About Us

Katalyst started a decade ago with the intent of liberating women from low income communities, through the pursuit of professional education. The initiative definitively prepares young women for leadership roles, thereby creating a wider talent pool for India Inc and helping bridge the gender divide. Katalyst achieves this objective through a blend of unique development interventions, including our 600 hour proprietary and scientifically researched curriculum. Over their four years in the program, we also provide one-to-one mentorship, access to best in class technology, assistance with internships, and world class industry exposure and corporate interactions. Set up in 2007 with 10 young women, Katalyst now has chapters in Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore and Delhi and has impacted the lives of over 900 girls, with 500 currently in the program. Katalyst alumni now occupy positions of seniority in prestigious MNCs and large Indian companies, both in India and abroad, as well as the Civil and Administrative Services.

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Katalyst Yearbook 2019


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  • Mentoring

    The mentor program offers Katalysts an opportunity to interact with mature, educated individuals with varied professional experience outside their communities who can guide them and expose them to a new set of experiences and perspectives.

  • Core curriculum

    Many of these students are first-generation students at these levels and thus are disadvantaged in terms of general exposure and in terms of role models, compared to their peers from privileged backgrounds.


“I still remember how I would shiver in front of others during Katalyst training sessions! Once Sunit sir gave me a mike in a session to speak a few words but I was at a loss of words due to my low confidence. So I passed the mike to the other girl. That was the moment I walked away with a feeling of not being able to do anything. But Katalyst changed my outlook towards life.”
    –   Shashikala Chougule

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