Chief Minister Shri Pramod Sawant Inaugurates the Goa Centre of Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India (EDII), Ahmedabad

Ahmedabad, March 15, 2024: The Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India’s Goa Regional Centre was inaugurated on March 12th 2024 at the hands of Hon’ble Chief Minister of Goa, Dr. Pramod Sawant. Also present at the inauguration were Dr. Sunil Shukla, Director General, Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India, Ahmedabad; Dr. Milind Kamble, Chairman, Dalit Indian, Chamber of Commerce & Industry (DICCI) & Board Member, EDII; Shri Sanjay Satardekar, Vice Chairman, EDC Limited; Shri B. S. Pai Angle, Managing Director, EDC Limited, and Dr. Amit Dwivedi, Incharge – Department of Government Projects, EDII.

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The Centre has been launched to implement the ‘Goa Udyamita Yojana’. While EDII is the implementation agency, Goa CSR Authority and EDC Limited, Goa are the nodal agencies.

The Goa Udyamita Yojana aims to strengthen the entrepreneurial ecosystem of Goa by harnessing the potential of human capital and indigenous resources, thus ensuring a high incidence of New Enterprise Creation and MSME growth.

Hon’ble Chief Minister of Goa, Dr. Pramod Sawant, in his inaugural speech said, “Goa is also one of the first four states to implement the Startup Policy 2017. On the front of entrepreneurship, while tourism reigns supreme, people are parallelly delving into other emerging areas. The state now steps forth to harness its potential, in several upcoming sectors, and evolve as a state that nurtures entrepreneurial aspirations to ensure growth. In that sense, the association with EDII will strengthen the entrepreneurship scenario.” The Hon’ble Chief Minister also informed how he had written to the Chief Minister of Gujarat, shri Bhupendra Patel, to facilitate setting up of Goa Centre of EDII. Shri Pramod Sawant appreciated the proactiveness shown by the office of the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Gujarat.

Expressing gratitude for the opportunity, Dr. Sunil Shukla, Director General, EDII mentioned, “The growth in the SME sector, especially in Goa, is profound, and is manifesting itself in several domains. Building on this, EDII will undertake a series of initiatives involving training, research and documentation, mentoring and incubation to ensure that Goa becomes a hub of entrepreneurship and innovations unleashing a relentless pursuit for new opportunities and processes. With a focus on fostering innovation and empowering local talent, this initiative will pave the way for Goa to emerge as a leading hub for startups and entrepreneurship.”

Dr. Milind Kamble, Founder Chairman, DICCI & Board Member-EDII said, “Goa, with its dynamic blend of culture and commerce, offers a fertile ground for entrepreneurial ventures to flourish. The EDII’s Goa Centre, I am sure, will serve as a catalyst, nurturing the entrepreneurial spirit inherent in the people of Goa, particularly its youth. Given EDII’s initiatives, Goa is poised to become a cradle for entrepreneurial aspirations and mindsets.”

Expressing his opinion, Shri B. S. Pai Angle, Managing Director, EDC Limited, said ““I am glad that we are working collaboratively towards the task of strengthening entrepreneurial pursuits in Goa. At EDC Limited, we stand committed to supporting and nurturing the entrepreneurial ecosystem, driving economic prosperity and creating a sustainable future for generations to come. Together, we will seize this moment to unlock Goa’s boundless potential.”

The inaugural function concluded with Vote of Thanks by Dr. Amit Dwivedi, Incharge, Department of Government Projects, EDII.

EDII kick starts its annual startup summit ‘Empresario 2024’ on Tech Innovations

Ahmedabad, March 9, 2023: The Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India (EDII), on Thursday, kick started its annual startup summit and entrepreneurship festival— Empresario 2024. The event was inaugurated by Shri Banchha Niddhi Pani, IAS, Commissioner, Technical Education, Office of Commissioner of Higher Education, Government of Gujarat. Other dignitaries at the inauguration included Shri Vishal Chiripal, Director, Chiripal Group, and Dr Sunil Shukla, Director General, EDII.

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The two-day festival (March 7-8, 2024) includes master classes by industry veterans, talks by successful startup founders, workshops, discussions, networking sessions, and startup awards. The summit also comprises panel discussions on Agritech and Healthtech. A special round table of startups, which participated in Shark Tank, like Bottom Line Sprays, Maisha, WeHear, Simply Salad, and Torch it will also be held as part of the summit. A Big Pitch event, where over 75 startups will pitch their products and services to a panel of investors with the objective of garnering funds. The theme for this year’s celebration is ‘Tech Innovations’.

In his inaugural address, Shri Banchha Niddhi Pani, said, “India is on the brink of a big tech revolution, and AI is playing a vital role. We’re already the world’s IT capital, with tons of opportunities for young people. Through iHub, Gujarat’s government is here to support entrepreneurs with everything from legal advice to mentoring. Our goal is to make sure our youth aren’t just looking for jobs, but creating them. With Viksit Bharat 2047 in mind, we’re committed to helping India become a $5 trillion economy.”

Speaking about Empresario, Dr Sunil Shukla, Director General, EDII, said, “We’re thrilled by the decade-long surge in entrepreneurship, epitomized by events like Empresario. In just 10 years, startups have soared from 500 to 1 lakh, with incubation centers skyrocketing from less than 50 to about 2,000. Empresario celebrates innovation, driven by our nation’s youth. Technological advancements in AI and machine learning are powering startups and MSMEs. Looking ahead, we’re dedicated to fostering this entrepreneurial spirit.”

Shri Vishal Chiripal, Director, Chiripal Group, said, “At the heart of entrepreneurship lies fearlessness and a willingness to embrace risks. Startups in India are not just businesses; they are the engines driving our economic growth. As an investor, I prioritize passion, purpose, scalability, and market potential. For young entrepreneurs, sectors like rescaling, robotics, EV-shared storage, and semiconductors offer promising opportunities for success.”

Some of the notable speakers over the two days include: Shri Ravi Varmora of Univia; Shri Mihir Shah of Agriown Farmtech; Shri Hit Desai of Bull Agritech; Dr. Harsh Shah of AgroCast; Dr. Abhisheka Tripathy from Axiom; Shri Dhruv Patel of D3S Healthcare; Shri Vaibhav Shitole of IOTA; Dr. Karnav Patel of Altea Enterprise; Shri Kuldeep Sagar, Director; Sanket Foundation.

EDII empowers women artisans of MP’s Badarwas Jacket Cluster through specialised training

Bhopal, March 2, 2024: The Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India (EDII) is providing specialised skill training to women artisans of Madhya Pradesh’s Badarwas Jacket Cluster, famous for making ‘Modi Jackets from mill surplus’. The institute has partnered with the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), Gandhinagar, to equip the women artisans from the region with necessary tools and knowledge to enhance their craftsmanship and foster economic development within the cluster.

The Badarwas Jacket Cluster, distinguished by its unique and organic growth, has emerged as a vibrant hub with many engaged in jacket production and related activities. Unlike conventional industrial hubs, this cluster has organically blossomed from the sheer grit and dedication of its female workforce. Recognizing the need to further enhance the cluster’s capabilities and capitalize on increasing demand for jackets, Ministry of Rural Development, GoI, promoted a Producers’ Company under National Rural Economic Transformation Project which is owned and managed by women artisans of Badarwas, thus giving them an opportunity to becoming shareholders of their company.

EDII is implementing this cluster development project in association with Madhya Pradesh Rural Livelihoods Mission.

“This initiative by Ministry of Rural Development goes beyond skill training. It empowers the women through the establishment of a Producers Company, owned and managed by them. This significant step transforms them from mere job workers into entrepreneurs and shareholders in their own company, fostering self-reliance and economic independence.” explained Dr. Sunil Shukla, Director General, EDII.

Scheduled from February 13 to 18, 2024, a training programme on ‘quality appreciation’, salesmanship, and visual merchandising was organized at EDII Campus for 19 women artisans from the Badarwas Cluster. It offered a dynamic platform for participants to enhance their skills and knowledge. The comprehensive curriculum covered fabric manufacturing intricacies, sales marketing strategies, and brand building essentials.

During the four-day practical sessions at the NIFT campus, participants underwent rigorous training on fabric checks, quality parameters, and packaging techniques.

It was followed by, a two-day training module at the EDII campus will delve into entrepreneurship basics, costing and pricing strategies, sales techniques, resource mobilisation, and compliance management.

Dr. Rajesh Gupta, Project Director and Faculty, EDII, said, “By leveraging the expertise of NIFT, we aim to enhance the skill sets of these women artisans and provide them with the necessary tools to become successful entrepreneurs in the long run. We believe that empowering women artisans with the right skills is key to unlocking the full potential of the Badarwas Jacket Cluster.”

Badarwas Jacket Cluster, nestled in the heart of Shivpuri, Madhya Pradesh, stands as a testament to the resilience and determination of local women to carve out a sustainable livelihood.