Cluster Development

An agglomeration of small scale industrial units, cluster is a thriving ecosystem for sustainable and inclusive economy. It is not just the catalyst for enterprise development but can also provide a conducive ecosystem for their sustenance. In order to strengthen micro entrepreneurs, farmers and artisans, and enable them to realise economies of scale, DA promotes cluster development programmes. These interventions are focused at value chain development or build local ecosystems so that capacity building, technology, and marketing support services are made available to entrepreneurs on a sustained basis.

i-GPreneur – Waste to Wealth: “i-G Preneur” refers to entrepreneurs who take up innovation based-green entrepreneurship and thus establish eco-friendly micro and small enterprises (MSEs). This is undertaken in partnership with National Science and Technology Entrepreneurship Development Board (NSTEDB), Department of Science and Technology (DST). The initiative supports waste based enterprises in sectors of building materials, paper recycling and processed fuel sectors. The ultimate objective is to form a special purpose vehicle for supporting waste to wealth enterprises. Under this project, over 100 enterprises across UP, Bihar and Maharashtra have been supported.

The Scheme of Fund for Regeneration of Traditional Industries (SFURTI) Programme: Supported by the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, Government of India, the prime objective of this programme is to develop clusters of traditional industries to make them more productive and profitable while ensuring sustained employment of traditional artisans and rural entrepreneurs. IMEDF - the social enterprise development vehicle of DA is the Nodal Agency for the programme and invites applications for innovative and viable clusters models for implementation

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