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Department of Projects


Through various projects under the categories of Government-sponsored and Corporate- sponsored, EDII seeks to develop knowledge that encourages innovation and replicable models. Institute's projects, across the country, have covered diverse sectors and target groups, and have made a unique contribution to economic and entrepreneurial transformations. These projects have emanated development and growth for important segments of society.

The projects within the ambit of EDII include those assigned by the Central & the State Governments, development organizations and public enterprises. In each case, skill training, new enterprise creation, MSME sector development, employment generation and innovation have become a norm. EDII also works closely with Corporate Houses to train their employees in intrapreneurship skills and to undertake Corporate Social Responsibility projects for social good.

Department of Projects focuses on:

  • Partnering with governments at the state and national levels to initiate and implement innovation-led projects that spawn viable and highly scalable business models.
  • Focussing on S&T entrepreneurship so that knowledge based, technology-led enterprises become the order of the day.
  • Institutionalising S&T entrepreneurship, capacity building of academia and specialised institutions created for promoting entrepreneurship
  • Ensuring progression of entrepreneurial capabilities in sectors such as; agriculture, food processing, handlooms, traditional crafts, travel and tourism etc.
  • Ensuring effective skill training of potential entrepreneurs and capacity development of existing entrepreneurs in different trades and sectors
  • Collaborating with Corporates to build intrapreneurial skills among their employees and to implement the projects of corporates for the larger good of society

The year 2018 -19 :

  • The project work output will be extensively documented to create a rich pool of knowledge.
  • Focus will be strengthened on skill building, training and capacity building projects for development organizations, corporates and government.
  • Consultancy Projects under the aegis of National Centre for Rural Entrepreneurship in collaboration with Ministry of Rural Development, Govt. of India, will be promoted.
  • Collaborations will be struck with various National and State Governments to partake in various state and national level projects.




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

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

Core Activities

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

Programmes and Activities 2018-19

Sr. No. Activity Location Duration Target Group Objectives & Outcome
(A) Projects with Governments
3.1 Projects with Department of Science & Technology, Govt. of India 
3.1.1 DST-NIMAT Project Management National 1  year  Educational Institutions,  ED Organisations, Specialised Institutions for Entrepreneurship Development A long-term project to promote S&T Entrepreneurs amongst potential target groups and to streamline ED activities in organisations. 
3.1.2 Programmes under DST, NIMAT
3.1.2 (a) Science & Technology Entrepreneurship Development Programmes (S&T EDPs) National 4 weeks each Potential Entrepreneurs To promote enterprises based on Science & Technology inputs in the country. Target: 10 progs. 
3.1.2 (b) Technology-based S &T Entrepreneurship Development Programmes (TEDPS) National 6 weeks each Potential Entrepreneurs To encourage and motivate potential entrepreneurs to set up technology-based new units through Entrepreneurship Development Programme Strategy. Target:10 progs. 
3.1.2 (c) Faculty Development Programmes   National 12 days Teachers of Universities, Engg. Colleges, B- Schools etc. To develop skills in teachers of higher education towards teaching courses on ''Entrepreneurship'' effectively as well as orienting them to research in the field. Target: 10 progs.
3.1.2 (d) Women Entrepreneurship Development Programmes National 4 weeks Potential Women Entrepreneurs To equip women participants with requisite skills and knowledge on various aspects of business decision-making process, setting up and sustaining an enterprise. Target: 15 progs. 
3.1.2 (e) Entrepreneurship Awareness Camps National 3 days College students To sensitize the students towards the ''Charms of Being an Entrepreneur'' and orient them towards entrepreneurship and self-employment. Target: 75 progs.
3.1.3 i-STED Project in North East Region North East Region  5 years S&T Entrepreneurs An effort to bring about socio-economic development in the region by connecting S&T interventions and innovative solutions with entrepreneurial opportunities. The programmes would result in new sustainable enterprises and large scale employment. Target: 1200 entrepreneurs
3.1.4 DST – NewGen IEDC  National 1 year Institutions offering S&T Streams and have capability to promote Entrepreneurship To promote S&T entrepreneurship among students with S&T background. (10 new NewGen IEDCs)  
3.1.5 Student Start-up NIDHI  Project National 1 year Students of Institutions hosting IEDC/NewGen IEDC To facilitate and encourage potential startups to convert their business ideas into commercial activity. Target: 20 student teams
3.2 Projects with Ministry of Rural Development, Govt. of India 
3.2.1 National Resource Organization (NRO) for Start Up Village Entrepreneurship Program [SVEP] - Secretariat  EDII Campus 4 Years State Rural Livelihood Mission, Community Based Resource Persons and State Missions To facilitate effective implementation of SVEP in states.
3.2.2 Programme Implementation Agency as NRO in 12 states Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Jharkhand, Jammu & Kashmir, West Bengal, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Telangana, Chhattisgarh, Punjab 4 Years State Rural Livelihood Mission, Community Based Resource Persons and State Missions To provide specialized suppot to SRLM and also act as Project Management Unit. 
3.2.3 Support to states for block outreach and strengthening of Project Implementation Agency (PIA) States under SVEP Programme 3 years  Organizations / Institutions / NGOs  To provide support to the State Rural Livelihood Missions in identification and strengthening of Project Implementing Agencies. 
3.2.4 Software support to Micro Enterprises for Market Potential Assessment and Enterprise Tracking  EDII Campus 1 year Rural Entrepreneurs  To develop Application for Micro Enterprise potential assessment and also GIS-enabled tracking for enterprises and appraisal of new enterprises.
3.2.5 Action Research for Sub-Sectors - SVEP Across States  3 years Rural Entrepreneurs  Specific Action Research to be undertaken under the ambit of SVEP implementation.
3.2.6 Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushalya Yojana (DDU-GKY) Gorakhpur & Kushinagar 3 years Unemployed Youth  To train youth for enterprise creation and employment.
3.3 Projects with Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, Govt.of India 
3.3.1 PM YUVA Yojana Pan India 5 years Potential Social Entrepreneurs To promote Social Entrepreneurship to facilitate inclusive and holistic growth of the local economy.
3.3.2 Setting up Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Kendra Kushinagar, Gorakhpur, Azamgarh, Varanasi  & Lucknow 3 years Unemployed Youth  Imparting skills to youth and training them for enterprise creation and self-employment.
3.4 Projects with State Governments/Departments/Agencies
3.4.1 Bihar Skill Development Programme Bihar 1 year Students To develop students with employability skills viz. IT skills, Soft Skills for employment as also communication skills. 
3.4.2 Activities under Global Skill Park Bhopal 1 year Skilled youth To provide entrepreneurship and incubation support to skilled youth.
3.4.3 Micro Enterprise & Programme Planning (MEPP) Varanasi, Haldwani, Deoria/Azamgarh 5 years Unemployed Youth  A long-term ongoing project to create self-employment by promoting entrepreneurship among rural and urban population by targeting enterprises selected from either Manufacturing or Services sector. Being implemented in Varanasi and proposed in Haldwani and Deoria. 
3.4.4 Entrepreneurial Growth of Youth  EDII Campus 18 months Youth from SC/ST, Weaker sections and SHGs To promote entrepreneurship among youth of Ahmedabad. Target: Sensitize 1000 youth
(B) Projects with Corporates
3.5 New Enterprise Creation Programme for SC/ST  Pune (Maharashtra) 4 years 6 months SC/ST, Weaker sections and SHG members To promote entrepreneurship among individuals and SHGs from affirmative action communities in Pune. In this phase, followup support will be provided to 200 trained entrepreneurs.
3.6 Skills to Suceed 2020 Goal'' -  Accenture MEDPs Telangana, AP, Maharashtra, Uttarakhand, MP, Goa, TN, Kerala, Puducherry, Assam, Meghalaya, Tripura, Karnataka 1 month Rural youth and women To develop micro entrepreneurs among rural youth and women and help in income generation and employment generation in rural areas. 
3.7 Initiative to improve India''s Agricultural Landscape through Women Agriculturists - Agro Management Programme Amaravati and Pune 1 month New women groups and Joint Liability Groups (JLG) Provide training for new women groups and Joint Liability Groups (JLG) to start new CHCs.
3.8 Boost your Business'' Programme  Pan India 3 hours  Micro/ small entrepreneurs To sensitise nano/ micro/ SMEs across India to use Facebook as an effective tool for their business promotion.
3.9 Digital Education Through HP World on Wheels (WoW) Project. Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Odisha, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh 1 year Students To equip students with IT skills, digital literacy, e-Pathshala and computer related skills. Currently being implemented in 5 states, and  the scope of implementation in the states of Bihar and Madhya Pradesh is being explored. 

DST supported Policy Research Centre in S&T Entrepreneurship:

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

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


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

Charter of the Centre:

  • The Centre will have two key strategic areas viz.

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

(ii) Policy Research and Advocacy in the Country.

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Accelerating commercialization of R&D

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

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

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


Policy Advocacy

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

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

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

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

  • Promoting S&T Entrepreneurship

  • Managing NewGen IEDCs

  • NIDHI Start-Up


  • Functioning as a National Startup and Monitoring Cell for NewGen  IEDCs      (New Generation Innovations Entrepreneurship Development Centres) – an initiative of DST, Govt. of India
  • As DST's National Implementing and Monitoring Agency for Training, conducted 590 workshops and programmes, thus sensitizing  24,750 beneficiaries, training 1075 youths &1250 women on entrepreneurship. While the Technical EDPs trained 1725 youths and the Faculty Development Programmes groomed 1960 academicians.
  • As a Nodal Agency for Innovation-Science and Technology based Entrepreneurship Development (i-STED) Project, North East Region (NER), supported by DST, trained 5230 potential and existing entrepreneurs through technical trainings and technology demonstrations.
  • Sharpened entrepreneurial skills of 1000 youths from the tourism sector, under the project supported by Tourism Corporation of Gujarat Ltd
  • Piloted a replicable rehabilitation model for natural disaster struck regions.
  • Evolved Entrepreneurship Development Programme Model which is being practised by several development organizations to ensure enterprise creation and employment generation.
  • Working with MSMEs in collaboration with departments/ ministries of the State & Central Govts and national & international organizations.
  • Has worked with 295 NGOs, training 3208 trainers  who in turn have trained 41,960 persons, leading to 24,819 rural enterprises.
  • As the National Resource Organization in the project titled, 'Start-up Village Entrepreneurship Programme (SVEP), by the Ministry of Rural Development, Govt. of India, EDII is working in 11 States & 42 blocks to promote 34000 micro & small enterprises over four years.
  • Conducted 443 EDPs in Food Processing Sector, trained 11100 entrepreneurs across 22 states out of which 5463 have established their enterprises, generating 19221 direct employment opportunities and mobilizing investment of Rs. 15060.99 lakh. The project was supported by the Ministry of Food Processing, GoI.
  • Skilled 20200 entrepreneurs from small and medium businesses across 15 states to facilitate growth of their businesses online under the Project - Boost Your  Business Programme  - with Facebook.
Skill Development Programme at Karnali (adopted by Hon'ble Union Finance Minsiter, Shri  Arun Jaitley,  under Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana)
  • 393 beneficiaries received capacity building training in various trades as part of skill and entrepreneurship development interventions
  • 24 beneficiaries were provided financial handholding support amounting to Rs. 9,40,640 for setting up micro ventures.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


S. B. Sareen

Area Of Apecification : Entrepreneurship Development

Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India

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