Tuesday, September 27, 2022

State’s entrepreneurs sensitised on sustainable start-ups


Atal Incubation Centre (AIC), SELCO Foundation in collaboration with Sustainable Development Goals coordination centre (SDGCC) Planning & Coordination department and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) organised a stakeholders meeting on “Building an Ecosystem for Tech Innovators and Vernacular Entrepreneurship through Localising SDGs”, here, on Wednesday.
Addressing the meet, AIC SELCO, CEO, Dr. Ditismita Chowbay stressed on tapping the pool of resources and of the innovators and entrepreneurs with emphasis on sustainability of start-up enterprises to bring real change in the region.
She said this would put special focus on areas such as agriculture, animal husbandry, food processing, textile and crafts with enterprise including—technology incubation programme and clean energy enterprise incubation programme.
Dr. Ditismita presented introduction of AIC SELCO Foundation and spoke about the possibilities in North East India in building an ecosystem where rural innovators were provided with pre-incubation and incubation support through localising SDG goals. She discussed topics including innovation of local technologies, knowledge partners, policy and research, funding and investment etc.
OSD (Planning) & SDG nodal officer, Nagaland, Nayantra Sashikumar in her welcome address said SDG Innovative Participatory Research Action Initiative was aimed at fostering innovation and community participation at grassroots level for achieving specific SDG goals.
She informed that three projects have been identified in 2021 and are being implemented in the state. Nayantra also disclosed that this year, they would be inviting four more innovative proposals from different organisations. She said in order to turn Nagaland SDG vision 2030 into reality, they were focused at strengthening the institutional mechanism, mainstreaming SDG indicators into existing state government schemes/development programmes along with capacity-building and outreach at the district, block and village levels.
Further, she acknowledged the initiative of AIC Selco Foundation and UNDP for seeking collaboration with the state in identification of stakeholders and mobilisation of rural innovators in Nagaland.
Betsie Khaingte presented an introduction of UNDP while AIC SELCO, Gaurav, delivered context setting and informed that AIC-SELCO Foundation focused on the region to meet United Nations Sustainable Development Goals in a manner that would lead to socially, financially and environmentally friendly solutions. The main objective of the meet was to focus on innovation and incubation centre for sustainable energy driven enterprises in the North East with focus on Nagaland state by working closely with innovators and entrepreneurs in the domain of sustainable energy and sectors influencing rural livelihood.
Atal Incubation Centre-SELCO Foundation in Guwahati is a centre that seeks to provide management expertise, intellectual capital, and handholding support to enhance the capacity of potential local energy enterprises to innovate and deliver energy-based solutions to low-income communities.