Our Activities at Ek Soch Sandbox


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

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.

"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.

LEAD Program was formed in the year 2008 when Naveen Jha heard the ideas of students who wanted to make a positive impact in the society. Named as "Colors of Youth", they brainstormed and implemented few innovative projects. With the success of "Colors of Youth", Deshpande Foundation started supporting many projects and as the number of energetic students increased, a need for separate program was felt. Hence on Aug. 15, 2008, LEAD was founded.

LEAD in Ek Soch Sandbox Sandbox


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

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

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

success stories

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.

Our Impact




Leadership Projects

Ek Soch Sandbox
MCIIE, IIT BHU, Varanasi - 221005
Uttar Pradesh
: eksoch@dfmail.org
: + 91-757-095-0123