Aligned to the Government of India’s ‘Start-up India’ initiative, ICCO organized the event ‘Partner Up: Agri-Business Connect’ in New Delhi.
Through the two day event 100 participants discussed ways of upgrading value chains by empowering enterprises and integrating them in strategic partnerships, including impact investment.
Discussing issues and opportunities in agribusiness
The event took place on February 7 & 8, 2017 in New Delhi. The first day had the Green Business Challenge 2016 finalists pitch their business plans in front of a seasoned jury. On the second day, a gathering of about 100 eminent national and international stakeholders from the private sector, banks, knowledge institutions, government and the development sector came together and deliberated on issues and opportunities in agribusiness and the way forward.
Promoting agriculture related initiatives in India
During the event, Mr. Stoelinga, Ambassador of Kingdom of the Netherlands to India, and Mr. Gogoi, Honourable Member of Parliament, were present as special guests. Mr. Stoelinga emphasized the Dutch Government’s commitment to work with the Government of India and other partners like ICCO to promote agriculture related initiatives in India. Mr. Gogoi remarked that there was a constant need for events like the Agri-Business Connect, which will serve as a gateway to connect the best brains from the east and north east region of India with the rest of the country.
ICCO organized the event with support from partners, including Institute of Rural Management Anand, Indian Institute of Entrepreneurship, Tata Institute of Social Science, Labs Indigram, Smart Agri-Post, and Youth Net, as part of its concerted efforts to foster an entrepreneurial eco-system.
ICCO promotes entrepreneurship in India
In India, ICCO promotes entrepreneurship in North-Eastern states through business incubation services, structured investments and innovation. We use innovative instruments, like the Agribusiness Booster, to co-entrepreneur with early stage agri-SMEs, growing them to business maturity and achieving social impact.