In conversation with Ashwin Joshi, VP Ecosystem Development, CIIE Initiatives CIIE completes a decade of operations in 2017. A decade of work with startup ecosystem development efforts are at the core of CIIE work. Back in 2007, CIIE was amongst the first startup incubators in India. CIIE has since then evaluated over 55,000 business … Continue reading Building startup ecosystems brick-by-brick
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
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?
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
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
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?
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