Who We Are
Wadhwani Foundation is a not-for-profit with the primary mission of accelerating economic development by driving job creation through large-scale initiatives in entrepreneurship, small business growth, innovation, and skilling. Today, founded in 2000 by Silicon Valley entrepreneur Dr. Romesh Wadhwani, the Foundation is scaling impact in multiple countries across Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the US.
The Wadhwani Foundation works in partnership with governments, foundations, corporations, and educational institutes through the below Initiatives:
Wadhwani Global Opportunity: Empowers millions of students with core and future job-ready skills to attain sustainable family wages.
Wadhwani Entrepreneur: Inspires, educates, and enables tens of thousands of start-up entrepreneurs.
Wadhwani Advantage: Empowers thousands of small and medium-sized businesses with capabilities to maximize their growth potential.
Wadhwani Institute of Technology and Policy (WITP): Leverages emerging technology for well-informed policy formulation, implementation, and outcomes/impact measurement
Wadhwani Institute for Digital Public Health (Vision): US-based, global platform for enabling the digital transformation of public health organizations and programs to advance their speed, scale, and impact to improve the lives of hundreds of millions
Wadhwani Charitable Foundation funds Initiatives in Biotechnology (Wadhwani Research Centre for Biotechnology at IITB), US-India Business Policies (Wadhwani Chair at CSIS), and Electronics Education (Wadhwani Electronics Laboratory at IITB).
Inspiring, educating, and enabling thousands of startup entrepreneurs
Wadhwani NEN (NEN) Program, which empowers students with knowledge and skills to create high-potential startups
Wadhwani Inspire aims to establish a nationwide culture of entrepreneurship
WE Website: https://entrepreneur.wfglobal.org/
Wadwhani NEN Deck: https://www.wfglobal.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/10/NEN-Pitch-Deck.pdf
Programs and Initiatives:
1. WE NEN
We are activating thousands of college students by showing them why, when, and how to do a
startup through case-study-based education.
-Mainstreaming entrepreneurship education with an experiential 14 weeks’, 35-hour program at no cost to institutes & students for creating “Practice Ventures.”
-Faculty training and ongoing refresher training
-Providing a frictionless self-service model for easy delivery of interactive content, webinars,
etc., through the AI-enabled Wadhwani Technology Platform
*Wadhwani proprietary & curated open-source courses
*Video and presentation-led case studies
*Master Classes by marquee entrepreneurs, mentors, industry experts
*Learning labs (booster clinics, workshops), pitch simulators & pitch days
*Access to incubators/accelerators/early-stage investors; internship opportunities
*A global community of mentors, experts & evaluators (across Asia, Africa, and LatAm)
-Validated MVP & investor pitch endorsed by a global jury; E-Certificate
2. WE Liftoff
Enabling thousands of startups to improve their business strategy, organization, and
performance to be successful and get seed capital
-Self-service Engagement Model with Global Entrepreneur Platform, facilitated by Wadhwani Mentors, expert assistance, and support
-Approximately six months of engagement with each startup
-Global Entrepreneur Platform will provide:
*Market & Competition data
*Business Model evaluation, Financial Planning & Startup Selection tools, and templates
*Master Classes, video & presentation-led case studies
*Videos of presentations & pitches to VCs for seed capital
*P2P network capabilities
*Access to Mentors, Angels, and VCs
*Expert Helpdesk for online advice
3. WE Champs
Awards and Mentoring program
-To energize and reward aspiring entrepreneurs and early-stage startups
*Networking with entrepreneurs
*Mentoring by the very best
*Pitching to investors
Provides 21st-century employability skills to job-seeking students
-Empowers students to acquire, sustain and progress in family-supporting jobs
-Mobile & video-centric multilingual global content on the cloud with on-demand, AI-enabled
WO Website: https://entrepreneur.wfglobal.org/
Wadwhani WO Deck: https://www.wfglobal.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/10/WO-Deck.pdf
1. Wadhwani Global Opportunity
*Fully flexible short-term programs that prepare them for family-sustaining career
*Core skills position them for employability and progression.
*Reduce hiring and training costs while expediting just-in-time hires
*Day-1 job-ready candidates
*Apprenticeship programs help select the best and release the rest to the company supply chain.
*Superior student completion rates, job outcomes, and overall impact enhance their brand and standing among students and policymakers, enabling influence on State/Federal policies and unleashing of Govt. funding
*Expand the scale of student intake that digital delivery affords
*Opportunity to pilot end-to-end digital delivery and expand to the majority of their programs, thus accelerating their digital transformation
2. Wadhwani Opportunity Network
-US Community Colleges
-Vocational Training Partners