About The Bihar Entrepreneurs Association (BEA)

BEA founded in 2011 as a not for profit, voluntarily-run organization by youth to work passionately for Bihar, a state which lacked Entrepreneurial mindset; and has been down on all major development indexes with one of lowest per capita income in India.

BEA works for Economic Empowerment of youth and women through Entrepreneurship in the state with largest youth population in India especially for the underprivileged and the grassroots. In a very challenging environment in 2013, BEA started working on creating and supporting Grass-root entrepreneurs and StartUps through Inspiration, Preparation and Execution.

In the past ten years, it has conducted over 1.5 lac direct Interactions

with youth, women and farmers through 100plus “StartUp Yatras” (a chain of workshops at grassroot level run like a Campaign from 2013) and and Krishi Samwad in all districts of Bihar and some in UP & Jharkhand.

Working on the Hub & Spoke Model, the BEA attracts youth to Enterprising Zone, a 7,000-square-feet Internationally recognized Incubation cum Business Facilitation Centre, run completely through contribution and grants. Through this, BEA extend Free Hand-holding support to all potential entrepreneurs right from its Ideation until Execution and subsequent scale up. BEA’s work has found space in Academic and Research journals of global repute.

BEA runs India’s first Free of cost residential Incubation program especially for the rural youth and the Underprivileged.

BEA runs India’s first Free of cost residential Incubation program especially for the rural youth and the Underprivileged.

For Government of Bihar, BEA drafted the StartUp Policy and convinced the State Govt. at its Annual Bihar Entrepreneurship...

Summit in 2015 to create State venture capital Fund for startups and grass-root entrepreneurs. It showed the way to empower grassroot startups. Meanwhile, BEA have created altogether 200+ recognized StartUps and over 3,000+ entrepreneurs right since our inception back in 2011 and completed 250 plus workshops. Among them there are 500 plus women entrepreneurs, 200 plus SC ST entrepreneurs, Differentially-able, from diverse sectors like Textiles, Handicrafts, IT, Logistics, Agri tech, Edu Tech, Health-Tech etc.

BEA is now a 19,000-member organization. BEA has been invited by Govt of China, Govt of Israel to share its journey, and also supported by Govt of Taiwan, Govt of Netherlands.

In 2018, NITI Aayog selected BEA as the only organization in Bihar, UP & Jharkhand in 1st phase for setting its premier project Atal Incubation Centre (AIC).

US Govt selected BEA team member for its prestigious IVLP program for starting the incubator in South Asia. It has created several International Chapters to support entrepreneurs and Start Up. US Ambassador and nine other Ambassador from several countries have visited BEA, guided and motivated the team to work at grass-root level.

BEA is also constructing its own campus named Udyami Bhawan “Entrepreneurs Building” with Startup lab and StartUpHostel facilities, completely through donations.

It has initiated Pitch 4 Bihar, Udyog Samwad and many innovative techniques to attract youth from the grassroot level towards entrepreneurship.

BEA operates through its membership support and has also received financial support from StartUp India, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Govt of India, Govt of Bihar, Ministry of Electronics and IT, Govt of India, Ministry of MSME, Govt. of India, International Labour organization and also US Dept of State. It developed a pool of consultants & mentors include more than 100 Globally Acclaimed industry-leaders. It has initiated “AI 4 Grassroot” at its AI-Centre of Excellence to empower youth and women with AI.

Several International chapters of BEA has been formed including in US, Mauritius, Netherlands and Middle East.

BEA has been guiding several District administrations in India to implement new Innovative policies like District Industrial Innovation Fund and helping them in efficient execution.

Our Annual event and also a Path-breaking event for Ecosystem Building in Bihar is Bihar Entrepreneurship Summit (BES). Some major decisions and initiatives have been taken by state and central Govt during this summit for Bihar. From 1st BES in 2014 till 10th BES in 2023, every BES has been on same date 21st March and it attract participants not only from all districts of Bihar but from every state and from all major countries and institutions in the world. BES-15 gave Bihar StartUp Policy, Incubation Centres, IT Park at Biscomaun, a 500cr State Venture Capital Fund.

Hon Chief Minister of Bihar has inaugurated BES-15 and BES-17.

BES-17 saw launching of StartUp Policy with 4000 participants and StartUp Expo. 5th BES-18 was inaugurated by His Excellency the Governor of Bihar followed by programs with several international organization and US Dept of state. We organized several Banking summits to make a positive climate for bank financing.

6th BES-19 introduced District Entrepreneur Award and Bihar PravasiSammelan with the theme Grassroot to Global.

We have 50 plus MoUs with institutions of global repute which help startups and entrepreneurs from Ideation to Market to IPR. YES 2020 was organized with IIM Bodh Gaya at its campus in Jan’20 and Techathon was organized in March with IIM Calcutta Innovation Park and Ministry of Electronics and IT, Govt of India. Even during covid, we had Weekly Webinars were organized where Ministers, global experts participated on Emerging Technologies. A series of Workshops on Blockchain and Web3 has been conducted by Experts from MIT, USA.

Bihar Agripreneurs Summit 2020and Bihar Global Summit was inaugurated by Hon Dy Chief Minister.9th and 10th Bihar Entrepreneurship Summit our focus is on Agripreneurship at district level.

To boost Agripreneurship at district level, we started a campaign “Krishi Samwad- From Progressive farmers to Agripreneurs” in all districts of Bihar, UP and Jharkhand”. A detail Need-gap analysis of Farmers Producers Organizations FPOs has also started with ICAR and NABARD as knowledge partners. BEA organized FPO conclave with NABARD to empower FPOs.