LEAD is an incubator where innovation meets implementation, knowledge meets experience,
social issues meet solutions and efforts meet impact.

Eksoch sandbox Activities LEAD logo

The LEaders Accelerating Development (LEAD) program strives to build problem solving and entrepreneurial aptitudes among university students. LEAD's mission is simple and impactful: have students take up issues of concern and implement solutions in a stipulated time frame. LEAD at Ek Soch works with the college youth of Varanasi district to help them to build their leadership skills, innovative approach and entrepreneurial mindset.

LEAD Prayana 2018

About Uttar Pradesh Journey

Varanasi based Ek Soch Sandbox, Deshpande Foundation's LEAD (LEaders Accelerating Development) brings a unique life time chance to be a part of the memorable journey called "LEAD Prayana" an Entrepreneurial Leadership Journey on Wheels! It's an annual leadership journey for youth aged of 18-26 hosted in cities of Uttar Pradesh, Delhi NCR and Karnataka. With the aim to "unleash your leadership potential"! Join us for a memorable 5000 km journey for lifetime.

For 16 fun-filled days you will meet and hear from 10 inspiring role models, see their extraordinary work, visit 8 destinations, take part in panel sessions, explore 12 unique organizations, institutions and industries, and create your own groups to share your hands-on, experiential learning. The journey is divided into two parts (30th Dec - 7th Jan in UP and Delhi & 28th Jan to 4th Feb in Karnataka), kicks off from Varanasi on 31st Dec, 2017, covering all the destinations and ends on 4th Feb at Hubli, Karnataka with renowned International conferences called Development Dialogue, YUVA Summit and Startup Dialogue.

Travel... Explore... Interact... Fun... Networking... Team Building... Workshops... Team Work... Selfie... Hands on Activities... JuGuJa... Transform... Change... in a journey of lifetime.

LEAD Impact




Leadership Projects


Working with colleges



"Complaints... start with they, Solutions... start with I" With this quote in mind, thousands of young students are bringing their ideas to life and solving major problems in their communities. The Hubli-based LEAD Program of the Deshpande Foundation provides financial support and guidance to college students to help them generate and implement their own innovative ideas, giving them practical exposure to leadership, innovation and entrepreneurship. LEAD has been growing steadily since 2008, and now consists of 21276 students, 3067 LEADers, 5360 leadership projects, reaching over 2 million lives. We have partnered with 80 colleges in 5 states: Karanataka, Telangana, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu.

On 16th January, 2015 at IIT BHU, Varanasi the LEAD was Kicked Off along with the Ek Soch Sandbox launch in the presence of Founders Mr. Dilip Modi, Mr. Naveen Jha and Mr. Ajay Suman Shukla.

LEAD in Ek Soch Sandbox

LEad Funding support for student's innovative ideas in order to turn them into reality

Leadership camps, Guest Speakers session are a few of activities that are conducted to groom the students into a better Leaders
Design Thinking workshops are conducted through which creative thinking and problem solving techniques are given to the students
Funding support for student's innovative ideas in order to turn them into reality
Brainstorming and training sessions to evoke critical and creative thinking and to come up with out-of-the-box ideas and solutions
Appreciation for active and best performing students, faculties and colleges at the annual Yuva Summit ceremony
Field visits to organizations, NGO's, villages, industries, etc. for practical exposure
Our annual Leadership Program motivates students and enhances their IT skills, effective communication, fundraising ability, team management and more

On-campus guest speaker sessions, global exchanges, college development activities and networking opportunities to improve student's involvement within college campuses.
Partnering colleges can take part in our annual events to build a global network.

LEAD My Story

LEADer Priyanka Dey

Ek soch sandbox LEAD Success Stories Priyanka Dey

I had always wanted to make a difference, but I just didn't know how to take the first steps. This is why, when I saw a LEAD Orientation at my college, I was so inspired to join.

LEADer Aaliza Naseem

Ek soch sandbox LEAD Success Stories Aaliza Naseem

Ever since I was a child, I had been interested in social causes. My mother and I would take old clothing or food to the slum areas to distribute, and I learned how important this was.

LEADer Dharmendra Kumar Patel

Ek soch sandbox LEAD Success Stories Dharmendra Kumar Patel from BHU

LEADer Dharmendra Kumar Patel from BHU wanted to help his village gain their basic needs in the modern age. With new requirements from the government but barriers to the villagers obtaining these requirements.

Ek Soch Sandbox
MCIIE, IIT BHU, Varanasi - 221005
Uttar Pradesh
: eksoch@dfmail.org
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