‘Learn to Innovate’ ignites rural youth to come out with brilliant ideas

3 day workshop “Learn to Innovate” organized to impart the knowledge on innovation and entrepreneurship to the youth in tier II and III cities in AP with global methods of innovation and entrepreneurship concluded

Hyderabad, June 28, 2018… These are the challenging times for all of us in every industry. The government has set an ambitious target of raising industry's contribution to gross domestic product (GDP). So time to innovate is now.  Innovate or perish.  If you can’t innovate, do old businesses in new way ala AirBnB, Uber, Ola, Zomato, etc. told 220 youth who were the participants of Innovation Workshop organized for youth of tier II and III of AP. The objective of the three day workshop was to impart the knowledge on innovation and entrepreneurship to the youth in smaller cities.

The idea was to inculcate Innovation culture in the youth particularly in the rural youth from the beginning of their college life. The idea was to contribute to the vision of the AP Chief Minister in making AP, the “Innovation Valley” and the people of the state part of the “Innovative Society”.

The 3 day workshop “Learn to Innovate” was  aimed to create entrepreneurial force in youth in tier II and III cities with global methods of innovation and entrepreneurship in AP concluded here in the Aditya Group of Educational institutions at Surampalem near Kakinada today evening.

It is one of the rare workshops held in this part of the state, said Sree Divya Vadlapudi, Founder of Innovivi Centre of Excellence in her closing remarks. The workshop was organized by Hyderabad based Innovivi Centre of Excellence in support with Youth Services Department, Govt. of AP and Opportu, USA and the U.S. Consulate, Berkeley Innovation Index.

The “Learn to Innovate” workshop was mainly facilitated by Hilary Weber through a Virtual medium.

Hilary shared virtually from USA, some of the best practices from Silicon Valley and provided hands on experience in working with teams and helped the participants overcome challenges.

The 3-day intensive workshop included training on the concepts of vision, team culture, ideation, innovation, reframing problems, product-market fit and business model canvas of an idea. The participants were involved in various team activities to work towards a common goal and create a business model canvas to take their ideas to the market. The curriculum was robust with the best-in-class techniques in entrepreneurship, technology and innovation.

220 participants from East Godavari were shuffled into 37 teams with 6 participants in each team. Participants from various educational fields and institutions attended the workshop on the 27th and 28thof June 2018.

The focu he workshop was to impart the knowledge on innovation and entrepreneurship through an effective mentorship framework, with mentors from all areas of all expertise.

The participants envisioned themselves as future entrepreneurs and decided to begin their journey into the world of innovation and entrepreneurship. Innovivi’s aim to reach tier 2 and 3 cities was combined with the practical knowledges of our well-trained facilitators and was successfully implemented. 

Each team in the workshop was facilitated by a mentor and an assistant mentor and they worked together in teams with an aim to create an entrepreneurial force in youth of today with a social impact. Our methods are global and we have also used the Berkley Innovative Index to track the progress of each participant who attended this informative workshop informed Sree Divya. 

Hilary Weber and Sree Divya Vadlapudi with Innovivi team of co-instructors and worked hard on the workshop.  Some participants came up with innovative ideas and some of these ideas were very promising and will lead to progress, added the faculty.

“It was my first time interacting with new people. It helped me in boosting my confidence”, says Akhilesh one of the participants from Aditya Group of Educational Institutions.

“There were a lot of learnings in this workshop. I felt the process was systematic, especially the concept of building an idea from the scratch”, says one of the mentors also an academician.

“It was an amazing experience to interact with students from all walks of life and I was genuinely happy to facilitate sessions to these students who were willing to give it their all”, says Johannah, co-facilitator and mentor (Entrepreneur and Freelance Corporate Trainer).

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