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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

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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

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


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