Incubating Incubators

We support incubators across the globe in developing robust incubation processes, systems, tools and networks.

Incubating Incubators –  Cohort 2.3

One Villgro is not enough to create impact on the scale we envision. We alone do not have capacity to work with all the social enterprises that we want to support and are keen to share our experiences with other like minded incubators and early-stage impact investors.

Villgro has launched Cohort 2.3 of the Incubating Incubators program — Incubators across India are invited to apply for the 3 months paid program.

The last day to register is 31 December 2021.

Outcome Focused Cohort

The program will focus on the development of the incubation model through one-on-one mentoring, providing learning opportunities, and fundraising demos with donors to build joint partnerships.

Applications Open

Register by 31 December to be part of Cohort 2.3


Some of the focused activities that will be implemented during the program period are listed as follows:

Diagnostic & Solutioning Panel

  • Villgro’s proprietary process, Diagnostic Panel is a multi-stakeholder strategic solutioning session
  • The panel diagnoses imminent challenges/risks in all areas of the incubation model for incubators and builds a 100-days action plan

Incubation Playbook

  • The ‘Incubation Playbook’ captures the incubation processes, templates and insights, from setting up to running an incubator. It has been leveraged by over 200+ incubators
  • The incubators will have access to 3-4 days virtual training programs, webinars and group activities to enable them to understand how to utilize the Incubation Playbook


  • VITALS provides evidence-driven data, exhaustive repository of experts and best practices
  • Trainers will use VITALS as a platform to conduct the trainings and webinars

Portfolio Management

  • Incubator’s portfolio managers will get a chance to work with Villgro’s portfolio managers in respect to learn the tools & templates

Exposure & Networking

  • One virtual joint event will be organized for networking and partnering with investors and corporates


  • Villgro with the help of its distinguished advisors, will provide one-to-one customized mentoring to each incubator during the program
  • These advisors will co-design the customized roadmap for accessing the startup ecosystem

For more information about the program write to


Meet the advisors that will support in the development & customization of incubator’s business model

Hear from the graduates of Cohort 1.0

The Incubating Incubators initiative has a clear and detailed approach that pushes new incubators into comprehending the nuances of building a successful incubator.
Bhagabati P. Pattnaik CEO, AIC-CVRCE Foundation
The “Incubating Incubators” program refines the tenets of setting-up an incubator and provides valuable insights into relationship constructs. Villgro has reinforced in us a data-driven paradigm aimed towards enhanced monitoring and evaluation.
Abheejit Khandagale Executive Director, Vruksh Ecosystem Foundation
This initiative greatly benefits budding incubators and provides valuable insights on setting up and operating incubators. Practices suggested in the module help one evaluate and recalibrate their approach to startup incubation.
Abhijit Sathe CEO, MIT PUNE TBI

Case studies of our past work

Incubating Incubators - A joint initiative of the Ministry of MSME & GIZ, Implemented by Villgro


Training of 4 incubators in INVENT


Strategy & advisory for one of the prestigious business school's incubation program funded by SIDBI


Here are resources to help run an incubator for social enterprises