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” The univertisities and schools should become a facilitator for creating entreprenerus through support of the banking and marketing system. This will enhance value to education and create motivation for students. I am glad to know that EDII will now also strive to promote social entreprises and technologies targeted at problems of the needy. My greeting to the institute.”

– Hon’ble Late Dr. Abdul Kalam, Former President of India

(At EDII on June 20, 2015)

Dignitaries Speak

President's Message

“Entrepreneurship awareness must Permeate into folds of every section of society;  and one way of achieving this is by disseminating its advantages through the medium of training and education. EDII understands this well its success stories are the testimonies of this phenomenan.”

Mr. Rakesh Sharma
Managing Director & CEO, IDBI Bank Ltd.

Director General's Message

“Well-groomed and trained entrepreneurs have opportunities galore and immense options to make it big. So, for anyone who decides to pursue entrepreneurship in the present times, it would be a rewarding decision. The prospects for first generation entrepreneurs are indeed brilliant. And for this it is important to create awareness about learning entrepreneurship like any other discipline and adopting it as a career.”

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Dr. Sunil Shukla
Director General-EDII

President's Message

“Entrepreneurship awareness must Permeate into folds of every section of society;  and one way of achieving this is by disseminating its advantages through the medium of training and education. EDII understands this well its success stories are the testimonies of this phenomenan.”

Mr. Rakesh Sharma
Managing Director & CEO, IDBI Bank Ltd.

Director General's Message

“Well-groomed and trained entrepreneurs have opportunities galore and immense options to make it big. So, for anyone who decides to pursue entrepreneurship in the present times, it would be a rewarding decision. The prospects for first generation entrepreneurs are indeed brilliant. And for this it is important to create awareness about learning entrepreneurship like any other discipline and adopting it as a career.”

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Dr. Sunil Shukla
Director General-EDII

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Shri. R. N. Ravi

“This is an opportune time for the graduating students. The country is undergoing comprehensive revolutionary transformation. This era is unfolding infinite opportunities for each one of us. So, the students have to explore their destinies and soar high. Today, the entire country is one big family and every problem of the country is being dealt with, as a whole. The diversity of the country is special and imparts an identity to India. The country is encouraging its youth to tap their energies and potential; it is creating an ecosystem where the youth can step forth. Today, India is the fastest growing economy in the world, with more than a lakh of startups. This is only because of the enterprising spirit of our youth. I am sure this creative power of youth will make India the foremost economy of the world. The country is on the path of sustainable development; so the youth must become a part of this unique India and lead the change.”

– Chief Guest at the 22nd EDII Convocation on 4 August, 2023

Smt. Anandiben Patel

I am glad that we, as a society, have started directing focussed efforts towards placing entrepreneurship on the same pedestal as other career options. Entrepreneurship needs to be promoted as a natural career option and this learning should become a part of education where students imbibe winning traits and values, pretty early in life so that they get oriented towards considering entrepreneurship as a natural career option.


Chief Guest at the 21st EDII Convocation on 10 June, 2022

Shri Suresh Prabhu

Our government has fired the imagination of youth to unleash the spirit of entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurs must focus on the possibility of doing extraordinary things. In order to become successful, start-ups must try to identify the gap in the ecosystem, build a business model around the same and bridge the gap.


At the inauguration of the EDII Startup Summit 2018

Shri Kris Gopalakrishnan

I hope some of you will start ventures that are relevant to small and rural businesses in India, something that EDII has been promoting for several decades now. Remember, there are plenty of opportunities to serve the needs of the under-served in India, what some call the ‘Next Billion Users’ in India.


Chief Guest at the 20th EDII Convocation on 02 June, 2019

Shri Subhash Chandra

The graduating students are lucky to have received this training. They should now look for innovative opportunities and explore them to their maximum to attain success in life.


Chief Guest at the 2nd EDI-PGP Convocation on 22 July, 2000

Shri Brijmohan Lall Munjal

Never entertain complacency in Business. Complacency means we are resting on our past achievements and taking life easy. There is also a danger of missing certain timely decisions and losing the trust of people around us.


Chief Guest at the 4th EDI-PGP Convocation on 24 August, 2002

Dr. C. Rangarajan

Entrepreneurship covers a wide spectrum from street vendors and vegetable sellers to multi-crore enterprises. One sees the spirit of entrepreneurship asserting itself over this wide spectrum. While it is difficult to cover the entire spectrum, EDI, as I understand, is focusing on specific segments such as small and medium enterprises as well as women entrepreneurs. This is particularly meaningful in the context of the emphasis on inclusive growth.


Eighth Biennial Conference on Entrepreneurship was held at EDII during March 19-21, 2009

Shri Kumar Mangalam Birla

Entrepreneurs are, once again, getting to be widely admired. They are becoming not just role models, but heroes also-just as much as actors or sportsmen. Without doubt, entrepreneurs stand tall today.

Chief Guest at the 6th EDI-PGP Convocation on 18 September, 2004

Shri G.M. Rao

Whatever I do, it should not only add economic value but should also contribute towards social value. I think that mindset has tremendously helped me in building the national asset which are contributing significantly for the social and economic growth of the contry.


Chief Guest at the 15th EDI-PGP Convocation on 19 April, 2014

Shri Sunil Bharti Mittal

There is no short cut to success. All aspiring people should have both, the short term and long term vision, as both these are indispensable for success. The will to perform should be there because the only way to succeed is through performance.


Chief Guest at the 3rd EDI-PGP Convocation on 23 August, 2001


PGDM-BE, 2016-2018

Special Jury Award for Emerging Social Entrepreneur, 2021

Geeta after pursuing her PGDM-Business Entrepreneurship started her own Social Enterprise in the year 2018 (Unipads India Pvt. Ltd.). This is into manufacturing of reusable sanitary pads. More than 8,00,000 women nationally and internationally have benefited and more than 135 women have worked for Unipads which has helped their families move a step towards achieving financial stability. Her vision is to provide a sustainable solution for menstrual hygiene for underprivileged women and her mission is to spread awareness on the need for menstrual hygiene and issues related to it. She looks forward to empowering women by making them a part of the team and providing them with employment opportunities. This product is also internationally recognized.


PGDMN, 2002-2003

EDII President’s Alumnus Award 2021-Social Entrepreneur

Dibyajyoti, who joined the developed sector organisation, has over 15 years of experience in microfinance, micro-enterprise development and development sector consulting. He served as Vice President of Microfinance Network and is an active member of its Board. He is now the Director of his own company, Annapurna Finance Private Limited, Bhubaneshwar, which has created employment for more than 8000 people and has an investment of Rs. 9,220 crores. His experience and expertise played a crucial role in the transformation of mission Annapurna to Annapurna Finance Private Limited, which under his guidance and leadership is now one of the top MFIs in India. He also serves as the President of OSAFII (Orissa Association of Financial Inclusion), and is actively involved in the financial inclusion forum of the state. He is also an active member of Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC). He has several awards and recognitions added to his name.


PGDBEM, 1998-1999

EDII President’s Alumnus Award 2021-Business Entrepreneur

Vinod started his own venture in the manufacturing of Synthetic Organic Dyestuff. He is now the Chairman & Managing Director, Arunaya Organics Pvt Ltd/Chinmay Chemicals Pvt Ltd and has been the Chairman of Confederation of Indian Industries (CII), Gujarat State. He is also the Director of Asiatic Hong Kong Ind. Ltd., HK and ACCIL Shanghai Ltd. A Gold Medalist from EDII, he has received many awards from Young Indian, GDMA, CII, and many other platforms. His success was featured in Business India, Business Today, Shanghai Daily, China Daily, Ahmedabad Times, ToI, Navgujarat Samay, Divyabhaskar, Gujarat Samachar etc. and he has been part of many TV debates on DD, VTV, GSTV, TV9, etc.


PGDM-BE, 2014-2016

Special Jury Award for Emerging Entrepreneur, 2022

Co-founder of Theka Coffee, a new generation coffee chain that sources 100% Arabica coffee beans from a single estate and attempts to offer it to the end consumer at competitive prices. The coffee is also cold-brewed, a superior brewing method as it is high in caffeine and low on acidity. Theka Coffee got recognition in Shark Tank India, and the sharks were delighted with the concept and the quality of the product. Theka received funding from an international VC firm, Zenith Global Trading LLC, of Rs 2.5 Crore. They also have a contract of entering into all Reliance Mart outlets with Theka Kiosks, PAN India.


PGDBEM, 2004-2005

EDII President’s Alumnus Award 2022-Business Entrepreneur

Ronak is the partner at Harihar Bricks Mfg. Company & Harihar Bricks Studio, one of the top brick manufacturers in Gujarat. This is his family businesses. All their products are manufactured in India. The firm presents India’s widest range of clay bricks with 210+ brick variants of international quality in hundreds of shades, textures, and formats. Ronak bid for a project in Abu Dhabi to construct a Hindu temple with 50 other bidders from Gujarat and got selected for the project. The business has a strong presence in Europe, Oceania, and Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). He exports to almost 46 countries.


PGDBEM 2002-2003

‘EDII President’s Alumnus Award 2020’

Govind Bajaj started his new enterprise ‘Balaji Industries’ of cotton and cotton yarn in the year 2007. It started as a small unit, which has now reached a turnover of Rs. 75 crores from 2 crores in the first year. He provides employment to 40 people. He is directly or indirectly supporting around 4000 farmers. He has created a bridge between the small manufactures and big export and domestic markets. Govind was recognized with the ‘Udyog Award’ by MSEB.


PGDBEM 2004-2005

EDII President’s Alumnus Award 2020

She started her new venture of jwellery designing, ‘Awesome Sparkles’ in 2010 with an investment of Rs. 2 crores. She has generated employment for 15 people. She has won many awards for her designs – the ‘Best Designing Award’ and ‘Best Manufacturing in Small Scale Sector’ by Health Minister of Karnataka, Award for Best Women Entrepreneur and Successful Achiever Award, by Governor of Gujarat for jewellery industry, award for best design by GJTCI, etc.


PGDM-BE 2013-2015

Special Jury Award for Emerging Entrepreneur 2020

He created a new venture in year 2016 ‘MUVR Technology’ Private Limited. They are currently providing all types of logistics to various industries, multi model logistics solutions by rail and sea within domestic market, are business associate of Container Corporation of India CONCOR to access their railway infrastructure. His start-up was recognized in Top 40 rising start-ups of Gujarat and has featured in the Coffee Table Book of rising startup at the Vibrant Gujarat Startup Summit, recognized as best start-up in the series of ‘The World of Start-up.’


Management of NGO, 1998-1999

EDII President’s Alumnus Award 2019

Created a microfinance enterprise providing developmental & financial services for livelihood economic activities to poor farmers, socially and economically underdeveloped women and farmers. Currently own loan portfolios and beneficiaries in remote village of Rajasthan and has developed India’s first moisture retention technology application common facility centre for citrus growers. Prepared Community Operational Manual for Rajasthan Rural Livelihoods Project worth INR 1500 Cr supported by World Bank for promotion of BPL-SHGs in Rajasthan. He has created first NGO in India which got empanelled under MGNREGS as partner with state and central government; has played an operational role in the development of community manual of RAJVEEIKA, project worth 1500 Cr which is documented in World Bank & GoR.


PGDBEM 1999-2000

EDII President’s Alumnus Award 2018

Joined his family business of corrugated board and boxes/machinery sales and service in 2000. Later established a new company at Daman and expanded his existing facility at Rajkot with first of its kind Chinese manufacturing facilities in India. In 2011, he became the sole owner of the company and from revenue of 53 crores, has gone upto 100 crores in the current financial year. He has also created employment opportunities to more than 120 persons. As part of his growth plans, he is planning to go public within next two years.



EDII President’s Alumnus Award 2018

Initiated a new venture into steel plant foundries, induction furnace, etc. Having a turnover of more than 70 crores, he is currently operating at Saudi Arabia, Iran, UAE and Africa. Having manufacturing facilities at Saudi Arabia and Ghana, he is in the process of going public within next two-three years.


PGDMN, 2007-2008

EDII Alumnus Special Jury Award 2018

Applying the professional learning into practice by facilitation of rural communities to own their developmental projects as well as conceive and implement those on a professional mode. Touched around 23000 families spread across 245 villages in 6 districts in Andhra Pradesh, in his 12 years’ of service. He mainly developed areas like Farmer’s Economic Development through sustainable agriculture, enterprise development to the rural youth, livelihood promotion, environment protection, etc.


EDII President’s Alumnus Award 2017

Shri Gaurav Parmar, owner of RINTEX Ltd and a ISO 9000 company presently operational in more than 40 countries and a pass out of EDII in the year 2000, was unanimously recommended by the jury for EDII President’s Alumnus Award for the year 2017.

Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India

Enterprise Development for Socially Excluded and Disadvantaged Communities [SERP – EDI] Programme:

Sponsored by the Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India, and Society for Elimination of Rural Poverty [SERP], Telangana, the 3-year project (2013-16) titled ‘Enterprise Development for Socially Excluded and Disadvantaged Communities [SERP – EDI] Programme’ was implemented in Kowdipally Block of Medak District in Telangana. The programme aimed at promoting sustainable non-farm based micro enterprises and creating an enabling knowledge ecosystem through capacity building and handholding support.

Startup Village Entrepreneurship Programme [SVEP] :

SVEP is sponsored by Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India and State Rural Livelihood Missions. In this project, as a National Resource Organization, the Institute is working in 69 blocks spread across 14 states of India. The programme focuses on promoting rural entrepreneurship by developing a sustainable model for Village Entrepreneurship promotion through integrated ICT techniques and tools for training & capacity building and enterprise advisory services. It also aims at developing local resources by training a pool of village level community cadre [Community Resource Persons – Enterprise Promotion (CRP – EPs)] and building the capacity of the National Rural Livelihood Missions and SHG federations to monitor and direct the work of the CRP-EPs.

Ministry of MSME, Government of India

Entrepreneurship Development/Thematic Programmes for SC/ST :


Potential SC/ST entrepreneurs were trained as part of short-duration entrepreneurship development/thematic programmes, sponsored by National Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe Hub, Ministry of MSME, Govt. of India. The programmes focused on five different subjects namely, Branding & Marketing Management, Digital Marketing, Financial Management, Vendor Development for Backward & Forward Linkages for large companies, and Developing Entrepreneurial Soft Skills.


Implementation of Digital MSME :


The Ministry of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises had entrusted to EDII the task of implementing the Digital MSME Scheme under Credit linked Capital Subsidy – Technology Upgradation (CLCS-TUS). As part of the project, Institute conducted Awareness Programmes and Workshops in different states viz. Odisha, Chhattisgarh, West Bengal, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, and Uttar Pradesh.


Evaluation Study of Entrepreneurship and Skill Development Programmes (ESDP) – Scheme of the Office of Development Commissionerate (DC) – MSME :

In order to build capacity of existing and potential entrepreneurs, set up successful ventures, EDII was entrusted by the Ministry of MSME with the task of carrying out a comprehensive evaluation of ESDP scheme with regard to its output and impact, and make recommendations to DC-MSME which would enable in strengthening the efficacy of the Scheme.


Evaluation of Ideas under the Scheme ‘Entrepreneurial and Managerial Development of MSMEs through Incubators’ (Credit Linked Capital Subsidy- Technology Upgradation Scheme – CLCS-TUS) :


Sponsored by Ministry of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises, the study focuses on evaluating the facilities provided by the host institution to startup ideas under MSME Schemes, to gauge the support provided by the host institution at the stage of ideation, incubation and scale up, and to evaluate the reason for success and failure status of the credit linkage scheme under MSME.


Cluster development under MSE-CDP Scheme:


Under Micro & Small Enterprises-Cluster Development Programme (MSE-CDP) Scheme, EDII is implementing cluster development programme to facilitate the process of CFC establishment with the support of grant from the office of DC-MSME, Govt. of India.

Ministry of Textiles, Government of India


Srinagar & Sivsagar Carpet Mega Handicraft Clusters :


Sponsored by Development Commissioner for Handicrafts, Ministry of Textiles, Govt. of India, the project focuses on development of the mega carpet cluster, with necessary infrastructure support and modern production facilities, to enable the industry to meet various legal and trade commitments. EDII has been appointed as the Cluster Management and Technical Agency (CMTA) for these Mega Clusters.

Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India

International training programmes under Ministry of External Affairs :


EDII organizes International Capacity Building Programs annually under Indian Technical & Economic Cooperation, Ministry of External Affairs, Govt. of India.


Setting up Entrepreneurship Development Centres in Rwanda & Uzbekistan :


EDII is extending technical support to the Ministry of External Affairs, Govt. of India, in establishing Entrepreneurship Development Centres (EDC) in Rwanda & Uzbekistan. The EDCs will focus on developing potential and existing enterprises and institutionalizing entrepreneurship promotion initiatives in the country.

Department of Science & Technology, Government of India

DST-sponsored STED Projects :

In the DST-sponsored 4-year Science & Technology Entrepreneurship Development (STED) Projects in Azamgarh (U.P.) and Haldwani (Uttarakhand), activities were carried out with the objective of promoting technology-based micro enterprises and developing cluster-based approach at grassroots level.

DST-sponsored National Implementing & Monitoring Agency for Training (NIMAT) Project :

Under this, programmes of various nature were organized to promote and strengthen S&T entrepreneurship. EDII implemented and monitored various programmes to ensure and sustain competitive advantages to a diverse group encompassing women, students, technocrats, academia, entrepreneurship trainers and policy makers.

New Generation Innovation & Entrepreneurship Development Centres (NewGen IEDCs) :

New Generation Innovation and Entrepreneurship Development Centre (NewGen IEDC) aims to inculcate the spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship among young Science & Technology (S&T) students. NewGen IEDCs are established in academic institutions of higher learning where students are encouraged to take up innovative projects that have the potential of commercialization.

As the National Nodal Agency of NSTEDB, Department of Science & Technology, EDII is mentoring, monitoring and supporting 26 NewGen IEDCs located in 13 States

National Training Programme on Entrepreneurship Development & Management for Scientists & Technologists working in Government Sector :

EDII has been conducting a National Training Programme on Entrepreneurship Development & Management for Scientists & Technologists working in Government Sector. This DST-sponsored programme aims at sensitizing scientists/technologists/researchers on entrepreneurship.

National Training Programme on Entrepreneurship Development & Management for Women Scientists & Technologists

Sponsored by DST, this programme focuses on sensitizing women scientists and technologists, working in departments/ministries of central government, public sector units, government-aided research institutes and state governments, towards embracing entrepreneurship as a career, and to open up new avenues for them.

Sustainable Development through Science & Technology led Entrepreneurship in Aspirational Districts :

Under the Government of India’s policy initiative for inclusive development and rapid transformation of 115 backward districts across the country, Institute had been entrusted by the Department of Science & Technology to conduct short-term Entrepreneurship Sensitization and Development Programmes (ESDP) in 40 districts across the country. The five-day programme aimed at imparting knowledge on benefits of pursuing entrepreneurship, and disseminating information about grants, incentives, and subsidies, provided by the government for enterprise creation.

Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC)

Scheme of Fund for Regeneration of Traditional Industries [SFURTI] and Cluster Scheme of Agro based Food Processing Industries [ABFPI] :


Under SFURTI, the focus is on organizing traditional industries and artisans to make them competitive, providing support for their long-term sustainability and enhancing marketability of their products by providing support for new products, design interventions and improved packaging and marketing infrastructure.


EDII is functioning as Technical Agency (TA) for developing handicraft and village industries clusters. These three-year projects envisage creating common infrastructure in the cluster and benefitting artisans through skill upgradation and distribution of advance tools and equipment.

Ministry of Tribal Affairs

Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India Limited (TRIFED) 

EDII has been empaneled by Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India Limited (TRIFED) as the implementing agency for the ‘Van Dhan Yojana Entrepreneurship and Skill Development Programme (VDY-ESDP)’. As part of the collaboration, EDII will conduct VDY-ESDPs to provide training to Van Dhan SHG Lead members/beneficiaries in 6 districts of Gujarat namely, Tapi, Banaskantha, Chhota Udepur, Narmada, Surat and Dang. The programmes will be offered with the rationale of promoting entrepreneurship, livelihood opportunities and support for enterprise creation for the tribal population of Gujarat.

Ministry of Human Resource Development

Institution Innovation Council (IIC), Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India

The Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India, has established ‘MHRD’s Innovation Cell (MIC)’ to foster the culture of Innovation amongst all Higher Education Institutions (HEIs). The primary mandate of MIC is to encourage, inspire and nurture young students by supporting them to work with new ideas and transform them into prototypes. MIC has recognised EDII as one of the institutes to promote student startup activities on campus. 

Ministry of Corporate Affairs

Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Govt. of India

EDII was identified as one of the resource centres by Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs (IICA), Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Govt. of India, for conducting IICA-Certified Professionals’ (ICP) Course.

Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change, Government of India


Implementing Bamboo-based Entrepreneurship & Livelihood Development Programme in Tripura :


Sponsored by National Mission on Himalayan Studies (NMHS), Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change, Govt. of India, this two-year action-research project is envisaged to impact entrepreneurship, livelihood and value chain of the bamboo clusters of Tripura. The project aimed at enabling, empowering and recognizing participation of backward communities in economic activities in the bamboo sector in the proposed region, and further creating strong and sustainable linkages between the bamboo clusters and services providers.

Ministry of Food Processing Industry

Ministry of Food Processing Industry, Govt. of India

As the Nodal Agency for the Ministry of Food Processing Industry, Govt. of India, the Institute has implemented Entrepreneurship Development Programmes (EDPs) in across India for promoting new units in the food processing sector.

Government of Bihar

Bihar Skill Development Programme :

EDII has been roped in to set up the infrastructure for training programmes under Bihar Skill Development Mission, which focuses on establishing a wide network of training centers for the youth and providing employability skills to them.


Department of Industries

EDII signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Bihar Government’s Department of Industries to promote entrepreneurship in the state. EDII will conduct entrepreneurship development interventions across the state and will sensitize the stakeholders in the support system to create a conducive environment. The interventions will also ensure that the Institute of Entrepreneurship Development gets revived with a new strategy plan.

Government of Gujarat

Higher Education Department, Govt. of Gujarat

EDII signed an MoU with Higher Education Department, Govt. of Gujarat for the implementation of the ‘Student Entrepreneurship Policy’. The MoU was signed in the presence of  Shri Rushikesh Patel, Cabinet Minister, Health & Family Welfare & Medical Education, Higher and Technical Education, Govt. of Gujarat; Shri Mukesh Kumar, Principal Secretary (Higher and Technical Education) Department, Govt. of Gujarat; Shri Parimal Pandya, Director of Higher Education, Govt. of Gujarat and Dr. Sunil Shukla, Director General, EDII. As part of the policy, college students will receive financial assistance of INR 40,000/-. About 500 nodal officers will be appointed at the initial stage and 2,000 students will benefit from the policy. EDII will implement the policy by preparing a cadre of resource persons (faculty mentor to impart entrepreneurship related training), conducting training programmes and workshops for students, to train them to set up their own enterprises.

Gujarat State Bio-Technology Mission, Govt. of Gujarat :

Supported by Gujarat State Bio-Technology Mission, Govt. of Gujarat, the objective of this programme is to promote entrepreneurs and new enterprises in the field of Bio-Technology in Gujarat. It focuses on professionals working in the bio-technology field, existing SMEs desiring to diversify, graduates/post graduate students and research professionals.

Skill and Entrepreneurship Development Programme for Tourism sector :

EDII conducted Skill and Entrepreneurship Development Training programmes to help trainees to take up activities in New Enterprise Creation. Sponsored by Tourism Corporation of Gujarat Ltd., the 15-day programmes focused on enhancing the skills of participants and building their capabilities for self-employment.

Entrepreneurship Development Programmes (EDP) and Small Industry Management Assistant Programmes (SIMAP) for SC youth of Gujarat:

Under sponsorship support of Social Justice and Empowerment Department, Government of Gujarat, the Institute conducted EDPs and Small Industry Management Assistant Programmes for developing entrepreneurial capacity and capabilities of SC youth, for sustainable income through New Enterprise Creation, and for enhancing employability skills for wage employment.

Department of Social Justice & Empowerment (SJE), Government of Gujarat:

EDII has been appointed as the Project Management Unit (PMU) for skilling of marginalized sections belonging to SC, OBC, Sanitation Workers, Transgender & other such categories under Pradhan Mantri Dakshta Aur Kushalta Sampann Hitgrahi (DAKSH) Yojana. EDII will conduct four types of skilling programmes across Gujarat, i.e. (a) Up-skilling/ Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) (b) Short Term Courses (focus on self-employment) (c) Entrepreneurship Development Programmes (EDP) and (d) Long Term Courses.

Hastkala Setu Yojana (Strengthening Cottage Industries and Rural Entrepreneurship Ecosystem in Gujarat :

With an objective to strengthen Cottage Industries and the Rural Entrepreneurship Ecosystem in Gujarat, the Commissioner of Cottage & Rural Industries, Government of Gujarat, has entrusted EDII with the task of implementing the ‘Hastkala Setu Yojana’. Conceptualized for three years, the project aims at integrating and enhancing the capacities and expertise of rural artisans/entrepreneurs through a well-developed mechanism in six targeted districts of Gujarat (in the first phase) viz., Ahmedabad, Banaskantha, Jamnagar, Kutch, Rajkot and Surendranagar.

An MoU was signed between WeAct and the Commissionerate of Cottage and Rural Industries, Government of Gujarat to boost economic development, empower local artisans and drive sustainable practices in Gujarat’s cottage industry.

Promoting Entrepreneurship among Women in Gujarat:

Sponsored by Gujarat Women Economic Development Corporation Ltd. (GWEDC), Government of Gujarat, this one-year programme focuses on developing the entrepreneurial capacity of women and enabling them to build their business resources to ensure sustainable income through enterprise creation.

Centre for Empowerment of Differently Abled (CEDA) :

The Social Justice & Empowerment Department, Government of Gujarat has sanctioned the setting up of the ‘Centre for Empowerment of Differently Abled (CEDA)’ at the Institute. In this 5-year project, the Centre will conduct entrepreneurship and livelihood training to empower people with disabilities and enhance their economic growth. The Centre will also undertake research to steer policies in this direction.


Startup Activities:

Nodal Institute for Startups under the ‘Scheme for Availing Assistance to Innovations’: Industries Department of Government of Gujarat has nominated EDII as the Nodal Institute for Startups under the Startups/Innovation scheme. In this five-year project which began in January 2015, EDII has been providing counselling and mentorship support to startups in the fields of agri-business, food processing, bio-technology, chemicals, plastics and manufacturing.

Student Start-up and Innovation Policy (SSIP): With an objective to create pre-incubation ecosystem support for students, the Directorate of Technical Education, Govt. of Gujarat has shortlisted EDII for receiving grant under SSIP.

Faculty Development Programmes under SSIP: Under sponsorship support of SSIP, Gujarat Knowledge Society, Directorate of Technical Education, Govt. of Gujarat, EDII conducts Faculty Development Programmes to train SSIP coordinators across higher education institutions of Gujarat to promote student innovations and start-ups.

Directorate of MSME, Government of West Bengal

Hard Intervention under Cluster Development Project of Directorate of MSME, Government of West Bengal :


EDII has been assigned Project Management Consultancy for Dabgram Plastic Cluster in Jalpaiguri, Murlu Clay Tiles Cluster in Bankura, Magrahat Silver Filigree Cluster in South 24 Parganas, and Janbazar Leather Cluster in Kolkata. As PMC, the Institute is involved in the procurement process, vendor development, tender documents preparation, and other activities related to setting up CFC.  

Government of Madhya Pardesh

MP Tourism

Backed by Madhya Pradesh Tourism Board, EDII is promoting entrepreneurship in the tourism sector in Madhya Pradesh with customised Entrepreneurship and Skill Development Programmes.
Tourism based Entrepreneurship & Skill Development Programmes (TESDP) have been conducted at Mandav (Dhar), Maheshwar & Mandeleshwar (Khargone), Madla, Barachh & Dhhlan Chowki (Panna) in MP to foster entrepreneurship in the tourism sector and to increase employment and self-employment opportunities.
EDII is also engaged in Baseline Survey & Situational Analysis at 50 tourist locations of Madhya Pradesh under Safe Tourism Destination for Women.
The Institute is also conducting skill gap study in and around 14 tourist places of 3 clusters of Madhya Pradesh. These include;Shivpuri-Chanderi-Orchha, Khajuraho-Panna-Chitrakoot-Maihar-Mukundpur and Maheshwar-Omkareshwar-Mandu-Bagh-Choral-Hanuwantia. The findings of this need analysis and resource mapping exercise will help develop various necessary & relevant activities and support services at the tourism . Simultaneously, such new initiatives will promote opportunities for self-employment and employment.

Department of Panchayat & Rural Development, Government of Madhya Pradesh Sponsored by Shyama Prasad Mukherji Rurban Mission (SPMRM), Department of Panchayat & Rural Development, Government of Madhya Pradesh, and Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India, the project aimed at creating ICAP documents for the cluster of ‘Rurban villages’ – villages that preserve and nurture the essence of rural community life with focus on equity and inclusiveness and without compromising on the facilities perceived to be essentially urban in nature. 

M.P. Hastashilp Evam Hathkargha Vikas Nigam Ltd.:

The project aimed at developing an integrated facility with self-sufficient infrastructure so as to enhance the competitiveness of the Carpet cluster leading to improved livelihood of artisans in and around Gwalior.

Preparation of Integrated Cluster Action Plan (ICAP) under Shyama Prasad Mukherji Rurban Mission, Department of Panchayat & Rural Development, Govt. of Madhya Pradesh :

The project aimed at creating ICAP documents for the cluster of ‘Rurban villages’ – villages that preserve and nurture the essence of rural community life with focus on equity and inclusiveness and without compromising on the facilities perceived to be essentially urban in nature. EDII was designated as the State Technical Support Agency.

Programme Management Support for Implementation of ‘Skills for Jobs Programme’:

Implemented in Madhya Pradesh, it aimed at supporting project management activities with respect to the technical aspects related to engaging and leading the team of Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) on entrepreneurship, and supporting the project team of PricewaterhouseCoopers Pvt. Ltd. (PwC).

Government of Kerala

Kerala State Youth Welfare Board (KSYWB), Govt. of Kerala

EDII is engaged in a 3-year project oriented towards nurturing entrepreneurial traits among Kerala youth. As a part of the project, EDII has conducted several programmes in different districts of Kerala.

Kerala Startup Mission (KSUM) 

EDII had been roped in by Kerala Startup Mission (KSUM) to organize Entrepreneurship Awareness Camps in engineering and technical institutions, with the objective of orienting students towards opportunities in entrepreneurship.

Government of Arunachal Pradesh

Government of Arunachal Pradesh 

Government of Arunachal Pradesh for developing, facilitating, motivating and training potential and existing entrepreneurs and sensitise society at large, and youth in particular, to become entrepreneurial.

Government of Odisha

Directorate of Industry, Government of Odisha 

The Directorate of Industry, Government of Odisha, has empanelled EDII as a Resource Agency to spearhead MSME cluster development in the state of Odisha. 

Department of Public Enterprise, Govt. of Odisha 

Through Social Safety & Net Programme (SSNP), sponsored by the Department of Public Enterprise, Govt. of Odisha, interventions have been carried out towards identification, counseling, re-training and re-deployment of VRS employees of public sector units (PSUs) in Odisha. The project aimed at re-orienting these employees through short duration training programmes and enabling them to adapt to the new environment by opting for new vocations. 
Project ‘UDYAMI’
On August 29,  Shri Ganeswar Nayak, OES, District Employment Officer, Keonjhar, Odisha signed and exchanged MoA with Dr. Sunil Shukla, Director General, EDII in the presence of Shri Ashish Thakre,District Magistrate-cum-Collector, District Administration, Keonjhar, Odisha and senior officals of EDII to initiate the Project ‘UDYAMI’ in the district. The project will promote rural entrepreneurs in 7 mining-affected blocks of Keonjhar and support more than 10,000 young individuals in fostering 3,200 enterprises within the non-farm and Agri-allied sectors.

Government of Goa

The Institute signed an MoU with the CSR Authority of Goa in the presence of  Dr. Pramod P Sawant, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Goa, relevant ministers, senior state officials & invited dignitaries. This will strengthen entrepreneurial ecosystem of Goa more specifically in the priority domains of Skill based entrepreneurship, startups, NEP, Agri-ventures, women empowerment, tourism, marine life, Ayush etc. 

Department of Higher Education, Govt. of Uttarakhand

On 7th Dec, Department of Higher Education, Govt. of Uttarakhand signed an MoU with EDII in a state event chaired by Shri Pushkar Dhami, Hon’ble Chief Minister and Co-Chaired by Dr. Dhan Singh Rawat, Hon’ble Minister of Higher Education, Govt. of Uttrakhand. Hon’ble CM, Shri Pushkar Dhami talked about the Institute and highlighted that EDII’s association with State would boost Entrepreneurship and Skill Development initiatives in the state. The event was attended by all the Vice-Chancellors of the state and esteemed Secretaries, Directors, Principals and Professors.

National Handicapped Finance and Development Corporation (NHDFC)

On 3rd Feb, 2023 – EDII signed an MoU with National Handicapped Finance and Development Corporation (NHDFC) to support and empower the differently abled potential entrepreneurs trained under the Govt. of Gujarat supported Centre for Differently Abled, set up at EDII.

Sanjeevini–Karnataka State Rural Livelihood Promotion Society (KSRLPS)

On March 8, 2023, on the occasion of International Women’s Day, EDII signed a MoU with Sanjeevini–Karnataka State Rural Livelihood Promotion Society (KSRLPS) with the objective of empowering more than 2000 SHG women of Karnataka in the Terracotta and Home Decor sector. The MoU was signed in the presence of the Shri Basavaraj Bommai, Honourable Chief Minister of Karnataka; Dr.Ashwanth Narayan, Minister of Higher Education, Information Technology & Biotechnology and Science & Technology; Ms.Ragapriya IAS, Managing Director, KSRLM; Dr. S. Selva Kumar, IAS, Chairman and Secretary, Department of Skill Development, Entrepreneurship and Livelihood, Govt. of Kerala and Ms.Anupama K K.A.S, Chief Operating Officer (Operations) KSRLM; and other notable dignitaries from the Government. The MoU is aligned to the Sthree Samarthya Yojana Scheme which encourages women to benefit from Community Investment Fund in setting up their new enterprise.  In one year more than 2000 SHG women will be provided need-based training and handholding support in microenterprise creation, design development, marketing and branding.

North East Centre for Technology Application and Reach (NECTAR)

EDII signed an MoU on 15th February, with North East Centre for Technology Application and Reach (NECTAR) 2023 to promote Skill Development among the people of the North Eastern Region.

State Planning Commission, Government of Chhattisgarh

MoU has been signed with State Planning Commission, Government of Chhattisgarh to conduct a research study on Assessment of the Status of Anaemia and Malnutrition among Women and Children of select Districts in Chhattisgarh.

Government of Rajasthan

Rajasthan Mission on Livelihoods (RMOL)

Sponsored by Rajasthan Mission on Livelihoods (RMOL), two Trainers’ Training Programmes were conducted by the Institute in Jaipur for Prachetas of Women & Child Welfare Development. Prachetas are responsible for creating Self Help Groups (SHGs) thereby motivating SHG members towards entrepreneurial activities. The major objective of the programme was to provide an exposure to participating Prachetas to the comprehensive Entrepreneurship Development process thereby equipping them with requisite skills and knowledge to organize ED related activities in their respective areas.

Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI)

Workshops of NGOs on RED Strategy: These are organized to sensitise Chief Executives of NGOs on their role in Rural Entrepreneurship Development (RED)


Capacity Building of NGOs: The Institute organises Training of Trainers’ Programmes to train extension workers of NGOs to help rural youth in launching their micro enterprises.


Rural Entrepreneurship Development Programmes: EDII has implemented close to 500 REDPs, thus imparting training in various trades and skills as well as entrepreneurship.


NGO-Bankers Interface: In order to sensitise bankers towards the needs of REDP trainees and help NGOs establish linkages with banks, the Institute organizes NGO-Bankers’ Interface for bankers and CEOs of NGOs. The interface has proved to be an effective way to facilitate credit delivery to rural poor through organized sector.


Best Entrepreneur Trainer Motivator (ETM) Award for North East Region (NER): EDII, with the support of SIDBI, instituted the BEST ETM Award for North East Region given the enormous efforts that trainers put in, especially in difficult terrains like the NER toward developing entrepreneurship.


Rural Industries Programme (RIP): As a part of this project, skill enhancement/orientation programmes were organized in 3 states wherein master craftsmen from Moradabad (U. P.) were invited for live demonstration and providing training to local artisans operating in clusters for brassware production. The Handicraft Exporters’ Meet organised in Moradabad and attended by 36 exporters linked local artisans with exporters of brassware.

SIDBI also sponsored 5-year RIP Projects in Hazaribaug, Rae Bareli, Odisha.


Chief Executives’ Workshop on Informal Credit Delivery System (IMCDS): In order to find a long term solution to the perennial problem of credit to the rural poor, the Institute with SIDBI’s support, initiated CEOs’ Workshop on Informal Credit Delivery in the year 1994-95. 7 such regional workshops have been organized, thus enabling 182 CEOs of NGOs from across the country to deliberate on alternatives to formal credit system.


Training on IMCDS for Development Professionals: To consolidate its efforts on this front, the Institute took up capacity building programmes on IMCDS including Self Help Groups (SHGs) by training grassroot functionaries of NGOs.


Special Programme on Financial Management & Accounting System for NGOs: With a view to strengthening NGO personnel manage finance and accounts, 23 NGO functionaries from 8 states handling accounts and finance in their respective NGOs were trained in this specially designed training programme.


Fellowship Support to Post Graduate Diploma in Business Entrepreneurship & Management (PGDBEM): SIDBI’s support to the Institute’s pioneering 1-year education programme on Business Entrepreneurship and Management came in a big way with continuous fellowship support to its NGO Management Stream students. Given the excellent scope that this stream offers to students in setting up their own NGOs and also in improving the management practices of the existing ones, SIDBI has contributed 10 fellowships over a period of two years.

  • Performance & Growth of Existing Enterprises


Entrepreneur Assessment Through Focussed Behavioural Event Interview (FBEI) Technique: SIDBI supported Skill Development Programmes for officers of financial institutions to know more on the conceptual aspect of the interview technique which was the outcome of the USAID-funded research study on entrepreneurial competencies, covering 3 countries viz., Ecuador, Malawi and India. In all, 59 officers were trained on the interview technique.


Small Industry Management Assistance Programme (SIMAP): With the twin objective of providing employment opportunities to non-technical graduates and also strengthening the hands of SSI entrepreneurs in their day-to-day management, the concept of developing ‘well rounded’ managerial assistants for small scale industries drew SIDBI’s support. Through SIMAPs organized in various parts of the country, non-technical graduates were trained of which, 76% were placed in jobs in SSIs.


Growth-cum-Business Counsellors Programmes for Existing Entrepreneurs and Its Institutionalisation at State level: Committed  to facilitating growth among established enterprises in the small-scale sector, the Institute adopted the training-cum-counselling model of ‘Growth Programme’ developed by Durham University Business School (DUBS), U. K., with the objective of creating strategic awareness among entrepreneurs. The highlight of such growth programmes was its in-built counselling support provided by trained business counsellors.


Region/Product-Specific Export workshops: A series of Region/Product-specific short Duration Export workshops for the benefit of existing entrepreneurs were organized with SIDBI’s support. Through 5 such workshops focussing on ‘Doing Business with CIS Countries’, ‘Doing Business with South Africa’, ‘Doing Business with Australia’, and ‘Software Exports’, a total of 128 entrepreneurs gained insights into export promotion of their products.


  • Implementing Business Development Services (BDS)


In Dyes & Chemicals Cluster, Ahmedabad

‘Implementing Business Development Services in Dyes & Chemicals Cluster at Ahmedabad’ addressed 1200 dyes and chemicals units and their 40000 workers. Some of the major interventions were in the areas of compliance with pollution control norms, cleaner production methods, creation of a special Purpose Vehicle and creation of a cadre of business development service providers in the area.


In Leather and Leather Products Cluster, Chennai

This project aimed at revitalizing the Chennai leather and leather products cluster through planned interventions over a period of 32 months.  Based on the revelations of the diagnostic study, the project as a first step introduced multi-pronged measures to control input and manufacturing cost.  Energy efficiency methods, lean manufacturing practices, cleaner production technology in tanneries were some of the significant initiatives introduced.




  • Cluster Development

The Institute extended hand-holding support to 12 select clusters in 12 states. These included:  

  • Leather Goods Cluster, Shantiniketan
  • Footwear Cluster, Agra
  • Brass & Bell Metal, Khurda
  • Readymade Garments, Indore
  • Leather Footwear Cluster, Agra
  • Gold Ornament Cluster, Thrissur
  • Agricultural Implement Cluster, Karnal
  • Agricultural Implement Cluster, Moga
  • Steel Re-Rolling Mill Cluster, Raipur
  • Bearings & Bearing Components Cluster, Jaipur
  • Readymade Garments Cluster, Bangalore
  • Food Processing Cluster, Muzzafurpur




  • Developing Marketing Entrepreneurs: As an experiment to develop new entrepreneurs who would set up marketing ventures for products of SSI units, a 10-day programme aimed at practising professionals was organized on campus for a group of 25 participants.
  • International Marketing & Strategic Management: This SIDBI-supported 1 week programme was organised with a view to assist owners and senior executives of small and medium sized enterprises to prepare strategies for their respective companies to deal with problems posed and opportunities open up by the new economic policy. The programme could make the participants realise the importance of strategic management for small scale sector which has so far been considered useful for large corporate sector only. 15 participants received training in this area.
  • Intrapreneurship: Since performance of enterprises depended upon the dynamism of executives and supervisors, the Institute’s core activity for developing entrepreneurship within the organization for better efficiency and growth was well received at SIDBI. Through three such programmes, a total of 61 executives/supervisors/managers were trained.
  • Workshop on Use of Internet for Business Promotion: Realising the significant role that Internet would be playing in an era propelled by Information Technology, a 3-day workshop on ‘Business Promotion through Internet’ was organized with SIDBI’s support with an objective to create an awareness on internet sources and services; enhance knowledge and skills of participants in utilising the same; and equip them with technical and economic aspects of the industry. Through this workshop, a group of 22 resource persons.


Preparing, Revising, and Upgrading 300 Project Profiles:

EDII was roped in by SIDBI to prepare, revise, and upgrade 300 project profiles covering eight Industry sectors namely 1) Ceramics, Chemicals, Leather and Rubber 2) Engineering & Engineering Goods, Auto Component, Electrical, Electronic Product 3) Food and Agri Processing 4) IT & IT-related 5) Pharmaceuticals, Healthcare and Herbal 6) Plastics, Paper & Paper Products, Wooden Articles and Allied Service Sector 7) Textiles, Apparel and Allied 8) Tourism, Travels & Hospitality and Allied, Handicrafts, Gems and Jewellery, Bamboo Production, Traditional Crafts.

  • All 300 profiles covering 18 parameters namely; Introduction, product & its application, desired qualifications for promoter, industry lookout and trends, market potential and marketing issues, raw material requirements, manufacturing process, manpower requirement, implementation schedule, cost of project, means of finance, working capital calculation, list of machinery required, profitability calculations, breakeven analysis, statutory/government approvals, backward and forward integrations, and training centres and courses, were prepared and submitted to SIDBI.
  • The profiles were uploaded on SIDBI website to facilitate prospective entrepreneurs, bankers, financial institutions, MSME support organisations, and institutions involved in entrepreneurship training and mentoring.


Digital Financial Literacy Programme (DFLP)

SIDBI, under its Poorest States Inclusive Growth (PSIG) project, had entrusted EDII with the task of conducting programmes on Digital Financial Literacy (DFL), aimed at sensitising artisans, MSME entrepreneurs and traders, towards digital and electronic modes of financial transactions. One-day programmes were conducted to make artisans and stakeholders in the value chain adopt cashless mode of transaction in their business.

  • More than 1800 artisans and MSME entrepreneurs were sensitized through 31 DFL programmes sanctioned by SIDBI on a pan-India basis. Of this, 13 were organized across Odisha, 10 in Assam, 5 in West Bengal, and 3 in Gujarat, covering different artisanal clusters.
  • Entrepreneurs have been registered on the Stand-up India portal.


Cluster Development in Agartala and Rajkot

EDII had been engaged as a Cluster Intervention Team to implement cluster development project in the Bamboo Crafts Cluster at Agartala (Tripura) and Engineering Cluster at Rajkot (Gujarat). The 32-month project, titled MSME-Cluster Intervention Programme (M-CIP), was supported by SIDBI. It focused on encouraging the MSME cluster to develop into a Smart Cluster and emerge as a strong pillar of the Make in India initiative.


  1. Rajkot Engineering Cluster, Gujarat
  • Project Launch Workshop was organised and 60 participants from various stakeholders validated the findings.
  • Workshop on ‘Simulation Software Benefits for Foundry Industries’ organised, whereby 65 participants from MSMEs, college students and Business Development Services Providers (BDSPs) were sensitised on Simulation Software utility.
  • As part of training on Simulation Software, 10 participants were trained on 2D-3D modelling and Simulation Software for castings.
  • 55 participants were sensitised about ‘5S and Value Stream Mapping-VSM’ (Lean Manufacturing Tools) implementation.
  • Implementation in 6 pump manufacturing units was undertaken as per suggestions made under 5S & VSM (Lean Manufacturing Tools).
  • ERP for pump manufacturers has been developed and its implementation in 10 units is in process.
  • 25 in-company trainings on ‘Best Practices in Cupola Furnaces’ were conducted, as part of which 28 supervisors and 80 workers were trained in best practices to be adopted during melting process in cupola furnace. These industries have been given hand holding support for successful implementation of best practices.


         2, Agartala Bamboo Cluster, Tripura

  • Project Launch Workshop was organised and 70 participants from various stakeholders validated the findings.
  • Prepared a consolidated ’Design Directory’ of existing bamboo handicraft products of Tripura.
  • Awareness campaign for registration under ‘Udyog Aadhaar Memorandum’ conducted in the cluster – 40 artisans were informed about its necessity.
  • A comprehensive survey was conducted along with experts from TIE-Skill (Margdarshak) in the ‘Bamboo Basketry Craft’, for understanding Design Aesthetics and the scope for further development. 40 artisans from the cluster participated and displayed their skills.


Capsule programme on Business Plan Preparation and Project Appraisal:

20 persons were trained in Business Plan Preparation and Project Appraisal at the capsule programme organized at SIDBI MSME International Institute, Bhubaneswar. Participants included budding entrepreneurs, bankers, NGOs, corporates, and Micro Finance Institutions (MFIs).


Business Plan Preparation and Appraisal workshop:

21 participants attended a three-day Business Plan Preparation and Appraisal workshop conducted from January 10-12, 2018, at the SIDBI MSME International Training Institute (SITI) in Bhubaneswar. 


Art-based Entrepreneurship Workshop:

70 artisans including SVEP entrepreneurs representing different districts of West Bengal participated in the art-based entrepreneurship workshop ‘Swabalamban Kala Prativa Karyashala’, organised at the Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata. Sponsored by SIDBI, the workshop showcased district-wise art forms and featured expert talk by designers, entrepreneurs, government officials, social media experts & officials from SIDBI.


Diagnostic Study of selected MSME Clusters supported by SIDBI:

The objective of this project is to conduct diagnostic study (financial and non-financial aspects) of 7 MSME Clusters, namely Kolkata (Leather), Gangtok (Tourism), Agartala (Bamboo), Jamnagar (Brass Components), Vatva (Dyes and Chemicals), Ankleshwar (Chemical), and Rajkot (Engineering) Clusters. The study conducts an on-site analysis of the business dynamics of each cluster with a view to doing its gap analysis, ascertain the existing level of hard and soft interventions, and then develop an action plan to enhance the cluster competitiveness. 


  • Diagnostic Study Reports were prepared by assessing the financial & non-financial gaps for selected MSME clusters.


Stand Up India (SUI) Clinic, Sponsored by SIDBI

 SIDBI-sponsored Stand Up India (SUI) Clinic aimed at providing handholding support to aspiring entrepreneurs who had registered on the Stand-Up India portal (https://www.standupmitra.in) or had filled up their applications but were unable to submit for various reasons. The one-day programme also provided support to those whose applications had been rejected.

One-to-one interaction with officials from SIDBI and NABARD and EDII experts was organized to facilitate applicants to firm up their projects and submit their applications. Applicants whose cases had been rejected were also provided support to rework on their proposal and resubmit the same for consideration. 

  1. 145 entrepreneurs were contacted and counselled.
  2. 19 entrepreneurs attended.
  3. 12 representatives from different banks also attended the SUI clinic.
  4. Issues related to Credit Guarantee/collateral, Margin Money Support, DPR preparation, Technical & Financial training, and Registration for Taxation were also addressed.
  5. The calculation of working capital and other mandatory requirements for getting loan under Stand-Up India programme were also discussed.


Stand Up India (SUI) Clinic:

30 participants were provided handholding support at the Stand Up India (SUI) Clinic, sponsored by SIDBI. The one-day event was conducted in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh.


Art-based Entrepreneurship Workshop

398 artisans participated in the art-based entrepreneurship workshop ‘Swabalamban Kala Prativa Karyashala’, organised in the cities of Varanasi, Mumbai & Chennai. Sponsored by SIDBI, the workshop focused on exploring ways and means of developing art-based entrepreneurs and imparted training on entrepreneurship to the artisans.


Livelihood Outreach Project in UP

The Livelihood Outreach Programme that is being implemented in Uttar Pradesh is aimed at empowering communities in 10 districts of eastern UP through financial and digital literacy training to 3000 individuals and by imparting, training, handholding and mentoring to 1500 artisans/micro entrepreneurs/ livelihood entrepreneurs for onboarding the e-marketplace. The implementations are supported by SIDBI. Under the period in review, a total of 35 programmes were conducted for Artisans in Gorakhpur, Deoria, Kushinagar, Mau and Azamgarh sensitizing 1750 artisans.


SIDBI Cluster Development Fund (SCDF) scheme

EDII, under the SIDBI Cluster Development Fund (SCDF) Scheme has been appointed as the Project Management Consultant at PAN India Level. The 2-year project aims at developing industrial and social infrastructure for development of MSMEs in various clusters and industrial parks. Structured implementation of the project has been initiated in Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal. 

Under the scheme, SIDBI has also chosen few artisan clusters where soft interventions are being planned. The objective is to promote age-old crafts and make these clusters sustainable.  The interventions have been initiated in Himroo shawl cluster in Aurangabad, Maharashtra. Based on the revelations of the diagnostic study, soft interventions are being planned in the cluster to support weavers through sensitization and knowledge upgradation on craft management and sustainability. 



Revitalising Innovation for Sustainable Enterprises (RISE)

EDII collaborated with IDBI Bank Ltd. to initiate the project ‘Revitalising Innovation for Sustainable Enterprises (RISE)’. The project would help in improving the economic conditions and quality of life among rural and peri-urban communities in the selected regions of Odisha, Uttarakhand and Assam States. Over a period of 3 years, more than 4300 women and youth will be trained to embrace enhanced livelihood opportunities in diverse technology-based entrepreneurship activities.

Implementing Skill and Entrepreneurship Development Interventions at Karnali
In the 3-year project titled ‘Implementing Skill and Entrepreneurship Development Interventions at Karnali under Sansad Aadarsh Gram Yojana (Skill Development Programme)’, EDII has empowered, educated and engaged women and youth of Karnali by providing them entrepreneurial skills and capacity building training in various trades. Interventions also included financial handholding support to the participants to start a micro venture. 

National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development

Following Programmes have been undertaken with the support of National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD):
  1. Financial Literacy Programmes (FLPs) to provide insights into formal credit avenues, accessing financial services and planning towards economic security. Over 600 participants trained from 2013-2015.
  1. Skill Development Initiatives (SDI) in various districts of Uttar Pradesh to provide inputs in entrepreneurship & schemes of assistance, project selection & its pre-feasibility, project report preparation and management during the first quarter of 2020. – In the second quarter, SDI programme was conducted at Basti (Refrigeration & Air-Conditioning) and the study on Red Terracotta Pottery Industries with Special Reference to Villages under Bhathat Block of Gorakhpur District’ was completed.
    • A total of 60 trainees participated in SDI programmes conducted at Basti and Mau and 30 more trainees were a part of the ongoing two-month SDI programme being conducted at Deoria in the last quarter of 2020.
    • A total of 180 trainees participated in SDI programmes conducted at Deoria, Mau, Kushinagar, Balrampur, Siddharthnagar and Ballia in first quarter of 2021.
    • A total of 90 trainees participated in SDI programmes conducted at Shravasti, Jaunpur, and Unnao in second quarter of 2021.
  1. Promotion of Women SHGs (WSHGs) in Dhenkanal, Odisha: This four-year project focused on providing poor households in rural hinterlands of Dhenkanal, access to sustainable banking services. The project supported livelihood development programmes for the poor, through formation of Women Self Help Groups (SHGs). As a result, 1000 WSHGs have been formed, 1000 savings bank accounts opened with cumulative savings of Rs. 85 lakhs and Rs. 362.63 lakh have been sanctioned and disbursed to WSHGs
  1. Technology Entrepreneurship Development Programmes (TEDPs) in various districts of Uttar Pradesh to orient people towards the ways and means of adopting businesses that are based on technology.
  1. Pottery Cluster Development Programme in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh, a 5-year project aimed at revitalising the cluster on the parameters of processes, market, networks and innovations. (2015)
  1. Wooden Toys & Jewellery Cluster Development Programme in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh to revitalize the cluster.
  1. Management Support for Implementation of DFID ‘Skill for Jobs’ Programme (2015) : The 5-year project supported by a consortium of technical agencies viz., Price-Water-House Coopers (PWC) Pvt. Ltd., Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), NABARD Consultancy Services (NABCONS) and Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India, Ahmedabad, aims at developing ‘skills eco-system’ so that jobs could be generated for the poor.  The State Skill Development Missions of the respective states were provided capacity building support to develop an institutional structure to coordinate skill development initiatives; set up an effective mechanism to monitor skill building initiatives in the state; and establish skill development committees in high demand sectors involving sector-specific councils (SSCs) and National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC)
  1. The NABARD-Bhubaneswar Project – ‘Sustaining Community Livelihood through Farming of Anantamula-A Herbal Creeper’, implemented in Kantol Gram Panchayat of Kankadahad Block, Dhenkanal District, focused on forming a ‘Growers Cooperative of Anantamula Herbs’ to ensure better practices for making it a commercially viable product. 1000 nurseries of Anantamula were raised and samplings distributed in three villages viz., Kadabapal, Bahadapal and Rekuti in Kantol panchayat involving 6 SHGs. (2013)
  1. Micro Entrepreneurship Development Programmes (MEDPs) on various trades were organised in Gorakhpur. The latest programme on Terracotta was conducted for 30 participants from 06 SHGs of Hafiznagar village of Bhatahat Block of Gorakhpur district. The programme organized during 11-23 February 2022 was sponsored by NABARD under Micro Enterprise Development Program (MEDP) scheme. The objective of the training program was to ensure livelihood and income generation opportunities for the trainees (mostly SHG members) by way of placement or by helping them set up their own units. The programme inputs enhanced capacities of participants through appropriate skill upgradation in existing or new livelihood activities in farm or non-farm activities and enriched their knowledge on enterprise management, business dynamics and rural markets.
  1. As NABARD’s agency for promoting Women Self-Help Groups (WSHGs) in the 21 Left Wing Extremism (LWE) Districts in Odisha, the Institute sensitized women leaders from 50 WSHGs on the importance and role of WSHGs towards developing livelihood-based self-employment skills in under-developed and resource poor regions. (2012)
  1. EDII has been awarded ‘Excellent Performance in NABARD sponsored SDI Programme’ in 2020. The award was presented by Hon’ble Finance Minister of Uttar Pradesh Shri Suresh Khanna. 
  1. NABARD (OFPO-PI) (2021)

EDII has been selected as the ‘Off-Farm Producer Organization-Promoting Institution’ for Gorakhpur Terracotta Cluster. Sponsored by NABARD, the project will focus on developing the socio-economic status of artisans of Gorakhpur Terracotta cluster. The main aim of OFPO is to ensure better income for the producers through an organization of their own.

As the Producer Organization Promoting Institution (POPI), EDII is carrying out cluster identification, diagnostic and feasibility studies, business planning, mobilization of artisans and registration/incorporation of PO, resource mobilization, development of management systems and procedures, and assessment and audit. The Institute will also build the capabilities of the Staff and Management of the PO through training and continuous hand-holding.

  1. Diagnostic Study and DPR preparation of Duttapukur Terracotta and Pottery Cluster (2019)

Sponsored by NABARD, the activity focused on understanding prospects and constraints of the cluster, create need-based infrastructure, and upgrade the skill level of artisans to improve their standard of living.

  1. Project Parisar was launched on 29th September, 2021, at Mysore, in the presence of Chief General Manager, NABARD. The project focuses on the manufacture of coconut leaf straws from naturally fallen dried coconut leaves. Supported by NABARD under Gramya Vikas Nidhi Scheme and implemented by EDII, the project will support 100 rural women in generating income and employment through the production of coconut leaf straws.

The pilot project is proposed in five villages in Mysore District, Karnataka. The villages selected are Jaibheemngar, Mellahalli (Dairy), Mellahalli (Nayakarabeedi), Mati, and Makanahalli


EDII signed an MoU with North Eastern Regional Agricultural Marketing Corporation Limited (NERMAC) to support North Eastern states in creating a strong ecosystem for entrepreneurship in the domain of agriculture and horticulture, with focus on women led enterprises.



Institute developed a Knowledge Paper on ‘Entrepreneurship in India 2018: Gains & Misses’ for Assocham. Released on World Entrepreneur’s Day, the Paper details the evolution and emergence of Entrepreneurship and the Startup Ecosystem in India, besides comparing the global startup ecosystem and offering lessons for India. It also documents the Start-up policies of different states.

Dalit Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry

Dalit Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry (DICCI) and Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University 

A tripartite MoU was signed between EDII, Dalit Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry (DICCI) and Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University, Lucknow to deeproot entrepreneurship in Uttar Pradesh 

Gujarat Chamber of Commerce & Industry

Gujarat Chamber of Commerce & Industry 

Gujarat Chamber of Commerce & Industry to collaborate in implementing training/capacity building programmes, seminars, workshops and other related activities and in preparing knowledge documents and research papers, as KNOWLEDGE PARTNER.

Hewlett Packard (HP)


‘World on Wheels (WOW)’ Project of Hewlett Packard


As part of the MoU signed with Hewlett Packard (HP), EDII and HP have collaborated to create digital literacy among the rural population under the project ‘World on Wheels’. The project focuses on building and deploying internet-enabled digital inclusion and learning labs to facilitate digital literacy, education programming, entrepreneurship training, and other community services in rural India. Mobile computer labs (big multi axle buses with computer lab set up) have been equipped with necessary paraphernalia. During its stay at the designated villages, the bus extends its services for 10 hours, of which 4 hours is devoted to school children, 3 hours to youth, 1 hour for dispensing common services like Aadhaar, MeeSeva services etc, and 2 hours for creating awareness on government schemes and various development themes.



‘Women Entrepreneurship Development Programme’ of Walmart :


Institute was engaged by Walmart to impart training to women entrepreneurs under its ‘Women Entrepreneurship Development Programme (WEDP)’. The WEDP aimed at building capacity of Women-Owned Businesses (WOBs) across India by imparting professional and life skills to build robust and sustainable businesses.

Yes Bank

Say YES to Sustainable MSMEs in India


Enhancing the competitiveness of MSME clusters and improving their environmental and sustainable development has been the focus of the YES Bank supported project titled ‘Say YES to Sustainable MSMEs in India’. The project aimed at promoting energy efficiency and Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) measures in MSME clusters, and was implemented in eight states namely Gujarat, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, West Bengal, Telangana, and Uttar Pradesh.


YES Bank-Amazon CSR Project: Amazon-Trained E-commerce Specialist (ATES) Programme


The YES Bank-Amazon CSR project aimed at enhancing the employability of youth in India in the growing e-commerce/e-retail sector.


‘Skills to Succeed Goal 2020’ Project of Accenture


Accenture assigned to EDII the task of carrying out Micro Enterprise Development Programmes (MEDPs) in 13 states viz., Karnataka, Telangana, Assam, Madhya Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Goa, Maharashtra, Pondicherry, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Meghalaya, Tripura, and Andhra Pradesh.


Skills to Succeed MSDP 2020-21 :


Under Accenture-sponsored project titled Skills to Succeed MSDP 2020-21, Institute will conduct ‘Micro Skillpreneurship Development Programmes (MSDPs)’ across Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Assam, Maharashtra, Goa, Madhya Pradesh, Uttarakhand and the Union Territory Puducherry. This one-year project focuses on developing micro entrepreneurs from among rural women, which shall subsequently result in employment generation, asset creation, and revenue generation. Besides facilitating interaction with entrepreneurs, the inputs imparted focus on opportunities available, Government schemes, soft skills, process of setting up small ventures, etc.

Tata Communication


Entrepreneurship Development Programme for SC/ST in Pune District :


Sponsored by TATA Communication Ltd. Pune, the programme ‘Promoting Entrepreneurship amongst Individuals and Self-Help Groups from Affirmative Action Communities in Pune District’ aimed at developing entrepreneurial capacity and business competence among SC/ST, people from weaker sections and SHG members, for sustainable income through enterprise creation in communication. The 54-month project began in December 2015


Project Udaya: Entrepreneurship Development Programme for Women from SC/ST, Weaker Section and SHGs in Pune and Raigad districts :


Based on successful implementation of similar project in Pune, Tata Communications Ltd. has roped in EDII to conduct Entrepreneurship Development Programme for SC/ST in two districts namely Pune and Raigad. The project focuses on developing the entrepreneurial capacity and business competence of women from SC/ST, Weaker Sections and SHG members for sustainable income through enterprise creation. As part of the programme, 900 women from identified locations will be sensitized through entrepreneurial awareness camps, and 300 potential women entrepreneurs will be provided training through customized Women Entrepreneurship Development Programmes. 150 enterprises will be established and provided handholding support within two years of the project period.



Handmade in India :


‘Handmade in India’ is a 3-year project focused at evolving an entrepreneurial ecosystem around 6 selected handloom clusters spread across five states – Assam, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha & Tamil Nadu (Salem, Surendranagar, Bargarh, Bhuj, Kamrup, Maheshwar handloom clusters in India). Sponsored by HSBC, the project is anchored by EDII in consultation with Ernst & Young (Knowledge partner). A variety of interventions are being made to help nearly 3000 handloom sector entrepreneurs to achieve sustainable growth and overall social development.



WE ACT (Access Connect & Transform) – Chamber of Commerce for Women Entrepreneurs – CoC) :


Set up in Bengaluru, the CoC will address the needs of rural micro-entrepreneurs created through the Accenture ‘Skills to Succeed 2020’ project, so that they can be brought in the mainstream of development and are able to receive all benefits as people in urban areas. It will provide a platform for the entrepreneurs to network and showcase their products, and thereby engage in knowledge and technology sharing, and product improvement. The CoC will provide hand-holding support to micro entrepreneurs, so as to enable them to make their business profitable and sustainable, and thereby foster rural women entrepreneurship in India through the 4 pillars of WeAct: Market Exposure, Product development support, Networking, Mentoring & Incubation.


Boost your Business’ programme with Facebook :


EDII collaborated with Facebook to implement its National Project – ‘Boost Your Business’. Conducted in 15 states, the programme focused on training entrepreneurs from small and medium businesses with the requisite knowledge, skills, and technology to facilitate growth of their businesses online. They were equipped with skills to use Facebook effectively for digital marketing and monetization of their businesses online. Entrepreneurs from small and medium businesses were equipped with knowledge and skills to facilitate growth of their businesses online. Intensive and interactive flash workshops were conducted to orient micro/small enterprises/shopkeepers/traders with various aspects of using Facebook to ‘Boost Your Business’.


SATTVA – Women Skillpreneurship Development Program (WSDP)

Supported by HCL Foundation focuses on building the inner strength of community institutions such as SHGs, Cluster/Block/District level Federation through a well-designed programme to suit the needs of community women. EDII is partnering with HCL Foundation to train 450 urban poor women from Bengaluru, Madurai and Hyderabad, in 15 Women Skillpreneurship Development Programmes (WSDP).

Tata Steel

Tata Steel, Gopalpur 

EDII has worked with Tata Steel in Gopalpur for promotion of entrepreneurship through EDP trainings and mentoring services for enterprises established by the project affected communities in Gopalpur.

North Eastern Development Finance Corporation Limited

North Eastern Development Finance Corporation Limited 

EDII conducted training programme for officers working in the areas of credit, disbursement. Organized in Guwahat, the programme focused on credit appraisal, monitoring and follow-up.

Essel Group

Essel Group

A series of Intrapreneurship Development Programmes were organized for officials of Essel Group to enable them develop intrapreneurial skills and core competencies to bring about organizational growth. Conducted for top and middle level officials, the programmes provided insights on perceiving and pursuing unrecognized opportunities in the organization, entrepreneurial strategies, transformational leadership, creating and managing entrepreneurial organization etc. 

PricewaterhouseCoopers Pvt. Ltd.

PricewaterhouseCoopers Pvt. Ltd. (PwC) 

The programme focused on providing Programme Management Support to PricewaterhouseCoopers Pvt. Ltd. (PwC) engaged by Department for International Development (DFID), for the implementation of ‘Skills for Jobs Programme’, as per the agreement between PwC and Madhya Pradesh State Skill Development Mission (MPSSDM). Implemented in Madhya Pradesh, the initiative aimed at supporting project management activities with respect to the technical aspects related to engaging and leading the team of Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) on entrepreneurship, and supporting the project team.

CARE India

CARE India  

In association with CARE India under its Pathways Project, EDII was assigned the responsibility of conducting Capacity Building Programme for agri-entrepreneurs, prepare training modules on Entrepreneurship Development and Financial Management, conduct exposure visit and undertake formulation of Business Plan. The training programme was designed and participants from 3 districts namely Kendrapara, Kalahandi & Kandhamal of Odisha were imparted training.

CARE also assigned to EDII the task of conducting four programmes for their Master Integrators (MIs), Community Resource Persons (CRP) and Livelihood Support Persons (LSP) at Bhubaneswar and Kandhamal. The programmes were designed for three days, and focused on various livelihood themes covering their business opportunities and scale up plan.

Heifer International

Business Plan Preparation for Partner NGOs of Heifer International

Heifer International, a global non-profit organisation working to eradicate poverty and hunger through sustainable, values-based holistic community development, had assigned to EDII the task of preparing business plan for its producer companies promoted by partner agencies on goattery, backyard poultry and vegetables. 



The Institute developed a ten-day Micro Enterprise Consultants’ Programme for women and pilot-tested it in Kozhikode and Malappuram districts.

Maharashtra Centre for Entrepreneurship Development

Maharashtra Centre for Entrepreneurship Development (MCED) 

Maharashtra Centre for Entrepreneurship Development (MCED) commissioned to the Institute to carry out an evaluation of training programmes, Entrepreneurship Development Programmes (EDP) as well as Vocational Training Programmes (VTP), conducted by them. The prime objective of the evaluation study was to assess effectiveness of the programmes in terms of its objectives.

Kerala Blockchain Academy

Kerala Blockchain Academy (KBA) 

EDII has partnered with Kerala Blockchain Academy (KBA) and Digital University of Kerala (DUK) to train individuals who are keen to initiate startups in the domain of Blockchain Technology. The 14-day Certified Blockchain Startup Programme (CBS) offers 8 days of entrepreneurship and management training and 6 days of blockchain training. 

Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Technical University

Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Technical University 

EDII and Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Technical University, Lucknow signed MoU to widespread entrepreneurship among faculty members and students.

IIM Jammu

IIM Jammu 

EDII Collaborates with IIM Jammu to Induce Entrepreneurial Skills among students to provide knowledge and support to the students and develop an ecosystem to support budding startups.

IIM Ranchi

IIM Ranchi 

EDII and IIM Ranchi join hands to provide an Entrepreneurial Direction to the youths to promote entrepreneurial thinking among students and thus innovative start-ups.

Putra Business School, Malaysia

Putra Business School, Malaysia 

EDII signed a MoU with Putra Business School, Malaysia to inspire new age entrepreneurs and students in India and Malaysia and creating a stronger routing to Entrepreneurship in Malaysia.

Reva University

Reva University

EDII is the knowledge partner for the ‘BBA-Entrepreneurship programme’ launched by Reva University, Bengaluru.

Koshy’s Institute of Management Studies

Koshy’s Institute of Management Studies

Institute has collaborated with Bangalore-based Koshy’s Institute of Management to offer the ‘Entrepreneurship Diploma Programme’, focused at providing insights on being a successful entrepreneur. 

University of Namibia

University of Namibia

EDII signed MoU with UNAM, University of Namibia to jointly undertake entrepreneurship related activities among students of Namibia.

Savitribai Phule Pune University

Savitribai Phule Pune University

EDII and Savitribai Phule Pune University’s – Centre for Innovation, Incubation & Enterprise (SPPU’s-CIIE), have joined hands to orient youths towards entrepreneurial career by jointly design courses and programs in entrepreneurship development and execute them through joint certification.

Kadi Sarva Vidyalaya

Kadi Sarva Vidyalaya

Kadi Sarva Vidyalaya to promote Entrepreneurship, as an ideal career option among the students fraternity at under-graduate and post graduate levels through a series of training programmes, seminars, workshops, etc.

National Institute of Fashion Technology

National Institute of Fashion Technology

National Institute of Fashion Technology, Gandhinagar, Gujarat with EDII to promote the cause of Entrepreneurship Development, offer courses, training programmes on Fashion, Design and Luxury Entrepreneurship, set up Incubation Centre, manage faculty and students exchange and organise projects, programmes and workshops, of mutual interest.

Gujarat Technological University

Gujarat Technological University

Gujarat Technological University, Ahmedabad to establish an enduring framework for educational relations and co-operation between the two participating institutions in order to promote academic learning, research and to explore the possibility of joint academic programmes.

Anand Agricultural University

Anand Agricultural University

Anand Agricultural University, Gujarat to cooperate in the areas of training farmers to transform agriculture into agribusiness, food processing, holding joint workshops for prospective agri-preneurs, organizing study visits, student and faculty exchange for mutual benefit / benefit of farming, rural and agribusiness and entrepreneurial community.

Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University

Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University

Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University, Gandhinagar for providing regular exchange of information, innovation, knowledge, technological developments, management programmes and skills development, which contribute to mutual benefits of the institutions.

Veer Narmad South Gujarat University

Veer Narmad South Gujarat University

Veer Narmad South Gujarat University for providing regular exchange of information, innovation, knowledge, technological developments, management programmes and skills development which contribute to mutual benefits of the institutions.

Gujarat Institute of Disaster Management

Gujarat Institute of Disaster Management

Gujarat Institute of Disaster Management collaborated with EDII for organising joint training services, strengthen training capacity, joint research activity, documentation and case study, consultancy/ advisory services on relevant matters and development and sharing of Business Continuity Management (BCM) technical expertise through mutually identified means and modalities.

Jain Group of Institutions

Jain Group of Institutions (JGI), Karnataka

EDII has extended support to JGI, Belgaum, Karnataka, in imparting entrepreneurship related inputs as a measure to expose the students to the charms of becoming an entrepreneur. 

EDII-Tamil Nadu

EDII entered into an MoU with Entrepreneurship Development and Innovation Institute, Tamil Nadu (EDII-Tamil Nadu) on September 6 for fostering entrepreneurship education, training and research across the state.

PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore

PSG College of Technology and EDII signed an MoU to establish a Centre of Excellence in StartUps/Entrepreneurship. The students will benefit through an Entrepreneruship- Lab which will offer collaborative training programmes, mentoring and guidance in diverse areas of Entrepreneurship and Startups.

Gujarat Institute of Development Research (GIDR)

  • EDII entered into an MoU with Gujarat Institute of Development Research (GIDR) to foster advancement in academia in the field of Entrepreneurship education and research.

IIT Madras

  • EDII entered into an MoU with IIT Madras to encourage collaboration and exchange between the two institutions to provide scope for wider entrepreneurship learning to the students of both the Institutes.

Amity University

An MoU with Amity University, Jharkhand aims to strengthen academic, entrepreneurial, cultural ties, research, faculty exchanges, entrepreneurship support, and joint projects. It seeks to define research areas, conduct Faculty Development programmes, and promote joint publications.

Auro University

An MoU was signed for promoting SSIP and entrepreneurship development, conducting workshops, collaborative research and various training programmes.

Doon University

The MoU was signed to spearheading entrepreneurship in the Uttrakhand, and designing and developing joint academic programmes on entrepreneurship.


An MoU was signed between CrAdLE, the Technology Business Incubator of EDII, and STPI Next to encourage startups in creating innovative products and services, thereby transforming the financial landscape and motivating traditional firms to invest in technology. This collaboration aims to establish a FinGlobe Center of Excellence in Gandhinagar, providing a platform for FinTech and TechFin startups and investors to pioneer new solutions using cutting-edge technologies.

Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda (MSU)

EDII signed an MoU with Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda (MSU), Vadodara, Gujarat, to nurture the spirit of entrepreneurship among students by leveraging the expertise of the two institutions.

ASBM University

EDII signed an MoU with ASBM University, Odisha to promote innovation and entrepreneurship in the state.

INSA Business

The Institute entered into an MoU with the INSA Business, Marketing and Communication School, Spain to conduct joint trainings in the areas of business communication, advertising, public relations and international business.

Bayer Foundation

Bayer Foundation

EDII has joined hands with the Bayer Foundation to implement Project UNNATI in Malegaon district.
The Project is being implemented in three phases, comprising; Vision Building & Leadership Training (VBLT) for empowering 100 SHG Heads/Leaders; Micro Skillpreneurship Development Training (MSDP) to impart training in Entrepreneurship and a selected Skill to 600 women members belonging to SHGs and Entrepreneurship Development Programme (EDP) to train and handhold 50 independent women wishing to start their own business.


Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited (ONGC), has entered into an MOU with EDII for promoting self–sustainable organizations for the tribal Community in the Dang District of Gujarat. The 3 years project will conclude in 2025. The interventions are as follows.

Formation of SHGs and institutional building

Capacity building: To ensure capacity building of the tribal community, EDII organises Skill Development and Entrepreneurship development programmes; offers opportunity guidance for enterprise creation; helps prepare technically feasible and economically viable project reports; provides backward and forward linkages and implements individual development plan (wage employment/enterprise promotion)

Formation of the producer’s organization

Transforming producer organisations into self- sustaining organisations


  1. Enhancement of quality of life in tribal community.
  2. Increase in their income by 10% due to enhanced skills and competencies
  3. Promotion of viable enterprises 

Utkal Alumina International Ltd

Utkal Alumina International Ltd

EDII in association with Aditya Birla Group’s Utkal Alumina International Ltd (UAIL) has launched the project ‘UDAYMEE’. The three-year project initiated in 2021 aims to foster non-farm and agri-allied entrepreneurship among youngsters from Rayagada’s Kashipur Block and Kalahandi’s Thuamul Rampur Block.

Jain International Organisation (JIO)

Jain International Organisation (JIO)

Entrepreneur Level Next, a program conceptualized by Jain International Organisation (JIO) and EDII is a virtual learning program in entrepreneurship for aspiring youth entrepreneurs across the nation. With a vision to develop resilient, ethical & innovative business leaders from amongst micro & small entrepreneurs, and from the society at large; it includes a robust curriculum in Entrepreneurship with 300 topics.

Hindustan Aeronautics ltd (HAL)

Hindustan Aeronautical Ltd. and EDII have entered into an MOU for promotion of enterprises through awareness creation, skill and entrepreneurship development, among 1000 youth and women in the Kolar/ chikkabalapur/ Nelamangala ( Bangalore Rural) areas.

Rajasthan Patrika

Rajasthan Patrika

EDII and Rajasthan Patrika have entered into a collaboration to jointly organize Entrepreneurship Development Programmes for emerging women entrepreneurs. Against the backdrop that entrepreneurship is the need-of-the-hour, especially among the women community, the two organizations have joined hands to institute meaningful, outcome-based programmes and bring the results and interventions before the society at large to earn a winning response for the development tool of entrepreneurship.

Madan Mohan Malaviya University of Technology (MMMUT)


EDII and Madan Mohan Malaviya University of Technology (MMMUT), Gorakhpur signed an MoU to widespread entrepreneurship amongst students through sharing of knowledge, resources and by designing and implementing outcome based entrepreneurship development activities. 

Chhatrapati Shahu Ji Maharaj University (CSJM)


EDII entered into an MoU with Chhatrapati Shahu Ji Maharaj University (CSJM), Kanpur to undertake promotion of entrepreneurship through specially designed programmes and activities so that students get oriented to the discipline and get motivated to adopt entrepreneurship as a career

Rural Development & Research centre, Ahmedabad, Swami Vivekanand Sewa Trust, Patan and Samata Kelavani Mandal, Dabhoi, Vadodara

EDII entered into MoUs with Rural Development & Research centre, Ahmedabad, Swami Vivekanand Sewa Trust, Patan and Samata Kelavani Mandal, Dabhoi, Vadodara to promote entrepreneurship among the tribals in Gujarat State. EDII has been working towards inclusive development on the premise of entrepreneurship. The Institute has ensured integration of the marginalised and disadvantaged communities in the mainstream by ensuring New Enterprise Creation and employment opportunities by skill development and capacity building.

Odisha State Open University, Sambalpur

As a step towards broadbasing entrepreneurship across the country, EDII signed an MoU with Odisha State Open University, Sambalpur to promote entrepreneurship in the state through distance education.

Guru Ghasidas Central University, Bilaspur (GGCU)

In order to strengthen the entrepreneurship ecosystem in Chhattisgarh, EDII signed an MoU with Guru Ghasidas Central University, Bilaspur (GGCU). 

An Entrepreneurship Awareness Camp for budding entrepreneurs was held at Guru Ghasidas Central University, Bilaspur as part of the MoU between EDII and GGCU, Bilaspur. 65 people from all across the state attended the three day camp, where they learnt about entrepreneurial competencies, business opportunity identification and selection, enterprise creation, enterprise management, attracting funds, leveraging government schemes and support, and business plan preparation, among other critical areas of business.

Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration, (LBSNAA)

EDII collaborated with Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration, (LBSNAA), Mussoorie to offer academic courses and programmes on the subject of entrepreneurship education and development, public policy etc. along with jointly organizing research and publication, capacity building workshops, seminars, and conferences.

Invertis University, Bareilly

This MoU focuses on promotion of Entrepreneurship Education at Invertis University in the western region and concentrates on conducting start-up related events, workshops, joint research and collaborative publications.

Mahayogi Gorakhnath University (MGU)

The MoU encompasses implementation of entrepreneurship courses at MGU and promotion of Entrepreneurship in the state of Uttar Pradesh.

Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences

Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences, Deemed to be University (KISS-DU), The MoU aims to strengthen the tribal entrepreneurship ecosystem in the country.

Anna University (GGCU)