About Nalgonda Sandbox

Nalgonda Sandbox logo

'Nalgonda Sandbox' was established by Komatireddy Pratheek Foundation in collaboration with the Deshpande Foundation in May 2016 in Nalgonda district with the motto of empowering students, youth, farmers and small businesses through entrepreneurship and innovation programs.

The Nalgonda district of Telangana faces many developmental hurdles, and has much room for growth in agriculture, skill development and mirco-entrepreneurship. The Sandbox aims to bridge these gaps, and was inspired by the Deshpande Foundation's Sandbox in Hubballi. Focusing on the grassroots creation of scalable solutions, the Nalgonda Sandbox works to create a district-wide network of collaboration in entrepreneurship, innovation and sustainability.

The Sandbox works across sectors with not-for-profits, academics, non-governmental organizations and entrepreneurs to launch effective and scalable models of development. It empowers communities by facilitating youth leadership, skill acquisition, career training, sustainable agriculture and eradicating child malnutrition. Together these programs are creating an ecosystem of problem solvers crafting effective, scalable and relevant solutions.

What is Sandbox Approach?

A Sandbox aims to nurture grassroots social innovation. In this model social challenges are not addressed unilaterally, but instead by a network concentrated in a particular geographic area in which synergies and collaborations are utilized to best create sustainable solutions. Partners receive financial resources, strategic support, and encouragement to streamline and scale their solutions for enhanced impact. Sandboxes become living laboratories for a diverse range of entrepreneurs and development practitioners.

These individuals and organizations get their ideas tested, strengthened and scaled in order to create lasting systemic change. We are proud to boast of some remarkable partnerships in the Sandbox that have evolved into exemplary successes, and we continue to support leaders, entrepreneurs, and innovators who can focus and develop solutions to community challenges.

Sandbox Approach

Managerial Team

Naveen Jha CEO, Deshpande Foundation India

Naveen Jha

CEO, Deshpande Foundation India

Naveen has been with Deshpande foundation since its inception in India in 2006. Naveen graduated from Brandeis University, USA, with a Masters in International Development and he is ..Read more

Maram Venkat Gona Reddy is the Manager of Nalgonda Sandbox

M V Gona Reddy


Maram Venkat Gona Reddy is the Manager of Nalgonda Sandbox. He uses his extensive experience in education and research to champion innovation and..Read more

Jonnala Harish Agriculture Producer Unit Co-ordinator at Nalagonda Sandbox

Jonnala Harish

Agriculture, Producer Unit Co-ordinator

Jonnala Harish is a Producer Unit Coordinator on the Nalgonda Sandbox Agriculture Team, overseeing a group of smallholder farms He enjoys motivating agriculturalists to implement new ..
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Kalleda Srinivas Agriculture Producer unit Co-ordinator at Nalagonda Sandbox

Kalleda Srinivas

Agriculture, Producer unit Co-ordinator

Srinivas is a Producer Unit Co-ordinator at the Munugodu Mandal location of the Nalgonda Sandbox. He is passionate about supporting rural innovation, and uses his background in social work..Read more

2016 Nalgonda Sandbox Deshpande Foundation India.