• Frugal Company

    Upgrade your inner OS to build a more compassionate world

  • The Mission


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    Inspire change

    Frugal Company is Abhinav Agarwal’s transformation playground to experiment and practice resourceful innovation for eco-sufficiency and AI transformation challenges.


    Abhinav works with organizations, teams, and individuals empowering them to embrace change and foster innovation by leveraging constraints. He wears the hat of a trainer, coach, change management consultant and product owner.


    His unique approach to leadership is inspired from the Indian philosophy, grassroot practices to create a group alchemy for authentic conversations. He helps your organization achieve sustainable growth through innovative practices.

  • Values






  • Services

    Keynote, training, coaching, consulting

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    Frugal innovation management

    Build Innovation Communities of Practice

    Custom workshops to find creative solutions to your operational and strategic problems with available resources and competencies in the most efficient way by unleashing the hidden potential.

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    Green IT, Tech for Good


    Training for product managers, IT departments and sustainability departments for making the right choices in their digital transformation strategies for a sovereign future to reduce scope three emissions and build a culture for green practices.

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    Leadership coaching based on Indian Philospphy

    Coaching and training workshop

    Learn and practice impact-oriented ethical leadership principles based on ancient wisdom from Indian philosophy that can help mindful decision-making in complex environments.

    American, Japanese and French models of management practices that the world has adopted to foster innovation, entrepreneurship, are performance-based, ego-centric, or socio-centric while the Indian model is based on ethics, impact, and work (Karma Yoga).

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    Download the Frugal management Canvas

    The Frugal Management Canvas is a strategic framework to provide a one-page, constraint-based strategy document for solving operational and strategic problems by leveraging available resources and finding creative and efficient solutions using effectual thinking, polarity mapping and OKR.

  • 10 Principles of frugal innovation

    1. Focus on available, affordable and accessible resources

    2. Find new ways to add value to existing resources

    3. Understanding the problem is important, feeling it is better

    4. If you are sure about something, challenge it

    5. Embrace constraints to generate new solutions

    6. Combine knowledge and perspectives from two or more domains

    7. Focus on responsible value creation, not extraction

    8. Identify opportunities for co-creation

    9. Strive for simplicity

    10. Test, Transform, Thrive

  • Annual Frugal Innovation Day: 14th March 2019

    Exploring the various facettes of frugal innovation

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    1 day seminar

    One day seminar to explore the various concepts associated with frugal innovation as applied by companies, startups and NGOS. More info on the last edition here: www.frugalinnovationday.com


    To be a speaker, sponsor partner for the next FID2020, feel free to get in touch !

  • Media

    Pubications, videos and podcast

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    Dossier - Sobriété, croissance, quel équilibre ?

    Contribution to an article published in DAF-MAG (French magazine for CFOs)

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    Faire mieux sans dépenser plus

    Article dans Gazette des communes sur l'expériementation avec la CC de Parthenay-Gâtine

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    Frugal Management

    Capsule video pour la semaine de l'innovation publique

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    A podcast in french on frugal innovation

    Podcast sur Innovecteursur les principes de l'innovation frugale et +

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    Resilient cities

    An interview on frugal and resilient cities in French & German

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    A 2 day online event on frugal innovation

    Organized by Région Bourgogne-Franche-Comté

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    Jugaad - the Indian concept inspiring France

    Coverage on DW international German Channel

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    Les grandes entreprises touchées par « l’innovation frugale »

    Gazette de la Défense covering the first Frugal Innovation Day

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    Innover pour réconcilier économie et écologie

    A roundtable organized by Expertise France on Frugal Innovation with other experts

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    Le « jugaad » : comment innover avec des ressources limitées

    An article in French News Paper les Echos

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    Utopias of sharing life, caring community in Paris

    An article in DNAINDIA by Prof. Gupta and his visit to Paris

  • Innovation Tarot - Mindset behind the method for solving problems !

    The "Innovation Tarot" is a problem solving deck to facilitate collective intelligence and group discussions by asking powerful & "facilitative questions" to answer all questions in the face of uncertainty and constraints.

    The method has been inspired from various approaches and synthesize complexe mental models through simple questions.

    It can be used for self-coaching, for innovation and design thinking workshops for co-dev and in various ways as described here!

  • Resources

    Latest online resources

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    Medium publications

    Latest ramblings on innovation & creativity

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    Online community for sharing resources around frugal innovation. 

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    Frugal Innovation channel with talks with experts in diverse fields

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    Collaborative notes taken by 30 odd people during the frugal innovation day

  • Our constellation of partners

    We've got top notch partners !

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    Map your talent ecosystem for more resilience

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    Audit and consulting

    Valuation for your company's intangibles assets

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    Conscious leadership research and management consulting

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    Hardware Accelerator

    Hardware accelerator in Bangalore

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    Change agent Network

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    Grassroot network

    Spreading word about grassroot innovations pioneere by Prof. Anil Gupta

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    Sustainability Lab

    Santa shares her challenge model for being the change!

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    Think and Do Tank

    Sustaining impact projects

  • Contact us

    Get in touch for your consulting needs or if you want to organise workshops, executive coaching or have any ideas for co-innovation !