The launch of India @75 (AzadiKaAmritMahotsav): ‘YOUTH IDEATHON 2022’, was the result of a combined effort to identify India’s smartest and brightest young minds made by a select group – Management Entrepreneurship Professional Skills Council (MEPSC), under the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) in association with CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education), ThinkStartup (TS) (which is a new age education venture that provides modern, relevant and engaging entrepreneurial learning to K12 segment).
Started a year ago, the Youth Ideathon is a 4-stage festival of entrepreneurial thinking that features exciting rewards and recognition opportunities for students, mentor teachers and schools. Youth Ideathon 2022 has a bonus 5th round that focuses on incubating high-potential student ideas into real-life business ventures. Through this initiative, ThinkStartup and MEPSC strive to guide youngsters, help them identify societal problems, propose solutions that are capable of addressing those problems and most importantly help in turning those prototypes into real time solutions by providing them financial assistance and relevant industry exposure.
Ms Shivani Singh Kapoor, Co-Founder, ThinkStartup stated – “With over 62000 registrations, India @75 Youth Ideathon, provided us with a great launch platform. I firmly believe that this year’s Youth Ideathon will receive an even better response as compared to last year’s Youth Ideathon, and it will lay down the foundations of India’s technological leap to global leadership”. There is a huge potential for spreading the concept of innovation and entrepreneurship in the youth, and Youth Ideathon is all about bringing awareness at a large scale since so many schools, principles, schools are involved, she added.
Col. Anil Kumar Pokhriyal, CEO, MEPSC said, “Last year when we started this initiative, we were not aware the tremendous impact that we might have through this initiative. Through this humble effort of ours, we strive to identify ideas that have the potential to change our nation for good”.
According to Sanjeeva Shivesh, Co-Founder, ThinkStartup & Programme Director, Youth Ideathon – “Building entrepreneurial thinking from a young age has truly become the need of the hour for our nation. With this year’s theme for Youth Ideathon being MERA IDEA JO BADAL DE BHARAT, we wish to highlight, foster and guide young entrepreneurial minds who have the potential to embark a wave of change that would lead our nation and its people to a more sustainable future”.
“To create something really innovative that will make a difference takes times and effort. I think that innovation and creativity walk hand-in-hand when it comes to entrepreneurship. Today, women entrepreneurs have a large playground to cater to, with out-of-the-box ideas that will impact the quality of life and business. It will also cater to making the world a better, more sustainable place. And we are happy we have started this movement,” observed Ruby Sinha, Founder, sheatwork.com. Both central and state governments across the country are now realizing that entrepreneurship is a vehicle of economic success and prosperity that can be instrumental in promoting entrepreneurial talent through different schemes incentives.