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  • IDBI supported Karnali project, YES Bank Project, Accenture and HP have brought to light an opportunity for other geographical areas also.
  • Keeping in mind the EDII mandate and relevance to any of the centres would make the CSR projects become effective and thus various training programmes and ideas could emerge. The companies may see alignment with different centres of EDII and we could offer a basket of services to Corporates which could be funded from their CSR budget.
  • Offer new short term and innovative programmes for both CSR and social entrepreneurship
  • Re-launch our existing programmes especially Distance Learning Programme to meet the market demand for social entrepreneurship

Core Activities

  • Skill Development Programme, Karnali - Skill and Capacity Building in Karnali Village.
  • British Council: Mainstreaming Social Entrepreneurship Education - Mainstreaming Social Entrepreneurship in Education
  • IICA Certified course
  • Developing proficiency in implementing CSR projects
  • Swachh Bharat Mission - Create business opportunities and awareness
  • Accenture MEDP's - To develop Micro entrepreneurs among the rural youth and women and help in income generation and employment generation in rural areas. Outcome: Develop 2800 Micro Entrepreneurs, direct employment to 7500 persons and indirect employment to 10,000 persons
  • HP WoW Project (5 Bus + OPEX) - To provide Digital training to the beneficiaries. Ensure that the beneficiaries are digitally trained.
  • Establishment of Centre of Excellence - Provide mentoring support to budding entrepreneurs, incubators.
  • EDII’s CRADLE - Social Entrepreneurship ventures

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  • Trained a sizeable number of participants from the Greater Mekong Sub Region (GMS) ensuring that the entrepreneurial potential of the region is unleashed for promotion of development and trade.
  • Set up Entrepreneurship Development Centres (EDCs) in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar & Vietnam and work is in progress towards establishing such EDCs in Uzbekistan, Rwanda and four other selected African Countries.
  • Conducted 10 Entrepreneur Trainer-Motivators' Programmes under the support of Commonwealth Secretariat.  A cadre of 178 Resource Persons has been instituted.
  • Implemented projects with support from the World Bank, Commonwealth Secretariat, UNIDO, ILO, FNSt, British Council, Ford Foundation, European Union, ASEAN Secretariat, SDC etc.
  • Has emerged as an International Resource Centre and a Centre of Excellence as declared by the United Nations Economic and Political Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), Bangkok, Thailand.
  • United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) set up its first overseas centre, the Inter Regional Centre in Entrepreneurship, at EDII under which entrepreneurship was institutionalized through training of resource persons, entrepreneurs, support system officials and by setting up of ED centres.
  • Since 2001-02, organizing International Capacity Building Programs under ITEC, Ministry of External Affairs, GoI. Grooms close to 400 international delegates annually.
  • Institutionalized entrepreneurship education in technical and vocational streams in developing economies
  • Conducted 4 programmes for Instructors' Training Centre (ITC) - The Vocational Training Organisation (TVTO), Iran, to institute a cadre of 120 resource persons to institutionalize entrepreneurship in Iran.

Future Plans

  • ACCESS TO FUNDERS FOR GOOD IDEAS/POTENTIAL SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURS: We are applying to donors for establishing an Idea Bank/Crowd Sourcing and applying to funders who could fund these ideas. The centre would act as a bridge between the donors and the idea. It would facilitate and train the potential entrepreneurs by creating a mentor group through EDII’s offices, CRADLE and partners across the country.
  • GAIN APPROPRIATE AFFILIATION FOR DIPLOMA IN SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP: EDII has already graduated 10 batches of students in its diploma in social entrepreneurship. We intend to relaunch it.
  • WORK WITH INDIAN INSTITUTE OF CORPORATE AFFAIRS (IICA): Several activities, including studies are planned. Amongst a wide range of topics, energy efficiency, environment, social empowerment, public health and education have been identified as areas of focus. We are also identified as Master Trainers for the CSR professional training course under IICA. This has helped us create a space in the growing CSR network.
  • KNOWLEDGE PARTNER FOR AASHRAY INCUBATION CENTER FOR GRASSROOT TECHNOLOGY PROJECTS OF SOCIAL IMPACT: EDII has signed an MOU with Ashoka Trust & Saath Livelihoods to be the Knowledge Partner for their ‘AASHRAY’ Techno-social Incubator in Ahmedabad. As knowledge partner, EDII would provide training, mentoring and library support to the incubatees registering with the Incubator.
  • PLAN TO UNDERTAKE RESEARCH: For the next three several research studies have been proposed under the centre for the purpose of contributing to knowledge generation in the field of Social Entrepreneurship and CSR.

Sanjay Pal

Area Of Apecification : Rural Marketing

Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India

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


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