JKEDI organizes webinar for startups amid COVID-19 crisis


SRINAGAR: The Jammu and Kashmir Entrepreneurship Development Institute (JKEDI) on Wednesday organized a webinar titled, “How to survive the lockdown and what to expect after the Covid-19 crisis” to help the entrepreneurs and startups of J&K in distress due to ongoing Covid-19 crisis.

The webinar is part-iv of the series initiated by the institute to mitigate the problems faced by entrepreneurs and startups in J&K. The webinar was organized in collaboration with Startup India and the Indian Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (IVCA).

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“These webinars will be fruitful for the entrepreneurs and the startups of J&K. The interaction with leaders and experts in the business world will help them to take this crisis head-on. It is important that we adapt and survive this pandemic and emerge much stronger. In the future, we will conduct more informative webinars and will try our best to help entrepreneurs in this time of crisis,” said, Director JKEDI, G M Dar while speaking during the webinar.

Several entrepreneurs of J&K shared varied experiences of working during the crisis with the experts besides highlighting other issues faced by them in the current times.

“There is no specific set of rules to operate a business in this crisis, one has to adapt and cater to the changing circumstances. We must focus on collaborations and use whatever infrastructure is available to us. This crisis will not last long, but due to our perseverance and resilience, our venture will,” said Abhishek Aggarwal, the chief speaker of the webinar.

Kashmir based agri-tech firm e-fruitmandi elaborated on how they collaborated with other startups to deliver fruits locally while as Jammu based essential item delivery startup Apnakiryanawala informed the participants that they catered to more than 500 people during the crisis.

The session was attended by entrepreneurs and startups from both the regions of J&K besides several faculty members of the Institute. The event was moderated by Krishna Gudipudi from Startup India and Irtif Lone from JKEDI.