AEPC Starts In­cu­ba­tion and Re­source Cen­tre at Ap­parel House, Gur­gaon

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With the aim of pro­vid­ing a launch pad for star­tups, the req­ui­site knowhow to set up and op­er­ate a man­u­fac­tur­ing fa­cil­ity and in­for­ma­tion on for­eign mar­kets to its mem­bers, Ap­parel Ex­port Pro­mo­tion Coun­cil (AEPC) has started an In­cu­ba­tion and Re­source Cen­tre at its head of­fice in Gur­gaon. The Gur­gaon set up will serve as a startup In­cu­ba­tion Cen­tre where en­trepreneurs from the Tex­tile/ Ap­parel/ Fash­ion sec­tors will work, in­ter­act and ac­cel­er­ate their com­pa­nies. The Cen­tre will pro­vide an op­por­tu­nity for star­tups to con­nect with in­vestors, men­tors and cor­po­rates.

The re­source fa­cil­ity will also pro­vide an op­por­tu­nity for startup en­trepreneurs to un­dergo train­ing and par­tic­i­pate in work­shops and com­pe­ti­tions con­ducted by the In­dus­try part­ners of AEPC. The Cen­tre will act as an in­no­va­tion nu­cleus and in­for­ma­tion dis­sem­i­na­tion hub for both in­no­va­tors and in­dus­try, bridg­ing the gap be­tween them.

A trend fore­cast ser­vice will be made avail­able at the In­cu­ba­tion Cen­tre, which will help in get­ting in­sights into and ac­qui­si­tion of knowl­edge on fash­ion trends for the com­ing sea­sons. The Cen­tre will act as a fa­cil­i­ta­tor to In­dian com­pa­nies which can find com­plete knowl­edge and as­sis­tance ser­vices.

The AEPC In­cu­ba­tion and Re­source Cen­tre is en­vi­sioned to pro­vide in­for­ma­tion to ex­porters on for­eign mar­kets, serve as a Startup In­cu­ba­tion Cen­tre and fa­cil­i­tate cre­ation of new knowl­edge through ac­qui­si­tion, or­gan­i­sa­tion and dis­sem­i­na­tion of knowl­edge re­sources. These re­sources would in­clude a wide va­ri­ety of ref­er­ence and text­books, mag­a­zines, jour­nals, sam­ples, au­dio­vi­sual pre­sen­ta­tions and doc­u­ments on fash­ion his­tory, cos­tumes, mer­chan­dis­ing, man­age­ment and re­lated dis­ci­plines.

Be­yond this, star­tups will also be given the op­por­tu­nity to con­nect with in­vestors, men­tors, cor­po­rates and be a part of train­ing, work­shops and com­pe­ti­tions con­ducted by our in­dus­try part­ners. Short­listed star­tups will be given ac­cess to work­sta­tions, meet­ing rooms, event space, and a space to un­wind in within the fa­cil­ity.

Ad­di­tion­ally, con­fer­ences and in­di­vid­ual meet­ings may be or­gan­ised with coun­try spe­cial­ists on a reg­u­lar ba­sis at the Cen­tre, with the aim of in­form­ing com­pa­nies about their tar­get mar­kets in terms of peo­ple, prod­uct and pref­er­ences.

AEPC, for its In­cu­ba­tion and Re­source Cen­tre, has signed an MOU with 3M to es­tab­lish a mu­tual col­lab­o­ra­tion that seeks to en­hance Oc­cu­pa­tional Safety of work­ers and an­other MOU with the As­so­ci­a­tion of NIFT Alumni to bridge the gap and en­hance the re­la­tion­ship be­tween Alumni of the most pres­ti­gious Fash­ion In­sti­tute of the coun­try and the In­dus­try.

Ashok G Ra­jani, Chair­man Inau­gu­rat­ing In­cu­ba­tion Cen­tre seen here HKL Magu and Pre­mal Udani

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