About Uttar Pradesh Journey

Varanasi based Ek Soch Sandbox, Deshpande Foundation's LEAD (LEaders Accelerating Development) brings a unique life time chance to be a part of the memorable journey called "LEAD Prayana" an Entrepreneurial Leadership Journey on Wheels! It's an annual leadership journey for youth aged of 18-26 hosted in cities of Uttar Pradesh, Delhi NCR and Karnataka. With the aim to "unleash your leadership potential"! Join us for a memorable 5000 km journey for lifetime.

For 18 fun-filled days, you will meet and hear from 10 inspiring role models, see their extraordinary work, visit 8 destinations, take part in panel sessions, explore 12 unique organizations, institutions and industries, and create your own groups to share your hands-on, experiential learning. The journey is split into two parts the journey kicks off from Varanasi covering all the destinations and ends at Hubballi, Karnataka with renowned International conferences called Development Dialogue, YUVA Summit and Startup Dialogue.

Travel... Explore... Interact... Fun... Networking... Team Building... Workshops... Team Work... Selfie... Hands on Activities... JuGuJa... Transform... Change... in a journey of lifetime.

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Partners 2019

Past Prayana


(Itinerary in brief)

December 29: Kashi

  • Hosting at Ek Soch Sandbox

December 30: Kashi

  • LEAD Prayana 2019 Kick off

  • A visit to (the oldest living city in the world) Kashi, Gangaji ghat and Ek Soch Rural Cluster

  • Session with Subhash Yadav - Varanasi to Varanasi via Banaras

December 31: Varanasi - Barabanki

  • Flag off LEAD PRAYANA 2018 from Varanasi

  • Cultural evening with villagers at Chandwara

January 1: Chandwara, Barabanki

  • An exposure visit to the remarkable work and session with Mrs. Prakashini Jaiswal

  • Day out with the villagers of Chandwara village and collaborative activities

January 2: Kanpur

  • Exposure visit to impact work at IIT Kanpur, SIDBI incubation

  • Session with Prof. Abhay Kharandikar and Prof. BV Phani

January 3: Kanpur Visits

  • Visit to HelpUsGreen

  • Visit to natural farming, understanding the human values in living

January 4: Kanpur - Vrindavan

  • Travel and hosting day at Vrindavan

January 5: Vrindavan

  • Visit to Akshaya Patra Foundation (kitchen visit) and Chandrodaya site

  • Session with Shri. Yudhisthira Krishna Dasa

  • Participation in community work

January 6: Noida

  • Exposure visit to Amazon site and interaction with leadership team

  • Session with Ms Navpreet Kaur, HCL Foundation

  • Sessions with Ritesh Agrawal and hang around at Innov8

  • Interaction with young Entrepreneurs

January 7: Delhi

  • Community School and Mohalla Clinic work by Govt. of Delhi on health and education

  • Session with Anshu Gupta and explore remarkable work at Goonj

January 8: Noida / Delhi

  • Atal Incubation Centre – BIMTECH visit and talk with Dr. Abha Rishi and Dr. H Chaturvedi

  • Get to know Spice Connect and programs (139, Umang, Spice Money)

  • Session with Prof. Anil Sahasrabudhe, Bunker Roy and Dilip Modi over high tea

Any further information and help contact us

# Name Email id Contact Number
1 Chandan T chandan.eksoch@dfmail.org 945-460-6956