Innovation Strategies for Startups – Talk with India’s budding technology entrepreneurs

On 19/July, budding technology entrepreneurs from across India went online to listen to talk by Dr. Hardik Vachhrajani on ‘Innovation Strategies for Startups’.  The lecture was attended by startup entrepreneurs from more than 15 Technology Business Incubators (TBIs) from across the country as part of Connect One project.

The project Connect ONE (Online Network of Entrepreneurs) is a joint venture of National Science & Technology Entrepreneurship Development Board (NSTEDB) and Amrita University to bring together entrepreneurs from various TBIs and help them to establish and become successful start-ups. NSTEDB is a part of the Department of Science & Technology (DST), Government of India.

The lecture focused on innovation strategies which startups can pursue.  Dr. Vachhrajani explained different sources of innovation and how sources of innovation for startups differ from that of large organizations.  He also shared innovation strategies followed by successful startups.  The lecture was followed by question and answer session where entrepreneurs from different TBIs like Technopark Trivandrum, Vellor Institute of Technology and VelTech raised questions faced by them.  TBI of Technopark Trivandrum raised the issue of challenges of obsolesce of technology.  Another TBI asked Dr. Vachhrajani’s opinion on areas from where he believed maximum innovations are likely to come.

“Dr. Vachhrajani’s talk was really very exciting” told Abhay Ramesh, program coordinator of ConnectONE.  “  Entrepreneurs liked the talk and have thanked Dr. Vachhrajani for coming on the platform to share his experience”, he added.

“When we discussed with TBIs, they all appreciated Dr. Vachhrajani’s interactive session. In fact TREC STEP, Tiruchirappalli conveyed to us that his session was quite informative. IITM’s Rural Technology and Business Incubator (RTBI) mentioned that Dr. Vachhrajani’s session was very knowledgeable to their team/start-ups, with a lot of pointers on how to innovate in an organization especially how startups can relate to innovation without considering innovation as a big word involving laboratories and R&D departments.”, said Mr. Shine Pavithram of ConnectONE program

The talk was broadcasted across the TBIs of India via A-View platform developed at Amrita University (http://aview.amrita.ac.in/)

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