Andhra Pradesh

Sowing seeds of innovation for creating agripreneurship

The Institute of Frontier Technology building in Tirupati.

The Institute of Frontier Technology building in Tirupati.  

It takes roots in RARS for innovation hub to create agri-startups

Who said innovation, incubation and startups are all happening only in engineering tech businesses? Here’s an attempt to look agriculture from a fresh perspective and challenge the horizons of possibility.

The union Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare granted a startup incubation scheme to 24 centres in the country. Acharya N.G. Ranga Agricultural University (ANGRAU) chose the Regional Agricultural Research Station (RARS) in Tirupati for its execution, in view of its impressive infrastructure. The ‘Agripreneurship Orientation Programme’ slated to be conducted through the POSHAN incubator (Innovation and Entrepreneurship Development Cell) next month is considered a launchpad for new startups. Titled YOCH 2019’, the programme provides an opportunity to students, youth, smart farmers and women in agriculture and allied sectors to translate their innovative ideas into products and services in their agri-based startups. “Any person walking in with an idea will walk out with a startup,” asserts the Principal Investigator and Chief Executive Officer, Kadiri Mohan, in-charge of the programme. “We will create an ecosystem where ideas are exchanged among startups, industry experts, subject mentors, academicians and funding institutions,” Dr. Mohan told The Hindu. Grant-in-aid of up to ₹ 25 lakh will be provided as seed stage funding.

The focus areas are: agricultural biotechnology, organic farming, micro irrigation, natural resources management, precision farming, seed production, bio agents, extension services, agri clinics. Further, next stage areas like ICT/IoT and Big Data, food processing, post harvest technology, supply chain management, farm mechanisation and agricultural engineering, retailing, waste to wealth, input tools, horticulture and frontier technologies too are covered.

Seed stage funding

After the eight-week internship programme, the innovators are made to interact with investors in November or December, where the best of ideas will get funding support.

Office space

“We provide office space, mentoring support, technical guidance and procedure for commercialisation,” points out Dr. Mohan, adding applicants from anywhere in India can apply. Applications are accepted till Aug 31.

Visit www.angraurabitpt.org or call 94416 70829 for details.

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