Be Trust

We're in the business of creating heroes. Be! Fund is India's first not-for-profit youth venture fund, providing new access to capital to the poorest young people so they can start businesses they define, solving problems where they live, generating income and creating jobs.

Be Trust
D 12/A Kailash Colony
New Delhi, Delhi 110048
India
91 11 41739945
http://www.befundindia.com

Director

Lisa Heydlauff

Board of Directors

Ritu Dalmia, Arpana Mehra, Arjun Vijayragavan

Mission

We're in the business of creating heroes. Be! Fund is India's first not-for-profit youth venture fund, providing new access to capital to the poorest young people so they can start businesses they define, solving problems where they live, generating income and creating jobs.

Programs

We use mass media, movies, radio, television shows and funky outreach - trucks driving into slums and villages - to ask young people "What business would you start if you could, to solve the biggest problem where you live?" Young people who have business ideas are asked to call Be! Fund and go through a series of interviews to complete their business plans. Be! Fund works with young entrepreneurs to create their business plans and every quarter presents them to an Investment Committee to decide to invest. Once a young entrepreneur's plan is approved, they receive the grant to begin their business in their account. We visit every three to four months to map the social, economic and environmental impact of their enterprise. And, once they are super successful, we tell their stories to children in our schools program as graphic novels or as part of our children's television series nationwide.

Statistics on Be Trust

Financial Statistics

  • Annual Budget for 2015: $150,000
  • Maximum Annual Budget: $250,000
  • Other funding sources: Individual Donors, International Organizations, Financial Institutions, Corporations
  • Religious Affiliation: None