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INCLUDE is Venture Center's program for supporting social enterprises in partnership with CSIR-NCL and the CSIR-800 program.

Social Enterprises: A Venture Center perspective
The Venture Center's defines Social Enterprises as those companies with the following features:

  • Companies that aim to provide a solution to a significant problem or need of society and people at large especially under-served and under-privileged sections of the populations
  • Companies with a financially sustainable business model and/or a for-profit orientation (all though the profit targets may be muted).
  • Companies that benefit from good-will from investors (patient capital), funding agencies/ foundations/governments, employees, strategic partners, suppliers/customers etc due to the social goods & services that the company can deliver.
  • Companies pursuing an agenda of inclusive innovation. Supporting technologies/ innovations/ enterprises aiming to deliver significant social impact. MLM (coined by Dr RA Mashelkar) stands for "More from Less for More" highlighting the need for technologies that deliver more value from less resource for more people.


  • Companies and entrepreneurs who meet Venture Center's Social Enterprise definition (above)
  • Venture Center emphasizes social enterprises that leverage science and technology.
  • The Venture Center is currently unable to support social organizations which do not have a sustainable business model.
  • At this time, the Venture Center is able to only support a limited number of companies under this program at any given time.
  • The Venture Center reserves the rights to refuse any application without providing a reason.

Current offerings:

  • Eklavya Program including Associate Incubatee Program (Advisory, information, discounted services): Free
  • All services of Venture Center are available to the INCLUDE program members with a 25% discount
  • Invitation to networking opportunities with other entrepreneurs, technologists/ inventors, investors etc

Planned future offerings (subject to sufficient fund raising by Venture Center):

  • Funding support programs
  • Fellowship Program for Social Entrepreneurs
  • Internship Facilitation Program
  • Linkages to the CSIR-800 program

Terms, conditions and pricing:

  • Membership to the INCLUDE program is provided on yearly basis.
  • Membership fee: Rs 5000 per year
  • Introductory Offer(From 1 April 2012- 1 April 2013): Rs 1000 per year. Extended to 1 October 2013

Process of applying:

  • Kindly read the Terms and Conditions
  • Fill up the Application Form
  • Submit in person or by post or send scanned copy by email to:

    Manager- Incubator
    Venture Center
    100 NCL Innovation Park
    Dr Homi Bhabha (Pashan) Road
    Pune – 411008
    Phone: +91-20-6401-1026

  • The Venture Center shall respond to your application within a week.
  • The decision of Venture Center management shall be final regarding acceptance into the program.

Current beneficiaries till date:

Past Beneficiaries: Others:
Current resident incubatees: Graduated resident incubatees :

More information:

(19 Feb 2018) Half-day Seminar on Patent Filing and Prosecution in USA: Tips and Pointers for Startups and Inventive Companies (including Get-together of the Pune Inventors Network) by Arjun Bala, Managing partner, Metayage IP Strategy Consulting LLP New

(19 Feb 2018) A seminar on Recent Developments in EP and UK Patent Law and Practice by Ms Punita Shah (Patent Director , HGF Intellectual Property Specialist) New

(9-10 Feb 2018) 2 Days Workshop on Taking Med-Tech Startups Beyond Prototyping:Regulations, IP monetization & Funding New

(22 Jan 2018) Interaction with CTO of (International Health NGO): Praveen Raja, PhD, Vice President for Technology Development and Introduction

(20 Jan 2018) The Biotechnology Ignition Grant (BIG) Awareness Talk on Understand more about funding schemes and incubation facilities

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