To bridge the wide gap between the rural and the urban areas, Connecting Dreams Foundation along with AIC-RMP and Keshav Srushti had organized the 2 days Ideation to Action (I2A) Workshop on December 8-9, 2018. The workshop was attended by over 70 participants from both rural and urban areas. The objective was to familiarize the participants with the issues ailing different talukas of the Palghar district, 87 km off Mumbai, Maharashtra and to inculcate leadership skills and attributes by assisting them in the solutions for the problems identified
AIC-RMP’ 2nd Experts’ Meet was held on 4th May 2019 at Uttan. Eight startups from Education, Agriculture, Healthcare and ICT (Information, Communication & Technology) fields presented their ideas to the panel of thirteen experts. The Meet provided an opportunity for the startups to connect with other entrepreneurs and the experts and the deliberations paved the way for the startup conclave to be held in the near future.
The first edition of New India Startup Conclave was held on 22nd June, 2019 at RMP- Knowledge Excellence Centre, Bhayander. Parshottam Rupala (Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Govt. of India) was the Chief Guest and Ramanan Ramanathan (Mission Director of Atal Innovation Mission, NITI Aayog), Dimple Mehta (Mayor of Mira Bhayander Municipal Corporation) and Padmashri Milind Kamble (Founder Chairman of Dalit Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry- DICCI) were the Guests of Honour present at the event. The theme of the Conclave was ‘Connect… Share… GROW’. There were three parallel tracks of presentations by startups from Agriculture, Information, Communication & Technology (Education, Healthcare) and Social Enterprises. The event received an overwhelming response with more than 250 participants attending the conclave as startups, experts, delegates, students as well as representatives of the press.
AIC-RMP had organised a visit to Saguna Baug as a part of कृषी संवेदना – Series १, an Agro Tourism Farm located at Neral in Maharashtra. Twelve agripreneurs, startps, farmers and changemakers from Mumbai, Jawhar, Pune, Navi Mumbai involved in rural livelihood were invited and got the opportunity to interact with Chandrashekhar Bhadsavle, the pioneer in Agrotourism.
Under ‘Social Impact Challenge’, Connecting Dreams Foundation (CDF) in collaboration with AIC-RMP had organized two-days Bootcamp at RMP, Bhayandar. 75 college students and entrepreneurs from 15 rural enterprises had participated in this flagship program to collaborate for the growth of these micro-enterprises from Palghar district.
AIC-RMP had organized two-day residential Bootcamp at the launch of the Incubation Programme for the 1st Cohort of Startups on 4th-5th October, 2019. Dr. Ravindra Kulkarni (Pro Vice Chancellor, University of Mumbai) was the Chief Guest and Prof. Kannan from IIT-Bombay & Suresh Bhageria (Chairman, Bhageria Industries Ltd.) were the Guest of Honour at the occasion. The august gathering of 70+ included mentors, experts, partners (academic, eco-system, corporate, programme), special invitees, guests and startups. R. Ramanan (Mission Director, Atal Innovation Mission, NITI Aayog) virtually addressed & welcomed AIC-RMP startups into the first cohort. The bootcamp had three learning sessions- ‘HappyPreneur’ by Arun Sehgal (Chairman & Managing Director, Chempro Pharma), ‘Basics of Finance’ by Dr. CA Sapna Malya and a session on Legal & Compliances by Anita Nair (Company Secretary, Lawyer, Regional Head- R & A Associates, Samisti Legal).
Shivakumar Valadi (Partner, MediaBulls Digital) conducted a Workshop on Marketing for the 1st Cohort of the Startups on 8th-9th Nov, 2019. He shared tips and tools to devise marketing strategies of businesses and gave valuable insights into topics such as difference between buyer, influencer & consumer, etc. The emphasis was given on peer learning and knowledge through hands-on-activities.
PTVAIM’ Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation (COEI) had conducted Faculty Development Program in collaboration with AIC-RMP from 2nd to 6th December, 2019. The objective was to upskill the faculty members from colleges in Mumbai in becoming entrepreneurship educators on the campuses. The participants were imparted the strategies, frameworks & tools to strengthen their E-Cells for nurturing innovative ideas & entrepreneurial spirit among students.
Dr. Kaustubh Dhargalkar (Founder, Potentials & Possibilities) conducted a workshop for AIC-RMP’s 1st Cohort of incubates 18th-19th December, 2019, covering 9 building blocks of Business Model Canvas, different attributes of a product/ service that needs to be taken into consideration and various other things to get the basics of their businesses right.
Vibhor Garg (Co-Founder, Supermark Agency) conducted a workshop on Social Media for the 1st Cohort of AIC-RMP incubatees on 20th January, 2020 at Millennial Pod - The Work Lounge, Andheri. The occasion also marked the 1st Anniversary of the Incubator. Jai Mrug (Director, AIC-RMP) and Shashank Randev (Founder VC, 100X.VC & AIC-RMP Mentor) also joined the Anniversary Celebration along with the startup incubatees.
AIC-RMP had organized New India Startup Conclave 2.0 on 8th February, 2020 at Club W Ballroom, The World Towers, Lower Parel, Mumbai themed around ‘Transformation Aspirational Districts’ by Grassroot Technology Startups. The conclave was graced by Dr. Mahendra Nath Pandey (Hon'ble Minister of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, Govt. of India) as the Chief Guest along with Amit Raje (Managing Director, Goldman Sachs) and Santosh Mandlecha (President, Maharashtra Chamber of Commerce, Industry & Agriculture- MACCIA) as the Guest of honour. The Conclave 2.0 had a Panel Discussion chaired by Rama Kamaraju (Senior Consultant, NITI Aayog) where R. Vimala (I.A.S), CEO - Maharashtra State Rural Livelihoods Mission, Abhay Mahajan (I.A.S), Deputy Secretary & Project Director, Water Supply and Sanitation Department, Govt. of Maharashtra, Dr. Vijay Kandewad, Joint Director (Tech), National Health Mission, Maharashtra State shared their work & encouraged the Startups. Deependra Singh Kushwah (I.A.S), Commissioner, Skill development, Employment & Entrepreneurship, Maharashtra State also addressed the startups.