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Think Like a Startup - 9th Nov 2016

Think Like A Start-Up (#ThinkStartup) has taken a new shape and form. The intent is to encourage start-ups to pitch their ideas and get feedback from industry experts and mentors to take the idea forward. 

The sector we explored was #EduTech. Wonderful path- breaking #ideas were presented by 6 shortlisted teams. Vaayusastra RevoluCian Art for Education, Involve , Rapid Research Centre, ESchool.

#ThinkStartup 3rd session: Startup Idea Evaluation: exploring EduTech, held on 9th Nov at #IITMadras

Fifth Gear Series - 2nd Edition - 10 Nov 2016

2nd Edition of #iitm5G on 10th Nov at 5pm at IC&SR

Topic: "Enterprise Datacenter IT Infrastructure: landscape, trends & Startup opportunities"by Dr Kumar Ganapathy (https://www.linkedin.com/in/kumar-ganapathy-9342742)

Enterprise Datacenter IT infrastructure is a trillion-dollar market that is being disrupted by public clouds enabling the long promised move from build to consume model of IT. This creates a number of unique and interesting gaps for entrepreneurs to solve as enterprises modernize their IT infrastructure towards public and hybrid cloud options. In this overview, will cover a number of key market inflections and technology trends at a very high level, and identify some of the startup opportunities in the next 5-10 years to make the Enterprise cloud infrastructure smart and adaptive while enabling Enterprises to maintain trust and control.

About Speaker
Dr. Kumar Ganapathy has been a technology entrepreneur over the past 18 years disrupting information technology markets in Enterprise data storage, DSP processing, and wireless technologies. He founded two successful startups, VxTel (VoIP telecom infrastructure acquired by Intel in 2001) and Virident (Enterprise Flash Storage infrastructure acquired by Western Digital in 2013) which were acquired for a combined net worth of over $1.2B. He served in the CTO office of Intel and started his career at Rockwell Semiconductor where he was an Engineering Fellow and Distinguished Engineer. He received his Ph.D from University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and B.Tech from IIT Madras in 1987 (Siemens' gold medal) and was recently nominated as Distinguished alumni of IITM in 2016.

Startup Essential Training Series - Financial Training - 3 Nov 2016

Financial Planning can be a daunting task for entrepreneurs. To help them with this crucial task IITMIC organised the workshop on #financialplanning for the #startup #entrepreneurs as part of the #startupessential training series. 

Workshop was conducted by Mr Subra Iyer, Co-President of #KeiretsuForum Chennai & Singapore chapter. 

Stay tuned for the video

Amazon Web Services Thought Leadership Session - 5 July 2016

Co-hosted by IITMIC

Cracking the Code - Digital Content Monetization and Customer Delight

Are you an entrepreneur or business executive dealing with the challenges of building and delivering a seamless digital experience for your end users? Are you grappling with the following challenges:

· How can I deliver fast and reliable content to my customer?
· How do I ensure content is delivered seamlessly at scale?
· How do I secure my web applications?
· How do I increase monetization via better customer engagement?

Event Details:
Date : 5th Jul, 2016 (Tuesday)
Time : 3 pm to 6 pm
Venue : IIT . Madras Research Park 1, Kanagam Road, Kanagam, Tharamani, Chennai 600113

Mr Kalyanraman Prasad (Vice President, AWS Edge Services) conducted a session on how to leverage Edge services to enhance customer experience and drive monetization.

The session was followed by a lively panel discussion led by Mr. Manikanda Boopathi (VP-Digital, New Generation Media), Mr. VidyaShankar (CEO & Founder, Cloud Kinetics) and Mr. Deepak Khullar (BDM, AISPL), who shared their insights and answered questions on how to build scalable delivery platforms using multipleAWS services such as Amazon S3, Amazon EC2, Amazon Cloudfront, Amazon Redshift, etc. 

Mr Boopathi also showcased how AWS helped ‘Puthiyathalaimurai’ – A Tamil news channel; develop its content streaming portal, aimed at mobile and table users.
The networking session over tea, was yet another avenue for audience members to have their specific questions answered, apart from the opportunity to network with AWS staff and users.

E-summit 2016: 1-3 April

IITMIC sponsors IITM Entrepreneurship Summit 2016 (1-3 April)

Techsaloon - 1 April 2016 - Saloni Malhotra: "Fate Loves the Fearless"

IITMIC and Research Park co-sponsor The Tech Saloon - 'Fate loves the Fearless' - an evening with Saloni Malhotra - 1 April

About the speaker: From being an entrepreneur, Saloni is now using her entrepreneurial skills to build a new education vertical at Paytm, India's largest m-Commerce company. Her team works with educational institutions to create cashless campuses by enabling mobile payments.

Prior to this, Saloni founded and ran DesiCrew, a for-profit organization focused on creating knowledge- based livelihood opportunities in small towns and rural areas. She stepped down as the CEO in March 2012, after bringing on board a venture fund and handing over to a professional management team. She continues to participate on the Board.

An engineer from Pune University, she began her career with WebChutney, an interactive media agency in India. She is also an Aspen India Leadership Initiative Fellow for 2015 & an Aspire Circle Fellow.

Other engagements: 

• Board Member Goonj, a not for profit that converts waste to useful resource.

• Mentor Traveller Kids, a young start-up that creates edu-taiment toys for 7-12 yrs olds.

• Advisor to Start Up!, a social business incubator in Delhi

• Advisor to Sevamob, a start-up that serves low income consumers via primary healthcare and insurance

• Founding Trustee of the Local Community Exchange Empowerment Trust (LOKALEX)

Techsaloon - 10 Mar 2016 - "Innovation at IITM Incubation Cell'

IITMIC and Research Park co-sponsor The Tech Saloon - 'Innovation at IITM Incubation Cell' - an evening with Satish Kannan, Co-Founder CEO of DocsApp and Tanuj Jhunjhunwala, Co-Founder CEO of Planys Technologies - 10 Mar

Two IITM Incubated companies: DocsApp and Planys Technologies were showcased. - a great audience followed by a vibrant High Tea!

Satish Kannan from DocsApp

Satish is CEO & Co-founder of DocsApp, a mobile health tech start up which enables users to have a hassle-free consultation with MD specialist doctor with in 30 minutes at the comfort of their home. Satish comes with experience in healthcare through his previous stint at Philips healthcare. He holds a BTech /MTech dual degree from IIT Madras.
About the Startup:
DocsApp is an online doctor consultation app that makes sure that doctors are easily accessible to the patients. The thought behind the entire concept is to make the healthcare industry more efficient and accessible to the commoners. Their mantra is #NoAppointment #NoTravel #NoWaiting – for doctor consultation. So no more waiting in line, or travelling long distances to meet the specialist. The doctor, is just a click away. 
It is like Whatsapp for patients and doctors. Apart from consultations, patients can also get diagnostic tests done at home. Currently DocsApp provides consultation in the following fields of Psychiatry, Derma, Gynecology, General Medicine & Pediatrics.
Tanuj Jhunjhunwala from Planys.

Tanuj Jhunjhunwala is a 2014-batch alumnus from IIT Madras with Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering and Masters in Product Design. Tanuj is Co-founder and CEO at Planys Technologies and currently leads business development and marketing at Planys. As an engineering student at IITM, Tanuj was involved in various inter-disciplinary technical projects and competitions in the field of robotics. His Master’s research on “Underwater Remote Operated Vehicle for Structural Health Monitoring of Submerged pipelines” earned him the ‘Bhagya Lakshmi and Krishna Iyenger Award’ along with ‘JC Bose Patent award’ at IITM Convocation 2014. Tanuj was the Co-Curricular Affairs Secretary of IITM in 2013 and led the organizing team of Shaastra 2014. Professionally, he has earlier worked with TATA Motors (R&D), Maschinenfabrik Reinhausen (Germany), TVS motors (R&D) and BMW India.
About the Startup:
Planys Technologies Pvt Ltd is an IIT Madras incubated company that provides underwater robotic inspection, exploration and environmental survey services using indigenously manufactured underwater robots (also called remotely operated Vehicles (ROVs)). Founded by IITM Alumni and Faculty, Planys covers the whole breadth of automated inspection solutions starting from customized design and fabrication of robotic platforms to integrated sensing and diagnostics. Planys integrates advanced marine robotics with the next-generation inspection techniques (NDT) to provide safe inspection solution for the shipping and O&G sectors. Planys is the first and currently the only OEM of ROVs in India.

THINK LIKE A STARTUP series - Third session - ''How do you find the right Mentor?" - 10 Mar 2016, 430pm @ MRC, IITM campus

Third session in the "Think Like a Startup" In this series of Think Like A Start-up, the start-ups at IIT Madras discussed "How to find the right mentor" 

Panel: Varun Sridharan CEO of Greenvironment Innovation & Marketing India

P. Senthil Nathan, Core Alumni Mentor at IITM Entrepreneurship Forum, Co-founder, Benchmark and Relagant 

Anikt Poddar, Founder and CEO of Swadha Energies

Mr. Thirupathy Srinivasan, Founder - Ariv Technologies and Mentor- Swadha Energies. 

Key take away: Good mentors are one of the most valuable resource an entrepreneur should tap in. Start- ups should find mentors with domain expertise to help with specific problems.

The mentor has a big role to play in helping you keep the faith during the storm.

THINK LIKE A STARTUP series - Second session - ''Startup Asks: Have you found your Co-Founder?" - 3 Mar 2016, 430pm @ MRC, IITM campus

Second session in the "Think Like a Startup" where the IITM start-ups at shared the good and not -so-good experience in finding the right co-founder and sustaining it. 

Panel: PiBeam LabsGUVI and Vital Bioscientific Solutions Pvt. Ltd.

Key takeaway: 
A common passion, ability to resolve conflicts by putting the vision of the start-ups ahead of personal goals, complementing each others skill sets and working towards common goals are the key to a healthy and balanced relationship among the co-founders.

And of course, it's fun to have a co-founder to share the bumpy start-up journey.

Don't miss our next session on 10th March, 430pm @ MRC - How to find the right mentors? Block the dates.....

THINK LIKE A STARTUP series - First Event - ''Startup NOW or LATER" - 25 Feb 2016, 430pm @ MRC, IITM campus

Inaugural session of the "Think Like a Startup" series: great show by IITM students & Incubatees.

Our kick-off session 'Startup Now or Later' held on the evening of 25th Feb at MRC, IITM campus was a grand success.

The session was launched by Prof Ashok Jhunjhunwala (faculty-in-charge, Incubation IIT Madras), followed by an overview of the Startup/Incubation ecosystem at IITM Research Park by Dr Tamaswati, CEO, IITM Incubation Cell.

Our panelists for the evening were Founders of AirwoodFib-Sol Life Technologies and Uniphore. 1hr fireside chat with our incubatees was moderated by Ms Suma Prashant, Director, IITM's RTBI. The session was attended by over 70 students (BTech, Masters & PhD).

A great evening, with insights into what, how & when should students think about starting a Venture. Short stint in Industry post graduation certainly adds to the experience & wisdom of young entrepreneurs: need to understand the potential/target market and finding the right 'idea-market' fit, raising enough risk capital from 3Fs (friends, family & fools) to test your idea (proof of concept) are essential. However, a supportive ecosystem as in IIT-Madras has allowed many students to embark on the entrepreneurial journey, while or immediately after graduation due to exposure to innovation hubs such as Cfi, IitmC-TIDES, Entrepreneurship Cell of IIT Madras, joint technology development (or/& mentorship) with Faculty members, interaction with our Alumni body (serial entrepreneurs & Industry heads), IITM Incubators and existing IITM incubated companies.

Look forward to seeing you all at upcoming sessions (details to follow soon) - "hear it from IITM incubated companies"

Good article to read up: http://yourstory.com/2015/10/starting-up-after-college/ 

Launch of 'Think Like a Startup' series in IITM

A new interactive series to be hosted by IITMIC & RTBI in association with our ecosystem partners
Join us if you are looking to:  Ignite the entrepreneurial spirit in you | Discover the excitement of having your own venture | Learn how to ride the bumpy road to success,

Through this series we hope to foster fresh, innovative thinking and nurture/strengthen the entrepreneurial culture at IITM. The series, through different interactive formats, will showcaseboth IITM incubated & other innovative startups in the country – the entrepreneurs driving these startups are big thinkers, fuelled by passion & an unbound zeal to create, innovate & experiment.
Come engage with them, learn about their journeys & start your own! 

Techsaloon - 12 Feb 2016 - Prof Jim Libby: "Higgs Boson - the God damn particle'

IITMIC and Research Park co-sponsor The Tech Saloon - 'Higgs Boson- the God Damn particle' - an evening with Prof Jim Libby - 12 Feb

A layman introduction to Higgs Boson, CERN, LHC fascinating the world - a great audience followed by a vibrant High Tea.

"On 4 July 2012, the ATLAS and CMS experiments at CERN's Large Hadron Collider announced they had each observed a new particle in the mass region around 126 GeV. This particle is consistent with the Higgs boson predicted by the Standard Model. The Higgs boson, as proposed within the Standard Model, is the simplest manifestation of the Brout-Englert-Higgs mechanism. 

On 8 October 2013 the Nobel prize in physics was awarded jointly to François Englert and Peter Higgs "for the theoretical discovery of a mechanism that contributes to our understanding of the origin of mass of subatomic particles, and which recently was confirmed through the discovery of the predicted fundamental particle, by the ATLAS and CMS experiments at CERN's Large Hadron Collider."

ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Prof. Jim Libby is an experimental particle physicist working at IITM since 2009. Dr Libby received his undergraduate and postgraduate degrees from the University of Oxford. His PhD work was with the DELPHI experiment at the Large Electron-Positron Collider at CERN. Since completing his PhD in 1999 he has worked with accelerator experiments at CERN, Stanford, Cornell and KEK (Japan) that study the metamorphosis of quarks and antiquarks experiencing the weak interaction. He also participates in studies related to the Indian-based Neutrino Observatory (INO) to be built under the West Bodi Hills, Tamil Nadu.

Interaction with Kanwal Rekhi - 28 Jan 2016 - morning & lunch

Hosted by IITMIC & IITM Alumni Associations

About the speaker: Mr. Kanwal Rekhi is a globally recognized Venture capitalist, Angel investor and entrepreneur, currently serving as the managing director at Inventus Capital Partners. Mr. Rekhi is credited as the first Indo-American Founder & CEO to take a venture-backed company public on the NASDAQ. 

Session 1: Presentations by IITM incubatees followed by discussion & feedback.

A few of our incubatees had an opportunity to have a one-on-one discussion with Mr Rekhi and gained valuable insights on successfully taking up the challenges in entrepreneurship. IITM Director and IITM Entrepreneurship Forum (alumni) members added value to the session with their inputs and feedbacks.

Session 2: An interactive Panel Discussion with Kanwal Rekhi moderated by IITMAA

Key Takeaways:

* Leverage the available limited resources to maximum potential.
* Understand the market requirement well to cater to the needs.
* In the process of technology development, do not under-estimate the importance of market-fit and client-fit analysis.
* Investors look for scalability.
* Focus on domain expertise. It is immensely complex to diversify service companies to product development
* Identify the niche area and focus on delivery.
* Effective time management by prioritizing tasks.
* Entrepreneur should exhibit leadership qualities by taking complete ownership and motivating the team to work toward common goal.

Reunion Day 2015, IIT-Madras - 28 Dec 2015

After the Golden Reunion of ’64 batch graduates last year, it was celebration time for the 1990 batch this year as they got together to rejoice a sliver reunion. Over 300 IITM alumni from across various batches gathered with families at their alma mater to celebrate the utopia that the institute is. As a 'give-back' gesture to IIT Madras , the 1990 batch pledged an amount of Rs 8 crores, over a period, to the institution for academic research.

Prof. R. Nagarajan, Dean, International & Alumni Relations (I&AR), IIT Madras welcomed all alumni and their families and took great pride in the rapidly-increasing level of engagement between the Institute and her alumni. 
Kumaran Sathasivan, alumnus & co-author of the IITM Coffee Table book, “CampasChimes” introduced the newly renovated Heritage Centre followed by an update from Prof Anand Raghunathan, Distinguished Chair at Centre for Computational Brain Research (CCBR). Interspersed were short talks by Profs B Ravindran, Sathya Chakravarthy, Ashok Venkitaraman; besides President, AIIC; Student Secretary, I & AR; and Tamaswati Ghosh, IITM Incubation Cell, IITM Research Park. Prof Bhaskar Ramamurthi, Director IIT Madras announced recipients of the Distinguished Alumnus Awards (DAA) 2016. The awards will be presented during Institute Day in April.

Business Model Canvas - 31st Oct 2015 @ IITMRP


Workshop title: Shaping up your Business Idea

(Conducted by Ennovent)

Date: Saturday, 31st October, 2015

Time: 10am – 2pm

Venue: Auditorium, Ground Floor, IIT Madras Research Park

Agenda: https://goo.gl/6KflbG

Creating your Brand | 29 October 2015

Title: Creating your Brand
Date and Time: Thursday, 29 October, 2015 at 4 pm
Venue: Hall 3, IITM Research Park

Presenter: Mr Vignesh Ramaswamy, Founder of Brand Konnect
4-4:30 pm ---- About Branding and Brand Konnect
4:30-4:45pm ---- Q&A
4:45-5pm  ---- Tea and networking
About Vignesh:
He is the founder and the thinker of Brand Konnect. He is an electrical engineer and an avid brand enthusiast. He founded Penumbra (India's first open youth magazine) which is established across more than 90 colleges in India and Speak-Up (in association with IIT-Madras). He likes experimenting with his life. He was working as a brand strategist before starting up "Brand Konnect".

Samanvay- IITM Lecture Series | 19-31 Oct 2015

Samanvay- IITM Lecture Series 2015
Entrepreneurship, Startups & Innovation 
19th - 31st October 2015
E-Week (Entrepreneurship week) @ IITM | 9-13 March 2015

9 - 13 March 2015: E-Week

Detailed line- up available in our Facebook page

Monday, March 9th : My Story - Mr. A K Tareen and Mr. Venkat Vishwanathan would be our chief guests for the My Story session. AK Tareen is the founder of AKT   consultancy. Venkat Vishwanathan is the founder of Latent View analytics . Both being prominent speakers will speak on their journey to respective companies
Time : 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM |  Venue : MRC

Tuesday, March 10th : An Interactive Talk by Shiva Subramanium : (Creativity and Innovation), Speaker at various national and international forums, Coached the Indian National Cricket Team on creativity, Culture expert specializing in solving cross cultural issues at the workplace, Member of Tata Group Innovation Forum, Visiting Faculty at Tata Management Training Centre
Specialties:Master Trainer (Six Thinking Hats), Master Trainer (Lateral Thinking), Qualified Buzan Instructor (Mind mapping), Accredited facilitator, Cross-cultural Expert. The speaker will be addressing the students on creativity and innovative thinking in entrepreneurship and then there will be an interactive session with the students.

Time : 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM | Venue : MRC

Wednesday, March 11th : Innovation Clinic: Here any student with slightest of idea for starting up can validate his/her idea by an expert panel of judges. It will be a pre- registered event and registered candidates will be given slots in which they can clear all their doubts about their idea.Kindly register herefor the event.\

Time: 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM | Venue : CRC 201, 202

Thursday, March 12th : Intrapreneurs : In this event few of the institute student startups will speak about their startup journey. This would be most helpful for students who aspire to be entrepreneurs.

Time : 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM | Venue : MRC

Friday, March 13th : Q&A Session from Incubation Cell : This will be short session with Incubation Cell where entrepreneurs who want to get their startups incubated in Incubation Cell, can clear their doubt pertaining to the same. Dr. Tamaswati Ghosh, head of the Incubation Cell will be addressing the queriesregarding the same 

Time : 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM | Venue : MRC

Friday, March 13th : Introduction to accelerators :This will be a short 3 hours workshop in which the startups will be introduced to accelerators and information regarding it will be given.

Time : 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM | Venue : MRC

Branding Challenges for Entrepreneurs | 29 Jan 2015


Hosted by IITMIC  

Date: Thursday, 29th January between 3 - 5 pm 

Venue: Hall # 5, IIT Madras Research Park


About the Speakers: Varadharajan R works at the Chennai office of Brand Capital and focuses on building long term relationships with leaders in emerging B2C categories. He has more than a decade of experience in financial services having worked across investment banking and corporate banking and has worked with more than 10 start-ups in more than $ 100 MM of M & A/Private placements. He is an alumnus of IIT, Madras and is passionate about helping entrepreneurs scale up to the next level. 

Balaji K works at the Chennai office of Brand Capital and has extensive relationships with the start-up eco system in Chennai - with incubators, investees and with private equity funds/VC funds. Prior to this, he was involved in investment banking where he helped SME’s raise debt/equity and help structure synergistic alliances. 


* Things we need to consider when building a brand from the start.

* Foremost challenges faced by the entrepreneurs before the success of the brand.

* Money handling in building a brand.

* Channels of communication.

Key points highlighted:

* Brands are cohesive story told to the world and when done well, can be a differentiator.

* Formalization of a viable and lasting brand begins with the clear understanding of the customer and well-defined business.

* Build a product that is a necessity to a customer. Consequently this will reduce the marketing cost. The more unique the product is the lesser one requires branding.

* Follow the 3 Ds –

> Build a strong Differentiating brand from the competitors.

> Disrupt the whole system of the opponents and the new entrants.

> Dominate

* Keep the customers engaged for a long time.

Tips for start-ups:

* Keep notes on the customers views on the brand. Jot down their adjectives.

* Seek help from branding experts.

Amazon Web Services - benefits extended to IITMIC Incubatees

IITMIC is excited to be part of AWS Activate, the new startup program from Amazon!

IITMIC incubatee companies will have access to the AWS Portfolio Package with AWS credits, special offers and more! 

$1000 in AWS credits valid for 1 year
Premium AWS Business Support for 1 month
Free access to the AWS Essentials 1 day web-based or instructor-led training (normally ~$600/course), plus 8 tokens for self-paced labs (normally ~$30/lab)
Free access to 1:1 virtual office hours with AWS solutions architects
Special offers from other companies that help startups, including Chef, Bitnami, Amazon Payments, SOASTA, Podio, CopperEgg and more.