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GIZ-CMIA announces Startup Weekend for entrepreneur-students

Eyeing at encouraging the entrepreneurial spirit among the youth and students of the region,German federal enterprise Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) along with the Chamber of Marathwada Industries Association (CMIA) and Yourstory has announced a mega workshop ‘Startup Weekend’ in Aurangabad.

The prime focus of the workshop is to catalyse the startup ecosystem in the region.

Startup Weekend is open to aspiring entrepreneurs with an idea, as well as college students with an idea that needs to be brought to life with the right impetus. The vision is grand! It’s an endeavour to provide potential entrepreneurs with ideas on new emerging technologies such as digitisation, automation, artificial intelligence, etc. to get the support, mentorship and technical assistance they need to create and run viable businesses, the organizers informed in a release.

The programme is scheduled for three days, starting on Friday, December 1 and ending on Sunday, December 3.

Participation fee of INR 1000 will be charged from the selected participants which will be used to serve food and provide logistics.

Interested students-entrepreneurs may apply online on the following link


For the youth of India, entrepreneurship is emerging as a rewarding path to such freedom. While startups may be clustered around a handful of metropolitan hubs, there are more than a handful of cities where the startup ecosystem is taking root and is all set to flourish. One such is Aurangabad, one of Asia’s fastest growing cities and a manufacturing hub now for decades.

As of now the city has two emerging incubators, which German federal enterprise GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit) helped put together with the Chamber of Marathwada Industries Association (CMIA), and the Indo-German Tool Room, which is meant to help students and aspiring entrepreneurs to turn their innovative ideas into successful, scalable businesses.