Incubation and Acceleration Program
ICCo, ICCSPL and Sasakawa Peace Foundation together designed a rural entrepreneurship programme known as ’Yuvaudyam’ for rural youth of Bodoland Territorial Area District (BTAD) under Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) in Assam, who have taken up entrepreneurship and are presenting themselves as role models for the fellow youth towards sustainable livelihoods for durable peace.
The programme will select 12 young entrepreneurs from districts of Kokrajahar and Baksa, who are doing outstanding work at the grass-roots level with a scope of creating rural job opportunities to reduce migration. The principle idea is to support, guide, and mentor them over a period of 9 months, and through them reach out to more youths by way of sensitizing and orienting them towards start-ups to boost their incomes and socioeconomic position in the post COVID emergency situation.
Assam Agribusiness Growth Lab
ICCSPL has joined hands with CIIE.CO, a Startup Incubator of IIM-Ahmedabad to co-implement a first-of-its-kind acceleration program in Assam, which is called Assam Agribusiness Growth Lab (AAGL). Assam Agribusiness Growth Lab (AAGL) was officially launched on 30th June 2021. This program is supported by Assam Agribusiness and Rural Transformation Project (APART). The program aims to support 100 enterprises, in 4 years duration in the agri and allied sectors including participation of 30% women-led businesses.
The program focuses on building capacity for selected enterprises, support in improving product standards, developing new products and services, introducing and adopting new technology in production and core operations and assisting them to mobilize finance for business. This program would support new and existing agribusiness ventures from the state with a potential to create new markets, bring out value-added products, services and generate employment opportunities for the youth of the state.