The Partners' Portfolio
The Disability Innovations Coalition is a multi-sectoral coalition of individuals, organisations, and entities committed to enabling independent living for people with disabilities.
We invite users, innovators, knowledge leaders, and technical experts to come together to:
Share experiences in designing accessible interventions for people with disabilities
Design or refurbish solutions by leveraging human-centered methods
Align investment agendas with the needs of the sector; and
Co-create the longer Acceleration programme
From startups to scaleups, Startup Tunnel (STun), the acceleration arm of Vihara Innovation Network, helps mission-driven enterprises nurture their products and services to create positive social and economic impact in the society. STun provides the platform for individuals and organisations across sectors and countries to converge not only technical abilities and business ambition but also attain social and environmental value by creating an impact in the society, and attract follow on funding for sustained growth.
LIRNEasia is a Sri Lanka based regional ICT & policy think tank. LIRNEasia’s engagements on disabilities and assistive technologies began in 2015 with the first study on persons with disabilities in Myanmar to understand the accessibility challenges of ICT use. LIRNEasia repeated the exercise in Nepal in 2017-19, conducting a study to understand the challenges faced by people with disabilities, supplemented by a hackathon that yielded two mobile apps that could assist those with speech/hearing disabilities. LIRNEasia seeks to replicate this exercise in Sri Lanka and India, to build on this work by not just prototyping assistive digital solutions for people with disabilities, but also catalyzing the roll out at scale by connecting developers with social impact investors.
The Ford Foundation believes that it cannot effectively challenge inequality—or advance its social justice mission—unless the needs, concerns, and priorities of the one billion people around the world who live with disabilities are addressed. Guided by the disability movement’s mantra, “Nothing about us without us,” the Foundation has been working to confront ableism and expand participation and inclusion on both the institutional and individual levels. These efforts—which are tied to the Foundation’s broader commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion—are ongoing.
ARTILAB Foundation is a not-for-profit Section 8 Company headquartered in Bengaluru and recognised as a Technology Business Incubator [TBI] by the Department of Science and Technology [DST], Govt. of India in the year 2018. ARTILAB envisions to incubate economically sustainable social ventures that wish to build affordable technology solutions for the disabled section of society in India and third world countries. It is a unique pure play disability sector incubator and the first of its kind worldwide. The foundation is focusing on WHO Priority Assistive Products List, infrastructure and health care for the disabled to provide an equal or level field in access to resources.
Kerala Startup Mission (KSUM, formerly known as Technopark TBI) is the central agency of the Government of Kerala for entrepreneurship development and incubation activities in Kerala, India. KSUM was primarily founded to undertake the planning, establishment, and management of the Technology Business Incubator (TBI), a startup accelerator in Kerala, to promote technology-based entrepreneurship activities, and to create the infrastructure and environment required to support high-technology-based businesses.
At Social Alpha, we believe that science and technology innovations and entrepreneurship has the potential to bring about a positive change in the life of masses. We search for entrepreneurs and innovators who are on a ‘mission to create social, economic and environmental impact’ and support them through their ‘lab to market’ journey, as they create compelling solutions to fight poverty and address India’s intractable developmental challenges.
A nodal government agency to boost innovation-driven entrepreneurial ecosystem in the state of Maharashtra. Established under Department of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Government of Maharashtra, the society aims to foster innovative approaches and create conducive environment for innovative businesses to operate in Maharashtra. Under the aegis of Maharashtra State Innovative Startup Policy 2018, released in February 2018, the team at Maharashtra State Innovation Society is driving various initiatives to provide support at multiple levels to the startup ecosystem.