FOCUS - The North East Accelerator, aims at creating a leading industry in North-East India recognizing potentially game-changing SMEs/Startups from North-East India by creating a supportive ecosystem to help them scale up their businesses. This unique initiative brings together the key stakeholders in the entrepreneurship ecosystem including start-ups, investors, mentors and subject matter experts to help unlock the huge potential of the North Eastern states by unleashing the innovative energy of the emerging SMEs/ Start-ups of the region. This would have multiple benefits – create many more employment opportunities, reduce or reverse migration of local youth, energize the local business ecosystem, help facilitate the socio-economic development of the region, etc.
The accelerator program, a collaborative initiative between IIM Calcutta Innovation Park (IIMCIP) and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), will identify and support SMEs/Startups with the opportunity of intensive mentoring and training from a pool of experts on various aspects of business. This platform will also help the SMEs/ Start-ups to connect to the market and investors and gain visibility in the ecosystem. Deloitte will join as program consultant.
The aim of the acceleratoris to enable and improve industrialization of the NE region by supporting SME’s/start-ups from the region to spread their wings to the rest of the country and even overseas. This accelerator program unlike any other program in the NE region, will provide relevant tailor-made support to those start-ups while mentoring and handholding them.
IIM Calcutta Innovation Park (IIMCIP) is a not-for-profit company set up under the aegis of IIM Calcutta to promote entrepreneurship and innovation and has established itself as a premier hub of entrepreneurship development in East and North East India.
This is a first-of-its-kind unique Acceleration Program tailor-made for SMEs/Startups from North-east India that provided multiple valuable benefits to entrepreneurs of that region.
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One needs to first visit the website www.iimcip.org/focus2021 for registering in the Program. The registration and application submission period will remain open from • Aug 20 – Sep 10, 2021 (both days inclusive). Next, click on the “Now Register” section for registration. Once the registration is successfully completed, a registration number will be generated and sent (via email /SMS) to the registered applicants. One needs to then verify the email account by following necessary instructions mentioned in the email. After registration is verified, one may visit the “Application Section” by logging in to the website and fill up the Application form online. The Application form can be saved (click “Save as draft”) and viewed (click “Login”) any number of times before final submission. Once the application is ready for final submission, the Applicant has to click “Submit”. No changes will be permitted after the application has been submitted. Applicants will get a confirmation of the submission through email and/or a text message. Applicants must quote the Registration Number for all future correspondence.
The shortlisted applicants will be communicated both via Email and SMS confirming their selection to the subsequent stages. All such communication will be sent to Applicants’ registered Email Id and Mobile number.