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JKEDI on Mission To Spark Startup Progress in J&K

JKEDI held a review meeting to strengthen Jammu and Kashmir's startup ecosystem. The meeting resulted in a series of directives to district level nodal officers aimed at bolstering the startup ecosystem. Read on for details.

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The Jammu and Kashmir Entrepreneurs Development Institute (JKEDI) has convened a crucial review meeting at its Sempora district campus to assess the state of startup registrations and recovery efforts. The meeting resulted in a series of directives to district level nodal officers aimed at bolstering the startup ecosystem and ensuring equitable access to opportunities throughout the Union Territory (UT).

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Encouraging Startup Registrations and Equitable Access

The meeting, presided over by Mr. Ajaz Ahmed Bhat, Director of JKEDI, saw a strong emphasis on the significance of startups in providing opportunities for the youth of the UT. 

"Startups play a pivotal role in providing opportunities for the youth of the UT. By encouraging more startup registrations, JKEDI aims to empower the younger generation, enabling them to realize their entrepreneurial dreams. It is also important to maintain a robust recovery and repayment system. This ensures that startups not only receive initial support but also contribute to the sustainability of the programs, thereby creating a cycle of growth and self-sufficiency,” said Director, JKEDI. 

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Robust Recovery and Repayment System

Beyond encouraging registrations, the institute underlined the importance of a robust recovery and repayment system. This system is designed to ensure that startups not only receive initial support but also contribute to the sustainability of the programs, creating a self-sustaining cycle of growth.

The review meeting identified some districts that were trailing in their recovery efforts, and these were specifically directed to expedite the process. This directive is intended to create a more balanced and sustainable ecosystem for startups across Jammu and Kashmir.

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Startup Landscape in Jammu and Kashmir

Currently, there are approximately 111 registered startups operating in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir. These startups span a range of sectors, with significant focus areas including e-commerce, horticulture, agriculture, the food industry, and crafts. JKEDI has been playing a pivotal role in nurturing and supporting this burgeoning startup ecosystem.

JKEDI's Role in Nurturing Startups

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Mr. Ajaz Ahmed Bhat, Director of JKEDI, spoke with TICE News, emphasizing the institute's role as a nodal agency dedicated to promoting startups across the UT. 

Talking to TICE News, Mr Ajaz Ahmed Bhat, Director, JKEDI, said, “JKEDI is a nodal agency, we have launched a mass awareness campaign in all 20 districts in J&K. Overall, we are organizing more special camps to increase the number.”

Review Meeting Highlights

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During the review meeting at the Sempora campus, Mr. Bhat discussed multiple key aspects of the startup ecosystem. These included the number of startups registered, the success of recovery efforts, and the overall status of repayment under various schemes. The meeting was attended by Executive Director, JKEDI, In-Charge Recovery, Regional Coordinators, In-Charge CIIBM, In-Charge CSF, and all the district nodal officers of JKEDI. 

Director JKEDI emphasized the need for district officers to increase their efforts in boosting startup registrations. His vision is to provide the youth of Jammu and Kashmir with the greatest possible opportunity to turn their dream projects into reality. Furthermore, he underscored the importance of taking extra measures to reinforce the recovery and repayment system.

Geographical Distribution and Equitable Access

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The Director also addressed the geographical distribution of startups across the UT. He stressed the importance of ensuring that entrepreneurial opportunities are accessible throughout all districts. JKEDI's comprehensive support mechanism, which includes mentorship, training, and resource access, is meticulously designed to ensure the long-term success of startups.

In-Charge Recovery and Repayments Review

The In-Charge of Recovery and Repayments at JKEDI provided a detailed review of recovery statistics, shedding light on the progress made by entrepreneurs in repaying loans and dues. Identified lagging districts were directed to accelerate their efforts, ensuring equitable access to opportunities across the Union Territory. The renewed commitment to strengthening the startup ecosystem in Jammu and Kashmir promises to create a more vibrant and sustainable environment for aspiring entrepreneurs.

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