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The/Nudge Accelerator is a philanthropic fund to accelerate early-stage nonprofits. Across the year on a rolling basis, we select organizations that have potential to achieve outsized impact, sustainably and invest deeply in them for a period of 12-24 months. During this time, The Nudge CSI Partners work closely with the founders while the The Nudge CSI Mentors work closely with the organisations’ core teams to get their ideas in the best possible shape – ready to fundraise, hire and scale. Alongside, we offer an a grant of INR 25 lakhs - 2 crores, a network of world-class mentors, and connects to potential partners who can accelerate their path to scale readiness.
Startups that have successfully completed our incubation program are eligible to apply. For all others, you need to meet our five basic eligibility criteria to apply:
1. You are an early-stage startup between 1-3 years old, with a well defined program.
2. You have registered your organisation as a section 8 company, a trust or a society and have applied for/acquired the appropriate certification.
3. Your core team across various functions is in place.
4. You have raised funding from other sources.
5. The startup works on solving a problem faced by India’s economically disadvantaged communities or a problem faced by the nonprofit ecosystem
No. For The/Nudge Accelerator, we prefer an early stage organisation, but one where a good part of the core team is in place.
Yes you can.
You may re-apply for The/Nudge Accelerator if you meet the eligibility criteria. Please highlight your progress since your last application, to improve your chances of selection.
Our selection process begins with online applications that we review on a regular basis. Shortlisted applicants will be required to submit a detailed business plan, followed by a showcase of the viability and impact of their model through a site visit. The most promising applicants will meet with CSI Partners for the final round.
The shortlisted applicants from online applications will be requested to submit their startup plan in a presentation format. The startup plans should include answers to the following questions:
What problem are you trying to solve? why this problem?
What is your solution approach? why do you think this will work?
Who are your customers/beneficiaries? how do you reach them or intend to reach them?
Are there any other nonprofits doing similar work? list names and list 1 primary reason you are different from them?
How would you describe your organization's key achievements till now?
How much money have you raised till now, and how much in the last year?
What are your impact metrics and what is your strategy for the next 1,3,5 years?
What is your operational plan for the next 12 months?
How would you measure your progress?How many full time employees do you have?
Describe your core team members and what each brings to the table.
If you had Rs2 crore funding available over the next 2 years, how would you use it? Can you redefine your strategy (in Q6) based on the availability of this funding?
Accelerator is designed keeping in mind, the early stage needs of a nonprofit entrepreneur. It has 3 main tracks:
: 12-24 months of mentorship support accelerate your path to achieving key milestones like product-market fit for your idea, funding etc.
: Access to a network of influencers and funding sources who can support your growth, and
: A seed grant of INR 25 -50 Lakh in the first year. A subset of the portfolio will qualify for a scale-up grant of upto INR 1.5 Cr in the second year.
While mentoring will happen remotely over telephone / video chat, founders and leadership teams will be required to attend bootcamps in person, three times during the year. These will be opportunities for face-to-face interactions with mentors, and will be held in Bangalore, Mumbai or Delhi.
You must be registered as a nonprofit organization and have required certifications (eg: 12 AA for Section 8 companies) to receive the grant.