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29 July 2022, New Delhi: If your business spans from the farm gate to the food plate here is a chance to get expert mentorship at an online boot camp led by ICRISAT

The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) and The Entrepreneur Zone (TEZ) are calling for applications from entrepreneurs and innovators for its online ag and food-tech business idea boot camp. The camp hosted by the Agri-Business Incubator (ABI) of ICRISAT will be held from 3 to 5 August 2022.

The three-day program is for entrepreneurs planning to enter the ag and food-tech start-up domain and early-stage ventures looking to calibrate their business model. The sessions will cover emerging entrepreneurship opportunities in the agribusiness sector, guide participants in developing the problem statement and value proposition, build the business model, and provide an overview of the ag-tech support system.

“The camp offers entrepreneurs a platform to discuss their business idea in upcoming sectors like agri-fintech, farm-gate value addition, climate change resilience and adaptation with our experts,” said Mr Aravazhi Selvaraj, CEO, Agribusiness and Innovation Platform, ICRISAT.

The training will include a one-on-one mentoring session with ICRISAT and TEZ incubation team. Prominent domain experts like Dr S Glory Swarupa, Director General, National Institute of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (NI-MSME); Dr Nandita Sethi, Managing Director, TEZ; Viiveck Verma, Chief Impact Officer, Recyckal Foundation; Dr Sairam Paricherla, Co-Founder, Urban Kisaan and Dr Saravanan Raj, Chief Executive Officer, Center for Innovation and Agripreneurship (CIA)-MANAGE will be interacting with the participants. ​

Brief history: ABI-ICRISAT initiated the ag-tech business idea camp in 2017 and has witnessed the participation of over 100 entrepreneurs in the last five years. The success story of Gopalakrishnan K, a participant in the 2018 camp who launched GramworkX Agrotech Pvt Ltd, is just one among many. His start-up provides real-time advisory and information to farmers and farming companies on water requirements, crop advisory and pest management for every crop grown. It was acquired by Waycool Foods in 2022.

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