Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DONER), jointly with the Department of Business Administration, Tezpur University and North Eastern Finance Corporation Limited (NEDFi) is coming up with a Business Idea Challenge to encourage entrepreneurship in the Northeast.

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The annual industry-academia interface event “Sampark”, which will see the DoNER ministry’s involvement for the first time, brings the spirit of entrepreneurship in the region.

The event will take place on March 3 and will be the 17th edition in the series. To encourage the students towards entrepreneurship, a Business Idea Challenge is being organized as a part of the event. The contest is open to any student of Northeast, having a business idea. The winners will receive prizes and also get a chance to present the ideas before the funding agencies for probable financing. The 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize winners will receive Rs 20,000, Rs 15,000 and Rs 10,000 respectively. The contest is open till February 26, 2017 and the details are available at Tezpur University website and at

Addressing a curtain raiser press conference at the University campus recently, Professor Subhrangshu Sekhar Sarkar, faculty coordinator, Sampark 2017 appreciated the efforts of DoNER and said that the ministry is very serious about promoting entrepreneurship in the region. Sarkar added that the event is expected to create a platform towards awareness and initiation for entrepreneurship development based on natural resources of the region.

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Sampark 2017 will have different sessions to motivate the students to be addressed by established entrepreneurs, prominent start-ups. A session on Act East Policy will also feature in the event. There will be an exclusive interaction where the funding agencies represented by respective heads of the region will clarify various queries of the prospective entrepreneurs and start-ups.

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