– Margaret Mead
As a non-profit venture philanthropy platform, ACT is built upon the premise that an entrepreneurial mindset, technology & innovation and collective action have the power to create meaningful social impact at scale.
We are driven by a bias for action to catalyse social change through collaboration across the board – startup founders, VCs, industry experts, NGOs, government stakeholders as well as the public at large.
We believe that technology & innovation can unlock social impact at scale through high quality solutions that are relevent, accessible and affordable
Incubate & accelerate innovations that can sustainably address need gaps with education, healthcare, climate action and gender inclusivity
As A Venture
Provide grants to catalyse entrepreneurs & organisations pioneering innovative solutions
As A Collective
Leverage ACT’s network of experts, mentors & funders to support grantee strategy & operations
Our grants are given as seed capital to incubate and accelerate innovations that have demonstrated ability to address some of India’s most complex social needs. In addition to providing funding, we work with our grantees on their strategy as well as operations and help them harness the strength of our collective – through best-in-class industry mentorship that can enable them to build sustainable organisations.
Essentially we treat each grant as an investment in India’s future and thus, focus on ensuring that it yields a return by meaningfully shifting life outcomes.Know More About Our Approach
Enabling the bottom three quartiles of India’s population to learn at home by harnessing the power of affordable, accessible and high-quality ed-tech interventions.
Catalyzing climate action through innovations for better air quality, effective energy transition, efficient waste management, water security, and land rejuvenation.
Empowering cutting edge solutions that bridge the access and affordability gap on primary healthcare, cancer, diabetes, TB, and mental health.
With the trust and goodwill we earned through our work during COVID, we’ve been able to leverage an incredibly unique and valuable network of individuals and organisations to power our platform.
This is just a snapshot of our ever growing collective - as we journey ahead, we hope to inspire more such individuals & organisations to deeply engage with us as partners, advisors & collaborators!
Our proof of concept is embedded in the incredible impact achieved by the 30 entrepreneurs we’ve supported in 2022-23:
From reaching just about 2 Mn individuals during the pandemic to 19 Mn by Mar 2023, 83% of whom belong to India 3
Raising 6x follow-on
19 of our portfolio founders raised additional external capital as their solutions started to transform lives for the better
21 of our portfolio organisations gained prestigious
national & international recognition for the efficacy of their solutions
11 of our portfolio organisations cracked government partnerships to unlock further scale and sustainability
WISER is the first and largest of its kind collaborative report on women in startups.Know More
A 3-4 month volunteering program for tech experts to contribute their time and expertise to social impact organisations, Tech Advisors For Social Change promises to be an inspiring collaboration!Know More
The network aims to match the tech needs of social enterprises working among underserved communities with ACT supported innovations and launching pilot projects to address identified need gaps.Know More
I find great purpose in supporting ACT's vision because their journey has shown that collective action can bring about meaningful change. What sets ACT apart is their resolute dedication to fostering inclusivity and building resilience. Furthermore, their tireless endeavours to address vital areas like education, healthcare, climate action and gender equity solidify my belief in ACT's unique and far-reaching impact.
“The ACT team is a team of doers - they operate from a founder's PoV and not from a funder's PoV. They've guided us with their technical expertise, connected us to other founders and evolved our thinking on the scale of impact. As founders, we constantly feel looked out for and know that our requirements & challenges are always a priority for ACT”
“ACT has shown a demonstrated ability to galvanise resources and talent, execute on ground and work with a network of frontline organisations.”
“We were able to scale our health solution to millions of underserved citizens only because of ACT’s timely support. The ACT For Health team understands the need of the hour and have been patiently supportive and encouraging of our efforts - we’re really glad that we have them as our funders and partners on this journey!”
"ACT For Environment has been a source of tremendous support for us - from connecting us to relevant stakeholders in the ecosystem to spending large amounts of time helping us refine our financial models and organisational strategy. In ACT, we have a great partner - one that we feel comfortable reaching out to for help on nearly anything!"
ACT Capital Foundation For Social Impact is a not-for-profit company incorporated and registered under Section 8 of the Companies Act, 2013. All donations made to ACT Capital Foundation are eligible for income tax deduction under Section 80G of the Income Tax Act.
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