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India’s Foreign Trade: November 2017

New Delhi, December 18, 2017: I. MERCHANDISE TRADE EXPORTS (including re-exports) Exports during November 2017 have exhibited high positive growth of 30.55 per cent in dollar terms. vis-à-vis November 2016. This is on the pattern of positive growth in exports in last thirteen months with a dip of 1.12 per cent in October 2017 vis-à-vis same period last year. Exports during November 2017 are v

Swachhata Pakhwada by Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME)

New Delhi, December 18, 2017: Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Shri Giriraj Singh distributed Swachhata Awards here today at the end of Swachhata Pakhwada (1st to 15th December 2017). Industrial Clusters, Industry Associations and MSME Offices were felicitated for their contribution to Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan. Dr. Arun Kumar Panda, Secretary(MSME), Shri Parameswaran Iyer, Secretary (DWS

Cabinet approves special package for employment generation in leather and footwear sector

New Delhi, December 18, 2017: The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the special package for employment generation in leather and footwear sector. The package involves implementation of Central Sector Scheme "Indian Footwear, Leather & Accessories Development Programme" with an approved expenditure of Rs. 2600 Crore over the three financial years from 2017-

BCTA donated 2000 Footballs to Delhi government in the presence of Chief Minister, Delhi Arvind Kejriwal

New Delhi, December 18, 2017: The Baptist Church Trust Association (BCTA) along with Sudeva, a Delhi- based residential football school was swept by the Yuletide spirit with Christmas fervor, witnessed all across BCTA grounds where honourable Chief Minister, Delhi Arvind Kejriwal was the Chief Guest for the event. In Delhi eight schools run under BCTA, out of which around 2500 students enjoyed th

Ashwin Sanghi launched the trailer of the much awaited Keepers of the Kalachakra with Sonali Bendre at Times Literature Festival

National, December 18, 2017: Celebrated author Ashwin Sanghi launched the trailer of the highly anticipated Bharat series book 'Keepers Of The Kalachakra' at Times Literature Festival today, with actor Sonali Bendre gracing the event. Ashwin along with Sonali unveiled the powerful image of the Kalachakra with this intriguing trailer. The Kalachakra translates to "Wheel of Time" and is representat

Christmas Carnival & Charity Show @ The Bangalore School, Whitefield

Bengaluru, December 18, 2017: The Bangalore School, Excellence in Early childhood, Whitefield is organizing a Christmas Carnival cum Flea ‘N’ Fun Market on Sunday, 17 th December, 2017 at the Whitefield Club, Inner Circle, Bangalore. TBS has adopted a destitute home ‘the Grace home’ & Anganwadi schools in & around Whitefield. This Carnival is a fund raising event towards CSR activ

Awards for SIFFCY 2017 Announced

New Delhi, December 18, 2017: The award ceremony of Smile International Film Festival for Children and Youth was held at Sirifort Auditorium, New Delhi in the esteemed presence of Santanu Mishra, Executive Trustee of Smile Foundation & Chairman – SIFFCY; Jitendra Mishra, Festival Director – SIFFCY and eminent international dignitaries. This year, apart from prestigious International juri

Mobycy flags off India's first-ever dockless bicycles in Delhi NCR

Aimed at making India a greener, fitter cycling nation, Mobycy bicycles can be hired via its app New Delhi, December 18, 2017: Mobycy, the Gurgaon-based Green Tech Company co-founded by Akash Gupta and Rashi Agarwal, flagged off India's first-ever dockless bicycles in Delhi NCR. Mobycy is disrupting the mobility sector by introducing a unique and first-of-its-kind 'Uber for bicycles' model in Ind

UK PVC Pipe and Fittings Market Witnessed Growth Owing to Improving Level of Construction Activities in the Country Coupled With Falling Raw Material Prices: Ken Research

New Delhi, December 18, 2017: Technology development, improved reliability supported by availability of a wider range of products and price were the key factors driving growth in UK PVC Pipe and Fittings Market. The report titled “ UK PVC Pipe and Fittings Market by type of pipes (Chlorinated PVC Pipe, Regular PVC Pipe, Plasticized PVC Pipe and Fittings), by application (Plumbing, Sewerage,

Adomantra announces Digital Incubation Centre for budding entrepreneurs

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NatureFresh Sampoorna Chakki Atta promotes Food Security with #NoKhaaliPet Campaign

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Schoolchildren showcase threat intelligence to cyber experts

City students cyber maturity impresses experts at two-day International Cyber Security Conference 2017 Experts brainstorm on impending GDPR Hyderabad, December 18, 2017: Students of Hyderabad schools demonstrated a level comprehension of cyber space and the unfathomable risks underlying the valuable benefits it offers, impressing the global experts gathered at the International Cyber Security Co

SMEs In Mumbai Congregate For A Comprehensive Forum On GST

Lords Hotels & Resorts Submits Recommendations In GST To Hon'ble FM (MoS), GoI Shri Shiv Pratap Shukla Mumbai, December 16, 2017: Indo-American Business Chamber of SME in association with Lords Hotels & Resorts recently organized a comprehensive forum on Goods & Service Tax (GST) for the Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) at the Hotel Sahara Star. The forum was especially held for t

North America Contribute approximately 35% of the Global Seeds and Traits Market: Ken Research

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Mumbai , June 20, 2016: In a move that promises to be a giant leap for the Indian entrepreneurial landscape, Venture Catalysts, India’s first seed investment and innovation platform, has announced its launch of its services in the city of Surat. The news will delight entrepreneurs and start-ups from the region, as the expansion will unlock access to Venture Catalysts’ proprietary start-up enablement platform to promising ventures and investors from Surat and nearby locales. This will also enable investors in Surat to now get access and invest in National and Global ideas that come from the VCats platform. Experienced C.A. and serial entrepreneur Gaurav Singhvi founder of The Financial Supermarket Group will oversee VCats’s Surat operations as the Managing Partner.

What makes the development extremely exciting for the Indian entrepreneurial community, however, is the fact that it underlines VCats’ commitment to develop a comprehensive, end-to-end start-up support and investment ecosystem within the country. The Surat foray marks the first of planned strategic expansions into tier-2 and tier-3 cities by Venture Catalysts and highlights the platform’s long-term strategy to mobiliselocally-based entrepreneurs and investors onto a national level. VCats will also be providing other services such as mentoring, networking, co-working facility and technological expertise to start-upsin addition to enabling investments throughits strategic partnerships with leading industry players such as Cox and Kings, HDFCBank, Plug and Play etc.

Speaking on the launch, Dr. Apoorv Ranjan Sharma, Co-founder, Venture Catalysts, said, “Venture Catalysts was established with an aim of fostering innovation and entrepreneurship within India and to nurture the country’s start-up landscape with comprehensive investment and support infrastructure. Our launch in the city of Surat, widely regarded as a local business hub, is meant to further that aim by extending our services to the region’s start-ups and entrepreneurs. We are confident that we will be able to nurture a start-up centric culture within Surat and its surrounding areasby enabling greater access to investmentsand other high-quality start-up support facilities such as business networking, incubation services, events/workshops and pitch days.“

But why was Surat chosen ahead of other emerging start-up hubs, such as Ahmedabad, Coimbatore, Bhubaneswar or Hyderabad? The reason lies behind the entrepreneurial mindset that is a part of the region’s cultural fabric, according to Anuj Golecha, Co-founder, Venture Catalysts. “Renowned as the city of businesspersons, Surat is fast emerging as a favourable venue for start-ups owing to its focus on entrepreneurship. The launch of our services in the city is aimed at nurturing and mobilising local start-ups, mentors and investors and integrating them in the larger start-up landscape. In our endeavour to develop more catalysts for the ecosystem and ensure that investors across the country get access to invest and work with the best start ups through the VCats innovation platform. The Government of Gujarat has already rolled out several schemes to assist start-ups, our entry into the city will ensure better opportunities of growth and success for both start-ups and investors and will serve to further our aim of developing a holistic start-up ecosystem within the country. We will also be looking at co-investment opportunities and bringing in about 100 investors to be a part of the VCats ANGEL network. The short-term goal is to achieve around 20 investments in a year, which will increase as VCats grows in strength and footprint,” he said.

Mr. Gaurav Singhvi, Managing Partner, Venture Catalysts - Surat, added, “Surat is a place with immense opportunity for start-ups. The entry of a leading early-stage growth facilitator and investment enabler such as Venture Catalysts will definitely give a massive lift to the nascent start-up industry in the region and will increase the chance of success of local start-ups. We are confident of establishing a self-sufficient start-up ecosystem that will create value not only for entrepreneurs and investors, but also for the region’s consumers.”

Having enabled over seven investments worth more than $3million in less than six months of its operations, VCats has already established its credentials as the fastest growing early-stage platform in the country. Its co-working space in Mumbai is already operating at 100% occupancy. The company is looking to follow up its expansion in Surat by opening other branches in more such geographies in the near future in order to facilitate the creation of a country-wide nexus of start-ups, investors, enablers and growth facilitators.

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