SMEs & Business Development Services


EDII, a National Resource Agency in the field of entrepreneurship education, training, research and institution building, started functioning way back in 1983 with a firm belief that it is possible to create entrepreneurs through education and training. To augment the supply of competent entrepreneurs, EDII’s efforts were directed towards organising Entrepreneurship Development Programmes (EDPs) for potential entrepreneurs and capacity-building programmes for trainers-motivators at national level, thus institutionalising the entire process of entrepreneurship development in the country. Since inception, EDII has played the role of a crucial brain trust, a promoter and monitor of entrepreneurship movement, and to strengthen it further, the Institute has successfully created a national network of about 15 state-level entrepreneurship organisations, trained over 1,500 trainer–motivators and sensitised more than 2,000 support functionaries to facilitate SMEs to germinate and grow. Its well-tested training model for new enterprise creation, popularly known as EDII-EDP model, is being practiced in over 100 developing countries today.

Over a period of time, activities of the Institute have grown rapidly and moved from addressing one need to another, thus leading to the birth of various thrust areas/centres and Small, Medium Enterprises & Business Development Services is one of the core centres of the Institute. The initiatives undertaken by these thrust areas/centres are interlinked and have put the Institute on a growth trajectory. Keeping in mind the changing environment and emerging needs of SMEs from time to time, there has been a major shift in the strategy while conceiving, designing and implementing various activities under this Centre. As a result, variety of training programmes targeting different target groups i.e. existing/potential entrepreneurs, policymakers, support institutions, trainers/resource persons, etc. are now being implemented under this thrust area.

Small, Medium Enterprises & Business Development Services Centre of the Institute has come a long way in promoting and strengthening entrepreneurship at both national and international levels. EDII-pioneered Entrepreneurship Development Model has acquired the face of a revolution today. The Institute has been acknowledged as a world leader in creating first-generation entrepreneurs as also honing skills of existing ones, and it shares its expertise with several developing countries. In order to replicate the success story of promoting first-generation entrepreneurs through training and counselling interventions, the Institute has successfully established EDII-like Entrepreneurship Development Centres (EDCs) in Lao PDR, Cambodia, Vietnam and Myanmar under the aegis of Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), Government of India. In the same bid to create a sound economic structure in African continent, EDII is also setting up EDCs in five selected countries of Africa and Uzbekistan under the sponsorship of MEA. In addition to this, activities related to new enterprise creation, enterprise upgradation and investment promotion are also getting a thrust in Mozambique, Sudan, Yemen and Lao PDR. To share its expertise with developing countries in specialised areas of entrepreneurship, Small, Medium Enterprises & Business Development Services Centre has also been organising large number of international training programmes, sponsored by the ITEC division of the MEA.

Efforts are oriented towards developing and strengthening the ecosystem for enterprise promotion and growth. Unemployed youth, minorities and S&T-driven entrepreneurs are the specific targets. Northeast is a region in focus. Enterprise strengthening initiatives in knowledge and S&T-based areas, programmes in succession entrepreneurship, intrapreneurship and soft skills development are unique features of this Centre. Bankers, policymakers, state-level agencies and CEDs/IEDs are the major beneficiaries. The Centre also plays a role in formulation of state-level policies for promotion of entrepreneurship. Programmes to improve capacities of professionals from developing countries in the areas of entrepreneurship and investment promotion enable the Centre to train close to 500 professionals every year.

Centre co-ordinator

S. B. Sareen




To achieve the above-stated vision and mission, and to contribute to the institute’s efforts towards inclusive development, the Centre is continuously organising a large number of development and training activities for the benefit of:

  • Disadvantaged groups like SC/ST
  • Specialised projects/programmes for NER
  • Technology promotion programmes
  • Sector-specific planned interventions
  • Networking and collaborations with institutions working in the areas of mutual interest
  • Existing/potential entrepreneurs
  • Officials of support system
  • Capacity-building of professionals/resource persons (national/international)
  • Linkages with various Ministries to implement projects of national importance
  • Act as R&D centre in the field of entrepreneurship and disseminate the new models developed with state institutions

Core Activities

  • Promotion of Science & Technology (S&T) entrepreneurship under the aegis of the Department of Science & Technology (DST), Govt. of India
  • Promotion of innovative technology-based enterprises in NER under the aegis of the DST, Govt. of India
  • Promotion of food-processing industries through planned interventions under the aegis of the Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MOFPI), Govt. of India
  • Empowering SC/ST target groups by way of helping them set up MSMEs
  • Undertaking research projects to strengthen S&T entrepreneurship
  • Entrepreneurship Development & Management Training Programmes for Scientists and Researchers
  • Training Programme on Project Appraisal and Entrepreneur Assessment
  • Business opportunity mapping and profiling (national/international)
  • Capacity-building of professionals in entrepreneurship from developing countries under the aegis of the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), Govt. of India
  • Training programmes on patent drafting, patent search, patent infringement, domestic patent filing, international patent filing, key elements of IPR policy and regulations at national and international level
  • Research studies floated by different Ministries, PSUs and multilateral organisations on the theme of evaluation, industry status and in areas of environment and energy
  • Intrapreneurship Programme
  • Family Business Management Programme
  • Thematic Programme for Existing Entrepreneurs
  • Growth programme
  • Performance Improvement Programme
  • SIMAP/COMAP Programme
  • Enterprise Upgradation Programme

Programmes and Activities 2017-18

Sr. No. Activity Location Duration Target Group Objectives & Outcome
3.1.1 Science & Technology Entrepreneurship Development Programmes (S&T EDPs)   11 nos.        Regional              4 Weeks each Potential Entrepreneurs To promote enterprises based on Science & Technology inputs in the country.
3.1.2 Technology-based S&T Entrepreneurship Development Programmes (TEDPS)   15 nos. Regional             6 Weeks each Potential Entrepreneurs To encourage and motivate potential entrepreneurs to set up technology-based new units through Entrepreneurship Development Programme Strategy.
3.1.3 Technology Entrepreneurship Development Programmes UP/Uttarakhand/MP 3 Weeks each Potential Entrepreneurs To motivate potential entrepreneurs to set up technology based enterprises.
3.1.4 DST-NIMAT Project Management National 1  Year  Entrepreneurs & ED Organisations A long-term project to promote S&T Entrepreneurs amongst potential target groups and to streamline ED activities in organisations.
3.1.5 i-STED Project in North East Region  North East Region  5 Years S&T Entrepreneurs An effort to bring about socio-economic development in a specific region by connecting S&T interventions and innovative solutions with entrepreneurial opportunities. The programmes would result in new sustainable enterprises and large scale employment.
3.1.6 New Enterprise Creation Programme for SC/ST.
Pune Dist. 2 Years SC/ST To develop entrepreneurial capability among weaker sections of the society for taking up sustainable income generating activities in and around Pune, Maharashtra.
3.1.7 Capsule Programme on Business Plan Preparation and Project Appraisal         Bhubaneswar 3 Days Professors/Faculties/Professionals To educate unemployed youth to prepare sound business plans for setting up their own business ventures.
3.1.8 DST – NewGen IEDC Project    National 1 Year Institutions involved in ED To promote S&T entrepreneurship among students  having S&T background
3.1.9 Entrepreneurship Development & Management Training Programme for Scientists and Technologists working with Govt. Sector   EDII Campus 2 Weeks Scientists & Technologists working with Govt. Sector To arouse interest among scientists and technologists about entrepreneurship, sensitize them towards this discipline and establish the importance of owning knowledge based innovative business ventures.
3.1.10 National Initiative for Developing and Harnessing Innovations (NIDHI) - Programme for Students' Start-Ups   National 1 Year Start-Ups To facilitate and encourage potential start-ups to convert their business ideas to commercial activity
3.1.11 Biotechnopreneur Programme    Ahmedabad 10 Months Prospective Entrepreneurs with Biotechno background To create awareness on entrepeneurship and enhance the potential to set up ventures in the biotechnology area with focus on extending the base of biotech enterprises in the state.
3.1.12 Biotechnopreneur Prog. (DU) Delhi 6 Months Prospective Entrepreneurs with Biotechno background To create awareness on entrepeneurship and enhance the potential to set up ventures in the biotechnology area with focus on extending the base of biotech enterprises in the state.
Sr. No. Activity Location Duration Target Group Objectives & Outcome
3.2.1 Marketing & Branding Strategies for SMEs    Ahmedabad/ Pan India 3-5 Days SMEs Helping entrepreneurs in setting up new enterprises and facilitate existing entrepreneurs to expand, diversify and strengthen their businesses in various areas of operations. 
3.2.2 Retail Management Programme for Small Retailers    Ahmedabad/ Pan India 3-5 Days Retailers Facilitating retailers to adopt technological changes, thereby enabling them survive and succeed in today's cut-throat competition. 
3.2.3 Succession Planning for Entrepreneurial Continuity (SPEC) EDII Campus 1 Week Business Successors  To develop business successors for smooth functioning of Family Businesses. Also to prepare nominees of family businesses in such a way that they acquire entrepreneurial and managerial skills to ensure smooth transition and in turn achieve success of their enterprise during the times of boom and recession alike. 
3.2.4 Entrepreneurship Orientation Programme Kerala 5 Days Beneficiaries of various schemes of Labour & Employment To equip the trainees with skills for setting up enterprises and exploring the scope in entrepreneurship. 
3.2.5 Entrepreneurship Sensitisation Prog. for Senior Officers of Ministry of Labour & Employment Kerala 2 Days Senior Officials of the Department To enable participants to understand the intricacies of entrepreneurship.
3.2.6 Trainers' Training Program Kerala 10 days District level officers of the department Help the participants to understand the process of entrepreneurship development and to support various target groups.
3.2.7 Business Consultancy Support  Kerala Throughout the year Officers of DIC Facilitate the implementation of business incubators at district level.
3.2.8 Business Counsellors Programme Kerala 6 Days Selected officials from Department of Labour and Employment To equip the participants with the skills in profiling micro and small enterprises in terms of their current performance and potential for growth. 
3.2.9 Training Programme for Senior Managers of SMEs Ahmedabad 1 Week Senior executives/ Leaders of SMEs Facilitating SME business leaders to grow, expand and sustain their businesses.
Sr. No. Activity Location Duration Target Group Objectives & Outcome
3.3.1 Industry Interface & Entrepreneur Club EDII Campus Continuous Entrepreneurs To increase the 'foot-fall' of entrepreneurs on EDII campus as such interactions would benefit both entrepreneurs and international programme participants by bringing about B2B linkages. Besides, it would help in summer internship of PG students
Sr. No. Activity Location Duration Target Group Objectives & Outcome
3.4.1 Training Programme on Project Appraisal and Entrepreneur Assessment    EDII Campus    1 Week Project Appraisal Officers of Banks/Financial Institutions To strengthen the capabilities of officials from banks and financial institutions in the areas of project formulation, appraisal and entrepreneur assessment. 
3.4.2 Planning for Setting up Incubation Centre under Enterprise Resource Centre Plan  Bhubaneswar 1 Year Start-Ups To promote knowledge based and innovative projects. Also to provide required mentoring support and establish networking for start ups.
Sr. No. Activity Location Duration Target Group Objectives & Outcome
3.5.1 Training on Intrapreneurship: 2 progs Bhubaneswar 2-3 Days Corporate Employees To inculcate entrepreneurial traits among the second and third line of corporates.
Sr. No. Activity Location Duration Target Group Objectives & Outcome
3.6.1 Policy Research Centre in S&T Entrepreneurship - Research Projects to be undertaken under DST Policy EDII Campus 1 Year S&T Entrepreneurs & Institutions To promote and strengthen S&T Entrepreneurship in the country. The Centre will help create an ecosystem for promotion of S&T entrepreneurship.
3.6.2 500 Project Profiles (SIDBI) All India 6 Months New & Existing Enterprises Updation of existing profiles and preparation of new profiles. 
Sr. No. Activity Location Duration Target Group Objectives & Outcome
3.7.1 SME Banking & Financial Services EDII Campus 6 Weeks  Executives/ Officers working in Financial Intermediaries To provide specialized skill sets to the target group, thus enhancing their decision making ability to facilitate development and growth of the SME sector.
3.7.2 Entrepreneurship & Small Business Promotion EDII Campus 6 Weeks  Professionals engaged in Small Business Promotion To train Entrepreneur Trainer-Motivators and Business Counsellors from developing countries to help them initiate, plan, and implement ED activities and impart business counselling.
3.7.3 Promoting Innovations and Entrepreneurship through Incubation EDII Campus 6 Weeks  Incubation Managers and Officials of Academic Institutions intending to set up Incubation Centres The programme will help business incubation managers build their capacity in the areas of incubation practices, identifing support mechanisms for incubator technology commercialization and financing strategies for supporting clients in developing countries.
3.7.4 Industrial, Infrastructure and Sustainable Project Preparation and Appraisal EDII Campus 6 Weeks  Bankers, Business Development Officers of Financial Institutions To upgrade appraisal techniques and improve the decision-making process so that there is improved viability and increased returns.
3.7.5 Capital Markets & Investment Banking EDII Campus 6 Weeks Senior & Middle level Officials from Ministries of Finance/ Industry, Representatives from Brokerage Firms, Investment Bankers The programme will help understand the dynamics of capital markets, technological dimensions in trading, and the behaviour and prospects of commodity markets. It will also equip the participating officers with adequate skills in security market.
Sr. No. Activity Location Duration Target Group Objectives & Outcome
3.8.1 Establishing EDCs in Africa and Uzbekistan - Preparatory Activities  Selected Country & India  1 Year Key Policy-makers/ Bureaucrats/ Entrepreneurs/ Ministries/ Donor Agencies Conducting feasibility study for Entrepreneurship Development Centre (EDC), acquaint delegates with various interventions to promote and strengthen SMEs in their country, and deliberate on sufficient conditions for creating a conducive environment for implementing ED activities by kniitting together all relevant stakeholders. 
3.8.2 Capacity Building :        
3.8.2 (a) Training of Trainers   EDII Campus 8 Weeks Professionals engaged in Small Business Promotion  To develop a resource pool of trainers to facilitate New Enterprise Creation, assist existing entrepreneurs in taking their businesses to greater heights, and help develop industrial/artisanal clusters. 
3.8.2 (b) Business Opportunity Identification (BOI): Process & Profiling Selected Country (Rwanda) & India  2 Months  Potential/ Existing Entrepreneurs The exercise will lead to listing out viable business opportunities relevant to local conditions, followed by preparation of atleast 50 project profiles.
3.8.3 New Enterprise Creation :        
3.8.3 (a) Launching of the First New Enterprise Creation (NEC) Programme Selected Country (Rwanda) 3 phases stretched over 6 months Potential Entrepreneurs A group of 25 indigenous entrepreneurs will be developed to take up small business ventures in the country. The first programme will be launched to coincide with the inauguration of Entrepreneurship Development Centre (EDC).

DST supported Policy Research Centre in S&T Entrepreneurship:

Innovative entrepreneurs are the key drivers of economic growth, innovation, development and job creation. The process of globalization has infused a new dimension of competitiveness, and an entrepreneur can compete in such a scenario only if he/she is technologically ahead. So, Business and Technology are intertwined and one must beckon the other for success to make a mark. Technology today is leapfrogging far beyond the expected and has ushered in radical changes on not just the industrial scenario but also in the area of research and development, thus bringing newer and newer technologies. These rapid developments in the field of science and technology are also gradually leading to a realm where “knowledge driven entrepreneurs” and “knowledge/technology driven enterprises” will rigor. Developed or knowledge economies, standing on the premise of innovative technologies and advancements have also registered mega levels of growth, increased employment opportunities and overall enhanced standards of living for its people.

Science & Technology Entrepreneurship is a global and a multifaceted phenomenon. It is inseparable from entrepreneurship and economic growth which in turn contributes towards wealth creation and social development of a nation. There is, therefore, a need to promote technology based research initiatives, thus establishing the relevance of innovative technologies in business, ensuring that technical enterprises widely pervade the business landscape.


To fulfil this national agenda, EDII has taken an initiative by approaching the Department of Science & Technology, Government of India for setting up Centre for Policy Research in Science & Technology Entrepreneurship at its campus.

Charter of the Centre:

  • The Centre will have two key strategic areas viz.

(i) Understand the existing eco system to strengthen S&T Entrepreneurship and

(ii) Policy Research and Advocacy in the Country.

  • To implement these targets the Centre proposes to undertake the following key activities:

  • Strengthen the Policy Research Mechanism for providing evidence based planning approaches

  • Understand the existing and ever changing eco system to promote and strengthen S&T entrepreneurship;

  • Scan International Strategies to promote S&T based entrepreneurship and make an attempt to adapt them to Indian Conditions;

  • Promoting STI driven entrepreneurship with viable and scalable business models.

  • Finding newer mechanisms for fostering innovation and technology driven enterprises with a focus on domains leading to inclusive growth

  • Accelerating commercialization of R&D

  • Organizing and conducting Policy Research and Advocacy (workshops, seminars, publications, etc.) related to S&T Based Entrepreneurship

  • Create and manage a robust data-base on STI Entrepreneurship Programmes and Entrepreneurs.

  • The overall mandate of the Centre will remain Policy Analysis by assessing the efficacy and effectiveness of various S&T Policies in vogue and exploring the alternatives and choices to strengthen them.


Policy Advocacy

  • Institute has drafted National Policy on Entrepreneurship and Submitted to Govt. of India

  • Developed EDII-EDP model which is in practice in most of the developing Countries

  • Developed model for conducting EDPs for Food Processing Industries on behalf of MoFPI, Govt. of India

  • National nodal agency of NSTEDB, DST, Govt. of India for:

  • Promoting S&T Entrepreneurship

  • Managing NewGen IEDCs

  • NIDHI Start-Up


  • Developed a training model on Succession Planning for Entrepreneurial Continuity (SPEC) to equip wards of family business owners
  • Instituted In-Company Executive Development Programmes to enhance managerial competence of executives
  • Facilitated planned growth among established entrepreneurs by imparting training on functional areas of management
  • Organized Regional/Product-specific Export Workshops for existing entrepreneurs
  • Through capacity building programmes, trained Entrepreneur Trainer-Motivators for sustenance of ED activities at national and international levels

In the years to come, EDII plans to achieve the following under this Centre:

  • Influencing policy decision makers at the macro level to implement National Policy on Entrepreneurship.

  • Promote innovative businesses through its Technology Business Incubator (CrAdLE)

  • Networking and capacity building of ED Institutions, specifically in the emerging areas of knowledge-based economy.

  • Facilitating potential/existing entrepreneurs of NER for MSME growth in the region.

  • Promoting entrepreneurship and skill development programmes in technical institutions spread across the country.

  • Creating EDII like institutions in selected developing countries [Africa].


S. B. Sareen

Area Of Apecification : Entrepreneurship Development

Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India

(Via Ahmedabad Airport & Indira Bridge), P.O. Bhat 382 428, Dist. Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India.


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