By OUR STAFF REPORTER
Dehradun, 25 Apr: The Uttarakhand State Chapter of PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry has established a Coaching and Mentoring Cell under its Start-Ups Task Force. The objective of the task force is to provide opportunities to Start-Up Entrepreneurs and Researchers to accelerate the development of their ventures. The start-up programme of PHDCCI is facilitating support to the enrolled units from ideation to the development of the commercially viable business model, followed by forward linkages, apart from conducting awareness campaigns.
PHD Chamber Regional Director Anil Taneja disclosed that the Chamber is establishing Co Branded E Cells (Entrepreneurship Cells) at various University campuses and is committed to playing an important role in the development of start-ups and entrepreneurship ecosystem in the state. He added that to synergise the state government’s start up programmes, PHDCCI was organising awareness sessions for the budding entrepreneurs and 1st generation entrepreneurs across the state.
One such programme was organised by the Chamber at GB Pant University campus on 24 April in which the E Cell member students and agri-based SMEs of US Nagar participated. Various SME focused seminars cum workshops under the PHD-KAS Cooperation Project in the state of Uttarakhand are being organised for the support of entrepreneurs, he said on the occasion.
Dr Tej Pratap, the Vice Chancellor, stated that Uttarakhand was endowed with a rich variety of plant species, many of which have medicinal properties. Such programmes were essential and the University would always encourage and partner the same so as to provide opportunities to budding Entrepreneurs & Start Ups in Agri-based business to up skill their professional abilities and explore occupational possibilities of new business opportunities building up in this sector.
Sharat Goel, Co-Chairman for Agri Committee of the Uttarakhand State Chapter stated that the Chamber was geared to providing a platform to budding entrepreneurs and Start Ups, to connect with the experts and investors for enabling a scenario that investors’ confidence was enhanced. These experts were ones who had built existing companies, invested in multiple first generation enterprises, participate on boards, and successfully launch investment funds.
Nitesh Kaushik, Co Chairman Start Up Task force, gave presentations on various opportunities building up in the state. His presentation was aimed at motivating students to take up entrepreneurship as a career. He stated that the government was providing all support to the campuses for such engagements without bothering about the success percentage, so that entrepreneurial endeavours are encouraged.
The session on Intellectual Property Rights was taken up by the PHD Chamber empanelled IPR attorney in the IPR facilitation cell of PHDCCI established under the aegis of ministry of MSME. Pawan Verma, an empanelled Angel Investor with PHDCCI presented on the investment life cycle in the start ups. Two start-up pitching presentations were also made during the session. These two start-ups are Agricafe, an aggregator portal for the agri-sector and another in-campus venture based on Hydroponics.