21 September 2012
CII’s Young Indians Invites Entrepreneurs from India and Asia to The First CAAYE Summit in Mumbai December 2012
CII’s Young Indians has begun the process of identifying the best young entrepreneurs from the Commonwealth-Asia nations to attend the flagship CAAYE Young Entrepreneur Summit scheduled on December 13-15, 2012 in Mumbai, India. This Annual flagship Summit is an initiative of the CAAYE which was formed in November 2011 in New Delhi under a joint initiative of the Commonwealth Youth Programme-Asia Centreand CII’s Young Indians.
The official launch of the Summit’s registration process began with the Summit website going live on www.caayesummit.com. Ms Katherine Ellis, Director-Youth Affairs, Commonwealth Secretariat London launched the official CAAYE Summit website in Mumbai on 13th September. Also present at the launch were Mr Jose Maurel, Director, Special Advisory Services Division, Commonwealth Secretariat London, Mr Aminul Islam Khan, Programme Manager, CYP Asia Centre, Narayan Jaisingh, Yi Mumbai Chapter Chairman and Dr Rahul Mirchandani, Founder Chairman, CAAYE & Past National Chairman, CII’s Young Indians.
The CAAYE Young Entrepreneur Summit aims to showcase Indian innovation and ‘next practice’ enterprises in action using field visits in India’s financial capitaland will also have deliberations on policy recommendations to create a more conducive youth entrepreneurship ecosystem.
According to Dr Rahul Mirchandani, Founder President CAAYE, is key to Asia countries in the region have very little trade with each other due to artificial trade barries and political compulsions. In addition to advocating a more conducive youth entrepreneurship policy from member governments, CAAYE also carries out a host of regional, bilateral and country specific activities to mentor youth in to entrepreneurship. One example is CAAYE’s ‘Pipeline Partnership’ with the International Labour Organisation’s Youth Employment Network (YEN) for e-coaching and mentoring of young entrepreneurs using the YEN marketplace platform. Other programmes include Blue Ocean Dialogues, innovation workshops, Ideas Labs, Young Entrepreneur Awards and Entrepreneurship Curriculum revamp for Universities.
With the broad theme of “Building a more conducive youth entrepreneurship ecosystem”, the summit will bring together over 200 young entrepreneurs from the Commonwealth-Asia region (Bangladesh, Brunei Darussalam, India, Malaysia, Maldives, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Pakistan) to network, build business linkages, conduct field studies and participate in consensus building on the development of an official communiqué to suggest ways in which member governments can encourage entrepreneurship in the region. This communique which will capturethe voices of young Asian entrepreneurs will be submitted to member Government sthrough the Commonwealth Secretariat.
The key highlights of the event include pre and post event business meetings with Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) member companies and Young Indians (Yi) members, field visits to companies to explore global best practices across different sectors
Mr Narayan Jaisingh, Chair - Mumbai Chapter of Young Indians said “The summit will provide abundant networking and business opportunities in a format that will be informative and dynamic. Moreover, India is such an exciting place to be in and learn from…”