Energy storage – looking beyond Lithium-ion

Author: Rohan Choukkar, Centre for Innovation Incubation and Entrepreneurship, IIM Ahmedabad The growing consciousness on renewable energy has helped increase adoption of the wind and solar energy and created an environment for newer models of generating the same, in recent years. India is looking at a radical overhaul of its generating mix and plans to derive … Continue reading Energy storage – looking beyond Lithium-ion

Crystal gazing into India’s startup landscape in 2016: looking through the investor lens

So far the Indian economy has witnessed phenomenal growth in the Indian technology startup ecosystem, driven by factors such as enormously brewed capital, acquisitions and consolidations, increasing internet and smartphone penetration, and an ever growing domestic market. 2016, as the experts are predicting will be the year of corrections. A lot of capital has been … Continue reading Crystal gazing into India’s startup landscape in 2016: looking through the investor lens

2016: a year of cautious optimism in India’s startup landscape?

2015 turned out to be a phenomenal year for startup landscape in India. In October 2015, NASSCOM published a report ranking India third globally with the startup count crossing 4200. Over 760 funding rounds were made in 2015 compared 383 in 2014! As the  front-runner in entrepreneurship and innovation, we at CIIE spoke to select … Continue reading 2016: a year of cautious optimism in India’s startup landscape?

Exploring debt as a funding option for Indian startups

Indian startups, which conventionally raise funds in equity, are increasingly warming up to debt funding. Typical private debt funders provide loans in the range of Rs.5-25 crore per transaction at an interest rate of 15-17%, while govt. and govt. supported institutions provide as low as Rs 1 crore per transaction with interest rates starting from 9% … Continue reading Exploring debt as a funding option for Indian startups