National Entrepreneurship Network (NEN)
To leverage entrepreneurship as a catalyst for job creation, Wadhwani Foundation established the National Entrepreneurship Network (NEN) in 2003. NEN has built a strong network with 600 colleges, 1000+ mentors and 3200 faculty in India to inspire, educate and support emerging entrepreneurs. NEN’s Entrepreneur Academy features hundreds of short videos from experienced entrepreneurs, angels, VCs along with dozens of longer video courses and blog posts. Since inception, NEN has resulted in 2,000 new startups with 12,000+ direct and 50,000+ indirect jobs, and is now tracking 1,500+ new companies each year.
Skills Development Network (SDN)
For skilling, vocational education and training led job fulfillment, Wadhwani Foundation has set up the Skills Development Network (SDN) which supports multiple high school, college and employer initiatives for entry level mid-skill jobs. SDN has developed and implemented several major skills initiatives with MHRD and state govts., providing support to vocational education programs across 1400+ high schools, 18 UGC colleges and 100+ companies. SDN uses a technology platform for skilling by integrating online/in-class skills education through a digital/video curricula and pedagogy.
Opportunity Network for Disabled (OND)
Opportunity Network for Disabled (OND) is aimed at mainstreaming the educated disabled into sustainable high quality corporate jobs through a business value proposition. The Foundation supports the training and placement of disabled individuals into mid-skill entry level jobs with the goal of placing 100,000 disabled over five years.
Research and Innovation Network (RIN)
Research and Innovation Network (RIN) aims to upgrade India’s research eco-system by catalyzing ‘Centers of Innovations’ in partnership with existing research institutes. The Wadhwani Research Centre for Biotechnology established at IIT Bombay is leveraging biotechnology research. Shanta Wadhwani Center for Cardiac and Neural Research, established with National Center for Biological Sciences, focuses on cardiac and neurodevelopmental biology.
POLICY RESEARCH CENTRE
Wadhwani Foundation’s Policy Research Centre provides data driven research inputs for informed policy actions towards creating an education led, human-capital driven growth economy. Wadhwani Chair on US-India policy at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), a leading bi-partisan policy “think tank” in Washington, D.C, aims to accelerate India-U.S economic activities primarily through channels of skilling and education.