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CHINAR International invites business ideas from underprivileged youth

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CHINAR International invites business ideas

Will provide seed capital, incubation, mentorship facilities

Srinagar, July 28: CHINAR International, a social sector organisation working for the education and economic empowerment of underprivileged children and youth, invites business ideas from the “economically disadvantaged” youth of Kashmir valley.

CHINAR International, according to a statement, will provide seed capital, mentorship, and incubation facilities under its ‘Small Business Support Project’.

The facilities will include financial assistance, business plan development, legal and technical assistance, marketing and accounting guidance, and training and development.

Do you want to own your business? Is lack of finance emerging as a challenge in your business? Do you have business ideas for generating sustainable income?  Are you struggling with your business and need support in furthering it? Do you need mentorship to translate your ideas into a profitable business? Do you want to become self-reliant and self-dependent?

The project aims to support 10 youth with a seed capital of up to Rs 1.5 lakh each with preference to candidates from low-income groups.

A candidate must be in the age group of 18-35 years with a minimum qualification of 10 pass.

An application form can be submitted online at https://tinyurl.com/CHINAR-SBS or physically at the CHINAR International Office in Srinagar. The deadline for the submission is August 13. Complete programme details can be obtained at https://tinyurl.com/CI-YD-SBS-PDF.

For any queries, an interested person can call at +91-6005185878 or send an e-mail to [email protected].

CHINAR International is an apolitical and non-religious organisation with a mission to empower orphans, vulnerable children, and marginalized youth in conflict areas through quality education and socio-economic initiatives.

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SKUAST-K innovators secure first two positions at All India Agri Startup Conclave 2022

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SKUAST-K innovators secure first two positions at All India Agri Startup Conclave 2022
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Srinagar, Oct 21: Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of Kashmir innovators have won the first and second position at the All India Agri Startup Conclave 2022 held at Bagalkot, Karnataka.
SKUAST-K was the only agricultural university with its three teams selected for finals. 13 national business idea teams were shortlisted among hundreds of startup ideas across nation during the event held from October 18-20, 2022. There were Two Categories Oral Business Idea Presentation and Idea Hackathon.
SKUAST Kashmir teams comprising Owais Ali Wani, Rafiya Mushtaq and Muskaan un Nisa along with BDA Innovation and Entrepreneurship Centre Naveed Hamid competed with top young minds of the nation during the three-day Agri Startup Convention held at Bagalkot.
SKUAST-K innovators secure first two positions at All India Agri Startup Conclave 2022
All three SKUAST K innovators were hailed by jury members for their innovative Sense and Ideas and they appreciated their Mentors for Grooming them.
SKUAST Kashmir Innovator, Rafiya Mushtaq was adjudged First Topper in Oral Business Presentation among 19 shortlisted candidates and 2nd Topper in Idea Hackathon winning a cash prize of Twenty Thousand and Certificate of Merit from DG Manage Hyderabad,  Vice Chancellor, Karnataka Agri University and University of Horticulture Sciences Bagalkot and Ex Vice Chancellor UAS Dharwad.
The Convention was attended by eminent Industrialists, academicians, Entrepreneurs and Young Startup Founders also.
Naveed Hamid, BDA Innovation and Entrepreneurship Centre SKUAST K was felicitated by VC UHS Bagalkot and PI NAHEP Bagalkot for Mentoring and motivating the SKUAST K Student Innovators to come all the way from 3000 Kms to Bagalkot to Compete and be the primary Reflectors of Conclave.
The Agriculture Minister of Karnataka and DDG ICAR who were present at the award ceremony have praised the SKUAST-K for its approach towards innovations and entrepreneurship.
Vice Chancellor, SKUAST-K, Prof Nazir Ahmad Ganai hailed the young innovators for their grand success and for making the university proud at the national level.  OSD to Vice Chancellor and Co-PI NAHEP, Prof Azmat Alam Khan, also congratulated the innovators.

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Exquisite in taste, Nava’s homemade jams and pickles ‘sell like crazy’  

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Homemade jams and Pickles

Syed Jesarat

Nava Shah was always passionate about cooking and creating new recipes. However, it was only after her marriage and the birth of two children that she decided to turn her passion into a full-fledged business.

After completing her MBA from the University of Kashmir in 2015, Nava started teaching in a local school. Though she was doing it with full dedication, but her interests lay in the kitchen where she would be always experimenting.

In February 2021, she said goodbye to her teaching job and started making pickles and jams under the brand name ‘Jamklejars’. With her experiments and new recipes, she was able to attract regular clients quite early on. Presently she has two more people helping her to run the affairs. They distribute items via JhelumCart, both logistics and packaging are managed by a team of three.

Exquisite in taste homemade jams and pickles 'sell like crazy'  After the jars have been cleaned and sterilised, they are filled with content in the most hygienic manner possible before being packaged. ‘Jamkle’s’ store is located inside the house itself. Nava explains, “We have a cloud kitchen, and we administer everything from there.”

Customers can choose from a wide variety of homemade jams and pickles. Due to their natural preservation and fermentation, pickles come in a wider range of flavours, including mutton pickles, chicken pickles, date pickles, garlic pickles and other veg pickles.

Nava just recently began making jams this year. Her jams and pickles are produced with fresh ingredients and contain no preservatives. Strawberry, mulberry, quince, and other fruits are among the jam varieties. She also sells organic honey in addition to jam and pickles. Fresh produce from the local market is utilised as the primary ingredient in jams and pickles. Her pickles and jams range from Rs 200 to Rs 650 and come in several jar sizes.

She has thousands of followers on Facebook and Instagram, where she sells a substantial number of products under the handle ‘Jamklejars‘. Additionally, she draws clients from outside the state. Most orders are placed online through social media platforms: Instagram and WhatsApp. They provide delivery services all over India.

“I receive orders from Kerala, Odisha, Gujarat, Rajasthan, and other states in addition to J&K, I already have a huge customer base within the state,” says Nava.

Exquisite in taste homemade jams and pickles 'sell like crazy'  

Although Nava had the idea for the business before, she never actually carried it out. A very ambitious businesswoman from Nowshera, Srinagar, Nava has supplies readily available and doesn’t keep customers waiting for purchases.

“At first, I tried making it multiple times until I mastered it. It took me three months to get into pickle perfection, and once I was sure in my ability to make them, only then I started selling,” she says.

Nowadays, online media gives many businesses a platform and has made it easier for small firms to reach their target markets and get noticed.  Due to the online boost, “Jamklejars” has also made progress.

“I believe that 90% of the business setup was made possible through online platforms. Additionally, I’ve visited exhibitions and engaged with visitors there, who purchased and tasted the ‘Jamklejars’ products,” she says.

Being an entrepreneur is never easy, especially for a married woman, yet Nava succeeded in achieving her ambition.

She says, “I’m grateful to have great people in my life. My in-laws, especially my husband, have supported me through the journey,”

The venture’s goal was met pretty quickly, at the very first stage. The amount of money made exceeds the expectations of owner Nava. In the future, the home-based business will be seen in the retail sector as well for its easy accessibility to consumers.

“We are considering launching a website as well, but not right now. For the time being, we are just concentrating on the retail sector because it is convenient for clients to make purchases there.”

Nava encourages potential entrepreneurs to create innovative ventures without reluctance.

“Setting goals and making baby steps toward them are always beneficial,” she says.

“Once we have faith in our aspirations, we can achieve them. Business is the finest choice one can have because jobs are neither possible nor available in the current environment,” she adds.

Launching a small business from home is a labour-intensive procedure. Nava encourages people to support and purchase local items, especially from women business owners who run their businesses from home because they have a lot to balance between family and business.

Exquisite in taste homemade jams and pickles 'sell like crazy'  

 

On the online platforms, Nova gets get feedback. One of the comments on an Instagram post states: “Jamkle genuinely has pickles of the unique recipe, I rarely have come across such great jams and pickles in Kashmir.” Another comment reads:  ” I Liked the pickle very much, it was wonderful in taste”.

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Saalas: Food and grocery app delivering happiness at your doorsteps

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Food and grocery app delivering happiness

Syed Jesarat

Over the past few years, not only eating out but ordering food home from a restaurant has become a recreational activity in Kashmir, particularly as COVID19 restricted people’s movement. However, Kashmir doesn’t have too many platforms guiding us on where and what to eat. Saalas: Food and grocery app aims to fill that gap and connect people to authentic food places.

Salaas is an application that delivers things to your doorstep by making a few clicks on your phone. Salaas is the story of a business that expresses the desire, dedication, and service of a person toward his society.

“It is just an initiative through which I can serve the people of my town and my aim is to digitalize Kashmir by bringing some tech solutions,” said 33-year-old, Farooq Ahmad Seeru founder of Saalas. The app is presently operational in Sopore town, but Farooq wants to expand its footprint across Kashmir.

 How it works

The app is available in the Google play store for all Android phones and the App Store for ios phone users, download it, enter your location, explore all the grocery shops and restaurants in your town, check their menus, and ratings, and order right from the app and pay from your wallet. You can order from any restaurant available in the town.

“We built every feature of the app keeping in mind the location. We also analysed the pros and cons and how to go with our brand in the market through research and we have tie-ups with almost all the local restaurants and the grocery shops of Sopore town. It’s still in its initial stage. the response as of now is good and we are expecting more in the coming future as we are planning to expand it in other towns and districts,” said Farooq.

“It was initially difficult because nobody supported the idea due to prevailing conditions in the valley and secondly it was difficult to organise the unorganized food delivery concept.”

 What one can get through Saalas app?

Saalas app is presently operational in north Kashmir with delivery feet consisting of eight deliverymen delivering everything from fresh fruits to vegetables, rice to dals, spices to seasonings to any packaged products, and many more with a minimum amount of 199.

“Every day in the morning time, we have orders piling up mostly on vegetables and other grocery items and in the latter part of the day, we get orders for junk food and other items. We have kept a minimum checkout of Rs 199. We have also the option of picking and choosing different things,” said Farooq

Food and grocery app delivering happiness Farooq is a software engineer by profession presently working as head of data (artificial intelligence and machine learning) for Hyke.ai in Dubai. Hyke is a state–of–the–art technology powered by analytics AI, Machine learning, and predictive analytics, completed by a robust supply chain that balances efficiency and speed.

He also has experience working as a data scientist with Rakuten Japan. Rakuten is Japanese electronic commerce and online retailing company based in Tokyo, it business to many e-commerce platforms and is one of the largest e-commerce sites in the world.

“I have the experience of working in various countries like England, Japan, Thailand, and Dubai but, the feeling and satisfaction you get when you have the startup at a place where you have spent your childhood and among your own people is always special. And with that startup people are getting livelihood is even more special,” said Farooq.

Farooq, the youngest among four siblings, born in apple town Sopore to a family of farmers, has proved that with hardwork and proper goals in life anyone can be successful in life and considers his elder brother also a computer graduate as an inspiration.

“My brother is my inspirational it’s because of him I came into this profession,” he said.

 Customer-friendly app

Saalas is turning out to be one of the best online food and grocery apps through its poised approach. The professionalism of the people associated with Saalas has won the hearts of people.

“Saalas app has come as a sigh of relief for me because being the elder child in the family of five and a cricket enthusiast. Every time my parents used to call bring this and that sometimes in the middle of a cricket match. I have been regularly using it for the past many months and literally, it has brought inner peace in me,” said Sajad Reshi from Sopore

Food and grocery app delivering happiness“Lot of food and grocery apps were e-launched before saalas but, could not survive due is various reasons.  Saalas has laid its mark; the people associated with Saalas are professional in terms of app management and the services it provides. Saalas is a good app people should take benefit from it. We are benefiting a lot from it. It has come very much handy for us as restaurant owners. I hope they really grow more and I am one of the big supporters,” said Jibran Khan owner of Zero Miles, one of the premier restaurants of apple town Sopore.

In the coming months, Farooq Seeru owner of Saalas app is planning to start another startup on the name of Kashmir Rides to help daily commuters book taxi and bus seats online.

“Kashmir Rides is our upcoming project. We are working on it; through Kashmir Rides, one can book any taxi or a seat on the bus from Baramulla to Srinagar. If a person from any place like Sangrama has to travel Srinagar he can book the seat in sumo that seat will be kept reserved for him till the stop,” said Farooq.

“We are hopeful with Saalas and Kashmir Rides; we will continue to provide the best and most affordable service to the public all over Kashmir,” he concluded.

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