Drishtee launches MIRI GU-IP, inviting ideas/innovations from residents/ returned migrants to villages of India, to support them in starting up micro-enterprises.

This is an endeavor by Drishtee, a social enterprise building sustainable communities for over two decades with its reach across 6000 villages in 17 states of India, to regenerate alternative & dignified livelihoods for Covid19 pandemic-hit migrants within their villages and revitalizing rural economy through community-led sustainable enterprises.

WHAT IS GU-IP?

Inviting Innovation from ‘talent migrated back to villages’
Nurturing them in co-creating community enterprises to regenerate dignified livelihoods ‘within their own villages’
Through DRISHTEE’s flagship Rural PROSUMER Ecosytem-SWAVALAMBAN VATIKA, with an integrated approach of
4C – Community
(building), Capacity(development), Capital (facilitation) & Channel (accessibility)

DETAILED ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

We are looking for:

Rural residents/ returned migrants to villages with business ideas that address societal challenges and are keen on growing and scaling their innovation. They should be willing to commit next 6 to 12 months to work in building micro-enterprises in rural India, preferably based in rural value chains of product verticals, especially focusing on local production-based activities.

Early stage rural entrepreneurs are also welcome to apply for opportunity to scale impact of their work and/or to replicate in other geographies.

Educational literacy expected at a level convenient for them to undergo the entrepreneurship training and adopt key learnings in basic accounting, reading comprehension and writing skills.

Mode of Submission

  1. Web-Form
  2. Toll-Free # 1800 123 8393 Call-back to assist in filling [If smartphone and/or digital access not available]
  3. Toll-Free # 1800 123 8393 SMS providing link to web-form [ If smartphone and/or digital access is available]
  4. Walk-in to nearest CSP [Details will be shared based location identification of missed call]

RELEVANT INDUSTRY

Micro-enterprises in rural India, preferably based in rural value chains of product verticals, especially focusing on local production-based activities.

Indicative, not exhaustive: AGRICULTURE, TEXTILE, HOME FURNISHINGS, ANIMAL HUSBANDRY, FISHERIES, RURAL TOURISM and sorts <TBC>

RELEVANT SEGMENTS 

Across Value-Chain: Upstream (Supply) | Mid-Stream(Production) | DownStream (Consumption)

Incentives/ Prizes< To be discussed in alignment to Levels stated in below section>

Fiscal Incentives

Financial Assistance (Stipend/Milestone based) to State-level Winners

Non-Fiscal Incentives

Mentorship

Immersion Space to experience functioning of Rural micro-enterprises, Infrastructure

Multi-Disciplinary team (if team members need to be added)

Access to local ecosystem and administration

Pilot opportunities

Post Submission Milestones

Level-1: Verification of Application Form

On successful submission of the idea registration form by the applicants, it will undergo a desk verification on completeness of the required details, eligibility as per scoping of program, and to identify the commitment of the ideator to pursue towards implementation.

In addition to this, based on the response to the questionnaire, ideas will be shortlisted on aspects of desirability, feasibility and viability of the proposed innovation & solution

Level-2: Pre-Incubation Support

External Experts Pool (social entrepreneurs, financial institutions, govt. scheme reps) will conduct a rigorous evaluation of the business plans submitted by prospective entrepreneurs to guide towards sustainable enterprises. Personalised mentoring will be mapped for enabling the selected entrepreneurs to incorporate the guidance in implementing pilots with the seed grant provided by the program team.

Level-3:Establishment of Micro-Enterprise

Successful Pilots are pitched for social investments/scale-up grants/ low interest loans with a handholding support provided by the mentor pool of the program team.

WHY GU-IP?