Rural Business Incubator

Got an innovations idea to start your own business?

Need Support to become an Entrepreneurship?

Want to scale your enterprise up?

If answer is yes, JOIN RURAL BUSINESS INCUBATOR, Hawalbagh

The department of Rural Development (RD), Government of Uttarakhand has been implementing schemes and programmers to promote livelihoods in the rural areas of the State. As a noble initiative, the department has piloted establishment of two Rural Business Incubators (RBI) in Hawalbagh, Almora and Kotdwar, Pauri, to help establish enterprises and promote an entrepreneurial ecosystem in the State. The business incubators would provide professional handholding and mentoring support for the rural communities, RBI will also help filling the gaps in access to business services for entrepreneurs and give professional support in the technical and business domain.

The Almora center of rural business incubator was inaugurated by Honorable Chief Minister on 17th December 2021. As of July, more than 550 entrepreneurs have connected with RBI and more than 150 entrepreneurs are part of incubation process. The incubation center in Hawalbagh block has dedicated team of 7 professional with wider experience.

  • Promote Entrepreneurship and Business Development.
  • Create livelihood Opportunities in Rural Areas to Prevent Migration.
  • Ready to Solutions to Problem in Enterprise Establishment.
  • Support for marketing linkage
  • Help for business formalization

Promote Innovations –Promote innovation, entrepreneurship and business creation in sectors that can offer opportunities to rural communities.

Create Rural Livelihood Opportunities- Create livelihood opportunities for the rural youth within the rural vicinity to address out migration in the state of Uttarakhand

Developments of Entrepreneurial Ecosystem– Facilitate the evolution of rural enterprise ecosystem.

Solution to Market Linkages and Local Issues- Generate business solutions to local and global.

The business incubators will assist the rural community members of the State in establishing or scaling up their enterprises. The enterprises can be sub categorized in 5 parts-

  1. Seed Stage- Individuals still at the seed stage of the business lifecycle, when their business is just idea or a thought.
  2. Early Stage- Applicants who have registered their business as a legal entity and have started productions& operations.
  3. Growth Stage- Applicants who have been in business for some time and have a product that has been tested in the market. They are looking for scaling operations or now planning to access larger markets and compete with existing& new players in the market.
  4. SHG & Federations – Group & individual enterprise run by SHG promoted in the state. These may or may not be registered as legal entities but may be running small businesses.

Aggregators / Platform from within or outside the State- These are entrepreneurs who may offer opportunities to the rural entrepreneurs by aggregators or by offering them platforms (digital or brick & mortar) to expand their businesses.

Developing an Entrepreneurial Mind set-   One of the most important roles of the rural business incubators will be to help develop an entrepreneurial mindset among the rural communities. As part of this effort, the incubator would develop an EDP programmer, which will be delivered in higher education institutions, ITIs and polytechnics and similar institutions.

Ideation- The incubators will assist the incubates in ideation and help them to ground their ideas from the drawing board. This will include identifying the product or the service that the incubates may offer, the demand for the products, identifying the buyers for their products, measuring the willingness to pay etc.

Business Planning – The incubators will help the incubates in reviewing their business ideas and develop actionable plans to graduate themselves to the next stage of their entrepreneurial journey. This will include assessing investment required, estimating the operating costs, predicting the cash flows and breakeven.

Compliance and Legal Aspect-The incubator would provide access to mentoring on issues such as the legal entities that may suite the business planned, licenses and compliances that the incubates should secure.

Market Access and Linkages- The incubator will help the incubates assess the market potential and help study the value chain of their products or services. This will help the incubates benefit from the forward and backward linkages in the market and take an informed decision of participating in the value chain.

Access to Finance and Attract Investments-The incubator will assist the incubatees with information about various state and centrally supported schemes that offer subsidized or collateral free loans to the rural communities. Further, the incubator will also organize various investor meets and prepare the incubatees to make investor pitches and access financial support through these alternate means.

Delivery Mechanism

The incubation program will be delivered using a modular approach. Classroom inputs on a module will be delivered through an intensive face to face interactions of 3-5 days. After the incubates have received these inputs, they will be allowed to return to their businesses/business ideas and implement the learning from these modules. There will be a gap of about 15-30 days between two modules offered under the incubation course. This will allow the incubates to try out the suggestions and come back to experts in the incubator with queries and experiences.

  • Face to face interaction organized in the incubator.
  • Face to face interactions organized in satellite or extension centers.
  • Sessions organized on online platforms.
  • Self-learning material and video tutorials.


The long-term cohorts will be provided support over a period of 6-9 months. After induction of the cohort, the incubatees will be offered intensive modular inputs of 3-5 days at a gap of 20-30 days. The intervening period between two modular inputs will be used by the incubatees to implement the learnings in their businesses.

The short-term cohorts will be provided support for a period of up to 3 months. The cohorts would be offered intensive modular inputs of 3-5 days at a gap of 10-15 days. The intervening period between two modular inputs will be used by the incubatees to implement the learnings in their businesses.

Bootcamps will be modules delivered with a pre-defined objective and delivered with to impart a specific skill to the beneficiaries. Bootcamps could be organized on themes such as business planning, using digital platforms, market planning, accessing finance using government schemes etc.

Short term trainings will be used to create an entrepreneurial mindset among the potential beneficiaries. These will largely focus on helping participants in identifying key traits important for entrepreneurs, assessing a potential opportunity and the steps in an entrepreneur’s journey.


The orientation workshops focus on developing an understanding of the BMMs, Panchayat Sachiv’s and other District and Block level functionaries. These workshops also provide an opportunity to the potential incubates  to get a clear understanding of RBI and also to communicate about the kind of support they require from RBI.

Entrepreneurship Development Programme is delivered by the incubation team across Districts and Blocks of their catchment area. The EDP programmes is designed as 2-4 hour sessions for the youths in higher Education Institutions, Engineering Colleges, ITIs, Polytechnics and other similar institutions.

Community meetings are organized to create awareness and counsel the community members about the rural business incubators. The community mobilisers are instrumental in conducting community meetings.

  • Sun
  • Mon
  • Tue
  • Wed
  • Thu
  • Fri
  • Sat
    • Past Events
    • Ongoing Events
    • Upcoming Events

    Office Address:

    RBI Near Block office Hawalbag,

    Almora Uttarakhand 263636



    • RBI Inauguration photo
    • RBI Inauguration Photo