About the Program

The Humane Entrepreneurship Program is a six-month intensive virtual mentorship program for highly impactful startups that are positively advancing the future of humane impact in our world. From what we consume to what we wear, from alternative non-animal testing methodologies to safer consumer goods, we are looking for entrepreneurs who are looking to challenge every aspect of our lives through the power of business and humane values. Using the human-centered design framework, the program will help entrepreneurs build empathic, multistakeholder-centric and innovative business solutions. From weekly hands-on learning sessions to business mentors, selected entrepreneurs will work with facilitators and mentors in crafting their business models and getting their ideas ready for market launch.

Sectors

Plant-based Protein

Current egg, meat and dairy production and consumption practices are unsustainable and cause tremendous suffering. Choosing more plant-based options helps animals and the environment, and supports your health.

Material

The alternative fibre industry is growing — with faux fur and faux leather serving the same purposes, looking fashionable, all while being cruelty-free! These alternatives will help the millions of animals who are confined or captured in brutal metal traps and cages.

Non-Animal Testing

Cutting-edge technology and innovation in research and testing will improve and advance scientific research and replace millions of animals used in research worldwide.

Mentors

Sandhya Sriram

CEO and Co-founder
Shiok Meats Pte. Ltd.

Ryan Bethencourt

CEO
Wild Earth

Stephanie Downs

Co-founder and Board Chairman
Material Innovation Initiative

Jenna Cameron

Growth Manager
Wild Earth

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Who We Are

Humane Society International/ India is an affiliate of Humane Society International, which, along with the Humane Society of the United States, forms the world’s largest animal protection organization. With presence in over 50 countries, Humane Society International is one of the few global animal protection organizations working to help all animals—including animals in laboratories, animals on farms, companion animals and wildlife. Together with HSI, its affiliates and the Humane Society of the United States, HSI/India forms part of the world’s largest animal protection organization.

A primary focus for HSI/India is to reduce the consumption of animal-based products by supporting the creation of viable alternatives. This program will empower eligible entrepreneurs to reach the next step of venture growth — convert ideas to prototypes, prototypes to pilots and pilots to scale-up. The Humane Entrepreneurship Program ecosystem of capacity builders, investors and domain experts will aid in transforming ventures. Through this program, HSI/India will enable entrepreneurs to scale humane businesses in the Indian startup ecosystem and aid in the creation of viable market alternatives for animal-based products.

HSI India Logo 2021

Who We Are

Humane Society International/ India is an affiliate of Humane Society International, which, along with the Humane Society of the United States, forms the world’s largest animal protection organization. With presence in over 50 countries, Humane Society International is one of the few global animal protection organizations working to help all animals—including animals in laboratories, animals on farms, companion animals and wildlife. Together with HSI, its affiliates and the Humane Society of the United States, HSI/India forms part of the world’s largest animal protection organization.

A primary focus for HSI/India is to reduce the consumption of animal-based products by supporting the creation of viable alternatives. This program will empower eligible entrepreneurs to reach the next step of venture growth — convert ideas to prototypes, prototypes to pilots and pilots to scale-up. The Humane Entrepreneurship Program ecosystem of capacity builders, investors and domain experts will aid in transforming ventures. Through this program, HSI/India will enable entrepreneurs to scale humane businesses in the Indian startup ecosystem and aid in the creation of viable market alternatives for animal-based products.