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We'll be joined by Gururaj 'Desh' Deshpande on Graduation Day of Manush Labs Sustainability Accelerator

   Our Impact   


Enterprises Accelerated


Founders from 30+ towns & cities across India


Lives Impacted


Investor-Investee Connections


Mentors Onboard with Us

Fostering an inclusive entrepreneurship ecosytem  

Catalyzing compassionate



Who we are  


Manush Labs is an accelerator program for underserved Indian innovators & entrepreneurs from tier 2 cities. Our team comes from tier 2 cities of India and Africa.   

We attempt to empower entrepreneurs by integrating design thinking, creative capacity building, systems thinking, and collaborative problem-solving into our accelerator program. We are based in India. 


Our roots

Built at MIT and Harvard 

We have been conceptualized and developed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology,  USA

and our founding team has been trained at the robust & inclusive entrepreneurship ecosystem of MIT and Harvard. Combatting social inequities and injustices is our core mission and we are proud to be part of MIT's Inclusive Innovation Grant Program


Our Philosophy

Manush  - Sanskrit मनुष्य (manuṣya), derived from Manu - 'human'

We believe that societies can be transformed through 'humane' entrepreneurial interventions that go beyond business profitability. We empower compassion driven impact entrepreneurs to nurture their ideas into equitable and scalable solutions while democratizing access to mentoring, funding, and network building within the innovation ecosystem.




We catalyze the vision of government, social organizations, foundations, and corporations that are focussed on combating deep-rooted problems of Indian society by making them essential partners in our value chain.


Gururaj Deshpande

Founder, Deshpande Foundation

Let me congratulate you Piyush, You probably have one of the best startups. I mean it's amazing you started just a year ago and you've been able to curate such a great group of entrepreneurs and really help them get to this point. As entrepreneurs, It's thousands of bridges that we need to cross and we don't really know what all those bridges are. You've done a fantastic job of actually bringing these entrepreneurs together, connecting them to mentors, venture capitalists,  investors, and giving them the opportunity and the resources to actually pick the right bridges and cross them.

Geeta Goel

Country Director, Dell Foundation

Way to go Manush Labs! Congratulations, Piyush.
The role of incubators and accelerators cannot be undermined when we talk of a thriving start-up ecosystem. With US and China boasting 225+ unicorns, and India at 21, we have a long way to go. The need for structured support in initial phases is even more true for social startups, where the problems may be more complex and deep rooted and low margins is reality. But once you crack the code, the market size may be the largest possible, and of course, the impact may be most gratifying and sustainable.

An entrepreneur's journey

  Funded by  

  Our Ecosystem and Investment Partners  

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  Built at MIT and Harvard with the support of   

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Newndra Innovations


Newndra Innovations is building affordable and lightweight exoskeletons for farmers and workers to double their work efficiency while reducing their back and knee pain.




The journey has been incredibly good. The concept of fundraising was very new to us, and the support from Manush Labs truly helped us in both, designing a better pitch, as well as in pitching better. The guidance we received from our personal mentor is impeccable. The program is well-organized and I am happy I had a chance to be a part of the same.

-   Kirtikumar Tolani

     Co-Founder, Landwirt India

My expectations from the program were to have a chance to interact with people who are very insightful and experienced in the area they work in, and I would say that the same has been a success. I have received valuable feedback from mentors as well as investors, which pushed me to constantly improve.

-   Alekhya Boora

     Co-Founder, Ripsey

Nothing compares to being a part of the Manush Labs cohort. The investor connections are amazing. The execution of the program is beyond expectations and the management of logistics surprises me.

-   Deependra Solanky

     Founder, AgriDost

Multiple Pecha Kuchas were very helpful in making us realize the key areas to focus on when preparing our pitch deck. Our mentor was incredibly helpful and conversations with him were very stimulating. This program gives individual attention to every participating startup, which is rare in the incubator/accelerator space!

-   Vinoj Raj

     Founder, St. Jude Herbals

I really liked the transparency of this program. The program was helpful throughout its entire course, and not just the initial few weeks, like it usually tends to happen. I like how everyone in this cohort saw value in each other and was supportive of mutual growth. That for me is a big differentiator.

-   Rahul Ganapathy

     Co-Founder, Atsuya Technologies

Manush Labs is an impact ecosystem for underserved entrepreneurs of India. We attempt to solve deep-rooted problems of Indian society by empowering impact entrepreneurs with capital, knowledge access, and networks.

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