Agripreneurship Orientation Program (AOP) of RKVY-RAFTAAR scheme is aimed at providing an opportunity to students/youth to work on their innovative ideas on technological solutions/processes/products/services/business platforms etc. that could enhance productivity or increase efficiency in agriculture and allied activities, enhance remuneration/farmers’ incomes, rural economy and wealth. The interns will be given two months (60 hours) training cum hands on internship at the CIRCOT-R-ABI. Guided by experienced technology mentors and successful innovators they will be able to understand business concepts/nuances, strategy and gain practical insights into markets, challenges and develop strategies to resolve them.  CIRCOT-R-ABI will impart two months training to selected interns/startups agri-prenures. After successful completion of the two months orientation programme, the CIRCOT-R-ABI will facilitate incorporation of entities for all viable business ideas by the interns. Selected interns will be eligible to apply for Idea/Pre-Seed Stage Funding, of grant in aid upto Rs. 5 lakhs per startup for converting his/her innovative idea into prototype/product. The selected interns will register his/her company before the release of the grant as per DIPP notification to get Grant in aid.

Eligibility Criteria:
  1. The applicant should be an Indian citizen.
  2. The applicant should propose one innovative idea based on technology, service, business platforms etc. for increasing efficiency in agriculture and allied sector.
  3. The recipient should have an innovative initial business plan/proposal for the idea they intend to pursue.
  4. After successful completion of the initial two months of AOP, interns will qualify to submit application for receiving Idea/Pre-Seed Stage Funding.
  5. The selected intern should be registered for the incubation programme at the CIRCOT-R-ABI for the entire duration of Idea/Pre-Seed Stage Funding.
  6. The selected intern shall register his/her company before the release of grant or he/she has to be an Indian start-up as per DIPP notification.
Selection process and funding support:
  1. Application from eligible interns will be scrutinized and evaluated by CIRCOT-R-ABI Incubation Committee (RIC). Under this program, CIRCOT-R-ABI will select a batch of 30 agripreneurs that have a workable innovative idea.
  2. After successful completion of the initial AOP, interested interns aspiring to convert their innovative idea into a marketable prototype/product will present his/her business plan before RIC. The committee will evaluate the interns on the basis of progress made on their innovative idea during AOP and recommend the interns to RKVY-RAFTAAR Selection & Monitoring Committee (RC) for their final evaluation for Idea/Pre-Seed Stage Funding.
  3. The RC will evaluate and recommend the interns for Idea/Pre-Seed Stage Funding.
  4. maximum of 20 idea stage startups registered with CIRCOT-R-ABI will be supported under this scheme.
  5. A subsistence grant of upto Rs. 5 lakhs will be provided for each intern/startup under Idea/Pre-Seed Stage Funding.
Program Period:

(2 months/60 hours)

Documents to be furnished:
  1. Duly filled and neatly typed application and passport size photograph.
  2. Letter of Authorization (only if applicant is representing a Team/ Company)
  3. Supporting documents.
Important Instructions:
  1. Application should reach to following address by registered post/hand delivery/courier. The applications can also be sent electronically to the email address# mentioned below.
  2. Incomplete application, re-submission and late submission for any reasons whatsoever will not be entertained.
  3. CIRCOT-R-ABI reserves the right to reject any application without assigning any reasons thereof.
Address for Communication:

Dr. Ashok Kumar Bharimalla

Principal Investigator – CEO


ICAR-CIRCOT, Adenwala Road,

Matunga (East), Mumbai, Maharashtra – 400019

Phone No.: 022 2414 3718; 09702878249

Email: circotrabi@gmail.com

Last date for submission of application:

12th October 2020

Application Form

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#Application complete in all respects is to be emailed: circotrabi@gmail.com

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