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Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MoFPI) and NIFTEM-K to organize a Startup Conclave on the 13th and 14th February 2024

Posted On: 12 FEB 2024 6:43PM by PIB Delhi

New Delhi, February, 2024: Indian government is leveraging the substantial potential of the food processing sector, placing significant emphasis on the comprehensive advancement of all sub-segments throughout the entire value chain, spanning from farm gates to retail outlets. This initiative underscores the government's commitment to nurturing startups and fostering innovation within the food processing industry by initiating the annual tradition, to mark the debut of Start-up Forum For Aspiring Leaders and Mentors (SUFALAM).

The objective of the conclave is to facilitate collaboration, knowledge exchange, and the advancement of food processing startups, which is imperative for fostering growth and innovation within the food processing industry. This extensive initiative seeks to bring together a wide spectrum of stakeholders from both the established food processing sector and the burgeoning startup ecosystem. The overarching aim is to cultivate a holistic environment that encourages collaborative efforts, mentorship opportunities, and the sharing of resources.

To achieve these goals, MoFPI has organized a two-day event on 13th and 14th of February, 2024.  The Ministry and NIFTEM-K are putting forth a diverse range of activities for the two-day event. These include two engaging pitching sessions, three knowledge sessions, two panel discussions. The event envisages participation of 100 Start-ups, Food companies like Nestle, ITC, Dabur, Buhler, Waycool, Marico, TCPL, and a few more, besides representation from a few banks. The participants will also include Academicians, students, Researchers and members from Industry Associations. In addition to this, around 30 Start-ups and 12 PM-FME beneficiaries will be showcasing their innovative products, technologies during the event.

Recognizing the pivotal role of startups in catalysing innovation and growth, Ministry of Food Processing Industries, Government of India, is strategically directing efforts to position India as a global food hub. Focused on fostering entrepreneurship, the ministry is channelling investments into key areas of the food processing sector, with a special emphasis on startups. These initiatives encompass various aspects such as backward linkages, food processing equipment, research and development related to processing, cold chain storage solutions, and form an integral part of the comprehensive strategy aimed at bolstering the entire food processing value chain, including logistic and retail chains.

Throughout this two-day event, the focus will be on to delve into the immense potential residing within the sector and reflect upon the indispensable role that startups play in driving its growth and transformation. MoFPI is also organising the next edition of World Food India, 2024 from 19th of September to 22nd of September, 2024.  SUFALAM will provide an opportunity to contemplate the symbiotic relationship between startups and the dynamic evolution of the food processing industry while WFI, 2024 will link them to the large canvas of the sector.

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