The Jaipur-based incubator is backing the ventures with 17 million rupees ($260,000) through its “Invent” program.
Recipients are committed to developing technologies and services for India’s poor.
They include: KBSS, a skills training services for nonprofit and government workers; Multibhashi, a language-learning app; and Carmel Organics, which supports small-scale farmers organically growing medicinal herbs and spices.
The goal of the “Invent” program, led by Villgro with funding from U.K. development agency DFID, is to back social startups outside India’s well known tech and entrepreneurship hubs, like Bangalore.
It is targeting eight low-income Indian states: Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Rajasthan, Orissa and West Bengal.