N/Core and Cisco announce graduation of first cohort

N/Core and Cisco announce graduation of first cohort

N/Core and Cisco on Thursday hosted a graduation and demo day for the eight non-profits of N/Core tech’s inaugural cohort. The eight startups were selected from over 700 applicants.

N/Core tech is a six-month incubation programme  aimed at helping non-profit startups leverage technology to solve critical needs like water, healthcare, financial inclusion, and education.  

Involve Education, Alohomora Education, Pi Jam Foundation, Samagra Foundation, Lakeer Foundation, Intelehealth, Aquasafi Rural Development Foundation and Change with One Foundation worked on building creative, scalable solutions to address problems around critical human needs, education, and economic empowerment.

As many as three of the eight startups have been founded by women. "We are inviting applications for the second batch and are planning to onboard 10 startups," said Priya Ajmera, Director of N/Core tech.

Harish Krishnan, Managing Director, Public Affairs and Strategic Engagements, Cisco India said, “Our collaboration with N/Core is focused on building a generation of problem solvers who harness the power of technology to tackle social problems at scale."

Cisco has committed to positively impact 50 million people in India by 2025 through social initiatives and partnerships.

N/Core tech is committed to incubating 100 tech startups over the next 5 years. Incubation includes an innovation grant of Rs 10 lakh to each selected nonprofit. Selected founders were also mentored by leaders namely, Sanjay Purohit, ex-Chairman of Infosys Consulting; Maneesh Dhir, former MD of Apple India; K R Lakshminaraya, Chief Endowment Officer of Azim Premji Foundation; Ujwal Thakar, ex CEO of Pratham and GiveIndia; S K Jain, co-founder of WestBridge Capital; Madhav Chavan, founder of Pratham, and Kamakshi Rao, formerly Senior VP at Capital.