort under its flagship I-NCUBATE program at Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Mumbai, India. Eight start-up teams based on deep-tech ideas from diverse sectors such as MedTech, AI, Data Analytics and EdTech participated in the cohort. At the Finale held on …

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