Our selection process is designed to add value at every step to the potential incubatee. We pride ourselves to be the first supporters of most of our social entrepreneurs.

FOUR I'S

While assessing our social entrepreneurs, we look for the “Four I’s”; impact, individual, idea and incubation. The potential incubatees are judged against our criteria and not against each other.

INDIVIDUAL

We look for individuals who exhibit entrepreneurial characteristics, who have an unwavering commitment to solving a problem and have the ability to garner resources to support their work.

IDEA

We look for ideas that that are focused solutions to fit specific social problems, address an unmet need or under-served sections of society.

IMPACT

We look for ideas that have the potential to create long-term and sustained impact within their communities, at a city/state level and at scale. For Growth Challenge applicants, we look at additional criteria of clear evidence of impact as well as the scalability of the operational and financial model.

INCUBATION

We look for individuals who are open to feedback and who can gain from our non-financial support.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

All applicants must be over the age of 18, citizens of India, have the passion and drive to make social change, and have an idea or existing organization. All existing organizations cannot be legally registered for more than four years.

TEST

    All Test applicants must:
  • Be citizens of India and based in Maharashtra or Delhi NCR (includes Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Haryana and Rajasthan)
  • Have a strong motivation to create change and a broad vision for a problem
  • Have basic evidence of need and demand for the idea
  • Have demonstrable leadership skills, a basic implementation plan and sustained time commitment
  • Have a willingness to work with UnLtd India, share learnings with peers in the program, and to become an ambassador for us


BUILD

    All Build applicants must:
  • Be citizens of India and based in Maharashtra or Delhi NCR (includes Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Haryana and Rajasthan)
  • Have a strong motivation to create change and a broad vision for a problem
  • Have operational evidence of need and demand, theory of change and social impact
  • Have a track record of early success in the project, a clear plan of further delivery and majority/full time commitment
  • Have a willingness to work with UnLtd India, share learnings with peers in the program, and to become an ambassador for us


GROWTH CHALLENGE

    All Growth Challenge applicants must be pre-major investment, can be based anywhere in India and must have:
  • A legally incorporated entity less than five years old (for profit, non profit, hybrid)
  • Potential to create sustained social impact
  • A track record of success that highlights need, demand and impact of the solution
  • A detailed expansion plan and ability to scale the model
  • Demonstrable viability of the model to replicate or scale together with a broad expansion plan
  • Have a willingness to work with UnLtd India, share learnings with peers in the program, and to become an ambassador for us
  • Demonstrable ability to scale and grow an organisation


SELECTION PROCESS

SELECTION PROCESS

TEST & BUILD

GROWTH CHALLENGE


1

Eligibility: Applicants fill out an eligibility form to assess whether they fit our basic selection criteria

2

Interview: Eligible applicants are then invited to an in-person screening meeting with our Associates

3

Theory of Change Workshop: Shortlisted applicants are invited to a Theory of Change workshop, where our Associates work with them to help them clarify their goals and map out their ideas

4

Mock Panel: Applicants pitch to a mock panel of our Associates and are given constructive feedback on their pitch and idea

5

Final Pitch: Applicants pitch at our Selection Panels and are assessed by a team of experts from the private sector and the development sector

1

Eligibility & Screening: After filling out an eligibility form, applicants are screened by our Associates on a call after which they are invited to apply

2

Application: Eligible applicants are then invited to fill out a formal application for Growth Challenge

3

Due Diligence: Shortlisted applicants undergo financial and legal due diligence process with our Associates, which includes an in-person site visit

4

Mock Panel: Applicants pitch to a mock panel of our Associates and are given constructive feedback on their pitch and idea

5

Final Pitch: Applicants pitch at our Selection Panels and are assessed by a team of experts from the private sector and the development sector