Raising Innovative SustainableEnterprises

India Centre of Excellence for Food Convergent Innovation

RISE (Raising Innovative Sustainable Enterprises) is a centre of excellence for Food Convergent Innovation under the Pulse Innovation Platform (PIP) which operates out of NIFTEM in partnership with the McGill Center for the Convergence of Health and Economics in Canada.

Vision: To be a leader and partner in building innovative and sustainable enterprises in the Agri-food processing sector

Convergent Innovation

Convergent Innovation(CI), is anintegrative approach across and between many networks and systems that reinvents the way we innovate, compete, and collaborate to find solutions for large scale challenges.  CI involves public, private, and civil society playerstaking single and collective action in both traditional and modern farm, food, and health systems around the world.Food, as one the most powerful bridges between agriculture, industry, and health sectors is core to sustainable development and the promotion of healthy living. Within food, pulses are arguably the poster child among agricultural commodities for the development of a CI approach that targets the health of people, planet, and economy

Pulse Innovation Platform

Pulse Innovation Platform (PIP) India is a national food Convergent Innovation (CI) platform, part of an international CI network, PIP-Global, launched in Montreal on March 10, 2016. PIP India was officially launched in New Delhi on March 8th, 2017. The aim of the platform is to develop the next generation of innovation models needed to support food enterprises that create products to improve the health of people, the health of the environment, and the health of the economy.

PIP-India acts as a backbone to build capacity for pulse innovations with the bulk of activities deployed through projects. The platform supports strategic capacity building, conception and execution of a portfolio of flagship projects that align with each partner's interests and capabilities. Working together enables societal-scale solutions that go beyond the sum of what each can do alone.

RISE Objectives

  • Foster the Convergent Innovation ecosystem that that supportsagri-food businesses to succeed while benefiting the health of people, health of the environment, and health of the economy.
  • Provide world class Business Incubation and Accelerator facilities to host and nurture agri-food processing entrepreneurs and startup companies
  • Facilitate commercialization of food processing technologies developed by NIFTEM through the Accelerator


Key Activities

  • Start-up and Innovation Workshops and Seminars
  • Meet up with Investors
  • Mentor support to Agri-based startups in all areas of business including technical,commercial, legal, regulatory and marketing
  • Start-up Competition to provided selective innovative startups support and platform for scaling up
  • Infrastructure support - office space, meeting room,IT, pilot plants, testing and research labs
  • Expert Knowledge/Mentorship -Access to industry leaders , legal and finance experts
  • Peer Group Learning- Organized discussion groups between different startupsallowing for the sharing of experience and knowledge

Latest Updates/Upcoming Events

Investors Interaction Session

Topic: Investing in Innovative and Sustainable Food Processing Start-ups - Key Factors

  • Exploring the characteristics that make food processing sector lucrative options for investment
  • Importance of innovation and sustainability
  • Understanding the drivers and motivations of the investors
  • Considering how food processing vertical sets into an investor's investment portfolio interests


Mr Uma Mahesvaram (Governing Board Director- Indian Society of Agribusiness Professionals-ISAP)

Professional with 20 years of experience spanning Educational Infrastructure, Petro-products retailing, Private Equity, Manufacturing and Rural Marketing of Livestock products. Has an entrepreneurial edge in creating, investing, guiding organizations in retail, technology, internet and wellness organizations.

Mr HemendraMathur (Venture Partner at Bharat Innovations Fund)

BE (Agri), PGDM (IIM Ahmedabad-96 Batch)

Over 20 years of experience in private equity, management consulting and investment banking industry inIndia, South Asia, Europe and USA.

Date : 19th April 2017

Time: 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Venue: Seminar Hall, NIFTEM


Contact Details

Mr.Satyendra Singh Choudhary

Project Coordinator,


NIFTEM Campus, Kundli, Sonipat

Email ID-

Phone : 0130-2281043

Mob: 9696218778

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