Promoting SMEs needs an integrated approach, requiring identification and adoption of appropriate technologies and capability building in entrepreneurship and management.

ICECD is involved in this task since 1986 and the Centre has trained and developed more than 2 lakh entrepreneurs in specific technology oriented programs with a variety of technologies like Stapler Pins, Miniature Motors, Miniature Bulbs, Cardboard Boxes, Hosiery Undergarments, Artificial Leather Products, Wood Working, Automobile, Packaging etc. It has been able to evolve effective modules and training methodologies for such an integrated approach to promoting SMEs through appropriate technologies. While economic support is available in many countries, the identification, selection and adoption of appropriate technologies for SME is one of the missing links.

  • The program aims to strengthen the capabilities of developmental organizations to identify non-conventional and viable technologies and appropriately link them with entrepreneurs
  • The present scenario depicts most entrepreneurs being involved in low earning traditional activities (weaving, bamboo products, handicrafts etc.). The Course aims to provide a new direction by identifying non-traditional growth oriented products and technologies through demonstrations and interface with entrepreneurs successfully using such technology

SME promotion is often constrained by lack of non-conventional project ideas and non-availability of appropriate technology. At the same time, technology alone cannot lead people to initiate, establish and profitably manage small enterprises. This course, therefore, is offered to promote small business through linkages of appropriate technologies. The course will provide training in entrepreneurship and technology for enabling participants to promote SMEs using such technologies.

Participants will be given an option to select any three technologies from the following for in-depth learning:

  • Leather articles and leather sports goods
  • Rexine products like school bags, seat covers, purses, belts
  • Rope making cotton, fiber, plastics
  • Fibers from fibrous grass, banana and making decorative product from fibers
  • Leaf cup making
  • Aluminum foil containers for food products
  • Ceramic work (Black and Red Pottery)
  • Pre-cast cement products (Grills, water tanks, blocks) for building
  • Fiberglass reinforced Plastic (FRP) products (Helmets, Buckets, and Chairs/Tables etc.)
  • Acrylic products for households and offices, gift articles, etc.
  • Plastic molded electrical and auto products
  • Garment Manufacturing (Children, Men & Women Fashion Garments)
  • Electric fitting and repairs
  • Engineering (fabrication)

The training modules will include the following:

Module 1: Technical Skills Development

  1. Production techniques for selected technologies
  2. Machinery details and operations
  3. Repair and maintenance of machines
  4. Quality control and materials management
  5. Productivity and production planning
  6. Raw material requirement and management
  7. Product range, mix and product development
  8. Technology Management

Module 2: Entrepreneurship Skill Development

  1. Entrepreneurship Development: Process and Stages
  2. Product Selection and Feasibility aspect
  3. Market survey and assessment
  4. Project Planning, Formulation and Business Plan preparation
  5. Micro Enterprise Management: it’s problems and challenges

Module 3: Working out a plan of action for promoting and implementing technology based entrepreneurship programs.

Participants are invited from Technology and vocational training institutions, science and technical academic institutions, industry/small business associations, entrepreneurship training institutions, NGOs and women development agencies. Potential and/or existing entrepreneurs are also welcome. Government departments of women development, poverty alleviation and youth development will gain experience to formulate and implement appropriate technology based Entrepreneurship programs.

  • The program will result in developing technical skills of organizations/entrepreneurs. As a result, they will be equipped to promote technology linked Entrepreneurship programs in their region for target groups like women and poor. ICECD, in close association with support/funding agencies, will help formulate proposals for such programs based on the specific needs
  • International participants, who, after undergoing the training, are interested in procuring such machines and materials from India, can acquire all the necessary information during the program.
  • Duration: 4 Weeks
  • Fees: US $2500

E-1/41, Sterling City,
Bopal, Ahmedabad – 380 058 
Gujarat, INDIA

Phone No: 0-9909009770 -1