Summit on Social Entrepreneurship

It was indeed a satisfying experience being a part of the Arunachal Pradesh Social Entrepreneurship Summit as a jury member. What was most encouraging is not only the participation and ideas which came in, but also the involvement of the entire government machinery including the chief minister in promoting social enterprises in the state. North […]

Continue Reading

Challenges of Promoting Clusters in North East India

Cluster development is a buzz word today. Starting from the Ministry of MSME to Ministry of Textiles, Ministry of Textiles, Food Processing to National Scheduled Caste Development Corporation, OBC Development Corporation the list is endless. Developing Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) through cluster approach is a globally proven approach and there are numerous success […]

Continue Reading

How to Set Goals for a New Decade

Study yourself: It is always important to take time to understand what makes your brain tick. Once we understand how we are currently programmed, we can work towards reorganizing our self. By discovering patterns, hiccups or shortcomings, we can tackle challenges that we didn’t notice previously. Work backwards without strict timelines. Don’t stress yourself over […]

Continue Reading

Development Issues in North East India

Sharing a link to  an interesting panel discussion …Do political parties talk about  development agenda only during elections.The discussion also focussed on role of student bodies in being involved with  development issues of north east India .There was representation of Congress and BJP, representatives of student bodies and academicia and development experts. Link : https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=l1cwrmzlDuo&feature=youtu.be

Continue Reading

About QuickFix – a startup from Guwahati

While mentoring start-ups, came across an a interesting start-up from Guwahati -‘Quick Fix’ , which is a demand service aggregation platform. Sharing this story because his strategy of market penetration has important lessons for start-ups. Mukul Barman’s bootstrapped startup ‘Quick Fix’ had to go through the initial hiccups of deciding on the target market, zeroing […]

Continue Reading

Livelihood through honey processing

Yet another refreshing and learning experience in Diyun (Changlang district of Arunachal Pradesh) with an expert on beekeeping where an induced cluster on honey processing was initiated by IIE with the support of OIL CSR. After a two year period of handholding for taking up honey as an additional income generating activity, it now seems […]

Continue Reading

The Game of Startups: Lessons from ‘Game of Thrones’

Startup has become a buzzword today. Until March 2018, Department of Industrial Policy and promotion (DIPP) had 9000 registered start-ups .Beyond the registered number, it would be signifificantly larger.The trend today is to discuss more about start-ups  then about stock markets.News is more about Walmart acquiring Flipkart, battle between Ola and Uber etc.India today has […]

Continue Reading

Entrepreneur characteristics that can kill a startup

Starting a business is tough work. There are countless obstacles that stand in the way of enabling aspiring entrepreneurs to fulfil his/her entrepreneurial dream. Some deadly characteristics that one needs to avoid. Laziness: There is absolutely no room for laziness in entrepreneurship. There is no one else who will pick up the slack. Ofcourse, when […]

Continue Reading