Agri-Busi­ness In­cu­ba­tor, ICRISAT

EN­HANC­ING PROS­PER­ITY OF RU­RAL COM­MU­NI­TIES

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - STARTUP STORIES - Ki­ran Sharma

The idea:

Agri-Busi­ness In­cu­ba­tor (ABI) was one of the out­comes from nu­mer­ous dis­cus­sions that the In­ter­na­tional Crops Re­search In­sti­tute for the Semi-Arid Trop­ics (ICRISAT)’s man­age­ment team had in 2002-03 to un­der­stand and de­velop ways to at­tract pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tor stake­hold­ers. It was felt that en­trepreneur­ship could be one of the so­lu­tions and ICRISAT pro­posed the con­cept for an agribusi­ness-fo­cused in­cu­ba­tor to the Na­tional Sci­ence & Tech­nol­ogy En­trepreneur­ship Devel­op­ment Board (NSTEDB) of the cen­tral gov­ern­ment. ABI is part of the ICRISAT Agribusi­ness & In­no­va­tion Plat­form (AIP), a pub­lic-pri­vate part­ner­ship that works to­wards up­scal­ing tech­nol­ogy and re­search out­comes through agribusi­ness ven­tures.

Ben­e­fits to star­tups:

In­fra­struc­ture, agritech­nol­ogy and sci­en­tific con­sul­tancy ser­vices, busi­ness devel­op­ment and fund fa­cil­i­ta­tion, skill devel­op­ment work­shops, farm fields for test­ing and val­i­da­tion for agri-biotech, agri-engi­neer­ing star­tups, field val­i­da­tion ser­vices for agri-tech star­tups through farmer pro­ducer or­gan­i­sa­tions pro­moted by ICRISAT, pi­lot food pro­cess­ing

USP:

“ABI of­fers a unique en­vi­ron­ment for nur­tur­ing agri-based star­tups and small and medium busi­nesses to con­trib­ute to­wards im­prov­ing liveli­hoods, and en­hanc­ing the re­silience and pros­per­ity of small­holder farm­ers and ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties in the dry­land trop­ics,” said Ki­ran Sharma, CEO, AIP, ICRISAT

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