LIIID-GATI is an incubator exclusively for early-stage nonprofits/ for profit ventures. Five times a year, we select a diverse set of ambitious individuals who are in their early days of imagining social impact ideas and have potential to achieve outsized impact, sustainably. We invest deeply in them for a period of 6 months with the help of Arizona State University, # 1 University of USA for Innovations, during which LIIID-GATI Partners work closely with the founders to get their ideas in the best possible shape – ready to fundraise, hire and scale. Alongside, we offer an innovation grant of USD 25000 after the Fellowship, a network of world-class mentors, and connections with people interested in their work, all aimed at getting them to the ready-to-scale stage rapidly.
The magnitude and complexity of India's social challenges, with more than half of our country living in poverty even today, are massive. It requires our top talent and their problem solving ability to create wildly scalable and innovative solutions for communities of poor and marginalized. And these talents need to be guided extraordinarily from their beginning.
AtLIIID-GATI, our purpose is to "nestle and nurture top talent to solve for India's biggest challenges", with an aim to kick start new-age nonprofits/ for profits with social innovation, collaboration, speed, scale and sustainability as the main motto. We will bring together top talent (challenging problems, awesome peer-group), resources to innovate, (grants, co-working office), environment (culture of innovation and collaboration), and direction & support (mentors, partners). Our goal is to jumpstart 500+ nonprofits and 5000 nonprofit leaders in 5 years.
LIIID-GATI is designed for the entrepreneur, not the organization. Hence the commitment and capability of the founder are the foremost basis for selection.
Founders are required to be committed to their idea full-time. They need to demonstrate an ability to build and grow organizations that will achieve meaningful impact through innovative models of change. We also look for alignment to our core values of scale, speed, innovation, collaboration and sustainable change.
We at Gati believe that each and every have the talent to and is an asset of the society to change the society for better. Only the right person should be in the right place at the right time based on that we find the eligibility criteria of the fellows. We never select people form their capacity, age or gender. We are looking for the people who are passionate and determined to bring change in the society for better.
Accordingly, our eligibility criteria are:
• You should have matured mind, great motivation skills and smart learning talent
• Your should have a well tried experience in the nonprofit or for profit either with success or with failure.
• You should open to the world to learn and thrive.
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We are sector and geography agnostic and open to any idea that solves problems faced by economically disadvantaged sections of society, in alignment with our purpose of poverty alleviation. Occasionally, we consider initiatives that are aimed at building the nonprofit /for profit ecosystem.
Thrice a year, we will have cohorts under the LIIID-GATI tech track, exclusively for technology based solutions solving for any problem in poverty. We will have at least one open cohort in a year, to include organizations that may not influence technology in a significant way.
We believe technology has the power to accelerate social development, as tech-enabled products and services can help scale ideas much faster and at an affordable rate. LIIID-GATI tech is our initiative to jumpstart nonprofits that leverage technology in their product, service or outreach, to bring much needed social change. This is not limited to nonprofits developing hardware or software products, but also includes nonprofits using technology developed by someone else. The ideas can be, but are not limited to, the areas of agriculture, education, health, livelihood, land and property rights and more.
If your idea leverages technology as a means to deliver impact at large scale through product, services and outreach, and you have been in existence for at least a year, you are eligible to apply for our LIIID-GATI tech.
Historically, while we have had a great response to our call for applications - we have not seen may applications in areas of poverty that are more obscure, and invisible to top talent looking to startup in the development sector. However, these undeserved areas such as land rights, affordable housing, etc. - have a deep impact on poverty alleviation. In order to diversify LIIID-GATI's areas of investment, in a manner that serves our purpose of poverty alleviation in a meaningful way, LIIID-GATI has empowered with lead India Network to find talent working in this area, and to accelerate their startup journey. The selection bar remains the same as from other areas, but our outreach is more intensive, to account for the lack of critical mass of new breed of startups in this space. We are therefore open for rolling applications, for organizations working in Land and Property rights.
The fees for the entire programme is Rs. 7, 61,200*, including a contribution to the alumni fund that can be accessed by fellows who are in need of funds after the completion of the programme. During the 18-month practicum, the programme will provide a fixed maintenance allowance of INR 10,000 per month. The fellows will be supported in solving five organizational challenges of the enterprise during the practicum. On solving each challenge, the fellow can earn an additional INR 10,000. Including the fixed and variable components, the fellow can earn INR 2.4 lakhs during the practicum.Fellows from outside India, who are not the citizen of India, need to pay a non-Indian fellowship nonrefundable fee of USD 3,000.00 in addition to the fees mentioned below
|Logistic & Travel Fee||1,24,000|
|Accommodation& Food Facilities (2 years)||1,92,000|
|Alumni Fund Contribution||20,000|
With its unique design, curriculum and structure, GATI is a one-of-its kind programme in many ways. But there are two critical ways in which GATI is different from other academic institutions offering programmes in social entrepreneurship:
• Integration of education & incubation: Academic programmes offer classroom oriented training on entrepreneurship and incubation programmes provide on the ground support to build an enterprise from an idea. GATI integrates both into a programme that provides classroom training, experiential learning, practitioner interactions and also end-to-end incubation support, including seed funding, for setting up an enterprise.
• Space to incubate, innovate and implement: Most social entrepreneurship and incubation programmes expect you to have an innovative idea for a social enterprise as you enter the programme. But a lot of youngsters don't yet have an idea beyond wanting to do some good and benefit society. GATI gives such fellows the space to understand the challenges, develop an entrepreneurial solution, test and evolve the design and establish an enduring enterprise.
Applicants go through a four-step selection process: • Online Application • Online Entrance on General Aptitude • Telephonic Interview • One-day Assessment through Group Discussion
Any individual applying for GATI is preferred to be a graduate. Other than that, we are looking for people and not their resume. We are looking at what you have learned and experienced, rather than where. So if you are passionate about making a difference, have grit and persistence, and want take the road less taken, you are an attractive candidate for GATI.
As part of the application process, candidates need to provide two recommendations from people who they have worked or studied with.
No, the reputation/value of your educational institution will not affect your selection in any manner
GATI fellowship was launched in 2017 after 5 years of arduous research and study nationally and internationally. The 2018-20 batch of fellows will be the first to graduate from the programme and establish their own enterprises. The pioneering batch has 10 aspiring social entrepreneurs interested in building enterprises across the development sector: Education, livelihoods, sanitation, waste management, agriculture, micro-finance and others
While it is true that GATI is a challenging programme, it ensures that fellows are well equipped to start their own enterprise at the end of the programme. And GATI fellows are supported through the process by a peer mentor who will work with them on the ground and are guided by a team of experienced professionals. They will also be a part of a strong network of fellows who will navigate the programme together.
Apart from Social Ventures Incubation Programme, LIIID-GATI offers Women Startup Programme, incubation for business startups and student run ventures, mentoring and pre-incubation launchpad and few courses related to entrepreneurship.
Please visit www.liiid.givegloballyfoundation.org.
Please visit the LIIID-GATI website and apply for the 'mentoring and pre-incubation Launchpad' or for our LEDER program doing the application. Apart from the programme, is it possible to receive only mentoring services for social ventures? Please apply to the 'mentoring and pre-incubation launchpad' from the LIIID-GATI website- www.liiid.givegloballyfoundation.org.
LIIID-GATI Social offers- Mentoring, access to entrepreneurial networks, workspace, entrepreneurial stipend throughout the incubation period, legal and HR services and media exhibits.
The applicant should have a start up with an objective to that is related to the Objective of www.leadindiafoundation.org or www.givegloballyfoundatin.org. If the applicant is not currently part of the Women Start-up Programme, the application is acceptable with conditions.
GATI fellows will work on the ground with innovative and new enterprises, addressing some of the most pressing challenges in India, helping them grow in size and scale creating more jobs and adding more wealth for everyone.
And while doing so, fellows also gain entrepreneurial skills through practice-oriented training modules, reflective practice, and interactive sessions with practitioners and conversations with mentors in the field. In 24 months, you will have all the skills and mindsets required to be a responsible entrepreneur.
On completion of the programme, a majority of the fellows will be expected to establish and run their own enterprises. They will continue to receive incubation support, including funding and mentoring for 6 years after the programme. The fellows will chart a path that will be similar to pioneering entrepreneurs. The remaining will work with organisations in the social enterprise ecosystem.
Yes, you will receive an experience certificate from GATI. You can definitely count the two years of fellowship as work experience.
Yes, there is a stipend during the fellowship. During the 18-month practicum, the programme will provide a fixed maintenance allowance of INR 10,000 per month. The fellows will be supported in solving five organizational challenges of the enterprise during the practicum. On solving each challenge, the fellow can earn an additional INR 10,000. Including the fixed and variable components, in this way, the fellow can earn INR 2.3 lakhs during the practicum.
During the fellowship program, fellows will be placed with mid-level collective, women's, social, financial inclusion or green enterprises. The practicum enterprise will be dependent on the interests of the fellows, requirements of the enterprises and a comprehensive assessment by the GATI team. The pioneering batch of fellows are working with enterprises such as: Lead India Foundation, Give Globally Foundation, Careernexxt ETRC Pvt. Ltd., Global Vision, Global Dreamz, My IELTS Doctor, Plan International, Action Aid India, CRY, Global Giving USA, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, for the practicum.
Yes, GATI is offered in partnership with #1 University of USA for Innovations: Arizona State University, Loadstar Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Management. The six month facilitated learning module is certified by ASU- LCPNM.
No, candidates are required to be graduates. Candidates who have dropped out of their under graduation are advised to complete their Under Graduate degree and then apply for GATI.
As part of GATI, some social enterprises will receive acceleration support. If you are a mid-level social enterprise looking for acceleration support, please write to us at email@example.com. And GATI will provide incubation support to GATI fellows for six years following the completion of the program. The incubation support is not open to other social enterprises.
The initial 6 month facilitated learning component will be conducted at the 20,000 sq. ft Lead India building in Gandhinagar, Patna or New Delhi or they can do it from remote location after a written permission which may be available to fellows in written request. The fellows will be placed in different rural/urban/semi-rural locations during the 18 month practicum. The placement location will be dependent on the enterprise where the fellow will be placed.
GATI is designed for all round development of the fellows involving the mind, body and soul to create successful entrepreneurs. Keeping this in mind, GATI fellows will be exposed to various extra-curricular activities like Marshal Arts, Yoga, Rock climbing, and engagement with nature clubs among several others.
Education loans are facilitated for eligible candidates. Most early applicants get scholarship upto 50%, three best fellows who score above 90% in the ET, OET and GD will receive 100% Scholarship. We encourage you to apply if you think you have what it takes to be a GATI fellow.
While the fellow's preferences will be taken into account, GATI cannot guarantee that fellows will be placed only in an enterprise of their choice. The fellows will be expected to join any enterprise in which they are placed.
The fellows will be mapped to the placement enterprise, based on their skills, strengths, interests and aspirations. Since this will be assessed during the initial six month facilitated learning module, fellows will find out their placement enterprise and location only towards the end of the six months.
GATI fellows are expected to have functional proficiency in English as the fellowship program will be delivered primarily in English this year.
As per the eligibility criteria, 'for-profit' ventures should be minimum 1 year old; registered and 'not-for-profit' ventures should be minimum 3 year old; FCRA registered. If you are an individual, you should have an innovative Idea to apply for this program, which will be discussed with you during the telephonic interview.
For nonprofits, FCRA is a pre-requisite for applying to 'non-profit' social ventures, but not mandatory. If you do not have one, we will assist you to get that during the fellowship which should be with you before the starting of Post fellowship support.
We always interested to promote individuals having genuine interest to promote a cause. As per the eligibility criteria we accept applications only from registered organisation. But if you are an individual you can provided that you have a genuine reason for the application.
Not necessarily, as long as the incubatee can attend the mandatory sessions/events. But those who are interested to use our WIFI platform to develop their Innovative projects must stay in any of our campus in India, i.e. Gandhinagar, Patna, Bhubaneswar, Trivandrum or Mumbai. Or they can opt for our USA campus in Tempe, Arizona, USA.
The programme is both residential and online. The programme requires the incubatee to be present during the mandatory sessions. The incubatee can make use of the workspace provided by LIIID-GATI in any of our campus in India, i.e. Gandhinagar, Patna, Bhubaneswar, Trivandrum or Mumbai. Or they can opt for our USA campus in Tempe, Arizona, USA.
The incubation is for the venture and not individual entrepreneurs/team. A venture can have one founder or more individuals as a team.
Yes, fellows will be provided with Wi-Fi accommodation and food facility during their stay in campus.