We are a digital platform for social inclusion.
We make digital technology and professional services accessible to millions of people working in India’s informal sector.
It’s all about the ‘power of independent entreprenuers’
The concept of the “Power of Independent Entrepreneurs” is central to everything we do at Platform Commons Foundation. Independent Entrepreneurs (IEs) are millions working in the informal sector, who take real business risks each day. They are the farmers, waste-pickers, artisans, vegetable vendors, and the likes. In a world with diminishing jobs, the IEs will play a central role in creating the future of an inclusive economy.
We enable IEs by working with government agencies, social partners, funders, impact investors and citizen groups to co-create solutions for socioeconomic transformations. These solutions consist of vibrant marketplaces, networked communities, scalable micro-businesses and social security solutions.
Collective Value Delivered With Partners
Micro-services on the platform
Transactions at the grass roots
Our Values and Core Principles
Inclusive growth through inclusive technologies
Empowering small entrepreneurs, such as farmers, artisans, and waste-pickers with technology to create a common playing field
Livelihood innovation at grassroots level
Embedding engineers in villages and slums to jointly discover solutions with farmers, waste-pickers, artisans
Co-creating domain solutions that work
Co-creating domain solutions with partners and ensuring their success through reference implementations
Digitizing solutions through inclusion platforms
Codifying solution models and making them digitally accessible to micro-entrepreneurs, social businesses and other players in the eco-system
Delivering scale through partnerships
Partnering with governments, social businesses, corporates and international organizations to collectively deliver impact at scale
Humble beginnings of a long and an ambitious journey
Platform Commons Foundation was incubated by Mindtree CSR in 2012 which later spun off in September 2019 to form an independent foundation.
The journey started with our first intervention to tackle the challenges of urban solid waste management. This led to the creation of I Got Garbage; our first digital platform offering. I Got Garbage brought waste-pickers, urban local bodies, social partners and citizens together to generate livelihoods and create environmental impact. Today, PCF offers a host of domain solutions focused at livelihood, skilling, entrepreneurship and community engagement.
The young experts that make it all possible
At the core, all our work is done by a team of young professionals who