Dolphin Tanki

Dolphin Tank is a programme and platform at Salaam Bombay Foundation wherein Underprivileged Adolescent Grassroot Entrepreneurs are nurtured and coached/groomed to pitch their ideas to 'dolphins,' or inventors with a Philanthropist mindset for funding support.
The funds they "win" are then managed by SBF to help them buy the requisite material they need to take their individual entrepreneurial ventures ahead.

Success Stories

Pooja Gupta

Everyone is moving ahead in life. Why should my family be left behind?” Pooja’s determination to build her beauty business won her first place in Dolphin Tanki 2022. Hailing from the slums of Mumbai, her tenacity won over the judges, and she used her prize money to enrol herself in a professional beauty course. In the future, she wants to open her Makeup Studio – a concept that will differentiate her from the competition. Her generated income is 3x what it used to be. Pooja’s future has never looked better.

Abhishek Gaud

After winning 40k at Dolphin Tanki 2022, Abhishek expanded his mobile repairing business by investing in eight machines, including a touch separator machine, a DC machine, etc. Since then, he has earned over INR 50,000/- A student of std. 12, Abhishek uses his earnings to fund his education. He aspires to become a software engineer in the future.

Bushra Ansari

Running her beauty business from a small corner of her house, Bushra was keen to ensure that her customers were comfortable. At Dolphin Tanki 2022, she shared with the judges that if she won, she would use the money to buy a comfortable chair for her customers. And win she did! Her bright smile and sharp business acumen helped her shine through. Now her income is 5x what it used to be.

Sohail Shaikh

After purchasing a pasting machine from his prize money at Dolphin Tanki in 2022, Sohail’s mobile repairing business only grew in the small town of Bhusawar. His dream of running a successful mobile repairing business does not end here. He has shifted to Mumbai and is all set to open his shop in Virar.

Contact information

Dolphin Tanki (3rd edition) coming March 2024

To become a judge, patron or to invest in these young change makers of tomorrow contact us at





The DreamLab initiative was established in 2018. The initiative helps underprivileged youth in the age group of 14 to 18 years find real-world internships. This empowers them to successfully transition into the labour market and make informed career decisions. DreamLab’s, ‘Learn, Earn and Grow’ model focuses on the issues of unemployment and lack of skill-based learning and solving for them.

You can be the catalyst for young India to realise their dreams.

In order to register for DreamLab the students have to be part of the skills@school programme, which is a Salaam Bombay initiative. It helps build skills for adolescents in government and government-aided schools and provides them with market orientation, ensuring that they stay in school and complete their education. The program equips students with soft skills training in several areas, including business etiquette, personal grooming, trade-specific terminology so they are ready for their real-world internships.

From the perspective of business owners, DreamLab provides need-based semi-skilled interns to meet the cyclical and seasonal peak business demands without making them incur any additional costs. You can help us unlock their future by believing in a dream.

The Foundation has partnered with a number of companies, including Future Group and Monginis, where the interns learn industry-specific skills, to reach one step closer to their dreams. Over 100 internships are being offered through the initiative in various sectors- including retail, beauty and wellness, bakery and confectionary, mobile repair, home appliance repair and market research.

The DreamLab initiatives provides the children an opportunity to create their own identity and experience something new. Today you can give them a flavour of how things work in the real world.

Be a part of the DreamLab initiative and #BelieveInADream today! Support them with an internship in your organisation or donate and sponsor an adolescent in the DreamLab programme.

DreamLab has given me an opportunity to make my own identity. Learning the art of baking in the industrial setting was very new for me and also gave me a flavour of how things work in the real world. To gain such experience at my age is not an opportunity that is received by many. My dream of selling chocolates under my own brand is not distant.

Launched in 2018


They Believed In a Dream

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Varun Dhawan


"Ab Unka Future Aapke Haath Mein."

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