Vendor Management Matters: What Our Start-ups Have to Say

Across industries and sectors, vendors are of prime importance in the value chain of an organization, and the start-up economy is no exception. Vendors constitute the backbone of the backward linkages that go into delivering an innovation, and demand substantial time and resource from start-ups. In this issue, the founders of three of our start-ups … Continue reading Vendor Management Matters: What Our Start-ups Have to Say

Gujarat Accelerator – First Gujarat focused Accelerator Program for Tech-enabled Startups

CIIE has joined hands with SAP India to launch Gujarat Accelerator, the first ever Gujarat-focused Accelerator. The program aims to identify, accelerate and invest in innovative early stage startups that have the potential to become scalable and competitive technology-enabled businesses from Gujarat. The cohort of selected startups will be engaged in 3-month high intensity acceleration … Continue reading Gujarat Accelerator – First Gujarat focused Accelerator Program for Tech-enabled Startups

#Cleanweb – where ICT meets cleantech

Cleanweb “Cleanweb” refers to businesses which combine the power of information and communications technology (ICT) to ideas which make more efficient use of energy or resources, including reducing the cost of generation or distribution of energy. While renewable energy forms the basis for the “cleantech” sector, cleanweb could also include ideas that could even make … Continue reading #Cleanweb – where ICT meets cleantech

Running the ‘Last Mile’ Marathon – Notes from the Finish Line

When a runner is on the verge of completing a marathon, the mind begins to play tricks on its weak-legged and (at times) helpless victim. Nothing could be more arduous or tiresome than completing the fabled last mile; the final hurdle of a journey that tests an individual’s physical and psychological mettle. We found ourselves … Continue reading Running the ‘Last Mile’ Marathon – Notes from the Finish Line

“The Next BIG Idea Contest” – Launch Pad to North America

Last Thursday, the Second Edition of the “Next BIG Idea Contest” was announced by Zone Startups – India, a joint venture between Bombay Stock Exchange Institute and Toronto- based Ryerson Futures Inc, in collaboration with the Government of Ontario, Canada and IBM Global Entrepreneurship Program. The competition seeks to discover India’s five most innovative technology … Continue reading “The Next BIG Idea Contest” – Launch Pad to North America

Entrepreneurship Bubble: Funding won’t guarantee success

Many of today’s startups are obsessed with figuring out the best way to score investors with mostly half-baked ideas and no customer validation. Serial Silicon Valley entrepreneur and current head of the entrepreneurship accelerator arm of Microsoft, Rahul Sood once said in an interview that, “India is probably seeing an entrepreneurship bubble that may collapse … Continue reading Entrepreneurship Bubble: Funding won’t guarantee success