The 'Missing Middle'


Government schemes, MFIs, and livelihood programs have helped create 75 million individual entrepreneurs (set to double in 20 years)

Experts regard the majority of these entrepreneurs to be underemployed, effectively forming the ‘hidden unemployed’


who hire or improve the incomes of 5 plus people, use local inputs or solve local problems

11% ME in India compared to a global average of 30–40%

Fast Growth Start-Ups


Increase in the number of active incubators and accelerators in 2016 with impetus from government and corporates


New academic incubators established under ‘Start-up India Stand-up India’ initiative in 2016


Start-ups founded by young students in 2016


Total number of start-ups funded in 2016 by dedicated institutions

$40 Billion

Flow of funding to start-ups in 2016

Mass Entrepreneurship is an idea whose time has clearly come.

Improving Economic dynamism and Accelerating MSMEby the GAME National Task force for MSME
In Conversation With Ravi Venkatesan
Increasing the Pie through Women Mass Entrepreneurs by Madan Padaki

Our Focus

Making entrepreneurship aspirational

Entrepreneurship is not aspirational in India and often people aspire for govt jobs that are in short supply

Nurturing entrepreneurial mindsets and skills early

Early exposure to entrepreneurship and traits is critical to creating the right mindset

Converting job-seekers to entrepreneurs

Potential entrepreneurs need the support systems and skills to find market opportunities and start their own business

Helping single and micro entrepreneurs grow

Currently, a majority of these entrepreneurs are in the informal sector, they need the right mindset and tools/support to grow

Enabling women to start and succeed as MEs.

The challenge is particularly magnified for women who require a focused, gender-responsive approach across all areas

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Micro Business Employment Trends - A case study during the crisis

LEAD at Krea university in partnership with the Global Alliance for Mass Entrepreneurship is conducting a national level COVID-19 impact study which aims to capture the status of micro- enterprises in India during the current crisis. Through this dynamic multidimensional survey various micro businesses will be interviewed over a period of six months. The survey assesses the impact of the lockdowns and other policy restrictions on business operations, employment practices, and income.

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Mass Entrepreneur Diaries

Read the transformation stories of mass entrepreneurs.


Sumalatha remembers how in her small house she would do eyebrows for her customers while her bedridden husband would lie behind…

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It was fifteen years ago that Rukmini’s husband Muniraj was diagnosed with a debilitating health condition. Unable to move around…

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When Mamatha came to Buzz’s training, her life was limited to her house. The training triggered a strong feeling in her heart that she should…

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Roshan is a 38 year old businesswoman who stitches and sells nighties, chunaries and salwar kameez. She has been doing…

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45-year old Chandra, is the proprietor of a tailoring unit in Karur District. “I cannot afford to pay my staff their full wages; but I pay them 50% of…

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