Awake's Incubation Center

Business incubation is a unique and highly flexible combination of business development processes, infrastructure and people designed to nurture new and small businesses by helping them to survive and grow through the difficult and vulnerable early stages of development.

Food Processing At Bangalore

Since its inception AWAKE realized that a significant number of women wanted to start enterprises in Food processing. However, lack of infrastructure and uncertain market acted as strong deterrents. To encourage the women interested in Food processing AWAKE established a Business Incubator for food processing at Bangalore, the first of its kind in Asia, in 1992.

The incubator was set up with financial assistance from Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) with a space provided by Government of Karnataka at the Industrial estate, Rajajinagar, Bangalore and technology facilitation for plant and machinery by USAID and Centre for Technology Development (CTD).

AWAKE's food incubator consists of a full fledged production facility with necessary licenses (FPO), clean, hygienic and scientifically designed premises, equipped with facilities for food processing, packaging and labeling, in addition to with technical assistance whenever necessary by entrepreneurs.

The facility enables start-up women entrepreneurs to produce fruits, vegetables and cereal based products, spice and spice blends, dried and fried snacks and bakery products.

Women entrepreneurs can utilize this facility to manufacture their products by paying nominal fees and can market their products under their own brand names. The business incubator facility has helped many women entrepreneurs to acquire sufficient confidence and a market niche, enabling them to setup their own facility.

The present equipments available in the Business Incubator are Fruit juicer, Pulper, Inverter, Drirer, Pulverizer, Mixer, Grinder, Baking machine, Bottle and plastic sealing machine, cold storage, vaccum sealing. The incubator is upgraded by adding more machineries and quality control equipments as and when needed.

The incubator has facilities for learning as well as conducting Basic Analytical tests as per quality guidelines specified for respective products.

Ananya - Food Incubator At Bijapur

In 2009, AWAKE set up ‘Ananya’ - the Food Incubation centre at Karnataka State Women’s University (KSWU), Toravi Campus, Bijapur with the support of Karnataka Science and Technology Academy (KSTA) and KSWU.

The facility supports entrepreneurs and SHG members from Bijapur and surrounding areas wanting to take up entrepreneurship ventures in food industry. Any potential/ existing entrepreneurs can use the facility at a nominal cost for commercial production of their food products.

The incubator houses facilities for processing of dry grapes, papads, dough kneading, vermicelli or noodle extruder, rolling , chilli pounding, citrus juice extraction, pomegranate deseeding, mincing, pulper and finisher, pulverizer, peeling machine and a mini flour mill. It also consists of weighing machines and sealing machines. The incubator is used by women entrepreneurs and also for conducting hands-on training in food processing for prospective entrepreneurs.

Ananya - Food Incubator At Bijapur

AWAKE's Research Institute for Skills and Entrepreneurship (ARISE) with State of Art Facility will help in fostering innovation-driven entrepreneurship through training, incubation, new technology initiatives & Interventions, research, micro credit Referral, and dissemination of knowledge and much more and will be an Pan India & Global Initiative of AWAKE.
Inaguration Of Awake's Reserch Institute For Skills & Entrepreneurship (Arise)
A thought conceived in the year 2003-04 to set up a centre for entrepreneurial excellence has finally come true after 12 years and taken Shape in the form of AWAKE's Research Institute for Skills and Entrepreneurship (ARISE) registered under Section 8 of the Companies Act. ARISE will act as a catalyst in incubating new ideas and providing necessary support to accelerate entrepreneurship in rural India and also SKILL India program, in tune with the vision of Government of India and Karnataka which has laid emphasis on promotion of entrepreneurship and employability skills of youth which AWAKE have been advocating all along. This new undertaking of AWAKE's ARISE was inaugurated by Shri Ananth Kumar, Hon'ble Union Minister for Chemicals & Fertilizers, GOI, Shri Satish LaxmanRao Jarkiholi, Minister for Small Scale Industries, GOK , Ms.Kumud Srinivasan, President INTEL India and Ms Vasanti Shivanna, Chairperson- KSWDC. Shri Satish L Jarkiholi, Minister for SSI, GOK laid the foundation Stone for the Administrative Block of ARISE, where as the Beautiful model of ARISE providing an insight into the campus and its composition was unveiled by Ms.Kumud Srinivasan, President, INTEL India.

The event also saw the presentation of Entrepreneurship Excellence AWARD to 12 distinguished start up entrepreneurs from across Karnataka who were trained by AWAKE with the support of Ni-msme, Hyderabad & Directorate of Industries & Commerce, Govt of Karnataka. A Case Study Book of Successful Entrepreneurs trained by AWAKE in the last 5 years named FOSTERING IDEAS: Creating Enterprises was released on this The Journey of Setting up AWAKE's Research Institute for Skills and entrepreneurship and its construction was a challenging task in itself. But the Board was determined to give shape to this dream and had collectively decided that nothing was impossible and no barriers, however difficult can stop the growth journey of this esteemed institution of high repute. As such set the ball rolling for setting up the Institution. As rightly stated by Vince Lombard - "The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand" and finally ensuring that our dream came true.

This dream of AWAKE would not have come true if not for the then Development Commissioner Shri. Suresh Chandra, IAS, Minsitry of MSME, GOI who inspired us to take this initiative forward, Shri Baligar, IAS the then Principal secretary, Commerce and Industries department, GOK, Shri. Maheswar Rao, IAS and KIADB for providing us a grant of Rs. 10 lakhs in the year 2011 to set up display centre. But there are some unsung heroes who rightfully deserves the credit are Ms.Sudha Prakash, President –AWAKE (2004-2008) who was instrumental in ensuring that the grant of Rs. 50 lakhs for purchase of land was allotted by the GOK, Dr.RajkumarKhatri, IAS the then Commissioner of Directorate of Industries and Commerce, GOK who constantly provided us the much needed mentoring support and guidance and believed in our concept our Founder and Past president for their guidance and support at every step. Ms. Sonia Srivatasava, CSR HEAD South Asia- INTEL and the complete INTEL India team for recognizing the contribution of AWAKE towards the society at large and providing a grant of Rs. 50 lakhs for the functioning of AWAKE's Research Institute for Skills & Entrepreneurship.

AWAKE's Research Institute for Skills and Entrepreneurship (ARISE) with State of Art Facility will help in fostering innovation-driven entrepreneurship through training, incubation, new technology initiatives & Interventions, research, micro credit Referral, and dissemination of knowledge and much more and will be an Pan India & Global Initiative of AWAKE. We are extremely thankful to all our well wishers, network, media, our contractors and many other who tirelessly worked round the clock and most importantly our members from various districts of Karnataka who came for the inaugural function and made the event a huge success. It is also important that we share with you all that there are numerous well-wishers and members and Executive Committee Members of various Team since 1983 who have been silent workers and have made tremendous contribution in the establishment of AWAKE leading to ARISE. Thanks to all of them and many others who have contributed their support towards this initiative.