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Indian Institute of Entrepreneurship (IIE) organized workshop on “Startup Ecosystem of NER and the Way Forward”

A workshop on “Startup Ecosystem of NER and the Way Forward” was organized by Indian Institute of Entrepreneurship (IIE) on 21st October 2021 (Online Mode) and 22nd October 2021 (Offline Mode) respectively as part of a study report on Start-up Ecosystem in NER prepared by IIE at its premise. The online workshop had all stakeholders from other states of NER and based outside Guwahati while the stakeholders from Guwahati met for an in-person meeting on the 22nd of October. The report was prepared by Ms. Anasuya Mahanta, Project Head - IIE and Mr. Sagar Kumar, Project Lead - IIE from the Incubation Cell supported by Mr. Dibya Jyoti Kalita, Project Executive – IIE for data analysis and Ms. Namrata Das, Project Executive – IIE for designing under the guidance of Dr. Sriparna B Baruah.

Key stakeholders from all the states of NER like Assam Start-up NEST, incubation centres, different academic institutes across the region, entrepreneurs and start-ups were present on both the days. The report looks into the start-up ecosystem in NER and identified needs and challenges that needs to be addressed. During the workshop, IIE shared the key finding of the report and suggested a way ahead. The key findings showed that the major concerns of the ecosystem are mentoring and access to funds.The report offers a suggestive roadmap as a way forward to mitigate some of the challenges discussed in the findings from the study. Suggestions like building strong mentoring and networking support, opportunities for exposure and orientation of start-ups and creating local funding networks like local angels, seed grant/fund etc were shared by IIE during the workshop. All members discussed for a collaborative approach between all the stakeholders to make the ecosystem more inclusive and vibrant in NER. This report incorporating all the points can be a point of reference for all stakeholders going forward to build a robust ecosystem.