Google announced the launch of its video calling app Google Duo , a simple 1-to-1 video calling app available for Android and iOS. Duo takes the complexity out of video calling, so that you can be together in the moment wherever you are.

Duo is simple from start to finish. To get started, all you need is your phone number and you will be able to reach people in your phone’s contacts list across device types and platforms. No separate account is required, so you can sign up and start calling in just a few taps. From there, you can instantly begin a video call with a single tap. The roll out of Duo for Android and iOS starts today and it will be live worldwide in the next few days.

The unique feature of Knock Knock in Google Duo is designed to be fun and inviting. It allows people to see live video of the caller before they answer, giving you a sense of what they are up to and why they want to chat. Knock Knock makes video calling more spontaneous and welcoming, helping users connect with the person even before they even pick up.

Duo has been built to be fast and reliable, so that video calls connect quickly and work well even on slower networks. Call quality adjusts to changing network conditions to keep you connected when bandwidth is limited, Duo will gracefully reduce the resolution to keep the call going smoothly. For video calls on the go, Duo will switch between Wi-Fi and cellular data automatically without dropping your call.

Amit Fulay, Group Product Manager, Google said

Video calling is the next best thing to being with someone in person. We have designed the interface to be simple, easy and welcoming. In places like India, it has been designed to adapt to the network connectivity conditions. We hope to make the experience of video calling more personal, inviting easy and smooth.

Duo has been built with an emphasis on privacy and security. All Duo calls are end-to-end encrypted. Google Duo for Android and iOS are available here & here.

OPPO kick-started the First Sale of Selfie Expert OPPO F1s at the OPPO store in Jayanagar, Bengaluru. The First Sale was kick-started by none other than the stunning Bollywood actress Huma Qureshi. Taking selfies a step further, the much awaited upgraded Selfie Expert OPPO F1s was recently launched in the Indian market. Pre-orders were taken across India from August 4 to August 10.

Excited on being the first OPPO F1s customer, Huma Qureshi said

The selfie craze in India is just getting popular day by day and I am too completely awestruck with this Phenomenon-I love taking selfies! OPPO has the best Camera Phone technology in the industry and I am very excited to use my upgraded Selfie Expert –OPPO F1s. With its 16MP front camera the OPPO F1s helps capture great selfies even in low light and is taking selfies to a whole new level.

Sirius Liu, Sales Head for Bengaluru said

Being a key market for OPPO, Bangalore as well as major centres in the states are expanding its footprint to meet the demands of growing customer base. Our First Sale initiative is to introduce customers with our latest upgraded Selfie Expert – OPPO F1s which is stepping up the selfie revolution with a 16 MP front camera, a sophisticated beautification feature and whole day use long battery endurance. Currently, we have 6 showrooms and 12 service centres in Bangalore and we aim to provide fast and best services to all our customers

A feature packed product at a price of Rs 17,990, The F1s uses a 16 MP front camera providing high dynamic range and minimizing noise, so that pictures come out with a vivid depth and detail. The F1s is your personalized selfie expert with the latest beautification feature – Beautify 4.0. The front camera and the beautification feature together help you click perfect selfies.  With seven beautify levels, two skins tone modes and upgraded photo-processing algorithms, Beautify 4.0 is optimized to capture selfies with bright, clear skin, vivid eyes and striking features. The F1s is not just about great selfies and photography but is backed with powerful hardware to ensure a flawless experience.

It cruises on an Octa-core processor with 3GB RAM and 32GB ROM with an industry leading 0.22s fingerprint reader. The triple-slot card tray gives space for two Nano 4G SIM cards and an SD card to expand the storage space by up to 128 GB. With such upgrades, your experience with the all-new Selfie Expert F1s will be faster, smoother and steadier.

After the successful launch of OPPO F1s, the company will also be launching a new campaign titled Review Selfie Expert OPPOF1s to win for OPPO F1s users on the company’s website to bring all the selfies experience at one place. With the objective to engage with the OPPO F1s customer and create word of mouth for the new product, this campaign will be live from 11th Aug to 9th September.

As part of this campaign the OPPO F1s users would be required to submit their reviews/feedback/selfie experience on the micro-site as well as on the social media. All the entries will be visible on main page of the micro-site, so that all the visitors can check the feedback and selfies quality reviews shared by other reviewers as well. Top five winners 5 People will get a chance for a Selfie Photo-shoot by Ace Photographer, Dabboo Ratnani.

Joolz, an online jewellery community and a marketplace that facilitates jewellery retail, has taken the Indian jewellery industry by storm.The enterprise has recently raised USD 500K funding as a part of its Pre Series A round from ah! Ventures and others. This current seed round was also led by Mahesh Ahuja – CEO of Brittman India, Sri Peddu – MD of Powerhouse Ventures, M&S Partners, Deepak Kasthwal – Ex-CFO of OLA, PKX Thomas – Ex Technology Head, Cleartrip, Neha Shah and angel round by GSF Accelerator

Online jewellery in India is seeing rapid growth signs in recent times. But that is mostly focused on smaller ticket items ranging between INR 15,000 and INR 30,000. The Indian consumer has been buying jewellery in a certain way for the last decades, and for traditional and larger ticket items, this is not bound to change soon. Through Joolz, Founder Arnaud Lorie is looking to help consumers discover prices and options online and facilitate the offline process of buying the jewellery.

Founded in May 2015 with total team of nine, Joolz is an India-focused community and marketplace that brings together leading jewellery brands on a single platform. The startup aggregates and curates high-quality jewellery inventory and offers its consumers an unmatched discovery and shopping experience. Joolz is more than just an online sales platform, it enables two-way interaction between jewellery buyers and sellers through discussion, discovery and education. It is accessible as a smartphone app on Android and iOS platforms and on the Joolz website.

The primary objective of the recent fund infusion is to boost operations, products, marketing and further build up its team. The plan is to reach a new group of brands and investigate new revenue models and not to be a company solemnly focused on the online traction. The offline jewellery industry valued at over $40 billion, has a large opportunity untouched by technological initiatives.

Commenting on the unique proposition of Joolz, Founder Arnaud Lorie said

Buying jewellery is so closely intertwined with Indian culture that the act of simply selling it online is not going to create any significant impact in the market. We therefore want to be the single biggest facilitator of jewellery commerce, whether online, or more importantly offline.

Born and brought up in Belgium, the diamond capital of the world, Lorie moved to Israel when he was 18 to join the army. He then joined his family’s company International Gemological Institute [IGI], the largest certificate company for diamond and jewellery worldwide and has now been living in India for past 3 years. After training in one of the largest diamond factories in Navsari, Gujarat for 12 months, he started working on this new business venture – Joolz.

Joolz Team
Joolz Team

Commenting on the thriving start up, Powerhouse Ventures Managing Director Sri Peddu opined

What attracted us most was the company’s rich understanding of the jewellery space and the passion with which they are planning to transform the way consumers interact with jewellery, online and offline.

Joolz, in a short span of time has reached an average selling ticket size of about INR 25,000 in an industry where the offline ticket size is still hovering at INR 15,000. It has even managed to clock sales that have ranged up to INR 3 Lakhs.

Giving an investors’ perspective, Harshad Lahoti, Founder and CEO of ah! Ventures, said

The online jewellery market in India is expected to grow at $3.6 billion over the next three years, which in itself makes the sector a lucrative one to invest in. In addition to that, given the background of the founder and their in depth understanding of the business, this enterprise has from the very beginning started off on the best foot possible. Jewelry business in India, as is in any part of the world, closely related to the culture and the emotional binding of the people buying it and only a team with understanding of this fact can successfully drive a business in this sector, to the top. We at ah! Ventures see that spark in Arnaud & his team and we are sure to see them being game changers in this industry.

Commenting on the strong partnership between Joolz and ah! Ventures, Founder Arnaud Lorie said

ah! Venture has immensely helped in quick closure of this round. Fast and efficient, they managed to add great value in terms of executions and and in bringing valued investors on board.

ah! Ventures is in the process of closing 2 more investments in the coming week.

About Joolz

Joolz is an online jewellery community and a marketplace that facilitates jewellery retail, both online and offline. Joolz aggregates and curates inventory to offer consumers an enjoyable and rewarding shopping experience. Through behavior analytics the jeweler will get to know his customers and be able to curate to them, in order to increase sales and set trends. Joolz is not just a sales platform; it is a community that breeds interaction, education, discussion, and feedback analysis. For more information, please visit Joolz

About ah! Ventures

ah! Ventures is a startup focused growth catalyst that brings together promising businesses and investors by creating wealth creation opportunities for both. ah!’s unique model serves investors, entrepreneurs and enablers through a unique blend of customized services, skill, and industry & domain experience.

Founded in 2010, ah! Ventures has systematically disrupted India’s early stage funding ecosystem through its innovative approach toward startup investing. First of its kind initiatives like the CLUB ah! network & platform, ah! Angels (India’s largest angel network), ah! Seeders and ah! VC networks (India’s first seed & VC investment networks respectively), have brought together and integrated the otherwise previously segregated startup funding lifecycle, under one roof. This, coupled with ah! Impact network, an impact investment network for investing in social enterprises and ah! Mentors network, a mentor network to assist startups in their growth and expansion, has today made ah! Ventures not just one of India’s most respected change leaders, but also a formidable industry force to recon with.

Coolpad unveiled the Coolpad Mega – a smartphone with an unparalleled style and design. Coolpad Mega is a light weight phone, with 5.5-inch HD Sharp display and a 3GB RAM. It is priced at INR 6,999. It will be exclusively available on Amazon.in in variants of gold, white as well as black. The phone will go on sale starting 24 August 2016 via flash sale, registrations have started from 10th August 5 PM.

Coolpad Mega is the perfect blend of elegant design matched with revolutionary technology at a great price point. Weighing a mere 140 grams Coolpad Mega is extremely comfortable to hold, a design oriented towards the USP of this phone and a 5.5- inch display that makes it ideal for playing games and watching videos.  One of the distinctive feature of the phone is the 83.6°FOV [Field of View], which makes it very easy to cover maximum number of people in a single frame. Mega is powered by a 2,500 mAh battery and has powerful 8 MP front camera for selfie obsessed fans.

Syed Tajuddin, CEO, Coolpad India

Syed Tajuddin, CEO, Coolpad India said

A successful company always need to align its objectives as per the expectations from the market, it has to listen to the customers from wherever, whichever medium it may be. At Coolpad transition is a constant process and voice of users is the opinion accepted with supreme importance. We are raising the bar with every new product and constantly strive to better ourselves so that we can spoil our consumers for choice. With the launch of “Coolpad Mega”, we aim to capture 13-15% of under 8K online smartphone segment which is growing at an astounding 100% rate YOY. 

In the initial phase, the first batch of Coolpad Mega phones will be imported from China and later they will be manufactured in India under our Make in India initiative. We are confident that we will sell 50 K phones in our first flash sale on 24 August, 2016. We will continue in our endeavor to bring customized smart devices to the Indian consumers and will be surprising our customers with a disruptive product before Diwali this year

Coming to specifications, it features a 2.5D curved screen with 5.5-inch IPS LCD HD [1280 * 720 pixel] resolution. Under the hood, it comes powered by a 64-bit MediaTek MT6735P Quad-core processor clocks at 1.0 GHz paired with Mali-T720 GPU. The device runs on the latest CoolUI 8.0 based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box. It supports dual SIM dual standby with VOLTE support and offers 4G LTE network. The device is measured by 7.85 mm of thickness and is the weight around 140 grams. More information on Coolpad Mega is available here

About Coolpad

Coolpad Group Limited was founded in 1993, and was listed on the Main Board of the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong in December 2004. The Group is a leading developer and provider of integrated solutions for smartphones, mobile data platform systems and value-added business operations in China. The Group provides its products and services to enterprises, government organizations and mobile operators as well as individual consumers in China.For more information, please visit Coolpad India

Few weeks back, we received the Swipe Elite Plus, the latest smartphone from Pune based Swipe Telecom & the journey of it’s usage has been great so far. The review is based on the useage of the phone [as Primary Device] for more than three weeks. Today we have a detailed review of the Swipe Elite Plus, so let’s get started…

Swipe Elite Plus : Overview

Swipe Elite Plus is a Android [5.1] Lollipop based smart-phone that runs on the Freedom OS [tweaked version of Android]. Freedom OS offers an extremely personalized experience. The device sports a 5 inches Full HD IPS Capacitive Touchscreen with pixel resolution of 1920*1080.

Swipe Elite Plus : What’s in the Box

The box consists of the following items:

  • Handset
  • USB Charging cable
  • Travel Adapter
  • Quick Start-Guide

There are no headphones included in the box !!

Swipe Elite Plus : Specifications

  • Display : 5 inch Full HD [1920*1080] IPS Capacitive Touchscreen
  • OS : Android 5.1 Lollipop with Freedom OS
  • CPU : 1.5 GHz QC Snapdragon MSM8939 Octa-core Processor
  • GPU : Adreno 405
  • Storage : 16 GB internal memory [Expandable upto 64 GB]
  • Cameras : 13 MP Rear Camera with LED flash + 8 MP Front Camera
  • Connectivity : Wi-Fi, Dual SIM (LTE & GSM), GPS, Bluetooth 4.0
  • USB : No USB OTG Support
  • Battery : 3,050 mAh
  • Dimensions [W*H*D] : 69.6*139.8*8.9 mm
  • Weight : 131 grams

The Swipe Elite Plus is available exclusively on Flipkart and the 16 GB version costs Rs 6,999 [Without Exchange] and Rs 5500 [With Exchange].

Swipe Elite Plus : Design

The Swipe Elite Plus is sleek and has a light body. The phone weighs around 131 grams which makes it very light in your hands. Since the device sports a 5 inch display hence, it can easily fit in your pocket. The back of the smartphone is made up of plastic and the center sports the Elite branding in a metallic like circular frame. Though the back cover is removable, the battery is non-removable. The device has a metal frame around it in grey kind of gunmetal colour.

The phone supports Dual SIM, only one SIM slot supports 4G. The device has 16 GB internal memory that is expandable upto 64 GB via a micro-SD card. The Back & Menu button are Back-lit whereas the Home button has a Sliver ring around it. Overall from the design point of view, the phone looks elegant [even though there is an era of Metal Body phones] as Swipe Elite Plus is light weight and comfortable in your hands.

Swipe Elite Plus : Memory

As discussed earlier, the device comes with a 2 GB RAM and 16 GB ROM. Swipe Elite Plus comes with a micro-SD card slot and the maximum expandable memory is 64 GB. The Freedom OS looks very breezy and there was no lag observed while using the phone. By default, the phone comes with Swipe Elite Plus’s proprietary launcher called the ‘Swipe Launcher’. The launcher is very similar to the Nova Launcher or the Google Launcher and hence there is no learning curve involved in getting used to the features of the Launcher.

There is some bloatware in the phone with Pre-installed apps like DailyHunt, Swipe Elite PlusBox [Swipe Elite Plus’s Own version of store to download apps]. As seen in the Swipe Elite Note review, this phone also comes with Swipe Elite Plus Finder which searches for content on the phone as well the internet.

At times, we observed some apps getting automatically installed on the phone or some random advertisements opening in the Browser as soon as the phone is unlocked. Looks like this is due to a service com.sts that is part of the ROM, hence it is advisable to kill it as soon as you power up the phone !!!

Swipe Elite Plus : Display

Swipe Elite Plus sports a 5 inch Full HD [1920*1080] with IPS Capacitive Touchscreen. Dragon trail glass on the display ensures that there are no scratches, we used the phone without any screen guard under tough conditions but there was no wear & tear of the display. The display has amazing clarity, great picture quality [both indoors and outdoors] and viewing angles.

We enjoyed watching 4K & HD videos on this device since the experience becomes better due to the amazing display of Swipe Elite Plus. Touch Screen is very responsive and we did not face any lags during normal operations of the phone.

Swipe Elite Plus : Camera

Elite Plus has a 13 MP f/2.0 rear camera and 8 MP front camera. On the outset, there are lot of improvements in the Camera when compared to the Swipe Elite Note. There are different camera shooting modes namely Auto, Panaroma, Manual etc. Auto Focus on the phone is pretty quick. Photos captured in the HDR Mode come out really well. There is also a QR code scanner in the camera app. Photos clicked in daylight are of good quality though the quality deteriorates a bit in low-light conditions.

The 8 MP front camera is a treat for all the ‘Selfie lovers’. Photos clicked using the front camera are of awesome clarity. Overall, we are thoroughly impressed with the improvements on the Camera front on Swipe Elite Plus, definitely a big Thumbs Up !!!

Some of the sample images are below:

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Swipe Elite Plus : Battery

Swipe Elite Plus is packed with massive 3,050 mAh battery unit which is great for a 5 inch smartphone. The phone lasted for around 16~17 hours on moderate useage [with 3G ON] and minimal amount of gaming. Due to the Adreno 405 GPU, even 3D gaming was a delight on the phone. The device did get over-heated at times when it was continuously used for a huge amount of time especially with GPU intensive apps like 3D games.

Major downside is that the device does not support ‘Quick Charge’ [though there are very few devices in this price segment that support Fast Charging]. Charger that comes along with the phone only has output capacity of 1A and hence takes more than 2 hours for full-charge.

Swipe Elite Plus : Software

The Swipe Elite Plus runs on the Freedom OS [customized version of Android] though there are traces of stock Android. The launcher used on the device is the Swipe Elite Plus Launcher which used to show some lags when there are apps running in the background. Talking about the Freedom OS, it comes with lot of customizations. You can add your picture on the App Drawer Icon, change text colors, background colors etc.

Having reviewed the Swipe Elite Note, we definitely see that Swipe has again done considerable amount of work on the Freedom OS and made it much more snappy. We liked the default Icon Pack as well, Icons look nice and crispy.

There are handful number of pre-installed apps on the phone – DailyHunt, Swipe Elite PlusBox, Swipe Elite Plus Finder etc. As mentioned earlier, Swipe Elite Plus Finder searches for content on the phone as well on the internet. We saw considerable amount of lag when Swipe Elite Plus Finder was running in the background and once that app is killed, there was good improvement in the device performance.

Swipe Elite Plus : Connectivity

The Swipe Elite Plus comes with Dual-SIM [One SIM with 4G LTE support, other SIM with 3G support]. It has WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity. The USB port on the device is not OTG compliant which was bit of a let-down since now all sub 5K phones also come with OTG capability.

The device comes with Accelerometer, Light Sensor, G-Sensor, Proximity Sensor. We were able to use the device for 14~15 hours while on 3G with stable network conditions. There were no call-drops observed when 3G Data was ON while the calls are active [which made 3G much more usable].

Swipe Elite Plus : Suggested Accessories

Screen GuardOption 1

Back CoverOption 1, Option 2

Swipe Elite Plus : Verdict

Vibrant display quality, great camera unit and good battery backup makes Swipe Elite Plus a good buy at Rs. 6,999. Given that the device comes with micro-SD card slot [expandable upto 64 GB] ensures that the user is left with more internal memory.

As discussed earlier, after disabling Swipe Elite Plus Launcher, Force Closing some in-built apps; performance of the Swipe Elite Plus was even better !! We even tried the Swipe Elite Plus Customer Service and their response was very prompt. We visited one service center in Marathalli and staff there was good. After sales-service is very ciritical for the success of any smartphone.

Pros
Vibrant 5 inch 1920 x 1080p Display
Good Camera
Excellent Battery life
Availability of FM Radio
Free 100 GB Cloud Storage (through Swipe Elite PlusBox)

Cons
No USB OTG Functionality [I personally use it a lot :))
No fast charging

Barring aside couple of minor issues, Swipe Elite Plus is definitely worth a buy !!!

In a bid to make Z3nvolution more experiential, ASUS have announced that it will enable a 360-degree live streaming for the Indian edition of the event. With this move, consumers from around the world would get the opportunity to log in and watch the proceedings from the comfort of their homes. The 360-degree live streaming will provide an immersive experience with a heightened audio and visual sensation to the viewers tuning in from the world-over to watch the event. Viewers will also be able to enjoy the exact vibe and feel of the launch, from multiple angles.

Like the Taiwan edition, Z3nvolution India will see ASUS introduce a host of new and awaited products aimed at providing the users smart specifications in a luxurious form-factor.

Commenting on this, Marcel Campos, Marketing Director-Mobile Division, India said

As a brand, we strive to bring innovative approaches to our product launches. 360-degree live streaming for Z3nvolution helps us reach our potential audience who could be located anywhere in the world. It also provides the consumers a chance to be a part of the actual live event with 360-degree visual access, guaranteeing a premium experience to every single person.

Users need to visit Asus Zenvolution on 17th August 2016 at 4.00 PM to be a part of the immersive experience.

iBall has announced another extension to its growing Mobile portfolio with the newest iBall Andi F2F 5.5U,with the key attribute, its Exmor R Camera that shall help you capture extraordinarily detailed pictures, even in low light situations like candlelight or outside at dusk! Paying attention to the snappers on the smartphone, iBall Andi F2F 5.5U brings several options for the discerning selfie fans, bringing two sides of picture perfect moments like no other – More detail than ever before!

Targeted at those who wish to own an economical 4G smartphone with all round performance, iBall Andi F2F 5.5U is optimized for single-hand use, with enhanced picture quality; packaged with best-in-class entertainment, speedy Internet and all-day battery life that keeps you sorted.

Maximized Display : Designed to be the center of attention, its aesthetic curves and slim design, compliments bold gold, scoring high on the looks department. From streaming cricket to watching death-defying stunts real s-l-o-w, the captivating visuals of the huge 5.5 inch IPS HD Lamination display with Mira vision display will give you goosebumps every time. You’ll see the difference in every scene, with superb contrast, rich colors and less picture noise, bringing reel to real.

Power packed features : iBall Andi F2F 5.5U is fast, really fast. Its 1 GHz Cortex A53 Advanced 64-bit powerful Quad Core processor and Android 5.1 Lollipop OS, makes everything around you seem slow. You couldn’t expect any lesser of a phone that thinks just as fast as you do. Its larger memory supports faster operation too, the 1 GB DDR3 RAM  and 8 GB Internal storage which is further expandable to 32 GB via Micro SD card is perfectly matched with the tedious loading, allowing smoother games and programs. Revel in extreme speed with 4G connectivity which underlines staying connected is not just easier, but also faster and better.

A must for selfie fanatics : Leading the way for the smartphone Camera is the High Quality 5 MP Front Camera with HD Video recording and 8 MP AF Rear Camera with Dual LED Flash. The rear Camera F2.2 aperture and 5P lens, shall allow you to see the difference in every scene, especially in dimly lit interiors and atmospheric twilight moments bringing better color reproduction. Allowing you to see the difference are the several enhancements which includes Multi Angle View Mode, Live Photo Mode, HDR etc.

Big Battery for Bigger needs : Game on through the day and into the night with the 2700 mAh battery because what’s a game without newer dares and scores to beat, every time? Gaming, videos, browsing, downloading and more; fire up the action on your newest iBallAndi F2F 5.5U having stand-by of 10 days and talk time of up to 7 hours 30 minutes on 4G.

Maximizing your non-stop entertainment is the several pre-installed Games and also functional features namely Gesture Control, OTA Support and Regional Languages support. Creating the perfect companionship, iBall Andi F2F 5.5U with its Dual SIM, brings the perfect balance in your dual lives – both work and play. The 4G smartphone also supports several advanced features namely G-Sensor, Proximity Sensor & Light sensor. For the connectivity options, it includes GPS, A-GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth tethering and USB Hotspot.

The best for your budget, the features you need, the size that feels right and platform that suits you best, iBall Andi F2F 5.5U is available with leading retail stores in India.

You can purchase iBall Andi F2F 5.5U from Amazon [Affiliate link below].

Genpact, a global leader in digitally-powered business process management and services, announced the launch of the Genpact Social Impact Fellowship [GSIF] in partnership with EdelGive Foundation, the philanthropic division of Edelweiss Group. Designed as a one-year program to work on high-impact projects in India, Genpact has hand-picked seven fellows who will bring all their expertise in process excellence to work with NGOs for generating social impact.

NV ‘Tiger’ Tyagarajan, President and CEO, Genpact said

GSIF is a game-changing initiative. Our objective is to build lasting social organizations that can scale in the communities we are part of globally. Creating sustainable social impact has always been our focus. We bring our areas of strength and our capabilities to these social organizations that have a great vision, mission and passion, and when leveraged with our process expertise and execution experience sets them up to scale up.

Working in the area of education with NGOs like Teach for India, Kaivalya Education Foundation and Udayan Care will be seven fellows, including a senior resource with advanced quality certification to improve process capability and help design smarter solutions. They will be deployed on projects ranging from improving instructional hours in government schools to creating blueprints for scaling up a scholarship and mentoring program for meritorious but underprivileged girls. With mentorship from top leaders all through the journey, fellows will work on the ground to solve for the respective NGOs’ challenges and increase the efficiency and effectiveness of their projects.

Sasha Sanyal, SVP – Strategy and Lean Digital Transformation, Genpact said

The ability to make a meaningful impact on the not-for-profit sector without a dent on your corporate career is what is truly special about GSIF. We have many examples at Genpact of process expertise making immense impact on companies. We are committed to the idea of using our core competencies as an organization to make a real difference to the social sector

Naghma Mulla, COO, EdelGive Foundation said

Having received over a hundred applications from talented and passionate people belonging to various organizations, the pilot batch was put together as a collaborative exercise between Genpact and EdelGive Foundation. Traditionally, organizations in the social sector have had to face challenges not only around funding, but also around scaling up and organization development. The Genpact Social Impact Fellowship was conceptualised to provide such much needed support by combining the philanthropic expertise of EdelGive with Genpact’s Lean Six Sigma proficiency.

The open fellowship program invites applications from interested people from all backgrounds with a demonstrated passion for social impact. Genpact aims to develop GSIF into a successful, scalable program that can serve as a model for many other organizations wanting to make a lasting difference in the social sector.

About EdelGive Foundation

Established in 2008, EdelGive Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the Edelweiss Group, one of India’s leading diversified financial services conglomerates providing a broad range of financial products and services to a substantial and diversified client base that includes corporations, institutions and individuals. Since its inception, EdelGive has worked towards being a bridge between the users and providers of philanthropic capital and knowledge by bringing the skills, resources and talents of the for- profit world to the not- for- profit arena. For more information, please visit EdelGive Foundation