To foster collaboration and knowledge exchange among stakeholders to enhance the innovation and startup ecosystem in the Northeast region, a workshop on “Building Innovation and Startup Ecosystem for North-East: A Peer-learning Workshop” was held in Agartala from 29 February to 1 March. The workshop was organized by the Directorate of Information Technology, Government of Tripura, in collaboration with NITI Aayog and AIM.

Nagaland representatives
Along with the rest of the North Eastern states, a delegation from Nagaland led by Lhoushevikho Lhoushe, Asst Director – Industries and Commerce; Dr Arenla Aier – HRD Consultant, IDAN; Namang T Chang – Export Promotion Consultant, IDAN; Lezo Putsure – Director, Educenter Schools of Business; and Loli Ashevi from Youth Net.

The workshop was aimed to provide a platform for dialogue on key topics such as policy frameworks, funding opportunities, key strengths and threats of the State in regards to Startup Ecosystem, capacity building, and collaboration between government, Incubator, Academia, and Industries.

“Through active engagement and collaboration with stakeholders from across the North East region, the Nagaland team identified areas for collaboration and resource sharing, paving the way for future initiatives to support startups in the state,” an update received here said.

According to the update, the key highlights of the workshop included insightful discussions on building innovation networks and learning from successful incubator models. The Nagaland team reportedly had the opportunity to interact with experienced Government Officials, State Incubators, and Startup representatives, further strengthening networks and partnerships within the startup ecosystem.

The event was led by Chintan Vaishnav, Mission Director, AIM – NITI Aayog along with the State Officials – Jitendra Kumar Sinha, Chief Secretary, GoT, Puneet Agarwal, Principal Secretary, GoT, Kiran Gitte, Secretary, GoT, Dr Naresh Babu N, Director IT, GoT, Himangshu Joshi, Program Director, Atal Innovation Mission, NITI Aayog, Govt officials and representatives from Start-ups of North East.

“The insights gained from the workshop will guide future endeavors to nurture and support startups in Nagaland. By leveraging collaborative opportunities and sharing best practices, the Nagaland team remains committed to fostering a vibrant startup ecosystem that drives economic growth and innovation within the state,” it added.

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