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Recent Events (i):

Dr. Sudha Mysore, Chairperson, SHZTMC, ICAR-IIHR acted as a Panellist in Green Room, Bangalore organised by Federal bank and Bloombloom Dreambiz (P) Ltd, 24th September 2016.

Greenroom, Bangalore, a launch pad for aspiring and start-up entrepreneurs, was organised by Federal Bank in collaboration with Bloombloom Dreambiz (P) Ltd. on 24 September 2016 at Hotel Chancery Pavilion, Residency road, Bengaluru.

Honourable Member of Parliament, Dr Shashi Tharoor was the Guest of Honour for the day. He delivered an inspiring ‘keynote address’ on ‘India, the Spirit of Entrepreneurship and the Future’. Federal Bank provided a platform for launching ‘India’s first packaged-ready-to-grow mushrooms at home” by Mr. Kevin Cherian, an on-site incubatee of ICAR- Indian Institute of Horticultural Research, for the benefit and attention of all the aspiring entrepreneurs at Launch pad programme.

The programme had two Panel discussions, one on “How can Start-ups solve Real Indian problems” and the second, Does Start up mean technology?

Dr. Sudha Mysore, Chairperson, SHZTMC, ICAR-IIHR, Bangalore was a Panel Member  along with Mr. Shyam Shenter, CEO & MD, O3 Capital, Mr K.T Chandy, Partner E &Y Mr. Nagaraja Prakasham, Partner, Acumen Funds  and others for the topic ‘Does start up means technology?”.

Dr Sudha Mysore provided a brief on the activities of ICAR-IIHR, SHZTMC and incubation facilities available at ICAR- IIHR, Bangalore, to the enthusiastic entrepreneurs. The Agri-Business Incubation (ABI) Centre of ICAR-IIHR also exhibited the products developed by the on-site incubatees of Agri-Business Incubation Centre and showcased various products of ICAR-IIHR, Bangalore, which attracted large number of aspiring entrepreneurs during the event

Recent Events (ii):

A One Week Training Course cum Launch Workshop of ABI, ICAR-IIHR on ‘Intellectual Property & Technology Management in Horticulture’

(29 August to 3 September 2016)

The Horticultural Technology Management - Business Planning and Development (HTM - BPD) Unit and  the South Horticulture Zonal Technology Management Centre (SHZTMC) ICAR-Indian Institute of Horticultural Research (IIHR), Bangalore, a facility of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), organized a one week training course cum Launch workshop of Agri-Business Incubation Centre (ABI) on “Intellectual Property and Technology Management in Horticulture” from 29 August- 3rd September 2016 at its main campus at Hessaraghatta Lake Post, Bengaluru.

A total of 28 participants who were PhD Scholars, S.R.Fs & R.As, from other Agricultural universities and research institutes, Assistant Professors, besides an Advocate and an NRI  participated in the programme. Dr. Sanjeev Saxena, ADG (IP &TM), ICAR presided over the event on day one.

The One Week course on “Intellectual Property and Technology Management in Horticulture” was specially designed to provide a comprehensive overview about the different instruments of IPR law such as Patents, copyrights, trademarks, Industrial design and geographical indications along with a practical experience of executing the IP law. Being a technological stronghold that has commercialised several technologies, ICAR-IIHR provided practical hands on expertise on technology transfer and commercialization through technology licensing and incubation. The course had inbuilt skill development activities such as group activities and hands on experience with specially designed case studies.

Eminent experts in each field such as Prof. T. Ramakrishna from NLSIU, Bangalore, Dr Srinivas K from NAARM, Hyderabad, Dr. Suneetha M Subramanian, UNU-IAS, Dr Farah Deeba, Mr Aravind and Mrs. Girija Sriram were among the guest speakers for the course. Besides these, Mr. Nagaraja Prakasham, Mentor In house from NR Cell, IIM Bangalore provided a vivid detail of angel financing and venture capital management to the budding and enthusiastic entrepreneurs. Dr. Sudha Mysore, Chairperson, ZTMC and PI ABI, Dr S Ganeshan, Dr. P E Rajasekharan, Dr. A.T. Sadashiva, Dr H S Oberoi, Dr. M.S. Rao, Dr. V. Ravindra, Dr Selva Kumar, Dr. T.N. Shivananda and Mrs. Kavitha M were among the in-house experts who explained in detail about the technologies, their pre-requisites and regulatory requirements and the pros and cons of an effective technology transfer and commercialisation effort.  The experience sharing by some of the on-site incubatees like Mr. Manoj and Mr. Kevin of M/s Pluck Fresh regarding their experience with technology commercialisation with IIHR brand name were rated the best by the participants.

The course was so designed that it culminated in an ideation camp on the last day. Four enthusiastic budding entrepreneurs presented their business ideas to be judged by Dr. Mruthyunjaya, Former National Director, NAIP and Mr. Kevin, MD, M/s Pluck fresh, the first of its kind Mushroom start-up venture. Two of the presenters have been identified to take their business ideas ahead through further discussion and effective linking to angel financiers.

In his valedictory address, Prof. Mruthyunjaya, Former National Director, NAIP, New Delhi appreciated the efforts put forth by the SHZTMC & ABI, IIHR and reiterated the need for continued support for the budding enthusiasts into Horti based enterprise development. Dr. M.R. Dinesh, Director, ICAR-IIHR also appreciated the course and stressed the need to have more such programmes designed to educate the farmers as well.

With almost all the 28 participants grading the deliberations for the one week course as ‘EXCELLENT’ the course ended on a high note for requests for more such programmes to be organised by the SHZTMC and ABI. The participants also expressed their appreciation and satisfaction on the team work and relentless service provided by the entire SHZTMC and the ABI team.

Event 3

Inauguration of IIHR Horticultural Technology Management - Business Planning and Development Unit

Dr. S. Ayyappan, Secretary, DARE and Director General, ICAR inaugurated the Horticultural Technology Management -Business Planning and Development (BPD) Unit at the Indian Institute of Horticultural Research (IIHR), Hessaraghatta, Bengaluru on July 05, 2013. While inaugurating the facility, Dr. Ayyappan said that the ICAR has also launched such facilities in other parts of the country for agriculture, animal husbandry and fisheries sectors and hoped that the BPD facility created across the country would encourage small and medium scale Agri-Business enterprises by providing gainful employment opportunities and retaining youth in agriculture. This facility is funded by the World Bank sponsored National Agricultural Innovation Project (NAIP) of ICAR with the basic objective of dissemination and commercialization of horticultural technologies developed by IIHR. The HTM-BPD Facility for Horticulture will further provide techno-economic feasibility, market identification and commercialization support for fresh entrepreneurs and start-ups, who wish to involve in commercial production through IIHR based technologies. The facility is anticipated to serve as a platform for those start-ups with innovative ideas for horticultural technologies to fine tune and scale up through hand holding support from innovators from IIHR.

Event 4

Selecting clients for Accelerator Program

Indian Institute of Horticultural Research’s Horticultural technology management - Business planning and Development Unit (HTM - BPD) of NAIP has successfully conducted Awareness cum Entrepreneurship Development Program on 11th October 2013 @ IIHR, Bengaluru. The Awareness part of the program provided an overview of guidelines of horticultural business start - ups, compliances to start a business and business opportunities available through IIHR Technologies. Dr. A. Krishnamoorthy, Chairman, ITMU & Co –PI, BPD delivered a lecture on “Technology transfer and entrepreneurship development”. Dr. M. S. Rao, Principal Scientist, Nematology presented on “Bio-pesticide start-ups – requisite approvals and issues” which comprises of registration requirements, clearance from boards, data required for approval, time to get license, Manpower requirement and don’t in the start – ups. Dr. C. K. Narayana, Principal Scientist & Head, PHT presented on “Post Harvest Technology start up Dos & Donts”. Dr. A. N. Ganeshmurthy, Principal Scientist & Head, SS & AC delivered a brief on “Micronutrients formulation and consortia – business prospects”. Mr. H. S. Subramanya, Executive Director, Agri – Insights delivered a brief, precise and preparing a bankable report dos and don’ts s in preparing bankable report on “Financial support for start – ups, Role & possibilities from commercial banks”. Mr. Nagaraj Prakasham, Mentor in residence, IIM – B and Mr. Krishna, CEO of Satva presented on “Nurturing and Investing in Agriprenuers” and reaching “The Last Mile Stone” respectively. The EDP program will train the selected individual rigoursly for a period of 2 weeks to increase the business acumen, management of the Business and raise funds for the ideas. At the end of 2 weeks they will be presenting in front of the group of angel investor or Venture capitalist.  21 participants have expressed their interest to participate in the program.

As an initiative and as is mandatory, IIHR organised its First South Horticulture-ZTMC, Annual Review Meeting-HortIP-2016” on 8 February 2016 at its main campus at Hessaraghatta Lake Post, Bengaluru. Representatives of ITMUs from all member institutes participated in the event.

Event 5

Second EDP on “Protected Cultivation of High Value Vegetables”

The NAIP sponsored, HTM – BPD, IIHR successfully organized its Second Entrepreneurship Development Program (EDP) on “Protected Cultivation of High Value Vegetables” on 20th and 21st December 2013 @ IIHR, Bengaluru. The primary goal of the EDP was to provide an end to end comprehensive package on  ‘Protected cultivation of the High Value Vegetables’ to benefit the enthusiastic entrepreneurs on six vegetables, i.e,  Colored Capsicum, Tomato, Brinjal, Musk Melon, English Cucumber and Pole beans and the participants can avail support and services of incubation for next one year. In response to a newspaper advertisement, the programme attracted 61 enthusiastic participants coming from across Karnataka state and Chennai in Tamil Nadu. The two day programme was packed with interesting and informative presentations and discussions by technical experts on end to end production aspects, bankers including Private commercial banks and NABARD providing details on where to and how to obtain financial assistance. State Government officials and APEDA provided a gist of subsidies that the participants could avail, while the private consultants provided the assurance for quality infrastructure and planting material.  More than 85% of the participants rated the programme as excellent; especially the practical experience at the field visit and the valedictory speech on skill sets for budding entrepreneurs by Prof. R. S. Despande, National Fellow, ICSSF, ISEC, Bangalore. 

A total of 7 participants have initiated the process of setting up their protected cultivation projects. The HTM BPD has actively been assisting them through networking, preparation of bankable proposals, linking up with nursery for planting material supply and for soil and water testing. It is hoped that the number of enthusiastic entrepreneurs starting their ventures would soon increase.

Event 6

Awareness program

HTM BPD envisioned creating awareness among the innovators, scientists and technical staff of IIHR. With this objective, HTM BPD took the opportunity of the visit of Mr. Aravazhi Selvaraj, COO of ABI, ICRISAT, and organized an awareness program to all the IIHR scientific fraternity.  Since the event had rather low participation,  HTM BPD initiated  awareness programs division wise to address all the staff of a particular division and have a one to one discussion specific to their technologies and other issues.   The aim of the program is to bring together BPD, Innovators and Scientists of the Divisions of IIHR under one platform and develop specific strategies to address way forward for On-site, Off-site and Specialized Incubation through BPD. The program paved a way for detailed discussions and interaction on various aspects of incubation, client servicing, charges for client servicing and clarifications regarding the incubating possibilities. HTM BPD conducted 11 awareness programs with more than 90% turn out from each division. The programs also created a platform for BPD Staff to introduce themselves to others and get familiar with the division wise services HTM BPD can provide to prospective clients.

Event 7

Nematode management in Horticultural crops

One of the IIHR’s surveys on Impact assessment of Arka Prajwal (Tuberose) in Tamilnadu brought forth a need for creating awareness and demonstrating technology for control and management of nematodes. In this regard, the tuberose growing farmers from Thuraiyur, Trichy taulk approached NAIP – IIHR – BPD for imparting technology for efficient nematode management. Therefore, HTM BPD Co sponsored a “Demonstration Training cum Awareness programme’ along with Department of Horticulture, Trichy District on Production of seedlings of horticultural crops using Biopesticides and organic IPM on 28th January 2014 at Thuraiyur, Trichy District, Tamilnadu. More than 265 farmers growing tuberose and other horticultural crops assembled at the meeting and were trained on the use of biopesticides.  The training program was inaugurated by Ms. Indira Gandhi, MLA and distributed free biopesticides samples to the farmers. The biopesticides were procured from ATIC, IIHR which in turn has been sourced from M/s Krishi Biosys, Onsite incubatee of BPD-IIHR. The HTM BPD thus developed a unique model of PPP which is win-win for both the parties.