About Us

Who are we?
The Leaders Accelerating Development (LEAD) Program of Deshpande Foundation, Hubli, Karnataka fosters innovative and entrepreneurial thinking within college students by exposing them to social issues and by encouraging them to volunteer their time and effort into the community. LEAD ignites their latent talent to come up with creative solutions. LEAD is an incubator where innovation meets implementation, knowledge meets experience, social issues meet solutions and efforts meet impact.
Through the unique platform provided by LEAD, more than 26,000 students from more than 250 partnering colleges throughout Karnataka, Maharashtra, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu are implementing bold solutions to big problems in their communities while simultaneously building their self-confidence and developing important leadership skills.
LEAD Program was formed in the year 2008 by Naveen Jha. Inception of LEAD happened when Naveen Jha heard the ideas of students who wanted to make a positive impact in the society. There were about 80 active students who came up with creative ideas for the development of the community. Named as "Colors of Youth", they brainstormed and implemented few innovative projects such as making fuel from biomass, promoting open source software, setting up a viable traffic control system etc.
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.
Why join LEAD?
  • Be a role model who creates change in their world.
  • Witness your ideas turn from concept to reality.
  • Spearhead a project with a team of other civic-minded students.
  • Interact with the local community to solve problems.
  • Gain communication skills.
  • Network with successful social entrepreneurs and student leaders.
  • Build your volunteer experiences.
  • Supplement your education with hands-on learning
  • Interact with NGOs, community members, or university faculty/staff
The people of India need go-getters, and the Deshpande Foundation knows where to find them—in you! The  goal of LEAD is to provide a conduit for the LEADing students, with the help of their peers, to actively pursue their solutions to social issues. 

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