Shillong (Meghalaya), Oct 29 : As part of Commemoration of 75 years of Indian independence (Bharat ka Amrut Mahotsava) a webinar on the “Building Incubation Ecosystem in NEHU” was organised today , Oct 29 by Incubation Centre, NEHU in association with Department of Geology, NEHU, here.
The Inaugural Session started with the welcome address by Prof. (Dr.) Devesh Walia, CEO, Incubation Centre, NEHU and Head of the Department of Geology, NEHU, Shillong.
In his address he mentioned that the goal of Incubation Centre (IC), NEHU, Shillong is to promote technology-based entrepreneurship and to facilitate practical application of knowledge for public use. Prof. Walia highlighted that the pathways for entrepreneurs entails teaching strategies and learning environments which offer targeted support for NEHU fraternity and others, those who aim at setting up a business. Further, he emphasized that spreading awareness among students, faculty and staff about the value of entrepreneurship and its role in career development or employability will be a part of the NEHU entrepreneurial agenda with policy, rules and regulations.
Prof. P. S. Shukla, Vice Chancellor, North-Eastern Hill University, Shillong, in his inaugural address emphasized that the ideas and activities of young generations can contribute handsomely for economic dynamism and growth. He further highlighted that innovative minds and equally useful resources of the region can come together to create indigenous methods such as in the agricultural field, and other local based enterprises that promote socio-cultural development, as well as the economic development of the people.
Invited speaker Subhrangshu Sanyal, CEO, IIM Kolkata Innovation Park gave insight on the incubation ecosystem that leads to a new important role for action-based entrepreneurship education, i.e., to supply the entrepreneurial minds that will populate the regional innovation system. He also emphasized that strategic policies towards entrepreneurial ecosystem building support the increasing entrepreneurial activity in the region. With his vast experience of helping build the entrepreneurial set up in the NE region he assured of full support to NEHU fraternity to rise up and build.
Flo Oberhofer, CEO, Prime Hub, Shillong delivered a talk on the Startup & Incubation Ecosystem of Meghalaya and the role of PRIME Startup Hubs. He stressed that to make entrepreneurship a preferred career choice for the youth of the state and through the creation of an ecosystem that enables easy availability to credit technology, markets, skilling and monitoring. He further emphasized that strategic action plan was put into place to enhance the economic renewal and revitalization of the region. He also mentioned that PRIME Hubs will provide systematic and targeted support to aspiring entrepreneurs that will be of one stop shop for the different segments of entrepreneurs of the state and it will also solve some of the problems commonly associated with running a startup by providing workspace, seed funding, mentoring, and training. The Prime hub along with its setup showed its willingness to join hands with various activities related to the entrepreneurship development and with MoU we can build stronger relationship in future endeavors.
The programme was concluded with Valedictory Address by N.K. Bhatt – a physically challenged person who could achieve the unachievable due to his passion to cure and sustain the health of people; Founding Director, KB Systems Pvt. Ltd. highlighted that the entrepreneurship can be a challenging, but to develop that entrepreneurial mindset, needs to constantly search for and identify current problems or opportunities and try to come up with unique solutions. The entrepreneurial skillset isn’t only useful in business; the skills entrepreneurs develop are transferrable to almost every other area of a person’s life and career.
The webinar was telecasted live on YouTube and ended with vote of thanks, distribution of certificates and National Anthem.