Nagaland receives awards on National Startup Day
DIMAPUR — In a testament to the state’s dedication in nurturing emerging businesses, Nagaland was honoured with prestigious award in the Aspiring State category on the occasion of National Startup Day in New Delhi on Tuesday.
Nagaland received the awards during the result declaration and felicitation ceremony for the National Startup Awards 2023 and the 4th edition of the state’s startup ranking framework, integral components of the startup India initiative organised by the Department of Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT).
An update from YouthNet stated that Kekhrievor Kevichüsa, commissioner and secretary of Industries and Commerce, Government of Nagaland, received recognition for his pivotal role in establishing the first incubation centre for Person with Disabilities (PwD) and supporting incubators in the robotics sector during the ceremony.
It added that Keneirienuo K Theunuo, deputy director of Industries and Commerce and team leader of State Startup, was awarded for her effort in being instrumental in supporting the incubators through programmes specifically designed for women startups and seed funding to incubation centres.
Meanwhile, Startup Nagaland under the department of Industries and Commerce marked the National Startup Day 2024 by hosting a dynamic roundtable discussion on “How to bring about innovative ideas in the state” at the Innovation and Incubation Space, Capital Convention Centre, Kohima, on Tuesday.
The event brought together state incubators, startups, entrepreneurs, investors, policymakers and various stakeholders, which highlighted Nagaland’s commitment to fostering a thriving startup ecosystem.
The roundtable discussion was presided over by Ikheshe Kahoto, inspector of Industries and Commerce, who also emphasised the crucial role of incubators and collaboration in driving innovation.
Kahoto commended the efforts of incubators in Nagaland by highlighting the significance of the Startup Nagaland Policy 2019 in promoting and fostering a robust startup culture in the state.
“The policy aims to build a strong ecosystem for nurturing innovation and startups, driving sustainable economic growth and creating substantial employment opportunities,” the statement read.
The event witnessed active participation from all five incubators in the state namely YouthNet Incubation Centre, NAGABOTS, Nagaland Tool Room and Training Centre, EduCentre School of Business and National Institute of Electronics and Information Technology.
The roundtable discussion also included representations from startups and stakeholders, wherein Ernst & Young contributed valuable insights.