Wadhwani Foundation was founded in 2000 by Silicon Valley based entrepreneur and philanthropist, Dr. Romesh Wadhwani with the primary mission of accelerating economic development in emerging economies through large-scale job creation and job fulfilment. The Foundation is present in Asia, Africa and Latin America operating in association with governments, educational institutes, corporates, mentors, and investors. Its Initiatives are driving job creation and jobs fulfilment through entrepreneurship, skills development and innovation.
National Entrepreneurship Network (NEN) inspires, educates, and supports student entrepreneurs, startups, and SMEs for creating high-value jobs. NEN creates city-based entrepreneurial ecosystems consisting of institutes that teach NEN courses, NEN run or supported accelerators and a network of mentors, investors, service providers supporting startups and SMEs.
Global Skills Network (GSN) equips non-college-bound graduates with sufficient work-skills to command family supporting wages. GSN works with the Central and State Governments to transform vocational schools to modern multi-skill institutes, and with employers to engage in an apprenticeship program while also providing adjunct faculty and internships.
Global Innovation Network (GIN) aims to create world-class research institutes that compete at a global level leading to creation of global organizations. Its Startup and Small Business Innovation Program (SSBI) strives to create world-class innovation ecosystems in critical sectors of high importance in India and other emerging economies through innovation grants to hundreds of companies.
Other Initiatives of Wadhwani Foundation include:
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Policy Research Network (PRN) provides data-driven research inputs for informed policy action focused on innovation, entrepreneurship, skills development and employment aimed at accelerating economic growth.