Date: February 25th- 27th, 2020
Venue: MATI, Mawdiangdiang, Shillong
A three day diagnostic boot camp session for Top 50 Entrepreneurs/ Incubatees comprising of the first cohort of Chief Minister’s E-Champion Challenge was held at Meghalaya Administrative Training Institute (MATI) in Mawdiangdiang, Shillong, from February 25th – 27th, 2020. The boot camp session was aimed at assessing the requirements of the entrepreneurs on providing mentorship and handholding support for E-Champions shortlisted through the five-month-long open entrepreneurship challenge held from August to December 2019 in the state. The programme was initiated by the Meghalaya Basin Management Agency (MBMA) in association with Indian Institute of Management- Calcutta Innovation Park (IIM-CIP) as the knowledge partners. It may be mentioned that the boot camp sessions being held under Chief Minister’s E-Champion Challenge is part of Promotion and Incubation of Market Driven Enterprises (PRIME) programme of Meghalaya Entrepreneurship Promotion Strategy 2020-2025 which aims at enterprise promotion and incubation in a holistic manner. The PRIME strategy document was launched by hon’ble Chief Minister of Meghalaya Shri. Conrad K. Sangma at the Meghalaya Entrepreneurship and Start up Summit held on January 21st, 2020 at State Convention Centre, Shillong. The Chief Minister’s E-Champion Challenge comprised of three phases:
Phase 1: Training and sensitization programmes in 7 districts of Meghalaya
Phase 2: Short listing of applicants, boot camp session in Shillong and two pitching sessions for top 100 and top 50 entrepreneurs as contestants in Shillong and Tura respectively
Phase 3: Short listing of Top 25 entrepreneurs and felicitation of Top 100 entrepreneurs at Meghalaya Entrepreneurship and start up Summit at State Convention Centre, Shillong
DAY 1: February 25th, 2020
The first day of the boot camp programme began with an address by Shri. Barnari Mawlong, Joint Secretary, Commerce and Industries, Director, MBMA and Director, MIE Government of Meghalaya. He briefed entrepreneurs about various subsidies and schemes that are in place and which can be availed by startups and aspiring entrepreneurs. This was followed by experience sharing sessions from the mentors of IIM-CIP which comprised of Shri Gaurav Kapoor, mentor, IIM-CIP, Shri Devasis Gupta, mentor, IIM-CIP, Shri Devapratim Das, mentor, IIM-CIP and Shri Siddhartha Lahkar, mentor, IIM-CIP.
This was followed by an interactive Q&A session that witnessed active participation from the entrepreneurs. This exercise was conducted with an aim to understand the entrepreneur’s business idea or plan better in order to plan the mentorship sessions as per their individual needs and requirements.
The interactive session was followed by a motivational session from Shri Subhrangshu Sanyal, CEO, IIM-CIP. He gave a power point presentation titled ‘The Big Picture’ while stressing on the objective of conducting the boot camp.
The participants were asked to prepare answers to three important questions with regards to their respective business ventures and innovative business ideas. The three questions were as follows:
This was followed by an address from Shri Vasant Subramanyam, mentor, IIM-CIP and Shri Arijit Bhattacharyya, mentor, IIM-CIP.
The mentorship address session was followed by allotment of mentors to entrepreneurs. The participants were divided into six groups and each group was allotted one mentor each.
DAY 2: February 26th, 2020
The second day of the boot camp session started with a group photo session of entrepreneurs and mentors. This was followed by networking exercise and interactive session between mentors and participants.
Shri Subhrangshu Sanyal, CEO, IIM-CIP set the tone for the second day of the boot camp by recapitulating the sessions conducted on Day 1 of the programme. He asked the entrepreneurs to share their experiences from the first day and their expectations from the remaining two days of the mentorship exercise. The participants gave positive feedbacks about the 1st day of the boot camp session and looked forward to learning more and planning their route map with greater clarity from the remaining days of the programme.
The address was followed by an intensive one-to-one mentorship session where Entrepreneurs were allotted mentors and given an opportunity to not only present their business idea but also seek assistance from experts in order to solve challenges and draft a plan towards materializing their goals and objectives. The participants also discussed their 180-day-plan with their respective mentors.
The mentors then filled up a ‘Need Mapping and Diagnostic Form’ aimed at mapping each and every business venture in order to help them determine how to significantly improve the net profit in the long run while assessing their business needs.
The second day of the boot camp session ended with another round of networking and fun activities.
DAY 3: February 27th, 2020
The third day of boot camp commenced in the presence of IIM-CIP mentors Shri Gaurav Kapoor, Shri Arijit Bhattacharya, Shri Debapratim Das and Shri Vasant Subramanyam. The entrepreneurs engaged in one-to-one interaction with the mentors as well as with the participants while sharing their ideas and visions pertaining to their respective business ventures.
Shri Gaurav Kapoor recalled the previous days’ activities and then went on to emphasize the importance of having a plan to pursue. He also iterated the need for validation and feedback from experts on business ideas and their approach towards achieving their targets.
Need mapping and diagnostic form was assessed by the mentors during an interactive session. A plan for the next 180 days was put in place for the entrepreneurs.
The last date for filling up the application form to apply for space at the incubation hub is February 20, 2020. All entries submitted after the specified date will be automatically rejected.
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The 1st bootcamp for the incubatees of PRIME hub, Shillong will be held from February 25th-27th, 2020 at MATI, Mawdiangdiang, Shillong- 793018. The 'incubatees' here refer to the Top 50 Entrepreneurs shortlisted through Chief Minister's E-Champion Challenge 2019 that was held from August 14, 2019 to December 10, 2019.
A personal invitation has already been extended to all the 50 entrerpenurs who have qualified for space at the PRIME hub.
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PRIME (PROMOTION AND INCUBATION OF MARKET-DRIVEN ENTERPRISES) hubs
The PRIME hub incubation centre is an initiative by the Government of Meghalaya which is directed to encourage the spirit of innovation through solution -driven design -thinking to create a favorable entrepreneurial ecosystem in the state. These PRIME hubs (Promotion and Incubation of Market Driven Enterprises) will act as a centre for systemically developing a healthy entrepreneurial ecosystem in the state while providing the much needed hand -holding support. This will not only engage but also nurture and empower aspiring entrepreneurs, startups and early stage enterprises to translate their innovative ideas into business but also ensure their sustainability by fostering networking opportunities.
The Government of Meghalaya is setting up two Enterprise Incubation centers which will be called the PRIME start up hubs in Shillong and Tura respectively, in association with IIM-Calcutta Innovation Park (IIM-CIP) as the service providers and Meghalaya Institute of Entrepreneurship (MIE) as the implementing organization.
Objectives of PRIME hubs:
PRIME hubs will offer opportunity to entrepreneurs and people with innovative business ideas to explore unique and incentivized solutions which will encourage students, researchers or any individual/group of individuals to ideate and design novel solutions. Following are the distinguishing objectives:
Who can apply for space at the PRIME hubs
Aspiring entrepreneurs and people with innovative ideas from Meghalaya can apply for space at the PRIME hubs.
Fee structure for applicants:
SPACE/SEAT (valid for a period of one year only)
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Meghalaya Chief minister ConradK Sangma will soon launch an open challenge for government officials in the state in order for them to come up with creative solutions to existing problems and issues in the state.
While addressing the audience as the Chief Guest of Meghalaya’s first ever Entrepreneurship and Start up Summit 2020 on January 21, The Chief Minister said, “Our officials are a store house of talent and ideas and in order to tap this, we will soon launch an open challenge for the government officials in the state for them to come up with innovative ideas to existing issues and problems in the state”.
He also stated that a monthly award on the lines of ‘entrepreneur of the month award’ will be launched for outstanding musicians and sportspersons from the state in order to keep them motivated while also creating a strong base for the fostering of music & entertainment industry in the state. The same is set to be implemented from the financial year 2020.
Meghalaya Chief minister Conrad K Sangma on January 21 inaugurated Meghalaya’s first ever incubation hub called the PRIME hub for state entrepreneurs which will provide handholding, mentoring and incubation support to start ups and persons with innovative business ideas in order for them to upscale their business.
The Chief Minister also stressed on the need to focus on music incubation centres given the fact that the state has a huge talent pool of musicians and artists whose talents remain untapped.
The Guest of Honour, Amitabh Kanth, CEO, NITI Ayog also extended full support to the Government of Meghalaya while stating that NITI Ayog aims to make Meghalaya as a model of tinkering labs for India. While addressing the audience, Amitabh Kanth said that Meghalaya has a huge potential in 4 main sectors and the same needs to be tapped at the earliest to provide a boost to the entrepreneurial ecosystem of the state.
He said, “Meghalaya has a huge potential in agricultural and horticultural sector, it can be a centre of high value added tourism and tinkering labs”.
While addressing the Top 100 Entrepreneurs selected through the Chief Minister’s E-Champion Challenge 2019, Amitabh Kanth also stated that the NITI Ayog would soon initiate a meeting of state entrepreneurs with India’s young and successful startups to enable idea sharing and networking which are the key drivers of entrepreneurship culture.
It may be mentioned that the for the first time in Meghalaya, the Government hosted the Meghalaya Entrepreneurship & Start Up Summit on January 21, 2020 with an aim to create a dynamic and collaborative ecosystem for entrepreneurship support and development in Meghalaya through PRIME (Promotion of Innovative and Market Driven Enterprises) with easily available credit, relevant technology, skilling and mentoring support and access to high leverage market linkages. The Summit witnessed the launch of PRIME Programme, Honouring of Meghalaya Chief Minister's E-Champions (Top 100 Entrepreneurs), Unveiling the state's Entrepreneurship Promotion Strategy and Inauguration of Meghalaya's first ever incubation hubs, the PRIME hub.
The summit witnessed an impressive line-up of speakers including Mekin Maheshwari (Founder, Udhyam, Former CPO, Flipkart), Sagar Daryani (CEO & Co-founder, Wow! Momo), Mark Laitphlang Stone (CEO & Founder, Group Avenues), Pradeep Gupta (Chairman & Managing Director, Cyber Media, India Ltd.), Rudy Wahlang (Musician), Pauline Warjri (pianist and director of Aroha Choir), Paul Mukhtieh (Chairman, NEDFI) and resource persons from Indian Institute of Management- Calcutta Innovation Park to name a few.
The summit hosted an Award Ceremony cum entertainment evening with performances by Lamphang Syiemlieh, Megha Warriors, Rikune / Snap Paka, fashion show, among others. A fashion show was also presented with local fashion designers from the state.
Out of the Top 50, the Top 25 entrepreneurs were felicitated by the Chief Minister with a cash prize of Rs. 1 Lakh (cheque), a certificate as well as a memento. The remaining 25 were felicitated with a cash prize of Rs. 50 thousand (cheque), a certificate as well as a memento. The rest of the Top 50 were awarded with a certificate and they have secured a place at the PRIME hub centre in Shillong and Tura for a period of one year.
It may be recalled that the summit was a culmination of the Chief Minister’s E-Champion Challenge Programme 2019 that was launched in August 14, 2019 by the Chief Minister with the objective of identifying and encouraging potential entrepreneurs from across the state. Launched in August 2019, the challenge identified Meghalaya’s Top 100 Entrepreneurs who will now receive incubation support and mentoring session for a period of 1 year at the PRIME hubs in Shillong & Tura which will also be inaugurated on the day of the summit.
The programme was organized by the Planning Department, Government of Meghalaya implemented by the Meghalaya Institute of Entrepreneurship (MIE), Meghalaya Basin Development Authority (MBDA) and Indian Institute of Technology- Calcutta Innovation Park (IIMCIP).
The last orientation programme for Meghalaya Chief Minister's E-Champion Challenge concluded in Tura on September 19 in the presence of staff members of Enterprise Facilitation Centres (EFCs), District Industries Centres (DICs) and Common Service Centres (CSCs) from all districts of Garo Hills. The programme was chaired by MIE directors Shri. Barnari Mawlong (Shillong), Shri. Dikki D. Shira (Tura), Shri. C. N. Sangma, ADC and PD, DRDA, Tura, Mrs.Jacquelyne Swer from IIM-CIP as well as the MBDA staff members from Shillong and Tura respectively.
ORIENTATION PROGRAMME IN TURA
In a first of its kind initiative in Meghalaya, Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma launched the Chief Minister's E-Champion Challenge on August 14, 2019 with an aim to create an ecosystem where people with workable ideas can walk into an enterprise facilitation center or an incubator and get all the handholding support needed to navigate the complex web of markets, technology and credit. It must be mentioned that the youth population of Meghalaya is much higher than other states of India- About 12 lakh individuals in the state are in the age group of 15-29. Entrepreneurship is the only way to engage the talent and energy of this large young population.
In view of this, the Chief Minister's E-Champion Challenge is the first step in systematically choosing the first batch of E-champs, who will be the vanguard for the enterprise ecosystem development. The Chief Minister’s E-Champion Challenge will be a regular event and more E-champs will be selected and nurtured in the years to come. The programme is being headed by Meghalaya Institute of Entrepreneurship (MIE) in association with Indian Institute of Management- Calcutta Innovation Park (IIM-CIP) and Meghalaya Basin Development Authority (MBDA).
The 6th orientation programme was conducted by MIE in ssociation with MBDA and IIM-CIP at Mawkyrwat, South West Khasi Hills District in the presence of Deputy Commissioner, Miss Isawanda Laloo. The programme was chaired by Shri. Barnari Mawlong, Director, MIE, Mrs. Jacquelyne Swer from IIM-CIP along with staff members of MBDA from Shillong.
The DC spoke at length about the various untapped talents in the district and how a programme like the Chief Minister’s E-Champion Challenge is a great opportunity for people to become self-employed while also creating employment opportunities for others.
ORIENTATION PROGRAMME IN MAWKYRWAT
Emphasising on the role of EFCs, DICs and CSCs, the DC said, “This is the core team that will be spear heading, motivating and creating the environment for the programme to take off. People should be made to realize that they are not just the beneficiaries but also equal partners in this venture. We have people with tons of ideas ranging from dentistry to setting up of a bakery. But the problem that we witness here is that although there is a market for all these services and products, the element of handholding on a long term basis of these partners is missing. Hence a programme such as the Chief Minister’s E-Champion Challenge is the need of the hour in the state as a whole and especially in the districts as rural as South West Khasi Hills where the idea of entrepreneurship is still at a very nascent stage”.
She also added, “We have a lot of people coming to us asking for assistance to set up enterprises and this is an opportunity for them and they should make the most of this programme. Business should be made a conversation point at this hour and this programme can actually make this happen”.
The DC also suggested that the programme should create a level playing field for the rural districts as it is often seen that urban towns and cities are often at an advantage in a programme of this caliber.
Meghalaya Institute of Entrepreneurship (MIE) along with Indian Institute of Management- Calcutta Innovation Park (IIM-CIP) and Meghalaya Basin Development Authority (MBDA) began the sensitization process to spread awareness to the masses about Chief Minister’s E-Champion Challenge as well as to provide clarity on steps to apply for the same. The last date of applying for the challenge was set at September 30, 2019.
October 4th, 2019 marked the end of Phase I of Meghalaya Chief Minister's E-Champion Challenge Programme. This phase included sensitization programmes in all districts of Meghalaya including field visits to the Assam start up incubation centre as well as awareness programmes in some universities in Meghalaya in order to identify entrepreneurs from various parts of the state.
The programmes in all districts of the state witnessed active question and answer sessions from the participants and also gave them a platform to put forward their suggestions for the programme. It may be recalled that The Chief Minister’s E-Champion Challenge has been launched with an aim to develop a conducive “Entrepreneurial Ecosystem” in the State. The Challenge is the first critical step in order to kick start large scale and long term enterprise incubation strategy by the Government of Meghalaya.
The 5th orientation session of the Chief Minister’s E-Champion Challenge programme took place at Nongstoin in West Khasi Hills District in the presence of Enterprise Facilitation Centre (EFCs), District Industries Centre (DICs) and Common Service Centre (CSCs) staff members.
ORIENTATION PROGRAMME IN NONGSTOIN
The programme was chaired by Shri. Barnari Mawlong, Director, MIE, Mrs. Jacquelyne Swer from IIM-CIP along with staff members of MBDA from Shillong.
The 3rd and 4th sensitization programmes for Chief Minister's E-Champion Challenge were held at Jowai in West Jaintia Hills and Khliehriat in East Jaintia Hills districts respectively. The sessions were presided over by Additional Deputy Commissioner, West Jaintia Hills, Smt. R.S Manners and Deputy Commissioner, East Jaintia Hills, Shri. Federick M. Dopth.
ORIENTATION PROGRAMME IN JOWAI
ADC, West Jaintia Hills District, Smt. R.S Manners urged people of her district to apply for Chief Minister’s E-Champion Challenge while citing the success story of recognition of Lakadong Turmeric which is indigenous to the district and how it has now gained worldwide recognition due to proper marketing and recognition of viable resource.
ORIENTATION PROGRAMME IN KHLIEHRIAT
While addressing the orientation programme in East Jaintia Hills District, DC Shri. Federick M. Dopth appreciated the Chief Minister’s initiative to facilitate up and coming entrepreneurs in the state while hoping that entrepreneurs from the district would be able to make the most of this challenge.
The 2nd orientation session for Chief Minister's E-Champion Challenge took place at Nongpoh in Ri Bhoi District of Meghalaya in the presence of Additional Deputy Commissioner, Ri Bhoi District, Shri D. P Kharsati. The programme was chaired by Shri. Barnari Mawlong, Director, MIE, Mrs. Jacquelyne Swer from IIM-CIP along with staff members of MBDA from Shillong.
ORIENTATION PROGRAMME IN NONGPOH
While addressing the staff members of EFCs, DICs and CSCs, the ADC threw light on the talent pool available in Ri Bhoi district in terms of entrepreneurship and urged them to help in identifying this talent and helping them to make the most of this chance by the state government.
The 1st orientation programme for Chief Minister's E-Champion Challenge Programme was conducted in State Central Library, Shillong on August 23rd in the presence of Additional Deputy Commissioner, East Khasi Hills District, Smt. Iadashisha Majaw. The programme witnessed the participation of more than 50 people.
The ADC, East Khasi Hills District urged the youth to make the most of this opportunity by the state government while citing examples of various people who with their creativity and determination have now been able to not only establish an enterprise but also support their family.
ORIENTATION PROGRAMME IN SHILLONG
She said, “This is a golden opportunity for the people of the state and they should make the most of this programme. You cannot stand on your own feet unless you are financially stable. There is plenty of work to do if one is mindful enough to observe their surroundings. There is no excuse for staying unemployed”.