The deadline for the application process is December 5 Credit: Representational image

Guwahati:In a bid to make the startup ecosystem more inclusive, Sardar Patel Technology Business Incubator (SPTBI) in collaboration with social platform LoveActually.Me and India’s largest communications consultancy Adfactors PR launched the first incubator program for differently-abled people wanting to pursue entrepreneurship on Wednesday.

The program comes ahead of the world celebrating International Day of Persons with Disabilities on December 3.

SPTBI has announced applications for the program. The deadline for the application process is December 5.

The ‘Firstpreneurs’ is a 12-month incubation program, the first four months of which will be spent in prepping up the cohort on all aspects of entrepreneurship including business, marketing, financing among others. While the program will have startup mentors to guide the incubatees, a special mentor board comprising of experts from legal, business communication, finance, sales, product development, media and marketing, is being constituted to guide and support the incubatees.

Adfactors PR has partnered with SPTBI to be the communication mentor for the program.

As part of the incubation program, SPTBI will groom incubatees into entrepreneurship and also provide them with support in developing their ideas. Incubatees will also be provided with access to market, seed fund and investor pool, co-working facilities apart from stage-wise nurturing.

BN Chaudhari, Chairperson, SPTBI said, “We want to make this ecosystem inclusive and equal for even those who are differently-abled because skill and talent have no limit. The program will encourage people with disability to test their potential and give them an equal chance in creating innovative solutions for business and society.”

LoveActually.Me founder Tanushree Sharma said “Our motto is to bring inclusivity through equality.”

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