In September of 2017, Vishnu Harikumar from PRM-38 went to Attappady in Kerala for a two-month long village field study programme as part of the PRM programme. His visit to this millet farming village in Kerala's Palakkad district resulted in a start-up ‘MANRAM' with two other batch-mates at IRMA, Vijaya Kumar K and Ajmal Muhammad.
In October 2017, they registered their venture. After an initial pitching of their business idea, MANRAM was shortlisted at the Young Social Entrepreneurs Programme (YSE) 2018. They also participated in a workshop in Singapore where they learned how to pitch ideas under the guidance of seasoned mentors.
MANRAM was one among the 16 startups from over 47 teams participating from 29 countries and territories at the YSE 2018, which was hosted by the Singapore International Foundation.
The team is now part of an eight-month-long mentorship programme at the end of which it will get an opportunity to pitch their business plans before a panel of judges. Six teams will get the opportunity of getting a seed funding of 20,000 Singapore Dollars (Rs. 10 lakh approximately).
The YSE Programme has been a facilitator for young entrepreneurs who aspire to make a difference in the society since 2010.
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