THINK-B Gets New Officie where FREE TISS Mumbai, IIIT, HNLU, and IIM Raipur, Experts Guide to Startups

Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel inaugurates the new office of THINK-B
Bastar administration established THINK-B to encourage local youth interested in innovation, self-employment and entrepreneurship

Budding entrepreneurs to get free-of-cost guidance from experts from IIM Raipur, TISS Mumbai, IIIT Raipur and HNLU Raipur

Raipur, 24 November 2021: Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel, on his one day visit to Bastar today, inaugurated the newly established office of Technology Hub and Innovation Network for Knowledge Bastar (THINK-B) at the premises of Government Polytechnic College in Dharampura.  

THINK-B is an initiative of Bastar district administration, which operates accelerator programmes around the district under its brand to promote local entrepreneurs.

On the occasion, Mr. Baghel interacted the youth having startups under THINK-B and wished them good luck for their future endeavors. He also launched the newly-built smart classes and smart labs at the polytechnic college.

Besides, he visited the stall of Lokabazar.in, a handicraft e-commerce startup based in Bastar, where he inquired about the sale of local artefacts of Bastar on the online platform from Mr. Gaurav Kushwaha. While interacting with Mr. Manoj Sahu at his stall of Moms Food, the Chief Minister took information about his special products besides tasting special 'ladoos' made of coconut and jaggery here. At the Bastar Se Bazaar Tak' stall of Mr. Satendra Singh Lihre, Mr. Baghel tasted products 'Jamun Ka Slice' and 'Sitaphal (custard apple) Shake' and also ordered 10 packets.

It is noteworthy that THINK-B has been established to encourage the youth of Bastar interested in innovation, self-employment and entrepreneurship, besides providing them necessary assistance including financial, technical, managerial, and legal. As a business incubator and accelerator, it will help budding entrepreneurs to convert their business ideas into working business models.

Interested youth will be provided assistance in start-up infrastructure, setting up technology-based business as well as training through online-offline paper, books, and audio-video from the district administration as a part of this initiative. Besides, the local youth of this tribal-dominated district will be encouraged for self-employment by organizing seminars, conferences, and workshops.

The district administration has also signed MoUs with renowned institutions of the state including Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Raipur, Tata Institute of Social Science (TISS) Mumbai, IIIT Raipur and Hidayatullah National Law University (HNLU) Raipur. Under this, IIIT Raipur will provide technical information to the startups while institutes like IIM Raipur will teach management skills, TISS will give information like the market value of the business and feasibility of the startup idea while experts of HNLU will provide legal assistance to the startups, all this at free-of-cost.

Agriculture Minister Mr. Ravindra Choubey, Industries Minister Mr. Kawasi Lakhma, Bastar MP Mr. Deepak Baij, President of Bastar Area Tribal Development Authority Mr. Lakheshwar Baghel, Vice President Mr. Vikram Mandavi, Parliamentary Secretary Mr. Rekhchand Jain, Chairman of Chhattisgarh Handicrafts Development Board Mr. Chandan Kashyap, Dantewada MLA Mrs. Devti Karma, Chitrakoot MLA Mr. Rajman Benzam, Mayor Ms. Safira Sahu, Municipal Corporation President Ms. Kavita Sahu, and District Collector Mr. Rajat Bansal along with other dignitaries and senior officials were present on the occasion.