The MSME Export Promotion Council (MSNE-EPC) in Guwahati announced the first three-day summit for aspiring entrepreneurs in North East India, to be held from Friday, January 17th. The summit aims to facilitate the development of women and youth-led entrepreneurship ventures and businesses, in the region. As such, it aims to encourage women, youths, and artisans, to choose a path towards becoming job-givers, instead of job seekers.
With Assam hosting the event, the summit will see several business participants from various countries. Chairman of the MSME-EPC, Devender Singh Rawat, said that it will focus on a number of existing and up-and-coming start-ups in a variety of sectors, such as tea, coffee, agri and food processing, horticulture, and organic farming.
The mega event will also have discussions on Ayush and health wellness, biotech and bioplants, innovation, IT and electronics, petroleum sector, culture and tourism, textile and handloom, and tribal women livelihood clusters, added Rawat. He also said that entrepreneurs, innovators, venture capitalists, consultants, policy makers from the centre as well as states, academicians, business practitioners, innovators, banks and financial institutions, and tax and company law experts will all present their addresses in their respective fields of expertise.
“We will bring successful start-ups as role models to motivate the existing and potential entrepreneurs from the northeastern region. They will also get the opportunity to connect globally with importers, exporters and well-known international buying houses”, he said.
The chairman also said that the border haats are being developed as well, since only four of the 38 border haats are currently operational. Many firms from Northeast India will also be presenting their products at the international summit and expo on ‘Start Up and Stand Up’. As such, “The expo will be highly beneficial for existing and potential entrepreneurs”, he added.