Regional Consultation Facilitate

Regional Consultation Facilitates Deliberations on Addressing the NCD Program Implementation Challenges

In the wake of stubbornly increasing burden of NCDs in India, Project HOPE and Eli Lilly and Company (Pvt. Ltd. India) in support from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of Telangana, organized a Regional NCD Consultation on “Addressing NCD Program Implementation Challenges: How do we get there?” in Hyderabad, Telangana. The event focused prioritizing recommendations for improved actions to combat NCDs challenges. These recommendations, included in a book of proceedings at the end. This consultation is a part of a series of consultations that is being held in the different regions of the country, the first was held in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh on 27th October 2017.

Dal Baati Churma

Nukkadwala introduces Rajasthani Dal Baati Churma

Walk into the royal lanes of Rajasthan with the famous traditional delicacy – Dal Baati Churma. It consists of authentically tadka Dal served with desi-ghee Baatis or flaky round breads. These were earlier baked over firewood or over kandas (i.e. cow dung cakes) in villages; however, Baatis can be baked in a gas tandoor or an electric oven as well. But these Baatis, irrespective of their cooking technique, are always glazed with desi-ghee to enhance their flavours, also accompanied with Churma. Churma, being an accompaniment, is a sweet, semi-crunchy delicacy topped with rich nuts like pista, almonds, cashews, and cardamom etc. Baati (little dough balls made of wheat flour, ghee and milk) is believed to have originated in the kingdom of Mewar. Back then, the Rajputs were establishing their stronghold in the region and Baati was their preferred war time meal. 
Nukkadwala provides enticingly new dishes for every palate that loves Indian food and culture. Proffering constant updates in their menu nearly every month, they are all prepped to introduce another pure delicacy from the princely state of Rajasthan - desi Dal Baati Churma across all their stores. Priced at Rs. 159 only, and made available in a combo as well, it will be enriched with the same rich flavours but, only for the month of November. Being prepared in the original Rajasthani style, it will also be served in a wooden platter along with teekhi-chatpati chutney to add a royal twist. They are expecting Dal Baati Churma to be appreciated as much as their newly introduced desi-style Aloo Chips, adorned with a new chataakedaar twist, and added extra crunch!
Nukkadwala by Vatika group proudly represents the treasured chain of smart & stylish QSR. “Our inspiration are more than 5 million street vendors across India who peddle tiny morsels of varied foods everyday”, says Gaurav Bhalla, Founder, Nukkadwala. Their each dish stirs up nostalgia, making every bite everlasting. “We ensure that all the Indian flavours remain authentic, assuring that they are dispensed and served quickly, further working dedicatedly on our processes. It’s our passion about food that vouches all our customers for a satisfied taste, and premium quality even though being a QSR model”, adds Mr. Gaurav Bhalla.
Not just the Indian delicacies, it’s their peppy Chattar-pattar menu that contributes to Nukkadwala’s pride. Array of everybody’s childhood favourites like the chatpata Aam Papad, jelly Lollipop, sweet candies and many more, are also put out for retailing purposes. Their decor is an amalgamation of vintage and urban ambiance. With old Bollywood classics being played, their tasty food simply adds to the value for money & one’s love for street food. 
Their store’s simplicity, too, welcomes people from all demographics and this effort by Vatika group fills a gap that has always existed in QSR industry combining Indian food from all across in a systematic manner.  They have also recently introduced Indian food combos which are a unique concept in its own for the first time in the country where they combine Indian snacks, dishes and beverages in combos which are called Medley Meals. These diverse flavours apart from being relished across their 10 stores in Delhi NCR will also soon be savoured overseas in London, New York, Dubai!
ClinMD 2nd Runner Up Of SmartUp  Espark Viridian B Plan Competition

Espark Viridian Announces Award Winners of its ‘SmartUp’ B-Plan Competition

·         Team Maketyard Agrisolutions from Pune wins ‘SmartUp’ 2017

·         SmartUp 2017, a Pan-India B-Plan Competition held for start-ups

·         One of its kind platform for start-ups to gain mentorship and access to Investors


Espark-Viridian, a startup accelerator for early and growth seeking startups in-association with Headstart Network Foundation, announced Marketyard Agrisolutions from Pune as the winner of its - SmartUp 2017, a pan India B-plan Competition. SmartUp 2017 offers a nurturing platform with competitive spark to facilitate budding entrepreneurs by validating their ideas, mentor them under globally acclaimed experts and offering access to a wide network of investors.

Marketyard is a Mobile Platform that enables Users to buy, sell and rent everything related to agriculture using Classifieds services, Hourly Weather Forecast, Digital Land Records, Local Business Listings, etc. They help farmers to directly sell to end consumer by removing the need for middlemen. Machstatz from Bengaluru an end to end solution in the IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) space became the first runner-up and ClinMD from Jaipur which offers help doctors to record store and digitize regular handwritten notes & prescriptions was chosen second runner- up. The winning teams were awarded a cash prize of Rs 1 Lakh, Rs 50000 and Rs 25,000 respectively.

“India has a 1.25 billion of youth population and entrepreneurship is the need of an hour. Our endeavor has been to identify budding entrepreneurs and provide them with all necessary support. It is important to nurture and guide an idea in its early stage to ensure it reaches its maximum potential,” said Vibhuti Channa, Director, Espark-Viridian Accelerator.

Espark-Viridian in association with Headstart Network is committed to promoting entrepreneurship in India. The top 25 startups were shortlisted by the jury members. The event culminated in Delhi at KiroriMal College Delhi over two days dedicated to intensive one to one mentoring by expert mentors and investors followed by a pitching session.

The esteemed jury — which included Arpit Agrawal, (Principal, Blume Ventures, Co-founder and Director, Headstart Network Foundation), Ashish Taneja (Managing Director, Growx Ventures), Paresh Gupta (Founder, Global Centre for Entrepreneurship and Commerce), Amit Singh (Founder & CEO, Wow Labz Co-Founder and MD, Headstart Network Foundation ) and Vibhuti Channa(Director Espark- Viridian Accelerator) - selected the prize winners.

“Such Competitions provide a good platform for young entrepreneurs to showcase their talent and gain from one on one mentoring. I am thankful to the Espark-Viridian and Headstart Network who have provided clarity in further enhancing my idea,” says Anil Lade from Marketyard Agrisolutions.


About Espark-Viridian

Espark-Viridian is a startup accelerator  for early and growth seeking startups with an esteemed panel of 30+ mentors like Jim Duffy (Head of Entrepreneurial Spark, UK), Vibhuti Channa (Director, Viridian Ventures), Ashish Bhalla (Co-Founder, Future Institute) and others.. We offer an up-to 18-month multi-center, multi-sector accelerator programme through 5 centres spread across Bangalore, Chandigarh, Gandhinagar, Mumbai and Delhi-NCR. 


About Headstart Network:

Headstart is one of India's oldest and largest startup ecosystem development organizations established with the vision of 'changing the world with entrepreneurship'. It is a non-profit, run almost entirely by passionate volunteers across 22 cities.