The IIM Ahmedabad established CIIE in 2002 initially as an academic research centre. In 2007, CIIE’s infrastructure came up at IIM Ahmedabad’s new campus with the goal to be a national centre of excellence in promoting entrepreneurship and bridging gaps in the ecosystem. Over the years, CIIE has undertaken multiple initiatives to catalyze entrepreneurship in India and has spread its wings across the country with active support from faculty, alumni and students of the institute. Operating as a not-for-profit company, CIIE is governed by a board comprising Government, industry and IIM Ahmedabad representatives.
We believe creating a conducive ecosystem is critical to promoting entrepreneurship in India. Over the years, CIIE has brought together individuals, corporates, foundations & CSRs, multilateral agencies, Government and academia to build interventions to support entrepreneurship in India. We are privileged to have partners like Department of Science and Technology, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, International Financial Corporation, SIDBI, Asian Development Bank, GIZ, BP, Godrej Industries, Mahindra, Intel among others to support us in solving India’s core problems through entrepreneurship.
Our team of over 40 people across Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Bengaluru and Pune and over 200 mentors countrywide enable us to work closely with our entrepreneurs. Our team comprises of sectoral experts across areas like information technology, cleantech and agriculture as well as functional experts in areas like design, HR, marketing and accounting. Our team typically gets actively involved with our entrepreneurs – helping them on strategic and operational decisions, hiring, fund-raising among others. Reach out to and catch-up with one of us in person or during one of our events!
We helped create a new genre in Indian literature by conceptualizing and publishing Stay Hungry Stay Foolish; a book, which has inspired over 500,000 aspiring entrepreneurs. Our partnership with the Economic Times to organize Power of Ideas, India’s largest business plan competition has helped crystallize over 30,000 ideas. Over 4000 entrepreneurs in the making have been mentored about the nuances of entrepreneurship by our mentor network at our events. Our workshops, courses, boot camps, events and publications help trigger the entrepreneur in you.
Through our collaborative incubation spaces in Ahmedabad, Pune and Jaipur, we provide a conducive environment for fledgling ventures to kick-start. We are the pioneers of accelerators in India and today our engagement with most entrepreneurs usually starts with an accelerator program – providing entrepreneurs with access to networks, mentoring and funding. We have seed-funded over a 100 ideas through equity, debt and prototyping grants and run a dedicated venture fund for sustainability-focussed startups.
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