Proposed Scheme on Entrepreneurship & Skill Development

The scheme will being designed around the following major elements:

 

  • In partnership with experts, a world class entrepreneurship education curriculum will be developed. This curriculum will be delivered to all aspiring entrepreneurs. Leveraging online learning, entrepreneurship courses can be taken as and when needed by students through Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs).
     

 

  • To support young entrepreneurs, a web and mobile based platform connecting the entire entrepreneurial ecosystem will be established. Platform members will access content online, including information on government services and special packages offered by service providers.
     

  • The creation of new incubators will be encouraged and a national network of incubators and accelerators established to support young entrepreneurs. A national network of high quality, screened mentors will also be created, leveraging existing networks and successful local entrepreneurs where possible.
     

  • Entrepreneurship activities in innovative and cutting edge technology areas will be aligned with an initiative- Sir Ratan Tata Entrepreneurship and Management Centre

  • To promote entrepreneurship, state and national level interactions with stakeholders will be convened. International linkages will be established through internship opportunities and exchange trips to global entrepreneurship hubs such as Silicon Valley (India) and Software Technology Parks. Awards will be instituted for young achievers.

 

  • Special focus will be given to the inclusion of scheduled castes & scheduled tribes, minorities, differently abled, etc., and regionally under-represented areas in entrepreneurship programs. Special efforts will also be made to enrol incubators and mentors catering to these groups will in the national entrepreneurial ecosystem.

 

  • Focus will also be placed on encouraging women entrepreneurs through appropriate incentives for women owned businesses. It will also be ensured that gender neutral incubation/ accelerator, network of mentors, industry, resource centres and credit institutes are developed to facilitate Women Entrepreneurs.

 

  • Universities and academic institutions will be encouraged to launch a course on ‘Social Entrepreneurship’, including through online distance education, to actively promote social entrepreneurship in the country. Additional support, including through fiscal incentives and incubation, will also be considered.
     

  • To foster grass-roots innovation, a focus on innovations in hubs, collaborations with organisations such as the National Innovation Foundation and IIM(s).