Launched in 2000 by Dr. Romesh Wadhwani, the Foundations comprising of Wadhwani Charitable Foundation and Wadhwani Operating Foundation are working with the primary mission of accelerating economic development in emerging economies through large-scale job creation with the presence in Asia, Africa and Latin America operating in association with governments, corporates, mentors, investors and educational institutes. Its Initiatives are driving job creation through entrepreneurship, skills development and innovation. While both the Foundations are focused on the same goal and mission, the Wadhwani Charitable Foundation focuses on grant making, while the Wadhwani Operating Foundation focuses on direct programs.
National Entrepreneurship Network (NEN) inspires, educates, and supports entrepreneurs to create high-value companies and jobs. NEN creates city-based entrepreneurial ecosystems consisting of institutes that teach entrepreneurship and network of mentors, investors, and incubators that support startups and SMEs. NEN also aims to create world-class innovation ecosystems in critical sectors of high importance in India through govt. supported innovation grants to 25,000 companies over five years as part of the Startup and Small Business Innovation initiative (SSBI).
Global Innovation Network (GIN) aims to create world-class research institutes addressing the challenges in emerging economies that also lead to creation of global organizations. The Wadhwani Research Centre for Biotechnology (WRCB) established at IIT Bombay, is leveraging bioengineering research in areas of low-cost bio-sensors, biomedical devices and drug delivery, and bioinformatics. Shanta Wadhwani Center for Cardiac and Neural Research (SWCCNR) established at the National Center for Biological Sciences (NCBS) addresses major problems in cardiac and neurodevelopmental biology aimed at understanding the role of stem cells in neuroscience and cardiomyopathies.
Global Skills Network (GSN) aims to equip non-college-bound high school graduates with sufficient work-skills to command family supporting wages. GSN works with governments across emerging economies towards transforming vocational institutes to modern manufacturing training hubs and multi-skill institutes, and with employers to engage in providing adjunct faculty, internships and apprenticeships.
Policy Research Network (PRN) provides data-driven research inputs for informed policy action focused on innovation, entrepreneurship, skills development and employment aimed at accelerating economic growth.