At the InfoEdge Centre for Entrepreneurship, we strive to amalgamate liberal art education with an entrepreneurial mindset.
During 2021, we delivered several exciting initiatives to inspire, inculcate and incubate our students in the last academic year. The Centre virtually hosted over 12 major events, 60 speakers, 8 unique entrepreneurship courses, 2 incubator cohorts, an international ecosystem immersion programme and many more.
With a strong sense of creating a culture of entrepreneurship and inspiring students with an entrepreneurial mindset, we invited diverse achievers from all walks of life as speakers, mentors and faculty to the Centre. From celebrity speakers like Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus and Magsaysay Awardee Anshu Gupta, we are also proud to have hosted three Nari Shakti Awardees - Rhea Mazumdar Singhal, Sumita Ghose, and Vasu Primlani. They graced us with their presence and wisdom. InfoEdge Centre for Entrepreneurship also brought guest entrepreneurs like Adwaita Nayar, CEO and Co-founder Nykaa and Arjun Sagar Gupta, Director, Piano Man Jazz Club to class for an interactive session with students.
The Centre hosted the Entrepreneurship Education Conference with leading academicians and entrepreneurs. With speakers like Manish Sisodia, Deputy Chief Minister of Government of Delhi, Neharika Vohra, Vice-Chancellor, Delhi Skills and Entrepreneurship University, EEC touched upon topics like Entrepreneurial mindset and liberal arts, Effectuation and entrepreneurship education, Mahabharat and entrepreneurship.
We hosted the Ashoka Changemakers Radio, a podcast series focused on ‘Passion, Pandemic and Pivot’. In this series, passionate entrepreneurs spoke about their startup struggles and entrepreneurial pivots through the pandemic. We had 24 student entrepreneur teams participate in Startup Ashoka last year. Startup Ashoka is our annual two-day pitching competition where student entrepreneurs receive mentorship to refine their pitches and present it in front of an esteemed jury panel.
Incubation activities at the InfoEdge Centre for Entrepreneurship have been flourishing.
With a steady cohort of the Entrepreneurs in Residence Program, AIM Smart City Accelerator Program and India’s first dedicated LGBTQI+ incubation program, partnership with the UNDP. Many of the incubated startups, through their offerings, solve for challenges faced due to COVID-19.
The Centre connected students studying entrepreneurship with companies to provide experiential projects and hands-on training. Last year, 13 students worked with startups and different organisations, with 4 converting into full time offers.