CEE North East has been involved in providing handholding support to NGO partners in Manipur for fine tuning their ideas and developing proposals. Mr. Jaison Varghese, Associate Programme Coordinator attended and facilitated the handholding and networking sessions along with the team from the Millennium Alliance. Albert Z.M. (General Secretary of ZICORD demonstrated his bio fuel cakes during the networking session in the workshop. Zougam Institute for Community Resources & Development (ZICORD, Manipur), one of the SGP partners of CEE from Manipur also attended the workshop.
Found in 2012, by the Technology Development Board (TDB), Government of India; US Agency for International Development (USAID); and the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), The Millennium Alliance (MA) is a platform to identify, test, and scale innovations which bring improvements at the Bottom of the Pyramid (BOP) level.
The MA takes a unique innovation-driven and impact-focused approach to development. It responds to a wave of entrepreneurship which brings creative and innovative solutions to entrenched social problems. As a network, MA aims to bring together various actors within India's social innovation ecosystem including, but not limited to, social innovators, philanthropy organizations, social venture capitalists, angel investors, donors, service providers, and corporate foundations, to stimulate and facilitate financial and non-financial contributions from the private and public sectors in support of development innovation.
The Alliance intended to provide innovators a grant ranging from Rs. 30 lakh to Rs. 1 Crore, along with a range of services such as seed funding, grants, incubation and accelerator services, networking opportunities, business support services, knowledge exchange, technical assistance and facilitates access to equity, debt and other capital.