Scientists & Faculties
Sensitization Programme on Entrepreneurship Development & Start-Up Ecosystem
ICAR-NAARM organized a 5-days Sensitization Programme on Entrepreneurship Development & Start-Up Ecosystem during 5-9 July 2021 for scientists and faculty in agriculture and allied disciplines. This programme was conducted in association with a-IDEA and supported by NABARD. The objectives of the MDP programme are to orient scientists on the process of technology transfer and co-development of technology with Start-Ups and to sensitize scientists about Start-ups and Incubators working on Agriculture & prospects of collaboration. The major topics covered in the programme include Agri Business Opportunities & Challenges, Introduction to Entrepreneurship and Incubation Ecosystem, Process of incubation & Acceleration, Funding opportunities for Start-ups, Setting Up & Managing Incubation Centres and IP & Technology Management. In total, there were 18 lectures and guest lectures were delivered by directors of agri-incubators, industry professionals and successful agri-based entrepreneurs. In total 37 participants took part in the programme, of them, 80 percent were doctorates and the rest were Post-Graduates. About one-sixth of them were associated with incubators and half of them were associated with technology transfer activities in their respective institutes. In the valedictory programme held on 9th July 2021 in which Dr. Ch. Srinivasa Rao, Director and Dr. Ranjit Kumar, Principal Scientist & Head-ABM were Chairman and Co-Chairman respectively, the participants expressed that they gained insights into Start-up ecosystem and the process of technology commercialization which entails research yield better outcomes. They also voiced that this programme would help them to improve their incubation centres and also foster collaboration with actors in startup ecosystem. Dr. Ch. Srinivasa Rao has reiterated that every scientist and faculty in National Agricultural Research and Education System should motivate graduates into entrepreneurship and identify the budding entrepreneurs and support them to solve the problems of resource poor farmers and to enact another green revolution in Indian agriculture. Dr. Ranjit Kumar expressed that supporting technology transfer and startups should be part of the research plan which scientists are submitting to speed up the technology adoption process and promoting agripreneurship. The participants gave an overall satisfaction score of 4.67 of 5.00 for this programme. Dr. Sivaramane N, Principal Scientist and Ms. Bhargavi, Investment Manager of a-IDEA organized this programme.