To bridge the wide gap between the rural and the urban areas, Connecting Dreams Foundation along with AIC-RMP and Keshav Srushti had organized the 2 days Ideation to Action (I2A) Workshop on December 8-9, 2018. The workshop was attended by over 70 participants from both rural and urban areas. The objective was to familiarize the participants with the issues ailing different talukas of the Palghar district, 87 km off Mumbai, Maharashtra and to inculcate leadership skills and attributes by assisting them in the solutions for the problems identified
AIC-RMP’ 2nd Experts’ Meet was held on 4th May 2019 at Uttan. Eight startups from Education, Agriculture, Healthcare and ICT (Information, Communication & Technology) fields presented their ideas to the panel of thirteen experts. The Meet provided an opportunity for the startups to connect with other entrepreneurs and the experts and the deliberations paved the way for the startup conclave to be held in the near future.
The first edition of New India Startup Conclave was held on 22nd June, 2019 at RMP- Knowledge Excellence Centre, Bhayander. Parshottam Rupala (Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Govt. of India) was the Chief Guest and Ramanan Ramanathan (Mission Director of Atal Innovation Mission, NITI Aayog), Dimple Mehta (Mayor of Mira Bhayander Municipal Corporation) and Padmashri Milind Kamble (Founder Chairman of Dalit Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry- DICCI) were the Guests of Honour present at the event. The theme of the Conclave was ‘Connect… Share… GROW’. There were three parallel tracks of presentations by startups from Agriculture, Information, Communication & Technology (Education, Healthcare) and Social Enterprises. The event received an overwhelming response with more than 250 participants attending the conclave as startups, experts, delegates, students as well as representatives of the press.
AIC-RMP had organised a visit to Saguna Baug as a part of कृषी संवेदना – Series १, an Agro Tourism Farm located at Neral in Maharashtra. Twelve agripreneurs, startps, farmers and changemakers from Mumbai, Jawhar, Pune, Navi Mumbai involved in rural livelihood were invited and got the opportunity to interact with Chandrashekhar Bhadsavle, the pioneer in Agrotourism.
Under ‘Social Impact Challenge’, Connecting Dreams Foundation in collaboration with AIC-RMP had organized two days Bootcamp at RMP, Bhayander. 75 college students and entrepreneurs from 15 rural enterprises had participated in this flagship program to collaborate for the growth of their micro-enterprises.