Leveraging HCD to build the next generation of companies
We are a business incubator at The Indian School of Business. We leverage an immersive and transformative Human-Centered Design (HCD) process to build the next generation of companies.
This incubator has been set up by the Indian School of Business (ISB) with the objective of strengthening entrepreneurship and fostering innovation among the young in India including its student and alumni community. ISB will support the activities of DLabs through its faculty and research expertise by providing guidance, knowledge and mentorship to the entrepreneurs whose ventures are selected for incubation.
The ISB evolved from the need for a world-class business school in Asia. The founders, some of the best minds from the corporate and academic worlds, anticipated the leadership needs of the emerging Asian economies.
Distinguished scholars from India and the world teach at ISB. The faculty is at the forefront of research and provides thought leadership. ISB has academic alliances with the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, London Business School (LBS) and MIT Sloan School of Management and The Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, Tufts University. This association brings in the best of global management practices and thinking into the ISB curriculum.
Over the last several decades, the HCD methodology has contributed to the success of some of the most innovative organizations in the world like IDEO, Nike, P&G, and even Sesame Street. Entrepreneurs are also increasingly recognizing the value in the HCD approach, but often high quality and meaningful Design input is not readily available and/or is prohibitively expensive - especially for startups.
This is a missed opportunity!
For larger organizations, HCD can have an impact but it often gets lost in the larger scheme of things. For start-ups, on the other hand, the impact can be ‘life-altering’ and can help entrepreneurs fail faster and succeed bigger. The approach needs to be different from traditional incubation, requiring deeper and more integrated engagement with entrepreneurs and startups.
That’s our approach!
Although we are sector agnostic, for the first cohort we have chosen to focus on the healthcare sector. We offer one of the most dynamic and intense program in the industry. We start with a transparent engagement model and financing mechanism and then add:
We have built an in-house highly interdisciplinary 'SWAT' team to work in an integrated fashion with entrepreneurs to solve real problems. This 'SWAT' Team works in the trenches along with the entrepreneur and ensures they get the extensive expertise and bandwidth they need.
We have built a network of world class Design Mentors to work with and enhance the startups offerings and enforce a sustained user focus. In addition, we leverage the full power of the ISB network - both industry and academia - to give access to an unparalleled network of Indian and international mentors.
Partnerships with other leading institutions such as Wharton, MIT, and Kellogg enable entrepreneur-exchange programs and provide international exposure. This also provides incubatees a unique perspective when growing and enables the ones targeting international customers to interact with them directly.
We are a team of designers, entrepreneurs and hackers, scientists and engineers. Through our affiliation with ISB, we have access to industry leaders in India and abroad. We believe that only through intense collaboration and teamwork, can one solve the biggest problems in the world.
K Rama RajuDLabs
Kiran NalluriFounder & Principal @ Pitta Pacific Consulting
Rakesh MarupakkaVice President @ Fenoplast Limited
Ripul KumarFounder & CEO @ Kern Communications Pvt Ltd
Aditya Dev SoodFounder & Chairman @ Bihar Innovation Lab
Balkrishna (Bala) MahajanFounder Director & Principal Designer @ Ticket Design
Dependra BaoniFounder @ Lemon Design (P) Ltd.
Manoj KothariCo-founder & Principal Strategist @ Onio Design Pvt. Ltd.
Sudhir SharmaFounder & Creative Chairman @ Indi Design
Jay DuttaHead of Experience Design India @ Adobe Systems
Sridhar DhulipalaDirector - Solutions, Co-Founder @ Bizosys Technologies
Arvind LodayaStrategic Innovation & Branding Consultant @ Arvind Lodaya Consulting
Jacob MathewCEO @ Industree Foundation, Impact Edge Initiative of IF, Industree Skill Transform Pvt Ltd
Dinesh KorjanFounder @ Studio Korjan
Jignesh KhakharFaculty @ National Institute of Design
Azeem ZainulbhaiPresident and CEO @ Crescat International Inc.
N Rao MachirajuCEO @ reQall Inc. Advisor @ Ventura Technology Center
Mitrabarun SarkarProfessor of Strategy @ Temple University, Fox School of Business
Bruce MacGregorCCO @ IDEO
David MilestoneSenior Advisor @ USAID
Deepak ChandraDeputy Dean @ Indian School of Business
Sandeep DevCreative Head @ 17dnorth
Betoshini ChakrabortyManaging Director @ Serenus Wellness Private Limited
Hemant BatraChairman & Partner @ KADEN BORISS; Secretary General @ SAARCLAW
Prashanth PrakashPartner @ Accel Partners
Ritesh BawriFounder @ Quantta Analytics & Diduce Technologies
Ritesh BanglaniDirector @ Helion Ventures
Samir KumarPartner @ Inventus
Sateesh AndraManaging Partner @ Ventureast Tenet Fund
Siddharth MangharamFounder and CEO @ Floh
Soumen ChatterjeeGlobal Leader - Learning & Development and Leadership Excellence @ HCL Technologies
Tarun SiripurapuManaging Director @ The Birthplace
Roopak SalujaFounder & CEO @ The 120 Media Collective
Sandeep SinghalManaging Director @ Nexus Venture Partners
Sasha MirchandaniFounder & Managing Director @ Kae Capital
Shabnam AggarwalCo-founder & Chief Instigator @ Perspectful Advisors
Shwetank VermaFounder @ MyHealthMate
Vinayak DeshpandeBusiness Head @ Maestros Mediline Systems Ltd.
Vishal MarwahFounder & Physician Leader @ VISHWAS
Rajiv VasudevanFounder @ AyurVAID Hospitals
Rahul PanickerCo-founder & President - Products @ Embrace Innovations
Raju KomaravoluDirector - Strategic Planning & Corporate Development @ Dr. Reddy's Laboratories
Dhaval ShahInnovation Manager @ GIAN (Grassroots Innovation Augmentation Network)
Ramesh ByrapaneniChief of Cardiology @ Medwin Hospital
Jnyan PatelDirector @ SRP Group
Parth SaxenaStartup Ambassador & Accelerator @ Microsoft Ventures; Co-founder & Partner @ TommyJams
Pankaj JainPrincipal @ Impact Law Ventures
Naiyya SaggiCo-Founder @ BabyChakra
Mohit MalhotraManaging Director @ Stryker
Lav AgarwalBusiness Model Innovation Leader - South Asia @ Medtronic
Anu AcharyaCEO @ mapmygenome.in
Ajay NairManaging Director @ MeraDoctor
Srin AchantaManaging Director @ SciTech Patent Art
Girish BabuHead Operations & CARE Rural Health Mission @ CARE Hospitals
Pothupalem MuralidharSenior Director - Mergers & Acquisitions @ Dr. Reddy's Laboratories Ltd.
Ramesh ChandakPrincipal Program Manager @ Microsoft
Narayan K MurthyCo-Founder & Managing Director @ GoodSeeds
Tojo Jacob ThomasManager - Disruptive Innovation @ Godrej
Rama NadimpalliVP & GM @ Cerner India
Tarun BangariFounder & CEO @ JantaKhoj.com
Subramani RamachandrappaCMD @ Richcore Lifesciences Pvt. Ltd.
Girish SharmaManager - Strategic Initiatives @ Roche
Shivakumar KRFellow, Healthcare @ Philips
Joby OusephCEO @ Varam Capital Private Ltd
Ravi KumarDirector @ My Digital Marketing Team
Lalitesh KatragaddaCountry Head, India Products @ Google
Subramonia SarmaSenior Director @ Indian School of Business
Kavil RamachandranChair Professor @ Indian School of Business
Ravi KolathurFounder, Director @ R-Consulting Network P. Ltd.
Balaji ChakravarthiFounder @ ScoVelo Consulting
Raman SaxenaCo-founder and Principal Design & Innovation Strategist @ USER Lab Asia
Deepankar BhattacharyyaStrategic Design Consultant and Design Educator
Sanjeev JhaManaging Director @ Priority Research, Founder/Partner @ InvYramid
Akshay MehraInvestor and Board Advisor @ Anchanto, Principal @ Innosight Consulting
Amit SharmaGeneral Manager - Management Consulting @ HOSMAC India Pvt. Ltd.
Sharad SolankiDirector Engineering – UI Engineering @ Imaginea
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