Bhubaneswar: The fourth edition of the six-day MSME trade fair organised by the MSME department of the Odisha government with an objective to promote startups was inaugurated by Chief Minister Shri Naveen Patnaik at the Exhibition Ground here on Sunday.
In a bid to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship among youth, Shri Patnaik also gave away Youth Innovation Awards to 20 start-ups for their business ideas.
Over 250 small and medium enterprises including 50 startups have showcased a wide-range of products including IT products, agro-based and food-processing industries, pollution control devices, electrical equipments, chemicals and petrochemicals, polymers tourism, textiles and handicrafts.
In a bid to mentor the emerging entrepreneurs of the state, a seminar on ‘Mission 1000 Startups’ was organized. Successful Entrepreneurs, Venture Capitalists and Experts discussed various aspects of developing an enterprise and enlightened the budding entrepreneurs.
The seminar proved to be a valuable platform for all the budding entrepreneurs and aspirants of the state who wish to begin their startup journey. People of all age groups were seen attending the seminar and also got the opportunity to interact with the dignitaries.
During the six day, apart from the expo, seminars on the start-up policy of Odisha, export promotion, food processing, tourism and procurement policy and credit mobilisation of MSME are scheduled to be hosted, wherein experts from these fields will throw light on various prospects of growth and share their opinions.
The fair would continue till March 10.