Ideas for next generation: Counter insurgency force (Uniform) conducts Start-Up weekend
The three day Startup weekend started on 20 September 2019 and culminated on 22 September 2019. Major General D S Gill, Chief of Staff, Headquarter 16 Corps witnessed the event on 22 September 2019 and addressed the gathering.
Major General Dhiraj Seth, General Officer Commanding, Counter Insurgency Force (Uniform) also interacted with the participants during the event and complimented the aspiring youth of J&K for putting up innovative ideas. The Startup Weekend was conducted with an aim to propel entrepreneurship growth in the region and witnessed large participation.
The Indian Army, under its 'Operation Sadhbhavana' has been mentoring the youth of J&K to become 'Job Creators rather than Job Seekers'. Students of various university and collages of Jammu and Kashmir and local entrepreneurs pitched their ideas during the event. The participation by the students reflects the mind shift of youth of J&K towards entrepreneurship especially after the abrogation of Article 370 and Article 35A.
To give them exposure of real entrepreneurship, more than fifteen mentors/investors were invited from all over the country. All participants had 60 seconds each to pitch their ideas, these pitches were then whittled down to top ideas and teams were formed around the top ideas to come out with a prototype or a sale-able model/project.
The Weekend culminated with the demonstrations in front of audiences of judges and potential investors. Two workshop on 'Minimum Viable Product and Prototype Creation' and 'Drive Sales Through Effective Communication and How to Pitch' were a great success among the participants. Panel discussion on 'Way ahead for Startup Ecosystem in J&K' was also organised for non-participating visitors.
The highlight of the event was the Investors Meet where the bootstrapped startups of the region were able to present their business model to the investors. This is the very first time that serious investors and mentors have interacted at grass root level with the business owners. The huge participation by the students and entrepreneurs of the Jammu and Kashmir for this event is an assurance of stronger national values, economic prosperity and overall progress of the country. All participants thanked Counter Insurgency Force (Uniform) for giving them an opportunity to be a part of such a big entrepreneur platform.