Start-up Rhapsody

2016 marks ten years of the Centre for Innovation Incubation and Entrepreneurship at IIM Ahmedabad. A decade of incubation operations and evangelizing entrepreneurship with initiatives such as the best seller book Stay Hungry Stay Foolish, The Power of Ideas with The Economic Times (inarguably the largest entrepreneurship platform ever). A decade of deep support to … Continue reading Start-up Rhapsody

Accelerators – are they worth the hype?

One of the many ways in which CIIE supports entrepreneurs is through its various “startup accelerator” programmes – in fact, CIIE launched India’s first-ever accelerator (iAccelerator), back in 2009. CIIE’s accelerators come in many flavours. Sector-specific programmes focusing on ICT, cleantech, water tech, food & agri, sustainable mobility, and healthcare, allow for depth of inputs … Continue reading Accelerators – are they worth the hype?

In Conversation with ​Vinay Reddy from Sickle Innovations​ on Product Design

  Great Product Design is often said to be iterative. Right from the inception to the creation of a final product, iteration has been the key to the success of many products leading by design; Tesla, Apple, and other global marquees often come to one’s mind. Iterations of old ideas, iterations of existing solutions, and … Continue reading In Conversation with ​Vinay Reddy from Sickle Innovations​ on Product Design

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?

In conversation with Jaisingh Dhumal from ICICI Bank on debt funding for startups

Loans for long have been a well-known  and well-used method of raising capital. The drawback for taking out a loan for your company is repayment of the loan, both in principal and interest. However, the positive aspect of loan or debt funding is that the lenders are only entitled for repayment, not an ownership which … Continue reading In conversation with Jaisingh Dhumal from ICICI Bank on debt funding for startups