Ambedkar Young Entrepreneur-Mentor Programme

The government is looking to launch a scheme to help aspiring entrepreneurs who belong to SCs and OBCs and are failing to receive venture capital funds (VCF).


  • The name of the proposed scheme is Ambedkar Young Entrepreneur-Mentor programme.
  • As the VCF scheme couldn’t make good progress despite being in operation for many years, this programme’s need was felt and was devised.
  • Under the VCF scheme, the government provides financial assistance of up to Rs 15 Crore for a time period of a maximum of 6 years to the SC entrepreneurs.

Aim of this programme

This scheme has been developed to help them create their business enterprises, through a “mentorship” programme that will be roping in established managers and industrialists to guide and help them throughout the process. This scheme will also be aiming to build a bridge for all those SC youth of the country who are facing challenges related to funding mobilization and skills despite the social justice and empowerment ministry-run VCF scheme.

Working of this programme

Under this mentorship programme, the IFCI Venture, which is the manager of the VCF manager, will be empaneling established CEOs, businessmen, veterans of financial institutions, as ‘mentors’. When the aspirants will be applying for the funds under the VCF scheme, the IFCI will attach them to ‘mentors’ who will then be helping them to build prototypes using the latest technologies while inculcating an approach that is solution-oriented. They will also be imparted knowledge regarding leadership and start-up ecosystems.



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