Idea meet for young talents

DREAM TEAM: Jay B Treloar (left), deputy director of American Center in Calcutta, with chief secretary Rajbala Verma in Ranchi on Friday. Picture by Prashant Mitra

Kanishk Poddar (28) designs silk jackets and sells 500 of them every month to customers across the country and worldwide. He wishes to expand his business further.

Rishav Anand (29) wishes to reduce the number of road accidents by making people aware about traffic rules. But he doesn't know how to go about it.

Animesh Mishra (27) wants to engage unemployed labourers in electrical or plumbing work.

Ranchi: Like Kanishk, Rishav and Animesh, 45 other young entrepreneurs discussed their business ideas during a networking meeting of Y4BIZ (Youth for Business), a joint initiative of the US Consulate, Calcutta, and Contact Base, a Calcutta-based social enterprise, held at a city hotel on Friday.

Youth for Business is an initiative launched that aims at transforming business ideas of 50 promising entrepreneurs from across eastern India into sustainable business models.

Similar meetings were held in Guwahati and Patna earlier this week while another will be held in Calcutta in the next few days.

"The selected entrepreneurs will be put through an online capacity building and mentoring programme conducted by IC2 Institute of University of Texas. The project aims to develop an entrepreneurship culture in eastern India and strengthen linkages between American and Indian youth leaders," said Jay B. Treloar, deputy director of American Centre in Calcutta.

He added, "Finally, top ten business ideas will be presented before industry leaders, investors and policy makers at a special meeting at American Centre, Calcutta, next year."

Chief secretary Rajbala Verma, who was also present on the occasion along with IT secretary Satyendra Singh, sa-id, "The state is equally interested to promote entrepreneurship among you-ths, who can then become job providers instead of job seekers."

A Global Entrepreneurship Summit will also be jointly organised in Hyderabad from November 28 to 30.


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