Divej Mehta | INMATE Founder  

Divej Mehta, founder of Inmate, a 27 year old social entrepreneur (Mumbai, India) has a way of talking about all matters that makes you pause. It’s in his enthusiastic excitement when he describes the idea of training and rehabilitating the most neglected persons by infusing in them the dignity of labor and creating a long term committed workforce.

From a very early age he has been a part of social upliftment groups. He is an active member of Jaipur Foot, an NGOs that works towards providing free of cost artificial limbs and treatment for cancer patients across the globe. His schooling was completed from Jain International Residential School, Bangalore and while completing his MBA in Marketing from Management Development Institute of Singapore, Singapore, he consciously chose not to join his father's company, instead started a shoe manufacturing facility in Pune’s Yerwada Central Prison by the name of Tergus Works Pvt. Ltd.

This is where the journey to launch his own footwear label called ‘Inmate- Bringing humanity to leather’ was launched with a simple vision to empower convicted prisoners along with promoting the lost traditions of kolhapuris.



Divej has been awarded Social Entrepreneurship and an Innovative Leader by the Ministry of Commerce and Industries, Government of India (2019) and has also been facilitated at The Constitution Club Of India with Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Award (2019) for his efforts towards the upliftment of the underprivileged. He has signed his second contract with the Tamil Nadu State Prisons to undertake 250 convicts of Puzhal Central Prison and plans to increase TWPL’s footprint across the country and launch Inmate as a CSR brand Internationally.