Second round of StartUp Manipur interview underway

Pothashang News Service: Imphal, January 24, 2019: Interview for the second round of StartUp Manipur today began in the presence of chief minister N. Biren Singh and consumer affairs, food and public distribution minister Karam Shyam at the Durbar Hall of chief minister’s secretariat.

Around 4000 applications were received online seeking assistance from the government in the second round of StartUp Manipur.

A high level selection committee headed by chief Secretary Dr. J. Suresh Babu would interview the shortlisted applicants/entrepreneurs of the Revenue Stage and assess their project proposals in a transparent manner till February 11.

Each applicant was given three minutes’ time to present their proposals through PowerPoint presentation which mainly focussed on objective/concept of their project, location, required financial assistance, scale of work, market, employment generation and expected annual income etc.

Additional chief secretary (Labour and Employment) Dr. Suhel Akhtar, principal secretary (commerce and industry) P. Vaiphei, principal secretary (finance) Rakesh Ranjan, commissioner (planning) Sumant Singh, planning department director Dr. Munindro, officials of planning department and other experts were also present at the interview.

Start-Up Manipur scheme has been introduced to provide financial assistance to educated and hardworking youths/entrepreneurs of the state to promote self employment and entrepreneurship.

Around 30 entrepreneurs made PowerPoint presentation at today’s interview that began from 11 am and continued late afternoon.

Start up Manipur was launched on March 15 last year by the chief minister. On the launching day Biren said StartUp Manipur would enable the youths and unemployed persons in the state to take up new ventures with new and creative ideas. Under this scheme, a sum of Rs.30 crore was available during the year 2017-18 and 2018-19, upto Rs. 3 crore was available to individual Start-Ups, he added.

In the first round of StartUp Manipur 334 entrepreneurs were benefitted.

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