Accelerator

Where are the Jobs? Findings and Insights from Upaya’s Accelerator Application Process

Where are the Jobs? Findings and Insights from Upaya’s Accelerator Application Process

What can the applications for Upaya’s accelerator program tell us about the early-stage companies that are creating jobs for people in extreme poverty? Upaya’s India Country Director, Amit Alex, takes a closer look at the pool of applicants to answer a pressing question in India today: Where are the jobs?

This Entrepreneur Aims to Restore Pride In Farming And Vitality to Mother Earth

This Entrepreneur Aims to Restore Pride In Farming And Vitality to Mother Earth

Looking at the glaring gaps in the organic farming ecosystem in West Bengal, Ekta Jaju started an organic company called ONganic in 2015 with a vision to create better livelihoods for farmers, health & wellness for consumers and a sustainable planet.

Two Brothers on a Mission to Create Sustainable Livelihoods

Two Brothers on a Mission to Create Sustainable Livelihoods

The Taank Brothers aim to create self-sustaining employment opportunities by helping tribal farmers farm and sell Kadaknath poultry on a commercial level. Read more about their aptly named social enterprise, TaankBrothers Ventures. >>

Turning a Once Discarded Fruit By-Product into a Lucrative Income Stream

Turning a Once Discarded Fruit By-Product into a Lucrative Income Stream

Aneel Kumar Ambavaram grew up in a Kadapa, a village in India known for its labor-intensive sweet orange cultivation. He left is 15-year corporate career to uplift sweet orange farmers, creating new sources of income for the poorest of the poor.

Bringing Village Fresh Produce to Urban India

Bringing Village Fresh Produce to Urban India

When Selvakumar Varadharajan, founder and Chief Executive of Laymen Agro Ventures settled in Bangalore to start a family, he and his wife soon began to long for the farm-fresh produce and dairy of their childhood that was not available in urban India. This prompted them to move back to Coimbatore to start a venture that would provide urban citizens with access to fresh agro-products while improving the livelihoods of small-holder farmers and rural youths in the process.