MeitY Ideathon is an entrepreneurship focused initiative by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), Government of India with the aim to encourage colleges and universities to identify students with promising entrepreneurship ideas and innovation from across the country.
With an intent to encourage these future entrepreneurs, cash rewards of up to ₹25,000/- is provided to students with the best innovative ideas as a sign of recognition. This programme does not limit participants to age or qualifications meaning that anyone with an innovative product, service or even an idea can apply.
In Meghalaya, the MeitY Ideathon programme is implemented through the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta Innovation Park (IIMCIP) in collaboration with PRIME Meghalaya. The various colleges and universities in the state who have participated in the programme are as follows:
1. North Eastern Hill University (NEHU), Tura on the 27th June 2022
2. St. Anthony’s College (Extension), Byndihati on the 5th July 2022
3. Martin Luther Christian University (MLCU), Shillong on the 7th July 2022
4. Loyola College, Williamnagar on the 12th July 2022
In this programme conducted by PRIME, colleges and universities select potential entrepreneurs with the flair to pitch their ideas/concept/prototype in the presence of jury members which also includes members nominated from PRIME after which the team/individual with the most promising, innovative and creative business plan is declared as the winner who is then presented with ₹5000/- cash reward. In 2022, over 200 students participated in the programme.
The Top 5 winners of the MeitY Ideathon 2022 are:
1. Tiara R M Sangma, Sumit Choudhary, Reuben M Langstieh & Nima Blossom G Momin- Group- Jack Fruit Food processing unit, NEHU, Tura
2. Ajay Dkhar- Individual- Portable shoe/Clothing Truck, St Anthony College, Byndihati, Khliehriat
3 Andyson War- Individual- Pork (Piggery), MLCU Shillong
4 Fabriona Effie Pajat- Individual- Off-roading Tour, MLCU Shillong
5 Anjuli S Marak- Individual- Transport Service (All in one), Loyola College, Williamnagar