MSME Development Institute, Indore under Entrepreneurship Skill Development Scheme organized a two-weeks Entrepreneurship Awareness Programme (EAP) in association with Bhopal School of Social Science, Bhopal from December 27, 2019 to January 7, 2020 at Bhopal. The objective of the program was to encourage and orient young aspiring students who are prospective entrepreneurs. All the participants visited Innovation and Incubation Centre for Entrepreneurship (IICE) for “A visit to an incubator” as a part of this program. The introductory session of the visit was commenced by Dr. Amjad Husain, CEO-IICE. He explained the importance of entrepreneurial skills and role of academic incubators to sensitize the student community for the same. Mr. Jatin Khaimani, Student Coordinator, Innovation Club-IICE presented brief report on several student activities at IICE and encouraged the participants to be part of such events in future. Mr. Arun Thapar designed and circulated the assignment for the participants which was focused on sensitising the students about innovative entrepreneurship. The event concluded with address by Mr. Gaurav Goyal, Director In-charge, MSME-DI, Indore (Ministry of MSME).
Quality Assurance Laboratory (QAL) of Madhya Pradesh Council of Science & Technology (MPCST) organized a Training cum Workshop on “FOOD QUALITY AND SAFETY: Career Opportunity in Food Science & Technology Sector” from December 11-13, 2019. About 25 candidates (B.Sc., M.Sc. Students and Faculties of Chemistry and Food Sciences divisions) participated the training program. Half-day session of the workshop focusing on “Innovative Entrepreneurship and Role of Business Incubators” was organized at Innovation and Incubation Centre for Entrepreneurship (IICE) on December 12, 2019. The first interaction session was commenced at 11.00AM by Dr. Sandeep Raut, Innovation Manager, IICE. He explained the importance of “writing a business proposal” and “market analysis” in innovative entrepreneurship. Dr. Amjad Husain, CEO-IICE interacted with the participant in the second session and briefly explained the life cycle of an entrepreneur “from ideation to setting up a company”. He encouraged the participants to visit IICE and be a part of various entrepreneurial activities in future. The workshop concluded with an assignment for all the participants about drafting a business proposal. Mr. Arun Thapar, Project Office Assistant, IICE designed and circulated the assignment to all the participants. The contact details of all the interested candidates were collected in order to inform them about future events at IICE.
IICE organized a felicitation ceremony on November 15, 2019 to acknowledge the contribution of student volunteers of all events organized by IICE, and winners of all competitions at IICE. Students participants shared their experience working with IICE and suggested a few events to be organized to attract more students at IICE. Dr. Amjad Husain congratulated all the participants and encouraged them to be part of IICE startup activities in future. Dr. Sandeep Raut presented a road map of activities at IICE and talked about recruitment of student innovation leaders in the near future.
Innovation and Incubation Centre for Entrepreneurship (IICE) organized an institute level entrepreneurial contest in collaboration with Science Council, SAC during Singularity, 2019. IICE organized an orientation session of CurveBall on September 13, 2019 to sensitize the student community of IISER Bhopal about the competition. Dr. Amjad Husain encouraged the students to consider entrepreneurship as a potential career option and shared the examples of several researchers who became successful entrepreneurs. Dr. Sandeep Raut, Innovation Manager, IICE explained the vision behind CurveBall-19’, the selection criterion, and the rules & regulations of the contest. CurveBall received proactive response from the student community of IISER Bhopal and 16 teams presented their business idea during pre-qualifiers on October 2, 2019. After a gruelling Pre-qualifier, 6 out of 15 teams made it to the finals during Singularity, 2019. Panel of three judges for the finals included Dr. Amjad Husain, CEO-IICE, Prof. Amitabh Pandey, IIFM, Bhopal and Dr. Pankaj Jain (IAS), MD of Madhya Pradesh Laghu Udyog Nigam. The team presenting “Fictomete: An app that differentiate writing into fiction and non-fiction” were selected as winners. The students presenting “HerBAND: Customised microneedles to reduce menstrual pain” were first runner up and a student’s idea “HandFuge: Whirling based handheld centrifuge” won as second reunner up. All three winners were selected as students’ pre-startups at IICE, in addition to the cash prizes.
Dr. Anita Gupta (Scientist-G) is the Adviser and Associate Head of National Science & Technology Entrepreneurship Development Board (NSTEDB), DST. Dr. Gupta visited IICE on September 30, 2019 for interaction with IICE incubates and inspection of current infrastructure facilities at IICE. Dr. Amjad Husain introduced the guest with IICE incubates and presented the overview of progress report of IICE-TBI in last one year. Dr. Gupta explained several schemes (seed funds) for the startups at DST supported TBI and the criteria for the same. Several funding opportunities for the growth of IICE-TBI were also discussed during the meeting.
Dr. Pankaj Jain (IAS), Managing Director and Mr. V.C. Dubey, General Manager, Public Relation Officer from Madhya Pradesh Laghu Udyog Nigam Limited visited IICE on September 23, 2019. The objective of the visit was to explore the possibility of collaboration between Madhya Pradesh Laghu Udyog Nigam Limited and IICE-IISER Bhopal for partial support to the startups and student pre-startups at IICE. The event started with an interaction of guests with incubates at IICE. Startups and prestart-ups at IICE briefly explained their business ideas and progress of work. Innovation leaders of Innovation Club, IICE also briefed the guests about student entrepreneurial activities on campus. Dr. Pankaj Jain talked about future opportunities for startups at IICE for scale-up to market stage and highlighted several schemes of state government to encourage innovative entrepreneurship in the state of Madhya Pradesh offered. The Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between IICE and Madhya Pradesh Laghu Udyog Nigam Limited, MP for the said collaboration has been drafted and IICE is following on it.
Innovation Club, a student activity club at IICE organized “Ink with IICE: The doodle making competition on occasion of World Doodle Day. With the aim to create entrepreneurship awareness in student community of IISER Bhopal, theme of the doodling competition was decided to be “The life of an Entrepreneur”. Fifteen participants submitted their artwork in two different categories. Eleven participants submitted the hand-drawn doodles and four entries in the digital formats were received. Three winners for doodle on paper, two winners for digital doodle were selected along with one special appreciation prize. The artwork of the winners will be displayed on IICE webpage and inside the open incubation hall of IICE-IISER Bhopal.
IICE organized a “National Life Science Entrepreneurship Awareness Programme” on September 17, 2020 in collaboration with BIRAC Regional Entrepreneurship Centre (BREC), Centre for Cellular and Molecular Platforms (C-CAMP), DBT. Hundred and Twenty-nine candidates including students and faculty members of six different institutes, including IISER Bhopal registered for the event. Special focus of the event was to display opportunities for Bio-entrepreneurship and to encourage researchers and prospective entrepreneurs for the same. Dr. K. K. Narayanan, Founder and Chairman, Kottaram Agro-Foods narrated his own journey bio-entrepreneur titled “Converting Life Sciences Idea into a Venture”. The program had a dedicated session on Intellectual Property Rights by Ms. Aarushi Jain, Leader–IP and Education Practice Group, Nishith Desai Associates. Ms. Nandita Chandavarkar, Consultant - Entrepreneurship & Head - C-SAP, C-CAMP addressed the participants with the Entrepreneurship Ecosystem and funding opportunities at C-CAMP. The last Session of the event was an interactive session with a Bioentrepreneur, Mrs. Pooja Sharma, Co-founder, Cutting Edge Medical Devices Pvt. Ltd. This event helped to explore the possibilities of collaboration and funding opportunities at C-CAMP.
IICE organized a half-day networking event in collaboration with Foundation for Innovation and Technology Transfer (FITT), IIT Delhi. Seventy-three participants, including faculty members from AIIMS Bhopal, MANIT Bhopal, and IIFM Bhopal attended the event. The event also received proactive response from the students and faculty members of IISER Bhopal. Dr. Amjad Husain, CEO-IICE presented “IICE as a potential site for business incubation in Bhopal”. Dr. A. Wali, Managing Director, FITT-IIT Delhi talked about Innovative Entrepreneurship and Role of FITT. Dr. Ashutosh Pastor, Manager, BBIF, FITT explained funding schemes for Bio-entrepreneurs including BIRAC-BIG schemes. Finally, Dr. Vishal Rai, Founder of Plabeltech Pvt. Ltd., the first incubate startup at IICE-IISER Bhopal shared his experience as “A journey from researcher to entrepreneur.