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ICRISAT invites applications for agribusiness start-up training

The programme offers sessions on emerging trends and start-up opportunities in the agribusiness sector, identifying market gap & customer-product mapping models, crafting go-to-market strategies among various other related areas

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Are you looking to start an agribusiness? Then this is for you. A 20-day Agribusiness Start-up Program will be held at Hyderabad to offer sessions on how to start and manage agribusiness operations. Organised by the Agri-Business Incubator (ABI) of International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid-Tropics (ICRISAT), in association with The Entrepreneur Zone (TEZ), has invited applications for its 2nd batch of trainings.

The programme, held on Fridays and Saturdays, offers sessions on emerging trends and start-up opportunities in the sector, identifying market gap & customer-product mapping models, crafting go-to-market strategies, understanding business financials and regulatory compliances, and managing partnerships, networks and team building. It will include company visits, mentor sessions from investors and industry experts, and business development assistance from the incubator.

The first edition of the programme had 19 participants, mostly working professionals interested in starting their own ventures. Participants were encouraged to test their ideas and validate the models using the learning from the programme, and several of them have set up their business operations on organic farming, primary processing, and value-addition.

Aspiring entrepreneurs, start-ups and SMEs, professionals, students, consultants and NGOs operating or planning to start an enterprise in agribusiness domains such as food processing, poultry, aquaculture, floriculture, agri-biotechnology, digital agriculture, farm mechanisation and agricultural supply chain management, are invited to apply for the programme at by July 4, 2018. The programme will commence from July 13, 2018.

ICRISAT is a non-profit, non-political organisation that conducts agricultural research for development in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa with a wide array of partners throughout the world. Covering 6.5 million square kilometers of land in 55 countries, the semi-arid tropics have over two billion people, and 644 million of these are the poorest of the poor. ICRISAT innovations help the dryland poor move from poverty to prosperity by harnessing markets while managing risks – a strategy called Inclusive Market- Oriented development (lMOD).

TEZ is a unit of Zen SkillProc, a skill development company located in Hyderabad that conducts entrepreneurship training and workshops to start-up aspirants, as well as consultancy and support services to businesses.

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