Featured Research Work

Inclusive Growth through Access to Finance: A Policy Brief on Nano Enterprises in Pune

This policy brief highlights finance access challenges and offers actionable recommendations to support nano enterprises’ growth, fostering grassroots economic development and sustainability.

Report on Urban Nano Enterprises in Pune​

This report highlights the struggles and challenges faced by service sector Nano businesses in Pune. The survey covered registered and unregistered nano enterprises, including grocery shops, boutiques, tutors, catering and food stalls, bakeries, salons, pharmacies, auto repair shops, retail outlets, trading outlets, and small restaurants.

Enhancing Market Access for Nano Enterprises in Food Processing

This roundtable report discusses how nano enterprises in the food processing industry face challenges in packaging, marketing, and accessing expertise and training. In order to unlock their potential, focus needs to be on standardization, rigorous implementation of government schemes, and proactive intervention by the authorities.

Seminar on Empowering Beauty Businesses

This report gives insights into the pointers given in the information sessions conducted by experts, wherein many intricate questions pertaining to business growth challenges and their solutions were addressed. The report also gives insights into the Focus Group Discussion (FGD) sessions which were also conducted for the beauty business owners group at the seminar in order to understand the entrepreneurial challenges of beauty businesses.

Roundtable Report
on Green Micro Entrepreneurship

The roundtable was conducted in collaboration with Center for Sustainable Development (CSD) at GIPE. The roundtable was a platform for stakeholders to share ideas, insights, and best practices around growth of green micro-businesses. It discussed green entrepreneurship, challenges involved therein and possible approaches to mitigate them, with stakeholders from different domains. It aggregated insights from various relevant fields and created a policy-design dialogue on this topic.

Roundtable Discussion Report on Fostering Entrepreneurship as a Means to Drive Economic Growth

This round table was conducted with the objective of gathering ideas, insights and recommendations on the research &advocacy direction that CEED should take towards increasing awareness about issues of entrepreneurs and envisioning how to build a better ecosystem &policies for driving entrepreneurship. The roundtable also marked the 1 year anniversary since CEED’s inception. It discussed identifying pressing problems of micro businesses that CEED should address, proof of concepts that should be conducted, and policy research that should promote their growth.

A study on the opportunities and challenges of Micro enterprises in Ladakh

A qualitative study based on a survey on the opportunities and challenges faced by formal and informal micro-enterprises in Ladakh. The survey attempted to capture the geographical, political and financial realities of micro-enterprises in a hilly region. In India, micro-entrepreneurs’ policies need to consider the socio-economic diversities of various areas and the difference in narratives. The idea this study beholds is to address the gravity of barriers to entrepreneurship, capture the nuances of the issues and advocate policies specific to the region.

A study on the adoption of digital financial services based on Technology Acceptance Model – Evidence from Annapurna Mahila Credit Cooperative Society

This study investigates the factors affecting the adoption of digital financial services among low-income self-employed women in India. The study identifies the critical determinants of digital financial inclusion of women self-employed in small informal sector businesses like tailoring, catering, etc. The analysis of their perceptions is based on Technology Acceptance Model. A survey of 155 women members of Annapurna Mahila Co-operative Credit Society. This study identifies the critical determinants of digital finance as low-income women entrepreneurs perceive. It proposes actionable policies for improving the usage of digitalization by women entrepreneurs engaged in tiny businesses.

deAsra Research & Insights

For over 6 years, deAsra Foundation has been fostering entrepreneurship, benefiting over 100,000 entrepreneurs. In addition to their work with entrepreneurs, they are also engaged in research, policy advocacy, and collaborating with development organizations to design and implement on-ground entrepreneurship programs. Please visit deAsra’s research page to know the highlights of their previous research & insights activities, which includes quarterly newsletters, impact reports and articles.