Uttishtha 2023 Brings 29 LOIs Over 5 Cr Funding to 15 National Agri Startups

Kashipur | February 27, 2023: IIM Kashipur FIED (Foundation for Innovation and
Entrepreneurship Development) marks its kind extravaganza events, the 7th edition of
Uttishtha 2023 – Annual Entrepreneurship Summit. The initiative supported by the Ministry
of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Government of India, aims to bring socio-economic
value to Uttarakhand’s entrepreneur ecosystem by enabling the raw entrepreneurs to achieve
their big dreams. This Unique and successful initiative of IIM Kashipur has successfully
clocked 29 LOIs worth Rs 5 Cr funding for 15 national agri-startups. IIM Kashipur’s
Uttishtha 2023 also hosted over 100 startups and nearly 20 VCs to exchange their interests.
Three days of Uttishtha 2023 witnessed the National Business Plan Pitching Competition,
Investors Meet, and Entrepreneur’s Conclave.
Prof Kulbhushan Balooni, Director, IIM Kashipur said, “IIM Kashipur’s FIED platform has
gone to a big level, especially the ‘Uttishtha’. We are creating a socio-economic impact in the
home state by promoting entrepreneurship with the support of the state and central
government. FIED team has incubated 140+ startups and out of these about 40+ startups have
generated over 3.2 billion in funding. These startups have also generated direct employment
of 1200+ and have impacted over half a million farmers. We have identified the right talent
of entrepreneurs and provided them the 360-degree support for creating success stories.”
During the National Business Plan Pitching Competition, agriculture startups participated
from across India and made presentations to Investors and Industry experts. The enthusiasm
of all the startup participants was remarkable and the whole process was very exciting for the
key stakeholders. HimMadhu, AI-MRI, MyPahadiDukan, TheFitBread, FLAAR, Vikalp
Herbals, GeeComIndia, PahariHaat, SuperFarmers, and many more presented marvelous
business pitching sessions that impressed the investors and other jury members. Investors
such as PinCap, FitSol Supply Chain Solutions, HBF Limited, GSF Accelerators, Omnivore,
and Venture Capitalists were surprised looking at the startup ideas and efforts made by the
founders to scale up.
Prof. Safal Batra, Director of FIED (Foundation for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Development) said, “The 7th edition of Uttishtha has taken the big leap by generating the

interests of some significant investors. FIED stands tall nationally by hosting such a platform
in the Uttarakhand state. We have seen our incubators team going to the exterior and remotest
places in the state to identify the entrepreneurs with unique business ideas who can represent
the future of Indian Business. The 3rd generation of farmers is not limited to crop cultivation
but expanding into food processing and setting up startups. By facilitating the right platform
for bringing the right human resources, branding, investors, larger marketplace, price &
packaging, we put them into the mainstream business.”
Some of the IIM Kashipur FIED incubated startups are making success stories in the country.
Bijak raised $ 34.1 million, LoopWorm raised $ 3.4 million and Greenpod Labs raised $0.54
million from external investors. PoultryMon, NKosh, InfiU Labs, and many more have also
generated funds on merit and shown ways to other registered startups.
Eminent Startup dignitaries remained present at the inaugural session of Entrepreneur’s
Conclave and Agri Mela. Rajat Jain, Founder of Sunfox; Nitin Jain, Co-Founder of
OFBUSINESS; Anubhav Dubey, Founder of Chai Sutta Bar delivered the keynote address
and motivated the startup participants. A thoughtful panel discussion on – ‘How an
Ecosystem can be Created in Uttarakhand State’ made the conclave more interesting with
different viewpoints of marquee startups founders such as Subhadeep Sanyal of Omnivore,
Monika Pandey of YourNest, Sachin Sheron of HBF Direct, Manish Srivastava of
Inaugurating the Agri Mela (Startup Expo), Sunil Kaushik, General Manager of NABARD
said, “I congratulate the IIM Kashipur FIED for making difference in the entrepreneurship
journey. Entrepreneurship in Agriculture can surely bring a paradigm shift to the country’s
economic growth. NABARD is committed to supporting for marketing and branding of
startups and motivating them to grow.” Also, Prabhat Kumar, Ministry of Agriculture and
Farmers Welfare; and Devendra Agarwal, MD of KVS Companies expressed their gratitude
towards the enthusiasm shown by the startups during the expo – Agri Mela.
Several innovative businesses made a memorable impact on the minds of expo visitors.
Various startups presented fantastic business ideas, such as a clothing range made from
bamboo fabric, interior design articles made from cow dung, a crockery range made from
bamboo, a range of toys made from wood waste, a drone for pesticide spraying in agricultural
fields, honey-coated dry fruits, organic fertilizer, wellness products, handicrafts, and hand-
knits, as well as an immunity booster made from agricultural produce, incense sticks made of
recycled flowers.