Inviting candidates for Rural Startup Program


  • Rural residents/returned migrants to villages with business ideas that address societal challenges and are keen on growing and scaling their innovation or diversify their livelihood. They should be willing to commit next 7 months to work in building microenterprises in rural Nagaland, 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 thoughtful skills.
  • Special focus on people Below Poverty Line (BPL)


Agriculture & Horticulture: Organic Fertilizer Production, Mushroom Farming, Beekeeping, Fruit & Vegetable Retail, Tea Plantation, Farming of Medicinal Herbs Etc.

Floriculture: Dry/Cut Flower business

Food Processing: Baking, Biscuit, Fruit Juice Production, Honey Processing, Ice Cream Making, Jam Jelly Making, Potato Chips Making, (detergent, soap making)

Veterinary & Animal Husbandry: Poultry Farming, Dairy, Meat Processing, Fisheries Business

Textiles & Apparel: Shawls, Mekhalas, Towel, Bags, Cushion Covers, Fabric, Jewelries, Home Furnishing, Natural Fibers Collections, Shoes & Accessories.

(Financial Assistance as seed money for selected candidates.)

The program intends to run over a formal taught curriculum with 7 structured workshops over a number of 7 transition weeks with 49 days. The overall program is divided into 2 Core Modules that reflect a typical startup process. Each module will have 2 primary Mentors leading that module with particular expertise in that topic. Plus regular involvement from management team to ensure continuity and progress every week.