Science & Technology Entrepreneurs’ Park (STEP-GNDEC)
Entrepreneurship Awareness Camps (EAC)
With a view to exposing students as well as the faculty of academic institutions, offering degree/diploma courses in S&T, to entrepreneurship as an alternative career, Entrepreneurship Awareness Camps (EACs) are conducted by nodal agencies in each State/Union Territory of the country. The implementing agency is usually either an educational institution or a professional body specializing in entrepreneurship development.
Each Camp, of 3 days duration, is conducted in the premises of an academic institution and aims at creating awareness among students about various facets of entrepreneurship while highlighting the merits of pursuing such a career option. In each EAC, about 75 students are exposed to different aspects of entrepreneurship, including opportunity guidance, services offered by agencies of support system etc. A visit to the industries located in the region is also arranged to bring the students in direct touch with practicing entrepreneurs.
Entrepreneurship Development Programme (EDP)
An Entrepreneurship Development Programme (EDP), of 6-8 weeks duration, aims at training the S&T graduates and the diploma holders in the essentials of conceiving, planning, initiating and launching an economic activity or an enterprise successfully.
The programme content includes classroom training on essentials of entrepreneurship survey of the prevalent socio-economic scenario, identification of business opportunities, role and function as well as schemes of assistance offered by various constituents of the support system, preparation of a technically feasible and economically viable project report, Achievement Motivation Training and also the nuances of management of an enterprise. Sessions on technology and finance are also arranged, depending upon the nature of project selected.
Special EDPs are being conducted with more emphasis on linkages with R&D institutions to take up projects based on indigenous technologies and services, in the area of high technology, such as leather, plastics, bio-medical equipment, high-speed data communication and other emerging areas of technology.
The Women’s Entrepreneurship Development programme (WEDP)
The Women’s Entrepreneurship Development (ILO-WED) programme has been empowering women entrepreneurs in developing countries and supporting them in starting and growing their businesses since the mid-2000s.
The programme works with service providers promoting entrepreneurship development (financial, non-financial, public, private, associative, freelance etc.) and builds their capacity to better support women entrepreneurs to start and grow their businesses. It also works towards creating a more positive enabling environment for WED, by supporting assessments of the situation, and working with governments and policymakers to remove the specific gender barriers that women entrepreneurs may face.
Through the economic empowerment of women, it aims to contribute to greater gender equality, as well as to more job creation and economic development.
Technology Based Entrepreneurship Development Programme (TEDP)
A Technology Based EDP primarily focuses on training and development need of S&T entrepreneurs in a specific technology area (for example, Leather, Plastic, Electronics & Communication, Fragrance & Flavour, Instrumentation, Sports Goods, Biotechnology, IT Computer Hardware, Food Processing, Bio-medical Equipment, Glass & Ceramics, Jute Products, Sustainable Building Materials, Herbs & Medical Plants Processing, etc.). The participants are provided with hands-on training in indigenous technologies developed by R&D institutions that are available for commercial exploitation.
In each TEDP, 20-25 persons, having a degree/diploma in S&T are trained through a structured training programme of about 6 weeks duration. The TEDP provides classroom training on motivational management areas besides actual hands-on training in the specific technology areas by technology providers.
Faculty Development Programme (FDP)
A Faculty Development Programme (FDP) is designed to train and develop professionals in entrepreneurship development so that they can act as resource persons in guiding and motivating young S&T persons to take up entrepreneurship as a career. Through each FDP, 15-20 faculty members of Science and Engineering colleges, Polytechnics and Entrepreneurship Development Organisations are trained for a duration of 2-3 weeks.
The FDPs provide inputs on process and practice of entrepreneurship development, communication, and interpersonal skills, creativity, problem-solving, achievement motivation training, inputs on resource and knowledge industries. The training methodology includes case studies, group discussion, games, and simulation exercise, field visits and classroom lectures.