~ To develop city based Startup and SME Ecosystems by leveraging Network of Mentors, Investors and incubators ~

~ WOF to build one-stop technology platform and develop & deliver e-content to the institutes to support skilling in schools and ITI and entrepreneurship training in colleges ~

Raipur: The Govt. of Chhattisgarh and Wadhwani Operating Foundation (WoF) have announced a strategic partnership which aims at making Chhattisgarh a Smart State through Job Creation and Talent Development. Dr. Ajay Kela, President and CEO, Wadhwani Operating Foundation exchanged the memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Alex Paul Menon, CEO, CHIPS, Govt. of Chhattisgarh.


Focus areas of this collaboration include making Entrepreneurship Education ubiquitous in Chhattisgarh colleges, developing city based Startup and SME ecosystems and entry-level skill development for school & college dropouts to enable them for sustainable employment. The Foundation will provide the technology platform, e‐content, and advisory services to assist state achieving these goals.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Ajay Kela, President & CEO, Wadhwani Operating Foundation said “Chhattisgarh’s Smart State initiative will focus on job creation and job fulfillment through building and supporting the full life-cycle of the entrepreneurship, Skills and Innovation ecosystems. The strategy is to build city-based ecosystems that include upgraded skills training through transformation of ITIs, entrepreneurship education in colleges, local mentor, investor and incubator networks to support growth start-ups and SMEs. I hope that this collaboration between Govt. of Chhattisgarh and Wadhwani Operating Foundation will spur high-quality job creation in the State”.

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