At the outset, it was decided to place on record the excellent work that has been done by AWAKE. While today, entrepreneurship and start-ups are more or less common terms, AWAKE pioneered and started support activities for entrepreneurship development years ago, and has continuously sustained it through the years, moving from strength to strength. The past presidents and office bearers of AWAKE are all stalwarts in their fields, and have contributed significantly to the field of entrepreneurship development.
Taking vision forward, creating a sister concern organization which can also move on to be a top class institution, capable of setting very high standards.
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, whereas 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.