The Kashmiri Pandit (KP) Youth Startups and Business Group has launched the Jammu chapter of startups and business conferences to encourage entrepreneurship in the state. The initiative seeks to bring together upcoming entrepreneurs and Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and help them grow.
"We have officially launched this initiative with a vision to create a platform for the KP startups and small medium enterprises (SMEs) to come together and grow. The ecosystem aims to nurture entrepreneurship and facilitate success stories,” said its co-convenor and spokesperson Rohit Kachroo. “We also aim to assist in reaching out to SMEs, potential customers, angels and venture capitalists (VCs).”
Prior to the event, Kachroo had spoken about Kashmiri Pandits being in exile since the early 1990s. “When the Islamic religious fundamentalists in the Kashmir Valley took to armed subversion and terrorism, the Kashmiri Pandits were driven out from their habitat and they went into exile,” he said. “Kashmiri Pandits have been subjected to brutal atrocities and they have been isolated politically and economically. KP Startups is a platform for the community to sustain itself economically in these turbulent times. One of the core priorities of KP Startups is the economic improvement of the exiled Hindu community by being a force multiplier in the inter-community trade.”
This Jammu chapter follows the group’s launch of the Delhi and Pune counterparts earlier this year. The first KP Startup Conference was organised in NCR Delhi in April, and it was attended by 25 SME and startup owners. The second conference in Pune was attended by 45 SME and startup owners and now, the group is organising another business conference in Jammu on Sunday and it expects the participation of around 50 SMEs and startups from across India.