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One of the cornerstones of a progressive economy is the depth and intensity of its development interventions and growth policies that reach out to every segment of the society. Specialised institutions play a critical role in this development process by creating awareness about friendly policies, implementing outcome-based training and counselling interventions, thus playing the role of a primary facilitator of growth. The expertise and skills of EDII in project commissioning, implementation and management consulting are gainfully employed by National and State Governments to ensure socio-economic progress by well-conceived training interventions.

EDII carries out various projects of the Central and State Governments, in addition to engaging with corporates in their CSR projects.  The Institute works in a collaborative frame to develop a new class of skilled, knowledge-driven entrepreneurs and enterprises. The projects are largely concerned with the growth of the MSME sector, skill development and execution of CSR projects of corporates. Advances in technology and communications have expanded the scope for growth of businesses at urban and rural locales and EDII is facilitating this process. The Institute is actively infusing entrepreneurial inspiration and the spirit of innovation and creativity among the rural populace through the unique PAN India rural poverty alleviation project of Startup Village Entrepreneurship.

EDII's activities and policies are rooted in greater equality and self-sustenance of people across sections and sectors, with special focus on women empowerment, disadvantaged and marginalized sections. The replicable business models and structures developed in the process ensure a global outreach.

Major Highlights:

  • Conceptualized the Entrepreneurship Development Programme Model, popularly known as EDII-EDP model, which is implemented by ED organizations and institutes, even today.
  • Pioneered Rural Entrepreneurship Development Programmes; Trainers’ Training Programmes, leading to setting up of rural enterprises, imparting sustainability, thus creating income and ownership opportunities.
  • Ministry of Rural Development, Govt. of India has appointed EDII as the National Resource Organization in the project titled, 'Start-up Village Entrepreneurship Programme (SVEP).
  • Conducted Entrepreneurship Development Programmes across 22 states for Ministry of Food Processing, Govt. of India, leading to New Enterprise Creation.
  • Skill Development Interventions (with support of IDBI Bank Ltd.)  in the village of Karnali in the Vadodara district of Gujarat, adopted by Hon'ble Union Minister of Finance & Corporate Affairs, Late Shri Arun Jaitley, under Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana.
  • Micro Enterprise Development Programmes (MEDPs) in different sectors (such as handicrafts, food processing etc.) in 13 southern Indian states under the 'Skills to Succeed' Project of ACCENTURE.
  • Project with Facebook under 'Boost your Business' across 15 states.
  • National Projects with Hewlett Packard (HP), YES Bank, ITC and Tata Communications Ltd.
  • Intrapreneurship Development Programmes for corporates like; Zee Essel, Zydus Cadila, Marg Infrastructure, Adani Wilmar, BASF etc.
  • Projects with various departments/ ministries of the Govt. of India such as;  Rural Development, External Affairs, Food Processing, Textiles, Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises, National SC/ST Hub, Science and Technology and Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, Environment, Forests and Climate Change.
  • Projects supported by DST, Govt. of India to promote     Science & Technology Entrepreneurship across the country.

The Year 2020 -21 :

  • Partnership and engagement with governments at the state and national levels to initiate and implement outcome-based projects.
  • Capacity building of rural entrepreneurs through Start-up Village Entrepreneurship Programme of Ministry of Rural Development.
  • EDPs and skill development training for marginalised groups with support from the Department of Social Justice and Empowerment, Govt. of Gujarat.
  • Skill-specific training with special focus on building business skills to empower entrepreneurs belonging to different trades and sectors.
  • (Corporates)
  • Micro entrepreneurship, benefits of adoption of social business practices, energy efficiency, occupational health & safety measures, and Skill preneurship development through corporate CSR support will be the highlights.
  • Emphasize on building rapport with corporates, fund banks and technical assistance partnerships with resource organisations, to subserve the cause of 'last - mile' for micro ventures in rural areas, pan India.
  • Promote modern SME entrepreneurship and   e-commerce markets in India.




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 2020-21

Sr. No. Activity Location Duration Target group Objectives & Outcome
(A) Projects with Governments        
3.1 Projects with Ministry of Rural Development, Govt. of India 
3.1.1 Support to states for block outreach and strengthening of PIA   EDII Campus 1 year  State Rural Livelihood Missions [SRLM], State Implementation Offices Offer need-based implementation support and devise necessary mechanisms for capacity building, and liaison with State Rural Livelihood Mission for effective implementation of SVEP. 
3.1.2  Promoting micro enterprises under SVEP

* Blocks sanctioned in 2018
* Blocks to be taken up in 2019-20
* Blocks to be taken up in 2020-21
Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Punjab, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Uttarakhand, Assam 1-4 year
State Rural Livelihood Missions [SRLM], State Implementation Offices Offer need-based implementation support and devise necessary mechanisms for capacity building, and liaison with State Rural Livelihood Mission for effective implementation of SVEP. 
3.1.3 SVEP related
* Training Programs for SRLM officials 
EDII Campus   SRLM Officials/Block Programme Managers Enhance the knowledge of officials of SRLM/BPMs, on village enterprise promotion. 
3.1.4 Help Desk for Software, Software Changes and Maintenance, NRETP Software Component, Trainings for Software Adoption EDII Campus 1 year SVEP stakeholders Set up Telephonic Helpdesk support and Web Platform for SVEP Implementation-- promote adoption of the Software.
3.2 Projects with Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, Govt. of India 
3.2.1 Entrepreneurship Development Programmes for SC & ST Youth (Under National SC/ST Hub, Govt. of India) EDII Campus 1 year SC/ST Youth Train potential SC/ST entrepreneurs for setting up enterprise, and bring them to the economic mainstream.
3.2.2 Thematic Training Programmes for Aspiring, Budding & Existing Entrepreneurs belonging to SC-ST Category  National 1 year SC/ST Youth Train existing & potential SC/ST entrepreneurs in key thematic areas of enterprise functioning and thereby enhance their performance.
3.3 Projects with Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change, Govt. of India
3.3.1 Employability & Entrepreneurship Development Programme  Arunachal Pradesh 2 years  Unemployed Youth  Promote entrepreneurship and improve employability skills of youth, so as to ensure their economic empowerment.
3.4 Projects with State Governments/Departments/Agencies
3.4.1 Bihar Skill Development Programme Bihar 3 months Students Impart employability/smart skills to the youth of Bihar under ‘Kushal Yuva Program’ – skill training programme.
3.4.2 ED Center in Women's Industrial Training Institute, Patna Patna   ITI Students Initiate an ED Centre to provide a launch pad to students for new enterprise creation, and for growth of established businesses.
3.4.3 EDPs for SC Youth EDII Campus 1 year SC youth Train potential SC entrepreneurs for setting up enterprise, and bring them to the economic mainstream.
3.4.4 SIMAPs for SC Youth EDII Campus 1 year SC Youth Help unemployed SC youth to acquire managerial skills and provide managerial assistance to MSMEs.
3.4.5 EDPs for Economically Weaker Section (EWS) Youth EDII Campus 1 year EWS Youth Train potential EWS entrepreneurs for setting up enterprise, and bring them to the economic mainstream.
3.4.6 Skill and Entreprenurship Development programme for Tourism Sector EDII Campus 15 days Youth Enhance the skills of participants such that it leads to employment creation, including self-employment.
3.4.7 Centre for Empowerment of Differently Abled (CEDA) National 5 years Differently-abled/physically challenged persons Help people with disabilities by empowering them through entrepreneurship training and enhancing their economic growth. 
3.4.8 Setting up Gujarat Cottage Industries Development Centres (GCIDC) EDII Campus 36 months Cottage & rural Industries A pilot to conceptualize, develop, implement and evaluate an integrated model to strengthen the cottage & rural entrepreneurship ecosystem in the state. 
(B) Projects with Corporates
3.5 New Enterprise Creation Programme for SC/ST Women Pune & Raigad 1 year Women from SC/ST, Weaker sections and SHG  Promote entrepreneurship among individual women and SHGs from affirmative action communities in Pune & Raigad.
3.6 WE ACT (Women Chamber of Commerce) Bangalore          (Pan India) 1 year Micro women entrepreneurs Establish a body which can address the needs of rural women micro entrepreneurs so that they can be in the mainstream of development.
3.7 Micro Skillpreneurship Development Programme  Bangalore         (Pan India) 1 year Rural youth and women Beneficiaries will be equipped with the knowledge to identify feasible/workable Business Opportunities and the process and steps to implement them to start their own Enterprise. 
3.8 Digital Education through WoW Bus Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Gujarat 4 years Students, Self-employed youth, housewives Equip students and other beneficiaries with IT skills, digital literacy, e-Pathshala and computer related skills. 
3.9 Promoting Energy Efficiency & Occupational Health & Safety (OHS) Measures in Clusters under Climate Change Initiative  Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, West Bengal, Maharashtra, Tamilnadu, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh & others 1 year Cluster MSMEs, their workers & society at large Make MSMEs operating in clusters energy efficient and OHS compliant, and enhance their competitiveness by improving environmental and social performance.
3.10 Micro Skillpreneurship Development Programme  Karnataka, Tamilnadu, Telangana 1 year Urban/Semi-urban women Beneficiaries will be equipped with the knowledge to identify feasible/workable Business Opportunities and the process and steps to implement them to start their own Enterprise. 
3.11 Project Hand Made in India (HMI) Tamil Nadu/Assam/Gujarat/Odisha/      Madhya Pradesh 3 years Handloom Weavers/Traders/others The project will adopt an ecosystem building approach in 12 locations across 6 handloom clusters and employ various interventions to help transition weaver’s value chain to sustainability.

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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