The first Diversity Cell in India for underprivileged communities
The Diversity Cell at IIM Jammu aims to transform the lives of entrepreneurs from the SC & ST communities by offering them an avenue to realize their hopes and aspirations. The Diversity Cell is being set up to improve the lives of underprivileged communities of the society by offering them a safe environment to explore and understand the nuances of entrepreneurship.
Keeping up with the tradition of uplifting the marginalized and promoting entrepreneurship among the youth, IIM Jammu, in association with the Dalit Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DICCI) and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), has started ‘Diversity Cell’ in the institute. The Diversity Cell aims to promote entrepreneurship among the marginalized communities for their economic and social upliftment.
IIM Jammu, under its ‘Foundation for Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Skill Development’ hosts Business Incubators both at Jammu and Srinagar Off-Campus. The incubators are workspaces created to offer start-ups and new companies access to the resources they need, under a single roof. Apart from physical office space, the centres provide the entrepreneurs with access to mentors, subject matter experts, training, potential investors, administrative support etc.
The Diversity Cell will offer participants training, mentorship, and a conducive environment through IIM Jammu’s Incubation Centers. The advice, mentoring and opportunities the Diversity Cell will provide participants will be essential in transforming their lives.
IIM Diversity Cell will benefit from the institute’s existing state-of-art Business Incubator setup in providing incubation services to the marginalized segments of the society, apart from taking advantage of the various schemes launched by Government of India for these communities pertaining to marketing assistance, testing fee reimbursement, bank loan processing etc. The Diversity Cells will also tie-up with National SC-ST Hubs to leverage their strengths.
The Diversity Cell will also tie-up with CSIR labs, NRDC and other similar government laboratories that have patents for products and are looking at entrepreneurs to commercialize the patent. Venture capitalists should give special attention to entrepreneurs from these communities, shortlisted from Diversity Cell, purely on merit, to help them grow and find their feet.
Our partners DICCI and CII help the Diversity Cell in mobilizing potential entrepreneurs from marginalized communities, jointly screening candidates, providing mentorship, market outreach, connecting to Ministries and departments in the government, autonomous bodies, industry players etc. to take advantage of various schemes, CSR funding and research.