GUWAHATI, Oct 23 - A guidance-cum-monitoring committee meeting of the Innovative Science and Technology Entrepreneurship Development (I-STED) project was held recently at a hotel here attended by all the stakeholders.
I-STED is an entrepreneurship promotion project sponsored by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, and implemented by EDII Guwahati, an institute of entrepreneurship promotion in India. The project aims to promote first-generation entrepreneurs with science and technology inputs on three sectors, namely, food processing, cane and bamboo and renewable (solar) energy.
The meeting reviewed the progress achieved in each sector by organisations like ASTEC, AEDA, NERAMAC, IICPT, CBTC, Directorate of Industries, SIDBI, AGVB, etc. The stakeholders resolved to create a common platform to promote science and technology entrepreneurship with support from all concerned.
Earlier, Rajashri Anil gave a first-hand account of charting an entrepreneurial journey in promoting a solar venture through mentorship of the EDII, in the process getting linkages with organisations like Selco Foundation, Teri, etc.
K Ahmed, adviser, I-STED, highlighted some exciting future prospects, including installation of a solar fish drier at Jagiroad, the biggest dry fish market in the Northeast, with technical support from the AEDA.
It was decided that all members will interact on a regular basis to promote entrepreneurs in the region with each other�s cooperation and support, with the EDII taking the lead. The next review committee meeting will be convened in the middle of 2017.