Agriculture remains the source of livelihood for approximately 65% of Indian population especially in rural areas and a key driver for Indian economic growth. Upaya's 2018 accelerator program will be focused on the agribusiness industry in India. We will select 8-10 entrepreneurs who are working to scale their early-stage job-creating companies with investments and consulting support. 

The Upaya Team held a webinar on 9th March, 2018 for interested applicants to learn more about the program and application process. Watch a recording on the webinar here!




Your enterprise must be legally incorporated as a for-profit business in India.


You must have an early-stage business, less than 5 years old, that has created some revenue-generating customers.


You haven't received any institutional funding, but are looking to do so within 6-8 months. 



Your work creates jobs in the agri-space for the poor, or significantly improves income levels for small scale farmers.


You are an early-stage enterprise working within the agriculture universe in India, impacting small scale farmers or the poorest of the poor. 



Accelerator Program benefits include:

  • Access to Upaya funding (up to $50,000 equity investment in each company). Upaya selects 1-3 enterprises for investment from each cohort.
  • Additional access to investors through pitch and networking opportunity to bring on as co-investors.
  • 4-month long program, involves three class room workshops focussing on helping companies improve their business model in three functions – Finance, Marketing & Sales and Organizational Development
  • Hand-on support (Consulting Projects) where Upaya team/ Mentors or Experts work with the companies on mutually identified gap areas in the business that need to be addressed.
  • Additionally, support in helping companies refine their business plan, pitch deck and financial model.
  • Provide access to network of experts, investors and mentors.

The cost for travel and logistics for the program will be covered by Upaya Social Ventures.



Upaya will select the final 10-12 entrepreneurs by the second week of May, 2018. The selection process is as follows:

  1. First Round of Application – 26th February 2018 to 26th March 2018
    A simple set of questions requiring 10-15 minutes to determine if the applicants meet the criteria stated below.
    Application Deadline Extended!   - CLICK HERE TO APPLY - 
  2. Second Round of Application – 30th March 2018 to 12th April 2018. 
    A more detailed questionnaire that dives deeper into the applicant's business model and social impact.  
  3. Announcement of selected enterprises for the Accelerator cohort – 11th May 2018.


  • First Workshop: 30th May 2018 – 1st June 2018
  • Second Workshop: 25th – 27th July 2018
  • Third Workshop: 26th – 28th September 2018

The Upaya team plans to visit each of the selected enterprises to work with the enterprises in identifying key challenges and gaps in the business and providing technical assistance in addressing the mutually identified challenges.

The investment decision would be announced at the end of the third workshop.




Apply before 26th march, 2018

The first round of applications will access the eligibility of each interested entrepreneur. Applications will be accepted through 26th March, 2018. Please complete and submit the application form by clicking here.

For any queries about the accelerator program or the application process, please write to and we will try and respond within 48 hours.

In case you are more comfortable submitting an application in any of the below 6 Indian languages, we request you to download the form, fill it up and send us a scanned copy to