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Jumpstart Social Enterprise


The Indian School of Business (ISB) and SAP Labs are rolling out the 2nd cohort of the Jumpstart Social Enterprise Accelerator Programme,  to promote the importance of “leveraging technology for creating social impact” by promising start-ups in India.

JSE targets start-ups developing disruptive technologies to create social impact in diverse sectors (for instance in sectors such as education, healthcare, water & sanitation, energy, agriculture, financial technology, infrastructure, livelihoods and many others).  

The aim is to support 10 early stage and 5 growth stage social start-ups through customized series of interventions in order to bring about a large scale impact in the livelihoods of people by scaling up their technology solutions.  

The accelerator is a mentor-driven programme for a period of four to six months [January to June, 2018].


Selected Startups get access to:


Eligibility & Selection 


If you are an early stage registered start-up (that is, in operations for more than 12 months), leveraging technology as the core product or service to address pressing challenges faced by the citizens of India, you are welcome to apply for the programme.

Interested entrepreneurs must complete and submit the application form by providing accurate information.  Applications will be screened for completeness and eligibility requirements. Shortlisted finalists would be invited for a business plan pitch and interview by a panel consisting of business experts, investors, ISB faculty & SAP team. 

Selection Criteria

The ISB- SAP JSE Programme will identify social enterprises on the basis of the following criteria: 

1. Team and Organisational Structure
  • Prior experience and domain expertise of Founder(s)
  • Dedicated focus on the venture applied for
  • Immediate future plans of Founder(s)/ Entrepreneur(s)
2. Innovation
  • Potential of broad idea and differentiation compared to other ventures working in the same sector
  • Innovative operational strategies to be adopted as part of the program
3. Social Impact
  • Overview of the socioeconomic challenge being addressed through the program/ venture
  • Communities and beneficiaries to be targeted
  • Current interventions in the area of interest
4. Scalability
  • Potential for growth and scale-up beyond current scope of the venture/ program
  • Ease of access to resources required for scale-up of intervention
5. Early Stage Operations
  • Duration of existence and traction received so far (start-ups less than 2 years in existence, having a minimum viable product and an existing base of paying customers)



Applications have now been closed! 



Applications Open

18th August, 2017

Last Date for Application Submission

15th December, 2017 

Finalists intimated about next round

December, 2017

Interviews with Finalists

January, 2018

Announcement of winners

January, 2018

Accelerator Programme Dates

February, 2018 to June, 2018