Agri-business, Energy, Healthcare, Education, Livelihoods, Environmental

About us

Villgro is one of India’s oldest and foremost social enterprise incubators, supporting innovators and social entrepreneurs during their early stages of growth. Since 2001, Villgro has worked with a mission to "make impactful innovators succeed". In that time, Villgro has incubated 94 such enterprises which have gone on to generate around 4000 jobs, secured Rs 200 million in follow-on funding, and touched over 5 million rural lives.


  • Mr. Paul Basil

    Founder and CEO

    Paul has over a decade of experience discovering and incubating enterprises that impact the BoP 

  • Mr. Paul Belknap

    Head, SEED

    Paul worked as a mechanical engineer for 5 years before completing an MBA at Penn State and a stint with MBAs Without Borders in India.

  • Ms. Kavita Rajagopalan

    Head, EIR

    Kavita has over 6 years of experience working in education and other development sectors

  • Mr. Pinaki Bhattacharyya

    Chief Investment & Incubation Officer

    Pinaki has 15 years of VC/PE, fundraising and operational experience 

  • Mr. PR Ganapathy

    Chief Operating Officer

    Ganapathy brings significant entrepreneurial and mentorship experience working with social enterprises 

Media Mentions

1. Beyond the Metros: Nurturing regional social enterprise ecosystems in India.

2. Nurturing the nurturers: Business incubators have arisen to help entrepreneurs who target the bottom of the pyramid scale up. 

3. Beware of Strangers Bearing Gifts: Social entrepreneurs often fail to realize not everyone is as altruistic as they are.

4. Speaking of social impact, words matter. 

5. Social incubator Villgro funds three more start-ups.

6. Villgro invests in OneBreath, Ecozen Solutions and Artoo.



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