Kaushik Kappagantulu

Cofounder & CEO

Kheyti


Kheyti

Nominated by Steve McCormick

Bio

Kaushik has spent the last 10 years building scalable social enterprises serving the rural poor in India. He is the Cofounder and CEO of Kheyti, an organization helping smallholder farmers battle climate change through its “Greenhouse-in-a-Box”, a low-cost greenhouse bundled with end-to-end services that protects crops from environmental risks and grows 7 times more food using 90% less water. Along with the greenhouse, Kheyti work with partners to offer farmers financing, input linkage, training and market linkage services, creating a seamless path towards steady incomes of Rs. $100/month and out of poverty.

Before launching Kheyti, Kaushik spent five years as a leadership team member of B-ABLE, a social enterprise that connects school dropouts to mainstream careers through high quality training and placement services. He was the first employee at B-ABLE and helped the company scale from its first training center to 200 centers across 14 states training more than 70,000 school dropouts yearly. He is a graduate of IIT Kharagpur and has an MBA from Columbia Business School where he won the Nathan Gantcher Prize for Social Enterprise and the Tamer Grant for Social Ventures. Kaushik is an Acumen India Fellow 2014and a DRK Foundation Entrepreneur.