Deshpande Foundation

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Deshpande Foundation
Formation 1996
Type Non-governmental organization
Purpose Promoting entrepreneurship and innovation as catalysts for change.
Headquarters 92 Montvale Ave, Suite 2500 Stoneham, MA 02180
Region served
United states, India.
President of Foundation
Gururaj (Desh) and Jaishree Deshpande.
Website Deshpande Foundation

Deshpande Foundation is a non-governmental organization founded in 1996 by Gururaj (Desh) and Jaishree Deshpande. Foundation has embarked on large scale projects in the United States and India such as :

  • The Merrimack Valley Sandbox in Massachusetts, United States.
  • The Hubli Sandbox in Hubli, Karnataka, India.
  • The Deshpande Center for Social Entrepreneurship in Hubli, Karnataka.[1]
  • The MIT Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation in Boston, Massachusetts.[2]
  • The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE), in both the US and across India.[3]
  • The Indo US Collaboration for Engineering Education (IUCEE).[4]

The foundation runs numerous programs in its Indian wing. Few of them are listed below.

  • LEAD - LEADer's Accelerating Development Program. - Offers students an opportunity to make a change in their world. Program works with students who have big ideas for a better India, and wants them to see that vision transform into reality.
  • Deshpande Fellowship Program.[5]
  • Deshpande Education trust - nurtures innovative ideas and inspires entrepreneurial acumen in youth.[6]
  • Master of Social Entrepreneurship - a two-year residential program affiliated with Karnatak University Dharwad.[7]


  1. ^ "Deshpande Centre for Social Entrepreneurship located on the campus of BVB College of Engineering College and Technology". Hubli: The Hindu. Nov 9, 2010. Retrieved 24 May 2011. 
  2. ^ "Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation". Boston: MIT. Retrieved 24 May 2011. 
  3. ^ "Canada's The Indus Entrepreneurs turning Indian immigrants into millionaires". TORONTO: The Economic Times. May 18, 2011. Retrieved 24 May 2011. 
  4. ^ "U.C. Berkeley-Stanford Team Wins Social Venture Contest". Berkeley: India west. May 3, 2011. Retrieved 24 May 2011. 
  5. ^ "Abouts DCSE Lead". 
  6. ^ "Deshpande Educational Trust". 
  7. ^ "DET MSE". 

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