Being a social innovator who shares a keen interest in the society by empowering the differently – abled community with the power of independence, Mr. Hunny Bhagchandani has come a long way. The session aimed to throw light on his journey as the founder of Torch-IT Electronics Pvt. Ltd., a start-up incubated at PDEU Innovation and Incubation Center. The session talked about the company’s current and future plan and emphasized on how young entrepreneurs should be tenacious in their efforts.
The webinar inculcated a lot of examples of creative storytelling and how to ace communication skills to stand out from the crowd. Ms. Kruti addressed various concerns of participants and provided some valuable insights for the same. Furthermore, she shared some of her personal experiences allowing her to connect with the audience at a deeper level and keeping them engaged throughout the session. Additionally, Ms. Patel shed light upon some key features of creative advertisement. Lastly, the session ended with an insightful discussion with participants posing their queries.
PDEU IIC organized a session on the importance of finance in any business. The aim of the session was to discuss how investing ensures present and future financial security, with an overview on how finance is considered one of the most important aspects while working as a start-up and even when you are just starting with your business venture.
PDEU IIC organized a seminar aimed at educating participants about the evaluation of opportunities, idea generation, validation and the contemporary approaches of entrepreneurship, and the lean methodology amongst the various things. The session explained more about the marketing strategies, skills that entrepreneurs should possess and what are the inert values that every entrepreneur should have in deep routes of their mind. The session also elaborated more on the real world examples.
Funding & Scaling Training Program was a startup-up & investor connect initiative by PDEU Innovation and Incubation Centre (PDEU IIC), with FundEnable, for the Founder/Co-founders of startups incubated at IIC. The two-day workshop emphasized on the development and training in the areas of scaling up strategies for start-up, digital marketing, what it takes to raise VC money, crafting a pitch deck, and how to pitch.
PDEU IIC organized a facility tour for PDEU students from SPT, SOT, SPM and SLS schools. The aim of the visit was to instill the spirit of entrepreneurship amongst the students. They were exposed to expert facilities like– 3D Printing, Rapid-Prototyping lab, etc., that are offered at PDEU IIC. Through this they also got a chance to interact with startup founders incubated at PDEU IIC, and learn from the ups and downs of their journey.
It was an immense pleasure for PDEU IIC to host the Honourable Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship and Minister of State for Electronics and Information Technology, GoI – Shri Rajeev Chandrasekhar and Shri Jitubhai Vaghani, the Honourable Education Minister, GoG, and Shi Kuberbhai Dindor Hon. Minister of State for Higher & Technical Education, Legislative & Parliamentary Affairs, GoG. The incubatees exhibited immense enthusiasm to showcase their innovative idea, vision and interacted with the honourable minister to gain valuable insights into the startup ecosystem.
IVY Growth Associates, a Surat-based startup accelerator and investor company hosted a 3-day startup summit, ‘21By72’ .The Summit’s focus was to develop a dynamic startup ecosystem in Gujarat and bridge the gap between startups and investors. PDEU IIC keenly participated in the summit with 5 of its startups showcasing their innovation at exhibition and lending essential support as an ecosystem partner.
PDEU IIC in association with FundEnable organized “Fundraising Fundamental Training Sessions”. The sessions were conducted by Mr. Vikrant Potnis, and acted as a guide to fast-track the creation of their funding strategies and help startups get on track for reaching out to the investors. It also helped startups identify the right investors for their venture and comprehend valuation.
PDEU IIC organised the second edition of the B-Plan competition which asked participants to draft, develop, and demonstrate an idea or plan of an existing business in an innovative manner. The competition entailed a series of webinars and workshops to impart crucial knowledge of business plan and entrepreneurship. Moreover, one-on-one interaction with startups was organised for the participants to get a better understanding and resolve any doubts. Post webinars and startup interaction, teams were asked to present their business plans before a panel of 12 jury members in Pre-finale and Finale round. After due deliberation and assessment of teams on appropriate criterias, winners were announced.
PDEU IIC has been an avid facilitator of SSIP (Student Startup and Innovation Policy) to promote entrepreneurship amongst youth. Under the campaign of ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’ and the annual flagship program of SSIP, PDEU and PDEU IIC hosted the ‘Regional Round’ of Student Startup Research and Innovation Hackathon 2022.
To facilitate the growth of our incubatee startups and enable them to upscale their operations, PDEU IIC hosted an ‘Investment team’ for an exclusive Demo day from Gujarat Venture Finance Ltd (GVFL) and proffered them a platform to pitch their startup and raise requisite funds from the investors. The one-on-one pitching session offered the startups an apt opportunity to present their innovative ideas and capitalise the occasion by convincing the investors to get onboards and raise funds.
PDEU Innovation and Incubation Centre (IIC) in collaboration with STEMbotix organized a statewide, “Children Innovation Competition 2022”, under the new Student Start-up and Innovation Policy to sensitize school students in the field of innovation and entrepreneurship. This was done in a hybrid mode with workshops and tutorials being held online and the Children Innovation competition being held offline. During the competition students were asked to participate in any of the following 4 categories: Robo Race, Line follower, Let’s Blockzie and Creatives Idea (Open Innovation).
With an intent to provide exposure to the Indian Startup Ecosystem to the startups incubated at PDEU IIC, the event was organised in 2 phases. Phase 1 was held at PDEU IIC office in Gandhinagar where startups went through a 2-day Capacity building on Venture Funding training sessions. Phase 2 was scheduled in Bengaluru which included training as well as pitching round in front of the potential investors. The pitching was scheduled in Bangalore and consisted of a 2-day programme that entailed insightful seminars.
It is imperative for an innovator to conceptualize their idea, validate its feasibility and effectiveness by demonstrating a prototype. The prototype or samples play a crucial role for enticing fundings and assistance from prospective investors in initial stages of the startup. PDEU IIC has built a state-of-the-art workshop that is equipped with the latest 3D printing technology and held a workshop for the same. The workshop covered designing concepts, designing software, printing based hardware and practical applications.
PDEU IIC, in collaboration with iSTEM Collective Foundation, conducted a training program on Robotics Designing & Robot Operating System (ROS) Integration for the students of PDEU. The training program made the participants familiar with the fundamentals and basics of Robotics, and then explained the design structure of robots; hence ensuring that even participants with less or no familiarity with the subject can understand the contents of the session better. The training program also included real robot assembly & hardware configuration session, and real robot deployment session. The participants got the opportunity of getting hands-on experience of coding and making a robot under technical guidance of iSTEM Collective Foundation’s technical personnel.
PDEU IIC organized a five days workshop on “Drone designing and flying” in collaboration with iSTEM, collective foundation, at PDEU IIC Office, UG hostel. The aim of this workshop was to give participants an insight into innovative technology and hands-on experience about Drone technology and to make them familiar with its working. The participants were divided into different groups to accommodate everyone and offer them a chance to try their hands on drone tech. The flow of the workshop was designed in such a manner that every important aspect of Drone technology could be covered, and participants could get the best of the time they had invested.
PDEU IIC organized a facility tour for PDEU School of Management (SOM) executive MBA students. The visit’s goal was to foster an entrepreneurial spirit among the pupils. The students were first shown around PDEU IIC, how the incubation process operates, and they had the opportunity to interact with the incubatees. Students were also taken to the rapid prototyping lab, where they were shown modern 3D printers as well as actual models that had been printed using them. The students were also shown around the computer lab, prototyping lab, workshop area, and the co-working space.
Students and faculties from the branch of Material Additive Manufacturing visited the PDEU IIC office in order to strengthen the relationship between these two industries. The purpose of the visit was to create awareness about PDEU IIC and its offerings among the students as well as faculties. The main goals of the tour was to orient and familiarise the students with the incubation centre’s operations and how IIC can act as a guiding hand for students as they build company concepts and learn about the start-up process.
The webinar on ‘Product to PnL’ aimed to help the participants understand a start-up’s journey from an idea to a successful business venture. Converting an idea into reality can be tricky but one can achieve it with strong determination and vigorous execution. Mr. Anay started the session by interacting with the participants and learning their thoughts and ideas of what a ‘product’, ‘PnL’ and ‘difference between a balance sheet and a PnL sheet’ meant to them.
Smart India Hackathon is a nationwide initiative to provide students with a platform to solve some of the pressing problems we face in our daily lives, and thus inculcate a culture of product innovation and a mindset of problem-solving. PDEU IIC hosted an internal hackathon for the students of PDEU which was held on 13th April 2022.
PDEU IIC organised an Induction program for the students of the School of Liberal Studies at B-block Auditorium, PDEU campus. The session aimed to give the fresh batch of 2022 a glance at the pivotal role that an Incubation Centre plays in the entrepreneurial journey of startups and inspire them to get their innovative ideas incubated into commercially successful ventures.
PDEU IIC organised an Induction program for the students of the School of Technology at B-block Auditorium, PDEU campus. The session aimed to give the fresh batch of 2022 a glance at the pivotal role that an Incubation Centre plays in the entrepreneurial journey of startups and inspire them to get their innovative ideas incubated into commercially successful ventures.
With an aim to impart knowledge and foster innovation, PDEU IIC in association with PWC had organised an interactive and insightful session on ‘Tax Compliances for Startups’. The session was conducted by CA Harsh Shah and enlightened the incubatees upon the importance and compliance of tax laws, eligibility and criteria for tax exemptions, rules and regulations, risk and cost associated with non-compliance.
PDEU IIC organised an Induction session for the students of the School of Petroleum Management at B-block, PDEU campus. The programme aimed at sensitising the students about the startup ecosystem, giving a glance at entrepreneurial experiences of established incubatee founders and orienting them with the critical role that an Incubation Centre could play in strategic and holistic development of a startup.
In an attempt to uphold the stature of an affluent startup and innovation incubator, PDEU IIC organized an insightful and inspiring- Goal Setting Workshop, for the incubated startup founders and entrepreneurs. The aim of the workshop was to enlighten the entrepreneurs about the significance of holistic development and clarity in their goals and vision for their venture in the years to come, which would determine their market competitiveness and positioning in the future.
It was an immense pleasure for PDEU IIC to host the venerated Dr. Haskmukh Adhia sir, a former officer of IAS and retired in November 2018 as Union Finance Secretary and Revenue Secretary in Government of India. The incubatees exhibited immense enthusiasm to showcase their innovative idea, vision and interacted with the honourable minister to gain valuable insights into the startup ecosystem.
PDEU IIC hosted the students of Sheth C.N. School and their esteemed faculty at their facility. The students ranged from grade 8th to 12th. For smooth conduct of their visit, the students were divided into two batches. The endeavor of the visit to PDEU IIC office, was to enlighten the students regarding the incubation centers role played by it in nurturing a start-up and various facilities provided for the same. Such a fruitful opportunity, allowed students to gain exposure, at a very young age. In addition to this, it also inspired them to work upon their innovative ideas and effectively convert them into successful business enterprises.