‘Skills to Succeed Goal 2020’ Project of Accenture

Addressing the global need of skills that open the doors to employment and economic opportunity.

With the proven success of imparting Skill-based Entrepreneurship training to the Rural populace for the past 5 years and with the experience of training over 24000 women through 542 programs in 14 states throughout India, EDII has made its mark in aligning to the UN SDG’s of No Poverty, Zero Hunger, Gender Equality, Sustainable community and Decent work and Economic growth. Accenture Skills to Succeed Project has proved its mettle in empowering women not only by motivating them to be entrepreneurial but also by promoting Rural Enterprises and providing Capacity building initiatives for livelihood promotion. The interventions by EDII and Accenture had indeed produced great successes among the rural community with more than 60 to 70% transformations with trained women groups forming small enterprises and business units based on Food & Agro Products, Household Products, and Art & Crafts. With this proven experience and with the unique model of Skill plus Entrepreneurship, EDII had taken up the challenge to fulfill the goal of strengthening the lives of rural women through different possible training models even during the pandemic period.


Karnataka, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Goa, Puducherry, Madhya Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Assam, Tripura, Meghalaya

Project Highlights :

  • Training Provided to 29462 Youth each programme through 530 Programmes across 13 States.
  • 80% of the trainees have set up their own enterprises.
  • Develop micro entrepreneurs from among rural women and youth of the marginalized and backward communities.
  • Promote socio-economic development through livelihood creation, employment generation, asset creation and revenue generation on a sustainable basis
  • Develop knowledge infrastructure, indigenous skills, art and best practices
  • Promote financial autonomy, particularly among women and local youths
  • Widespread social development

Core Activities

Project Udaya

EDII joined hands with TATA Communications Ltd. in ‘Project Udaya’ to promote entrepreneurship among women from SC/ST, weaker sections and SHG members for sustainable income generation through enterprise creation.

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Entrepreneurship Development Programme for SC/ST in Pune District (2015-19)

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.

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Skills to Succeed 2020 Goals

EDII has joined hands with Accenture in their ‘Skills to Succeed’ project which intends to develop micro entrepreneurs from among the marginalized and backward communities.

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Start-Up Village

HandMade in India

The project which commenced in 2019 would be implemented over 3 years. ‘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 (Kamrup, Surendranagar, Bhuj, Maheshwar, Bargarh, Salem handloom clusters in India). EDII is anchoring the project in consultation with Ernst & Young (Knowledge partner), and with support from HSBC.

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World on Wheels (WOW)’ Project of Hewlett Packard

As part of the MoU signed with Hewlett Packard (HP), EDII and HP are creating 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.

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Say YES to Sustainable MSMEs in India

EDII has been roped in by YES Bank to implement its CSR project ‘Say YES to Sustainable MSMEs in India’. The primary goal is to promote energy efficiency and Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) measures in MSME clusters, leading to enhanced competitiveness of MSMEs and improved environmental and social performance.

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Women Entrepreneurship Development Programme’ of Walmart

EDII was engaged by Walmart to impart training to women entrepreneurs under its ‘Women Entrepreneurship Development Programme (WEDP 3.0)’. 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.

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Implementing Skill and Entrepreneurship Development Interventions at Karnali under Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana ​

In this 3-year project which began in 2015, 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. Participants were given hands-on-training to manufacture different types of products including coloured candles, face cream, and snacks and sweets, and were also given training in digital literacy. Several beneficiaries have set up micro ventures and are scaling up in terms of production capacity.

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Boost your Business

Boost your Business’ programme with Facebook (2017-18)

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 Intensive and interactive flash workshops were conducted to orient micro/small enterprises/shopkeepers/traders with various aspects of using Facebook to ‘Boost Your Business’.

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Project UNNATI

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Udyogini Project

EDII in association with Vedanta Alumina Ltd, initiated a three-year project from August, 2022. The project will be implemented in 72 Villages of Jharsuguda District . Training, capacity building and support will be extended to 10000 members of existing Vedanta supported M/S Subhalaxmi Cooperative Ltd

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EDII with the support of NTPC will facilitate New Enterprise Creation among the under privileged women in the vicinity of NTPC Noida. EDII will ensure setting up of a Cold Compressed Oil Unit for the benefit of the under-privileged women.

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State Bank of India Foundation (SBIF)

EDII has partnered with the State Bank of India Foundation (SBIF) for the skill development and training of 750 persons with disabilities (PwDs) under SBI’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) project – Swavlamban.

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Xiaomi India

EDII has been partnered with Xiaomi India to launch Skillpreneurship Learning Centres for Youth Empowerment for implementing Project SPARK.

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TATA Power- Project Aarohan

EDII is implementing Project AAROHAN (meaning ‘Ascent’), to empower the farmers, fisherfolk, and artisans through decent work and productive employment, thereby upholding the vision of Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyaan.

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Swavalambane Project

EDII has presently been implementing the Swavalambane project, which is an initiative by NSRCEL, the business incubator at the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB), and Sanjeevini –Karnataka State Rural Livelihood Promotion Society (KSRLPS), supported by the National Rural Livelihood Mission (NRLM).

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