Nurture & Empower Entrepreneurial Ventures (NEEV) is an IIT Gandhinagar community outreach program aimed at the grassroots level to help promote entrepreneurship and livelihood generation. There is tremendous potential in the local community for various small-scale entrepreneurship, self-employment and other livelihood generating activities, but this potential is not fully realized due to limited resources and lack of awareness. IIT Gandhinagar (IITGN) perceives that it can help bridge this gap and make a meaningful impact through training, mentoring and providing networking opportunities. As a part of this mission, the NEEV program was established in 2014 to engage within its own as well as the surrounding community.
Entrepreneurship Development Workshop
The NEEV program conducts four to five day workshops that cover the core topics such as idea generation, market research, maintaining cash book, business arithmetic, making and presenting business plans, marketing and promotion, negotiation skills, and so on. For grassroots beneficiaries, the education level, medium of instruction, socio-economic factors are also accounted for, and the sessions are conducted through role plays, interactive sessions and other such participatory methods.
Entrepreneurship Awareness Session
Awareness sessions are intermittently conducted on entrepreneurship and related topics. The purpose of these one to two hour sessions is to create awareness about entrepreneurship being a viable avenue of livelihood generation.
Participants of the workshops and awareness sessions include women from self help groups, youth from local villages, students from local colleges and ITI’s, IITGN’s outsourced workers and their family members, beneficiaries of NGO and organizations working with women in rural areas and so on.
Training OF Trainers
This workshop, aimed at developing trainers interested in promoting entrepreneurship development, includes sessions on teaching methodologies in addition to covering the core aspects of entrepreneurship education. Participants include IITGN employees and their family members, retired professionals from the surrounding areas, staff from ITI, local schools and colleges, NGO workers and so on.
Business plan mentoring is offered to individuals who have participated in the entrepreneurship development workshops. Information about various funding schemes, programs and institutions are also provided to aspiring entrepreneurs, when requested.
Vocational Skills Training Program
The NEEV program conducts vocational training course for youth from local villages. The two-month long course includes basic skills in trades such as carpentry, fitting, wiring, plumbing, tin-smithy, machining and welding, modules on business skills, soft skills as well as factory visits to local industries. The participants are taught to make products such as wooden stool, bench, 3-tier metal stand, metal folding cot, grill section, extension board, photo frame, laptop table, grain storage tin, industrial tray, machine tools, gears and parts, and so on. The purpose is to make employment or entrepreneurial opportunities more readily accessible to local youth, and also encourage them to pursue advanced training in the trades of their choice.
Stitching Training Project
The NEEV program facilitates specialized training sessions to support livelihood generation in the local areas. In one such project, the curtains of the IITGN hostels were stitched by women from the villages adjoining IITGN after an initial training period of two weeks.
These include events such as field visit to areas identified for potential outreach activities to gauge skills such as entrepreneurial skills, vocational skills, employability skills, of the populace of these areas; factory visit organized for beneficiaries interested in learning more about the workings of a professional set-up and so on.
Snapshot in Numbers (September 2014 - Jun 2017)
Number of entrepreneurship workshops (including Training Of Trainers) : 9
Number of participants : 186
Number of entrepreneurs created : 18
Number of entrepreneurs upgraded : 16
Number of trainers developed : 13
Number of entrepreneurship awareness sessions : 14
The course content and pedagogy of the entrepreneurship training activities are developed in collaboration with I Create India, a non-profit organization offering entrepreneurship programmes to disadvantaged youth and women since 1999.
M/s Cotton Route (Garment manufacturer, Ahmedabad)
The training partner of the curtain stitching project conducted in January-March 2016 was M/s Cotton Route, garments manufacturer based in Ahmedabad.
The primary sponsor of the Vocational Skills Training Program conducted in May-July 2016 was The Desai Foundation (a public charity based in USA) which empowers women & children through community programs to elevate health and livelihood in the US & India.
Soumya Harish has a Masters degree in Electrical Engineering from Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio. Thereafter, she started pursuing her interests in social sphere with engagements with the Humane Society of Huron Valley, Syracuse Symphony Orchestra and The Samaritan Centre, Syracuse, New York.
In parallel, she also pursued coursework related to social entrepreneurship, anthropology, NGO management, governance and global civil society at Syracuse University.
As a part of the executive committee of the Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar (IIT Gandhinagar) children's day care centre, Soumya has helped conceptualize, plan, set-up and manage the centre since 2013. She has been serving as the coordinator of NEEV, IIT Gandhinagar’s Grassroots Entrepreneurship Program, since 2014.
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Shradhda Jain has a Master Degree in Botany from Dayalbagh Educational
Institute (Deemed University) Dayalbagh, Agra, Utter Pradesh. She has followed here research activity in the Department of Chemistry and Biomolecular Sciences, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia.
Shradhda has worked as a teacher in Sunshine Daycare center, San Antonio, Texas. She has utilized this work experience in planning, designing and developing the
Day Care Centre in IITGN. Presently, she is the member of executive committee of Day Care, IIT Gandhinagar.
Shradhda has been serving as the trainer of NEEV, IIT Gandhinagar Grassroots Entrepreneurship Program, since 2014. She has initiated her activity in NEEV, IITGN through participation in the trainer workshop, where her team got the first prize in the final Business Plan competition. She has also served as a teacher in the Doon Blossom Academy, Ahmedabad before initiating her active participation in NEEV, IITGN.
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Swati Verma, a passionate animal welfare volunteer runs an efficient animal rescue group in Ahmedabad. She is also an business enthusiast and had already been running her own art gallery. During her interaction with IITGN community, Swati got to know about NEEV TOT and participated in their "Training for Trainer's" program. The NEEV program not only helped her to enhance her entrepreneurial skills but also got her interested in helping others to recognize and pursue their entrepreneurial dreams. In addition to her volunteer work, Swati now also gives workshops as a NEEV trainer.
Sumesh Ailawadi has a masters degree in MBA from Gautam Buddha University, Greater Noida, UP. At present he is working with IIT Gandhinagar as a Coordination Intern for Alumni Relations and for the NEEV Program at IIT GN as well.
His interests are travelling, photography and Social engagement. He has been working with NEEV Program at IIT Gandhinagar since January 2017. He is energetic and passionate about his work and activities.