Pune: Agri students and startups got a unique opportunity to pitch in their business ideas at the ‘Agri-Biz Idol’ camp hosted by Symbiosis International University (SIU) in partnership with Business Planning and Development (BPD) unit of the National Agriculture Innovation Project’s (NAIP) in Pune recently.
The unique initiative was chosen to reach out to youth and startup entrepreneurs, to showcase their tremendous potential in agri business. Among the presentations showcased at the camp, five best will be chosen for rewards. Candidates will also be shortlisted and given an opportunity to pitch their business model at the Agri-Innovation Conclave to be held in New Delhi on May18-19.
The camp was attended by 48 participants and the main attraction was the presentation round, with tough competition among six ideas. Joshykumar PK, student of CIFE (ICAR), with the idea of ‘Fish Paneer’ emerged as the winner, while Raji Ajwani & team with their social innovation model were chosen as runners-up.
The World Bank-funded National Agriculture Innovation Project (NAIP) of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), has embarked on this unique initiative of organising these agri-camps to promote awareness among youth on the potential opportunities in agri business, nurture agri innovators for future generations and also to make them understand on the various business incubation services offered by NAIP’s BPD unit.
The BPD, which primarily acts as an agriculture incubation centre, helps startups or entrepreneurs foraying into the agri business to flourish by providing comprehensive business solutions.
ICAR through its vast network has set up 22 BPD units in agricultural universities and research institutes across the country. The BPDs are handheld and mentored by the agri business incubation programme of the renowned International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT).