The 4th International MSME & Start-Up Expo 2017 was supported by Start-Up India, DIPP, MSME Ministry and Make In India along with state participation from Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Chhattisgarh government
MSME Development Forum, in association with Ministry of Railways and Ministry of Commerce & Industry (DIPP & Invest India) organized the 4th edition of ‘INDIA INTERNATIONAL MSME & START-UP EXPO-2017’ & 2nd ‘STARTUP FEST’ and ‘LAGHU UDYOG VYAPAR MELA’, from August 24 to 26, at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi.
The event was inaugurated by Dr. Jitendra Singh (MoS) along with Mr. Satish Mahana, Minister of Industry, Govt. of UP.
Satish Mahana, Minister of Industry, Govt. of UP, travelled back in time and take a historical reference of India when he said, “India had great entrepreneurial potential even thousands of years ago and we were popularly known as the Golden Sparrow for a good reason. Our markets and traders were world famous and had already transcended boundaries to establish best commerce practices around the globe. The era of East India Company witnessed not only the exploitation of our resources but also the gradual death of the entrepreneurial spirit. Most of the citizens became job seekers as the babu culture engulfed the entire sub-continent. This submissive attitude was quite prevalent for a few decades after independence as well, as we didn’t try to take a step forward and take responsibility. There was little incentive and support for small entrepreneurs and the youth was scared of leaving their jobs and starting something of their own, and be their own boss. But things have changed in the last few years, with more and more young entrepreneurs coming out with their own ideas and have enough faith in themselves to give a shape to their dreams. Platforms like MSME provide these budding entrepreneurs a platform to promote their idea and shape their dreams into reality.”
Jitendra Singh, MOS- PMO & DONER says, “I would like to congratulate MSME Development Forum for creating an excellent platform for MSME’s and startups. It has been a trend in our country to seek jobs instead of becoming entrepreneurs and creating jobs. But this is precisely the right time to invest in your skills and become an entrepreneur. I would request MSME Development Forum to focus on more and more states in the coming editions like they did this time on UP, Chattisgarh, Haryana and Jharkhand. We can move together as a developed country and achieve remarkable results only if we focus on creating a holistic platform for all the states of the country. The vision should be to boost the startup culture across India. Since its inception, our government has always been motivating MSME’s in the country and is ready to provide incentives to indigenous startups.”
“We are really proud that we were able to attune to the unique needs of the MSME & Start-Up community and also to provide solutions to them to combat the challenges and critical issues concerning operations. The primary focus of the expo has always been to motivate the youth & prospective entrepreneurs to start their own enterprise and also educate them regarding the main difference between start-up and MSME. We are really humbled by the support that we have got from the central and state governments to make this edition a mega success as well. Our vision is become the torch bearer of the MSME fraternity and act as a bridge between them and the policy making body”, said Shri. Rajnish Goenka, Chairman – MSMEs Development Forum.
The main focus of India’s only International MSME expo was to provide youth and prospective entrepreneurs, a much needed unified global networking platform to exhibit their product and services. This did not only help them in exploring new business opportunities but also provide them with a platform where they can voice their opinions and grievances and tried to find cognitive solutions through dialogue with the government. The 4th International MSME & Start-Up Expo 2017 was supported by Start-Up India, DIPP, MSME Ministry and Make In India along with state participation from Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh and Chhattisgarh state governments.
20 selected start-ups were shortlisted to showcase their ideas, products and services to the dignitaries and the participating delegates.The MSME Development Forum provided complimentary stalls to these 20 shortlisted start-ups worth 1 Lakh each. This was one of the unique features of the start-up fest this year. Wovoyage, Paalak, Morphedo, Applop and Anand Business were some of the start-ups exhibiting at the expo.
Like earlier years, more than fifteen union & state ministers and other stake holders such as prospective entrepreneurs, innovators, corporate, PSUs, banks, industries, businessman, foreign countries/ embassies/ delegates, investors, business chambers & associations, service support providers, buyers/ sellers/ franchisers, universities and media participated in this expo. Apart from these more than 20000 visitors, 250 Exhibitors, 50 overseas participants, 12 concurrent summit and 100 B2B & B2C meetings were also a part of this mega expo.
This year, MSME Development Forum also came up with a special initiative for women entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs from the SC/ST category by helping them set up their stalls for free at the expo by just registering at MSME’s website on first cum first serve basis. The main motto of this initiative was to boost budding women entrepreneurs and SC/ST entrepreneurs along with creating more such opportunities in India. The Forum endeavoured to help the government by educating, promoting, reviving and accelerating the growth of MSMEs, start-ups, innovators, women, ST/SC/OBC and dalits, etc., to strengthen the socio-economic structure and to generate new entrepreneurship and create new job opportunities for 65% of the youth of India.
The three day event comprised of a very vivid exhibition, speaker sessions and a start-up fest, which served as a perfect platform to exhibit and highlight the central government’s initiatives like ‘Make in India’, ‘Startup India’ for the MSME sector and start-up ecosystem. The forum also addressed various challenges faced by small and medium entrepreneurs through various sessions, hosted and chaired by luminaries such as Gen. Dr. VK Singh (Retd.), Union Minister of State – Ministry of External Affairs, Sh. Ravi Shankar Prasad, Union Minister – IT & Electronics, Dr. Jitendra Singh, Minister of State – DONER, Mr. Mahesh Sharma, Union Minister of Tourism, Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister – Science & Technology, Mrs. Smriti Irani, Union Minister of Textiles, Mr. Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Union Minister of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship (Independent Charge), Mr. Amar Agarwal, Industry Minister, Govt. of Chattisgarh, Mr. Satish Mahana, Minister of Industry & Development – Govt. of Uttar Pradesh, Shri R. Masauki, Ambassodor of Zimbabwe in India, Minister of Business & Enterprise, Republic of Mauritius, Mr. Deepak Bagla, CEO, Invest India, Mr. Ramesh Abhishek, Secretary – DIPP, and Ms. Shraddha Sharma, CEO – Yourstory.com among others.
It is believed that India can achieve next level economic growth via MSMEs. The forum also connected global MSME’s for mutual business promotion, identified cross border partnership opportunities and created a strong platform for key decision makers, business leaders to strengthen the MSME sector.