Several incubation centers from the city have join hands with Ahmedabad and Sabarkantha districts to support rural talent in establishing their startups and innovation projects. Incubators like The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE), CIEE at IIMA, Student Startup Support System (SSSS) of GTU and network channels like eChai have assured the district panchayats of mentoring the rural talent. The incubators and entrepreneurs from Ahmedabad and Sabarkantha, who assembled at ‘StartUp Sabarkantha’ event in Sabarkantha recently, shared their knowledge with around 600 participants, including students and innovators, from different colleges and institutions.
The event created a platform for innovators, entrepreneurs, incubators, venture funds, government agencies and ‘impactpreneurs’ to come together and explore opportunities for innovation and impact in rural Gujarat. Ahmedabad District Development Officer Bhargavi Dave and Sabarnkantha DDO Nagarajan M launched the initiative ‘CodeforGujarat’ under which they will hold regular meetings, mostly every month or quarter, for the rural/local innovator to gather and discuss innovative solutions for rural problems.
The CodeforGujarat initiative is primarily aimed at getting solutions in healthcare and hygiene, agriculture, smart village development, livelihood and many more areas. Said Nagarajan, "The startup ecosystem in Gujarat is concentrated in hotspots like Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar and Surat. There are start-ups in every nook and corner of Gujarat. Most of them are not connected to the ecosystem.
We intend to showcase innovation and entrepreneurship opportunities and solutions for the bottom of the pyramid and for rural areas which can get support from government’s ready infrastructure and mentoring from known incubators from Ahmedabad." Through regular events, like CodeforGujarat, the government wants to connect entrepreneurs from rural areas to innovation ecosystem of Gujarat. The process will be facilitated and supported by official agencies like Sabarkantha and Ahmedabad district panchayats.