Activities and Events

"Sector Spotlight workshop on Nutrition and Water" by Indian Corporate Action Tank at IRMA: June 16th to 18th, 2017
ISEED-IRMA collaborated with Yunus Social Business (YSB's) Indian Corporate Action Tank (ICAT) for a sector spotlight workshop on "Nutrition and Water" for senior executives of seven large companies as part of their incubation programme from June 16thto 18th, 2017.

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"Think Social -Series of Social Elevator Pitch Events" by Startup Oasis at IRMA: May 20, 2017

ISEED-IRMA co hosted a pitch competition "Think Social" with Startup Oasis to provide a platform that enables early stage social entrepreneurs to pitch their ideas for review, mentoring, and a possible selection in the ‘Innovative Ventures and Technologies for Development (INVENT)' program on May 20, 2017. Think Social is a part of Innovative Ventures and Technologies for Development (INVENT) program which is implemented by Startup Oasis. Out of five teams, Contree won the first prize and Dhwani-RIS and Merapaper were selected as runner up.

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"Building Sustainable Social Businesses" by Janhit Jagran at IRMA: May 14th, 2017

ISEED-IRMA conducted an event "Building Sustainable Social Businesses" with Janhit Jagran to shape the conversation around social entrepreneurship and the existing ecosystem that supports enterprises on May 14th, 2017. Speakers for the event were Giriraj Kiradoo (Director, Tough Hope Consultancy, knowledge partner of JanhitJagran), Shurti Chaturvedi (Founder, Chaipani), Swapnil Agrawal (Co-Founder, Dhwani RIS) and Prof. C Shambu Prasad (IRMA).

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Curriculum Development Workshop for “Transforming India Initiative” with ALC India (20-22 March’17)

ISEED, IRMA’s Incubator, organized a Curriculum Development Workshop for ALC India’s (Access Livelihoods Consulting India Ltd.) “Transforming India Initiative” programme that includes a six month certificate course as per MoU between IRMA and ALC and a practicum that involves experiential learning and working with social enterprises that could lead to two year diploma from DMI (Development Management Institute) with support from NITI Aayog. The interactive workshop involving practitioners in diverse fields, experts in similar fellowship programmes and academicians and investors discussed various dimensions that included personal transformation, practicum structure, assessment framework, candidate selection, program positioning and future direction of the programme. There was an interaction with students on 20th evening and with faculty on 22nd to seek inputs on the ideas and processes. The workshop was supported through the ongoing British Council project.

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EDP on “Building and Managing Social Enterprises” (4-6 March’17)

ISEED ‘s first Entrepreneurship Development Programme (EDP) has 14 participants from diverse backgrounds with serving tribal community, NGOs, organic farming, sustainable tourism, rural digital services, women employment, education to rural poor and grassroots entrepreneurship. The EDP was to equip social enterprises (both for and not for profit) to think through their business models as well as reflect their own roles as leaders in managing their enterprises. The EDP was curated with resource persons who also serves as mentors for the enterprises and enabled participants channelize their focus on understanding business through tools such as Business Model Canvas, Unit Economics and capitalize the platform to develop communication with activities like, Elevator Pitch dedicated mentoring sessions which enabled the participants to think and plan activities differently by using insights from innovation, design thinking to build business models for growth and scale up as well.

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Entrepreneur Network Meeting on (December'2016)

With ISEED, CSEE organized the first Entrepreneur Network Meeting on 22nd Devcember, 2016. Including the associated unit faculty members and other external members were participated in this meeting. Rahul Nainwal from DelhiUnLtd, Dhruvi Shah from Axis Foundation, Inir Pinhiero from Grassroutes and Namrata Singh, a digital entrepreneur from Mumbai were present among the ISEED mentors including partner organisation AKRSP and Sunandan from Dhwani RIS & Uttam Banerjee from Ekam EcoSolutions were among the incubatee partners. Through the deep engagement of all the partners, it was a fruitful event to share the work done by ISEED so far, several approaches adopted to proceed, listening from incubatee partners and other and identifying key work strategies for recent future as well.

National Seminar and Launch of IRMA Incubator (ISEED) (Aug'2016)

CSEE organized an International Seminar "Seeding Social Enterprise and Innovation in Universities" with support from the British Council and the Department of Science and technology (DST), Government of India on 22nd and 23rd of August. IRMA's incubator ISEED (Incubator for Social Entrepreneurship and Entrepreneurs for Development) was inaugurated by IRMA chairman T Nandakumar, and Dr Anita Gupta from DST. The seminar had 55 participants from across the country (and one international participant, Ms Nickala Torkington of UnLTd UK, representing IRMA's partners in the British Council project) representing social enterprises, incubators, academics, investors and donor agencies. A compendium on social entrepreneurship teaching in India was released during the occasion which had teaching methods and curriculum on social entrepreneurship of leading higher education institutes in India.

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Design Thinking workshop (Aug'2016)

IRMA organized a two day Design Thinking workshop for the social enterprises it is working with on Aug 20-21. The enterprises brought their business plans and current problem faced and were encouraged to work on it in the workshop. The workshop was facilitated by Tinkerlabs and had 13 participants including four PRM students and nine representatives of social enterprises. The value-add to the social enterprises from the workshop was quite high and participants who had been part of earlier ones rated this workshop quite high.


Publications & Releases

1. CSEE Brochure

2. iSEC Brochure

3. SE curriculum handbook

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International Conference on Agribusiness in Emerging Economies: International Conference on Agribusiness in Emerging Economies (ICAEE): The ICAEE conference was held on January 6-7, 2016 organized by IRMA and CSEE in collaboration with The Whitman School of Management & the South Asia Center at Syracuse University, USA and Journal of Agribusiness in Developing and Emerging Economies. The conference was attended by 150 participants from 17 Indian states and international participants from Uganda, USA and Sri Lanka. 84 participants presented their papers on various dimensions of agribusiness like marketing, public policy issues, dairy cooperatives, supply/value chains, contract farming, finance , innovations and entrepreneurship. The conference also featured a round table with speakers from GCMMF, Tata Trusts, NDDB, NeML and Yes Bank and an invited talk "Agribusiness development and smallholder agriculture: Experience and prospects" by Mr. Pravesh Sharma, ex MD of Small Farmers Agribusiness Consortium. The conference organisers are reviewing the 36 full papers for publication as a special issue in the journal. The conference was supported by National Dairy Development Board (NDDB), Gujarat Co-operative Milk & Marketing Federation (GCMMF), Tata Trusts, Yes Bank and NCDEX e markets limited.


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Agribiz Idol Camp: An Agribiz Idol Camp was organized by CSEE on 8th May 2014 in association with Business Planning and Development (BPD) Unit, Anand Agricultural University (AAU), and Agribusiness Innovation Platform (AIP) of International Crop Research Institute for the Semi Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), Hyderabad. The objective of the camp was to encourage and incubate the innovative business ideas from Management students. This camp was one a series of five such camps conducted across India in top business schools through the support of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) under its flagship world bank funded project-National Agricultural Innovation Project.

The camp witnessed participation of students from IRMA, International Agribusiness Management Institute (IABMI), AAU and Sardar Patel University, Vallabh Vidyanagar and MS University, Vadodara. After initial screening eight teams presented their ideas in the form of business plans, before a jury of experts. Two teams from IRMA were selected to present their innovative business ideas at National Level in the Agri Innovation Conclave at New Delhi. These two teams were ‘Organic Gardening' (Srishti Mishra, Ritika Priyadarshini and Anjali Chaudhary) and ‘SME Conglomerate' (Alok Anand, Ratnakar Mahto and Ritesh Pandey). There were also presentations by successful innovative start ups. Startups showcased their innovations in stalls outside the event venue at IRMA. In addition, leading agro technologies available for commercialization were also presented by concerned scientists of AAU.


Inaugural Session of Agribiz Idol Camp

Participating Teams of Agribiz Idol Camp

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