An Innovation Management Program for

Working Executives in Food Processing & Agri Business

Lean Startup Methodology& Convergent Innovation for Medium and Large Businesses

5th-6th December 2017


When the status quo is not a viable option and markets are changing at lightning speed, how does your organization gain and maintain strategic advantage?

This unique two-day workshop addresses this challenge faced by managers in Food Processing and Agri-Business. It is jointly organised by RISE (Raising Innovative and Sustainable Enterprises -India Centre of Excellence for Food Convergent Innovation), NIFTEM and the McGill Centre for the Convergence of Health and Economics (MCCHE) based at McGill University in Canada.

This workshop will focus on a few approaches and useful tools to help managers gain and maintain strategic advantage in their respective organisations. The discussions will focus on two main areas:

1. Lean Startup Methodology for Medium and Large Organizations: Quickly, efficiently, and effectively test innovative ideas using this cutting-edge process applied by successful corporations around the world. Learn the scientific approach to creating products that your customers desire and will pay for. Work smarter, not harder.

2. Convergent Innovation: Why and how to connect your business/company synergistically with larger value chain networks of various sizes, public agencies, and civil society organizations and be a part of an innovation ecosystem that fosters effective supply and demand creation, for gaining economic, social, and environmental benefits. Convergent Innovation (CI) designs novel bonds between business and other actors in society and centres its efforts on developing a deep and actionable understanding of what drives human behaviour. It aligns and bridges individual and collective innovation efforts.  

Key Benefits of the Program:

Lean Startup Methodology for Medium and Large Organizations

Ø  Learn a cutting-edge methodology that will influence your work now and for the rest of your career

Ø  Learn how to build the right product (the product that customers want and will pay for) as quickly as possible

Ø  Effectively use minimum viable products (AKA basic prototypes)to ensure the go to market strategy is focused on the correct customer segments

Convergent Innovation

Ø  Introduction to a new paradigm in innovation

Ø  Understanding the concept of innovation ecosystem and evaluating the company position

Ø  Learn how to participate and benefit from the larger resources through adopting the CI approach

Ø  Introduction to the network of Convergent Innovation Faculty, Researchers and Marketing experts

Ø  Certified Program by MCCHE at McGill University in Canada and NIFTEM-India which is recognized internationally

Who Should Attend?

●  This specific innovation focused module is designed for Techno-managers, Product Managers, Marketing professionals and Researchers in Agri-food processing sectors

●  Mid-level operational managers, especially from Agri-food processing SMEs, startup units, and large corporations.

●  Consultants, mentors, and coaches in SMEs and large organizations who are looking to create innovative business models and value propositions.

Program Faculty

Patrick Vespa M.Eng. Mining and Materials, B.Eng. Mechanical

Patrick is the Founding Partner and CEO of Enlighten Consultancy Services (ECS), a consultancy business whose mission is to provide effective and long-term value by helping clients achieve their goals and solve their toughest problems. ECS has aided hundreds of organizations with projects in business strategy, innovation, technical design, R&D planning, and operations, which span industries and functions. More notable clients include: Agropur, Top 20 largest dairy processor globallywith nearly $6 Billion in sales. At the McGill, ECS performed an innovation and entrepreneurship benchmarking analysis, at the MIT and subsequently launched two initiatives at McGill University aimed at bringing new products to market.

Dr.Venkatesh Sosle

Venkatesh Sosle is a Food Science and Technology professional who has worked in private, academic and government sectors over the past two decades. He has dealt with R&D, regulatory issues, QC and Continuous Improvement in agri-food sector. Venkatesh is

Consultant associated with MCCHE working on Convergent Innovation.

Prof.Ashutosh Upadhyay

Professor and HOD ,Department of Food Science and Technology, NIFTEM.

He has more than 20 years of experience of teaching Food Technology subjects. He has been awarded young scientist award in 2007 and best science research award in 2008.

Dr.Vimal Pant

Associate Professor in the Department of Food Business Management , NIFTEM.

He  has a varied experience of over 15 years in Academics, Consulting and Industry. He has been head of  Zonal Credit Administration Department at UCO Bank as well as at the Retail Loan Hub. He has been involved in credit processing and sanction for retail and industry clients. He also worked as Associate Consultant for Project Implementation Plans.

Organizing Institutes

McGill Centre for Convergence in Heath and Economics (MCCHE), Canada

MCCHE is a world-leader in promoting integrative and interdisciplinary solutions to diet- and lifestyle-related global health challenges. This approach seeks to ameliorate health problems, such as obesity and under-nutrition, in ways that transform agri-food value chains and stimulate sustainable economic growth.

National Institute of Food Technology Entrepreneurship and Management (NIFTEM), India

NIFTEM was conceptualized by Government of India on persistent demand of the food industry to have an apex body as a "One Stop Solution Provider" for the various problems of the sector. The institute acts as a centre of excellence and an apex world class centre of global standards in the area of food technology and management. It caters to the need of various stakeholders such as entrepreneurs, industries, exporters, policy makers, government and existing institutions. NIFTEM being an apex institution under Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MoFPI) have developed strong linkages with industries.

Program  Fee:

  • Rs.10,000 per individual participant (Including taxes)
  • Rs.2,000 discount on fee if a corporate registers 3 or more employees for the program

Fee includes food and stay arrangements inside the NIFTEM campus for the participants between 5th -6th Dec 2017

Online Registration

Registration can be done online by 28th Nov, 2017 at the web link The fee can be paid online directly in NIFTEM Account using following details:

Account name

NIFTEM Conference Account

Bank Name

State Bank of India


NIFTEM Campus, Kundli,

Branch Code


Account No.







Contact Person

Mr.Satyendra Singh Choudhary

Program Coordinator,NIFTEM

Contact No.0130-2281015,9696218778

Email ID


National Institute of Food Technology Entrepreneurship and Management
Plot No. 97, Sector-56,HSIIDC Industrial Estate, Kundli
Ph. 0130-2281000,2219759-64,2281020 Fax: 0130-2219764

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