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Development Dialogue is an international social entrepreneurship ecosystem conference hosted at Hubballi, Karnataka by Deshpande Foundation. Development Dialogue brings together numerous social entrepreneurs as well as those who believe in and are involved in creating ecosystems to nurture innovation and entrepreneurship. The conference is attended by participants from for-profits, global visionaries, impact investors as well as local communities to share proven models, innovations, and transforming perspectives.

The Deshpande Foundation's annual conference brings together over 400 delegates, 200 organizations, 200 startups and 1,000 university students to connect and collaborate over important issues of common interest.

Delegates find themselves coming back to the conference every year for inspiration and ideas. In the past we have hosted legends like former President Dr. Abdul Kalam; Nobel Laureates Kailash Satyarthi and Prof. Muhammad Yunus; Magsaysay awardees Deep Joshi, Harish Hande and Anshu Gupta; global business leaders and philanthropists like Ratan Tata, Narayana Murthy, Sudha Murthy and Ronnie Screwvala; and highly ranked Government officials like the Chief Secretaries and Department Secretaries among others.


Kaizen Keynotes

  • Hear from renowned change-makers
  • who have had a profound impact
  • on millions of lives

Pan-India Pitches

  • Witness entrepreneurs from across India
  • pitch their innovative ideas at the Grand Finale
  • of Sandbox Samvidha

Networking Booths

  • Connect with 400+ delegates
  • from 200+ social enterprises and
  • experience a diverse range of perspectives


  • Partake in tangible
  • take-home learning

Mentor Meets

  • Ask the masters your
  • burning questions and
  • get answers to soar ahead

Sector Deep-Dives

  • Get the latest information
  • from experts on the trends
  • of different social sectors


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