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BESST-HORT organised its second EDP under the brand name “Inspirations” on “Plant Health Management Technologies &Start-up Strategies on 15 March 2019 at ICAR-IIHR Campus.

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Under the overarching vision of accelerating the lab to land transfer of technology, BESST HORT a Technology Business Incubator of Indian Institute of Horticulture Research conducted a one-day Entrepreneurship Development Program under the name - Inspirations. The theme for the event was “Plant Health Management Technologies & Start-up Strategies”, concentrating on: -

  • Arka Microbial Consortium, Actinoplus and Arka fermented Cocopeat
  • Biopesticide Technologies for Nematode Disease Complex Management
  • Role of micronutrients in plant health management, sealer cum healer and pheromone trap technology
  • Financial support for entrepreneurs
  • Successful stories of entrepreneurs
  • Startup startegies
  • Marketing strategies for plant management products
  • Facilities at IIHR for startups


The participants had reached out for the event from different parts of the country and from various professions such as farmers, aspiring entrepreneurs, existing entrepreneurs, students, academicians, KVK faculties, corporate social responsibility foundations, etc.

After the welcome address by Vaibhav B S (COO BESST HORT), the event was introduced by Dr. Prakash Patil – CEO of BESST HORT and the inaugral address was given by Dr. MR Dinesh (President BESST HORT). The event’s key note address was given by Dr. Sudha Mysore (CEO, Agri innovate India Limited, New Delhi) which gave an insight in to the world of incubation, agri startup eco system and successful models of incubation across the country. 

The participants expressed their genuine inquisitiveness about the technologies of IIHR in plant health managment and many expressed their desireto take up these technologies in their own entrepreneurial paths. The technology sessions were made interesting by talks from Dr. T N Shivananada (Principal Sceintist, IIHR), Dr. Selvakumar (Principal Sceintist, IIHR)and Dr. Umamaheshwari(Senior Sceintist, IIHR).

The participants were enticed by the simple but yet intrusive insights in to the world of startups and world of marketing of plant health management technologies which were given by Mr. Ravi Challu (Founder, Bullet proof your Startup) and Mr. Jagadeesh Sunkad(Mentor, Pusa Krishi Incubator, IARI and Serial Entrepreneur). Representatives from SBI gave information to the participants regarding the available loans for agri-preneurs.

The participants were briefed about the facilities available for startups and the path for licensing technologies by Smt. Kavitha (Manager - BESST HORT) and event ended with a vote of thanks by Dr. Shivagangavva P D (Business Executive, BESST HORT).

The event was part of the series called Inspirations which are series of EDPs which have been planned to inspire individuals towards entrepreneurship and this event a first step in that direction.