NorthEast Webinar 2020

The NorthEast Business Webinar 2020 was organized on September 12, 2020 to facilitate startup founders/professionals to grow their network in the two ASEAN countries of Bangladesh and Bhutan. It provided a platform for participants to network with people of both the market, exchange ideas and contacts, and start businesses in both the markets across different sectors.

The attendees comprised students, businessmen, startup founders and entrepreneurs.

NorthEast Business Webinar

Northeast Business Webinar was an effort to bring the various sectors of the Startup Ecosystem across the Northeastern states together and form an international business collaboration, business summit, startup conclave, investor conclave and various competitions in the startup zone. The plan was to work on a theme of a startup festival to accelerate the trade and commerce of Northeast India with Southeast Asian countries. It aimed at bringing about socio, cultural and economic exchanges across the Southeast Asian countries with India through the Northeastern states.

The event was organised by Startup Assam in collaboration with various organizations in Northeast India. The idea behind the webinar was to generate discussions among the local entrepreneurs of the region to create a bridge with the neighbouring countries and exchange trade and commerce, facilitate import export for the various products that are developed in Northeast India.

Attendees and speakers of the event :

  1. Dr. Arup Kumar Misra, Director ASTEC – Moderator and Host
  2. Mr. Sunil Seth, CEO, Adani Group, Myanmar.
  3. Mr. Manoj Kumar Das, Managing Director, NERAMAC.
  4. Mr. Habib Mohammad Choudhury, Founder Chairman & MD, HSMM Group of Companies.
  5. Mr. Mrinal Hatkhowa, General Secretary, Northeast Federation on International trade.
  6. Mr. Kaushik Barua, Director, IFAD, Vietnam.
  7. Ms Sriparna Baruah, Head, Indian Institute of Entreprenuership, Guwahati.
  8. Mr. Pranjal Konwar, COO, Assam Startup Nest
  9. Mr. Kevin Wu ,Founder & CEO of ento | FoodTech , Malaysia.


Dr. Arup Kr. Misra

Director of Assam Science Technology & Environment Council (ASTEC) and Assam Energy Development Agency (AEDA). He is also founder Secretary of NETES (North East Technical Education Society), which has an Engineering College called "NITS Mirza" at Mirza. He was Honorary Secretary of the Institution of Engineers (India) during 2008-2010. Now an Executive Member of many professional societies.

Mr. Sunil Seth

Chief Executive Adani Group Myanmar. president, India Myanmar Chamber of Commerce.

Habib Mohammed Choudhury

Founder Chairman & MD at HSMM Group of Companies; Chairman of AIBC Lao PDR Chapter; Pioneer Mentor of AMEN, ASEAN-BAC

Manoj Kumar Das

He is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers (India). He also has Certificate in French Language and Pragya in Hindi.

Sriparna Baruah

Dr Sriparna B Baruah is a pioneer in introducing Management Education in northeast India and is presently heading the Centre for Industrial Extension at the Indian Institute of Entrepreneurship (IIE).

Kaushik Barua

Kaushik Barua is currently the Country Director for Cambodia and Lao PDR, for the United Nations’ International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).

Mrinal Hathkhowa

General Secretary for Northeast Federation of International Trade

Pranjal Konwar

Chief operating officer , Assam Startup , IIM Kolkata Innovation park.

Kevin Wu

2x Founder | Founder & CEO of ento | FoodTech - Alternative Protein | 500 Startups (San Francisco & Singapore)

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