Entrepreneurship can be better learnt in Gujarat because of the business and growth oriented mindset that Gujarati people have. Ahmedabad, the largest city in Gujarat houses numerous incubators, accelerators and other organizations which help startups and aspiring entrepreneurs set up and grow their businesses from scratch and become successful enterprises.
Ahmedabad along with Gandhinagar is becoming an IT hub with the support of the Government of Gujarat. The city hosts many startups in the ecommerce, AR/VR, education, cleantech and agritech sectors.
Let us have a look at some of the various support organisations which are helping build the startup ecosystem in the city.
eChai Ventures conceptualizes and organizes engaging entrepreneurial programs to help fellow entrepreneurs connect, share and collaborate. eChai hosts diverse kinds of programs – eChai Demo Days, eChai RoundTables, eChai Skills Challenges, eChai Sales Evenings and their flagship #CoRise programs all over India. The most amazing part of the eChai programs is the kind of conversations that happen among presenters and participants. eChai has now expanded to about 40 cities with at least one program every month. The ultimate aim is to achieve the vision of Collaboratively Rising Together – #CoRise
TiE is a non-profit, global community welcoming entrepreneurs from all over the world. It believes in the power of ideas to change the face of entrepreneurship and growing business through five pillars; mentoring, networking, education, incubating and funding. With programs like TiE Young Entrepreneurs (TYE) and Mentor Match, they are reaching out and fostering the next generation of entrepreneurs.
Headstart Network Foundation was established in the year 2008 was among the first few, to have driven informal and formal meets of aspiring and inspiring entrepreneurs in India – as early as 2005 -06. It facilitates entrepreneurial learning, hiring, marketing insights and peer mentoring amongst the startups and addresses their issues through initiatives such as Startup Saturday, Cofounder Search Program, etc. It works with a strong network of stakeholders: startups, government, investors, industry and tech community.
Established in 2013, under the aegis of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), the Gujarat NRE Knowledge Application & Facilitation Centre (GKAFC) is the Centre of Excellence (CoE) supported by Govt. of Gujarat (GoG), engaged in delivering a comprehensive set of evaluation practices, stratagems and technology management tools to provide end-to-end business solutions to public and private sectors, as well as for the sustainability& growth of communities.
GKAFC brings in first mover advantage in identifying next business opportunities, build capacity, gain competitive advantage and work towards sustainability. GKAFC leverages its in-house and networked expertise, extensive government and industry nexus to provide an in-depth insights and corroboration.
CIIE – IIM Ahmedabad
IIM Ahmedabad’s Centre for Innovation Incubation and Entrepreneurship (CIIE) helps entrepreneurs turn ideas into viable businesses. In partnership with mentors, corporates, development agencies, IIMA community and investors, CIIE cultivates entrepreneurs by incubating, accelerating, mentoring and funding innovative start-ups.
CIIE engages with ventures across technology and impact areas like energy, environment, agriculture, healthcare and affordable technology. CIIE believes it should operate in sectors and geographies where there are market failures and private support is not easy to find.
iCreate stands for International Centre for Enterpreneurship and Technology. It is an independent centre and blends creativity, innovation, engineering, product design and leverages emerging technologies to evolve out-of-the-box applications.
The primary goal of the centre is to create a large quantity of quality entrepreneurs. The centre also engages with the government to help evolve enabling policies. The incubated projects are encouraged to set up their companies in Gujarat, which would create clusters of high-tech companies and contribute to the growth of Gujarat’s overall economy.
In order to bring together the movers and shakers of Ahmedabad under one roof, we are organizing our next event ‘Let’s Talk Tech Vyaapaar‘ which will see some of the most influential people who have shaped up Ahmedabad’s tech startup ecosystem in one arena.
The event will have two important sessions. A startup pitching demo day and a panel discussion on ‘Building Tech Startup Ecosystem in Ahmedabad” to kick-start relevant conversations that would lead to fostering of the ecosystem.
Don’t miss out on attending the event on 6th May, 2017 at Ahmedabad Management Association between 05:30 pm and 08:30 pm.