ISBA Conference held @ Bangalore

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The 10th Anniversary celebrations and the 8th Annual conference of Indian STEPs and Business Incubators Association (ISBA) was held at the Hotel Royal Orchid, Bangalore on March 23 & March 24 , 2014 (Monday). The theme for this year’s conference was “Fuelling Entrepreneurship: Future of Indian Incubation”. The conference began with Presidential Address by Smt Deepanwita Chattopadhyay. The dignitaries present for the inauguration were Mr. P.V.G. Menon – President, IESA, India, Mr. R.M.P. Jawahar – Executive Director, TREC-STEP and Dr K C Chandrasekharan Nair, Secretary General, ISBA. In order to raise the awareness among innovators, prospective entrepreneurs and other stakeholder groups about Technology Business Incubation.

The conference witnessed the largest congregation of Indian Science Parks and Business Incubators community, with a participation of nearly 200 participants from Incubation arena.

As part of the 10th Anniversary Celebrations ISBA conducted a fun competition to identify visionaries among its members. The theme for the competition was STAR GAZING into 2035 – future of Indian Incubation. The first prize was shared by Mr Shwetha Suresh, IKP Hyderabad and Mr Vipul Patel, CII. Both of them won the chance to participate in the TiE Silicon Valley Annual Entrepreneurship Conference 2014.

EmPOWERing Women TOgetHER

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Technopark-Technology Business Incubator (T-TBI), in association with Technology Business Incubation Group (TBIG) celebrated International Women’s Day by conducting a first of its kind program titled “Empowering Women Together”.  The programme witnessed more than 50 entrepreneurs from in and out of Kerala and was attended by more than 150 aspiring women entrepreneurs. The programme was inaugurated by Smt. Rosakutty Teacher, Chairperson, Kerala Women’s Commission in the presence of alighted dignitaries namely Shri Joy Ommen. Chairman, Kerala Financial Corporation (KFC), Dr K C Chandrasekharan Nair, CFO, Technopark and Secretary & Registrar, Technopark TBI, Shri Sreekumar Nair, MD Zafin Labs and CEO Global Innovation Initiatives,Smt Hema Menon, Centre Head, UST Global Shri Anoop Ambika, CEO & MD, Kreara Solutions, Smt Anuradha Balaram, Member Secretary & Chief Economic Advisor, Planning Board and Smt Rina Vivekanandan, CEO & MD, Sinura Health Information Process Solutions (SHIPS).

In the inaugural address Smt Rosakutty Teacher highlighted about the evolution of Women Entrepreneurship in the state of Kerala.  The speech was higly motivational and inspiring.

The inaugural address was followed by a speech by Dr K C Chandrasekharan Nair, on the entrepreneurship boom in the state of Kerala and on the importance of Women Entrepreneurship.

The speech was then followed by a session by Shri Joy Oommen, Chairman & MD, KFC explaining about the role of KFC in promoting Women entrepreneurship. This session was very informative and helped in clearing many doubts regarding the support KFC offered to budding entrepreneurs.

An engaging discussion named Open forum featuring all the dignitaries was held later in the program. More than 100 ladies who are pursuing their education in colleges participated in the discussion. The discussion also witnessed the participation of more than 50 entrepreneurs from Trivandrum. The discussion explored the reasons for women shying away from entrepreneurial adventures and on how to convert the perceived disadvantages into opportunities for growth and self-sufficiency. The entrepreneurs shared the various struggles that they had to face during the growth of their venture. The discussion was moderated by Smt Saraswathy Natarajan. During the closure Smt Rosakutty Teacher promised all kinds of support from Kerala Women’s Commission for women entrepreneurs.

A caricature Exhibition by Shri Badusha was also arranged along with the programme.

The programme was supported by Kerala Women’s Commission, Kerala Financial Corporation, Muthoot on behalf of Indian Women Network, Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB), Kerala Startups and Empowering Women in IT (EWIT).

EMPI: Indian Innovation Awards

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Objective of the Awards

To identify and bring forward innovative Organisations in India who through their innovative actions have introduced breakthrough changes in the Indian context and can become role models for others to emulate.

About the Awards

Awards are part of EMPI’s Mission Innovative India aimed at spreading a culture of ‘innovation’ – a culture of introducing new approaches to accelerate economic growth and social development.

Eligibility

  • Awards are not given to individuals
  • Organisations registered in India ‘for profit’ or ‘not for profit’ under any relevant Act can apply
  • Awards are given to innovative approaches adopted by an organization to contribute to economic growth or for any other social goal

Selection & Evaluation

A Jury based on evaluation of entries by sector experts selects the awards. Short listed organisations may be called for discussions, if necessary.

The three key evaluation parameters are:

1. Significant economic and/or social contribution / impact made by the innovative approach adopted by the organization. See Note 1

2. Innovativeness of approach and its Newness. See Note 2

3. Evidence of being an Innovative Organization i.e. whether the innovation is an ad-hoc, one time affair or part of an innovation process and culture of the organization. See Note 3

Procedure for submitting your entry:

1. You should register first (Registration Form). You will receive a Registration Number.
2. Using that Registartion Number, you can access the Inovation Report Form. You may like to take a print out for convinience. However, you will have to fill in Online and Submit. Please see Guidelines for Information to be given in Innovation Report. Please click here to see Sample of Innovation Report that you will have to fill in Online after Registration.
3. After Submission of Innovation Report, you will receive the link of Forwarding Certificate. Please take a print out of the Forwarding Certificate and send it by Post/Courier to the Innovation Awards Secretariat.

Guidelines for Information to be given in Innovation Report:

Evaluation will be done on information contained in Innovation Report on the three evaluation parameters. Explanatory notes on information expected on each of the three parameters are given below. Please use these notes as guide lines to fill the form.

Note 1. Significant Contribution/Impact

Different types of organizations make different types of contribution and impact. Contribution of organizations engaged in education, governance, and social development is different from those engaged in manufacturing, business or other enterprises. Each organization contributes in it’s own way. The Awards cover all types of contributions and therefore all types of organizations.

Significant Impact: Organisation adopting innovation should be seen as a trendsetter or as setting benchmarks in the sector it is engaged in.

Information should help make an informed assessment of a) realized benefit and b) it being a ‘trendsetting’ organization. Please decide what that information should be. Give supporting quantitative and qualitative data.

Note 2. Innovative Approach and its Newness

An organization performs several functions. Innovative approach is required to overcome problems faced in one or several functional areas. The problem may arise in:

  • Delivery of benefits to targeted population
  • Mobilization & deployment of finances
  • Development, adaptation or adoption of technology
  • Human resource competencies
  • Management structures and practices

Innovative approach simply means an approach different from approaches commonly used by other organizations in India working in similar sectors. Please highlight what is new in your approach.

Note 3. Innovative Organization

Within an organisation, major change in any one area for example introduction of new technology usually requires commensurate adjustment /modification in human resource competencies as incremental change. Innovative organization has the ability to introduce major and commensurate incremental changes across all functional areas.

Describe major & minor changes in all relevant functional areas. Also give information if your organization has set in place systems for responding to future changes if and when required. In other words has adopted a culture of innovation.

Who within the Organization can fill the form?

An ‘organization’ usually has several functional sections, divisions, groups or units for technical, human resource, finance, delivery, etc. Participation Form has been designed to get information on all the three parameters explained in Notes 1 to 3. Filling the form will require internal consultations with all the concerned divisions / group/units.

Please decide on how best information covering all the three main parameters is to be provided and who can discuss the entry with the evaluators if required.

Last Date for Submission of Innovation Entries: 15th May, 2014

for more details log on to: http://www.innovation.empi.in

Elsys Intelligent Devices launches “Raksha:SMS based emergency assistance service”

Elsys Intelligent Devices Pvt. Ltd, a Technopark TBIC incubatee company, released their product “Raksha”, an emergency identification and notification service for public beta testing.  The product was officially launched by Dr.K C Chandrasekharan Nair, Chief Finance Officer-Technopark & Secretary & Registrar- Technopark TBI.

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At present, there is no facility under which we can deal with an emergency. An integrated approach with disaster planning and preparedness is required to strengthen emergency care.  The first of its kind in India, “Raksha” is a personal safety service that instantly connects you with your safety network and authorities in an emergency. The service allows you to set up a safety net of family and friends who should be notified in the event of an emergency. The project aims to create a comprehensive and integrated system for effective emergency and health care needs.

A registered user will be given a unique identification code and this code is tagged to an online profile. This online profile captures necessary information for providing emergency assistance which includes personal information, blood type,medical information including existing conditions, allergies, medications, your doctor’s name and phone number, insurance details and policy number.

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The Raksha products are available as stickers that users can attach to their personal accessories like hand bags, cell phones, helmets or as iron-on cloth patches. Customized personal jewelry like bracelets and rings can also be ordered with Raksha engraving. Anyone who spots a Raksha user in an emergency can SMS message the user’s Raksha code to the Raksha SMS hot line. The user is then identified by return SMS message and the user’s pre-programmed emergency contacts are informed of the emergency alert received.

Prasad Pillai, the company’s CEO and team expect that Raksha service will be quite useful for many demographics including senior citizens, children, women and to all those who are exposed to the risks of today’s busy life. The team plans to continue their beta testing and build a community of early users before their full product release by April 2014.

For more information please visit http://www.raksha.me

EMPOWERING WOMEN TOGETHER

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Technopark TBI in association with Technology Business Incubation Group is organizing a one day programme exclusively for women on the international women’s day (March 8, 2014) at park centre, Technopark Trivandrum. The programme objective is to give mentoring and guidance to aspiring women entrepreneurs.  The programme will act as a platform to meet and interact with some successful women entrepreneurs and officials.

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The inauguration of the programme will be made by Smt K C Rosakkutty,   Chairperson, Kerala Women’s Commission. The inauguration will be followed by an interactive session with college students and a group of experienced women entrepreneurs on “Women Entrepreneurship”.

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EMPOWERING WOMEN TOGETHER

Technopark TBI in association with Technology Business Incubation Group is organizing a one day programme exclusively for women on the international women’s day (March 8, 2014) at park centre, Technopark Trivandrum. The programme objective is to give mentoring and guidance to aspiring women entrepreneurs.  The programme will act as a platform to meet and interact with some successful women entrepreneurs and officials.

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The inauguration of the programme will be made by Smt K C Rosakkutty,   Chairperson, Kerala Women’s Commission. The inauguration will be followed by an interactive session with college students and a group of experienced women entrepreneurs on “Women Entrepreneurship”.

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“Technopark TBI is really wonderful” says Dr Usha Dixit

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Dr Usha Dixit, Scientist D of National Science and Technology Entrepreneurship Development Board (NSTEDB), Dept of Science & Technology, Govt of India , visited Technopark TBI on 21st February 2014. The visit was made as part of the on site review on the progress made by Technopark TBI. Dr Usha Dixit was welcomed by Dr K C Chandrasekharan Nair, Secretary & Registrar, Technopark TBI and by Mr Hrishikesh Nair, CEO, Technopark TBI. Dr K C Chandrasekharan Nair explained the activities and initiatives of Technopark TBI. Followed by the presentation Dr Usha Dixit visited Technopark TBI labs and incubation centres. She met the entrepreneurs and interacted about the products and services offered by the incubatee companies. She expressed her delight in the success and growth Technopark TBI has made and also on the various initiatives and services offered.

DST – Lockheed Martin India Innovation Growth Programme 2014

CALLING INNOVATORS

  • Technology Start-ups
  • Technology Incubators
  • Techno – Entrepreneurs
  • Scientists & Researchers

Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India and Lockheed Martin Corporation USA launches the DST- Lockheed Martin India Innovation Growth Programme (IIGP) 2014 in partnership with the bi-national Indo-US Science and Technology Forum (IUSSTF), Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), Stanford Graduate School of Business, US and IC2 Institute of University of Texas at Austin, US.

 

Program Objectives:

  • Assist Indian innovators accelerate their technologies into the global marketplace.
  • Help innovators assess the right scientific and commercial value of their innovation.
  • To get the right product to the right market with the right partner at the right time.

Programme Benefits:

  • Learn the right strategies for commercialization of your innovation
  • Work with leading global experts from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and the IC2 Institute of University of Texas at Austin to provide guidance in steering the innovation processes at global market place
  • Business development assistance from FICCI and IC2 managers for linking your innovation to the right industry and funding partners
  • Showcase your technology before potential industry partners, customers and investors through technology expositions in India

Programme Accomplishments:

  • Approx. 4000 technology applications received and evaluated.
  • Advanced training in Technology Commercialization Strategies, Venture Formation, Venture Finance, Technology Marketing, Competitive Technical Strategies and Presentation Skills by subject matter experts provided to 270 Innovators.
  • Over 300 Business Engagement Agreements signed connecting innovators to industry partners, venture funds, angel funds as well as government funding authorities.
  • Revenues exceeding INR 1,500 Crores (US$275 million) generated by participants and their companies during 2010–2012 (Source: E&Y Impact Analysis Report 2012).

 

So, do you have an innovative technology? Are you looking for an experienced team to help and guide you through the technology assessment and commercialization process?

Apply now at www.indiainnovates.in

Last date to apply: February 24, 2014