T-Hub and Bala Vikasa Partners to Propel Rural, Social, and Frugal Innovation
Hyderabad, 3rd Feb 2024 – T-Hub, India’s leading startup incubator has today announced partnership with Bala Vikasa, a trailblazing community development innovator. This collaboration aims to foster innovation, address grassroots challenges, and drive large-scale social impact. The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed at the Social Start-up Expo organized by the Bala Vikasa Center in the esteemed presence of Duddilla Sridhar Babu, Minister for IT & EC, Industry and Commerce, Telangana Government.
This strategic collaboration aligns with the imminent plans of the Telangana state government, poised to unveil a new Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) policy. With a deliberate emphasis on intertwining social entrepreneurship within this policy framework, the government aims to fortify Telangana’s position as a central hub for social innovation and entrepreneurial growth in the foreseeable future. The partnership between Bala Vikasa and T-Hub will be instrumental in realizing this vision, focusing on Social Innovation, Frugal Innovation, and Rural Innovation, with the shared goal of transcending urban boundaries and making a substantial impact in rural spaces.
Under this partnership, T-Hub is set to provide robust support to startups, offering specialized capacity-building programs in collaboration with Bala Vikasa to elevate skills and knowledge. Additionally, the collaboration formalizes Bala Vikasa as a valued Program Partner, signifies a strategic commitment to mentorship and knowledge exchange initiatives aligned with shared objectives. T-Hub will further facilitate Market Access Support by Bala Vikasa, empowering startups within T-Hub programs, streamlining market access, and creating pivotal opportunities for pilot projects. The collaboration also envisions the Cross Utilization of Infrastructure, marking a shared commitment to maximizing operational efficiency and fostering innovation in India’s dynamic startup ecosystem.
Anthony Anish, Chief Operating Officer, T-Hub, expressed enthusiasm about the collaboration, stating, “As T-Hub embarks on this transformative partnership with Bala Vikasa, we are dedicated to fostering startups that make a tangible impact. Our commitment is to build a new vertical with a strong focus on rural, social, and frugal innovation. We aim to support promising innovations that cater to untapped rural markets and address critical social issues through accessible and affordable solutions. Together, we strive to empower startups, drive innovation, and create meaningful change in the startup ecosystem.”
Shoury Reddy Singareddy, Executive Director of Bala Vikasa, emphasized, “While we will be working on multiple activities in the realm of capacity building, mentoring, knowledge development, and ecosystem-strengthening in the coming days, we will be supporting the social business accelerator program by T-Hub immediately.”
Till now, T-Hub has nurtured nearly 110 social impact startups. Among these success stories are Banyan Nation, a pioneer in plastic recycling with a unique circular economy approach; Donatekart, revolutionizing crowdfunding with a focus on transparency; Financepeer, providing crucial support for education payments during the pandemic; and Kisanwala, a digital agri marketplace empowering farmers. T-Hub continues to be a catalyst for transformative ventures, fostering innovation and social change.