Mahindra École Centrale
Overview

Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (CEI)

The Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation is an interdisciplinary center that serves all the schools of the University. At its core the center is mandated to fulfill the mission of the university by way of balancing education with experience through entrepreneurial projects to solve complex challenges facing society. The center intends to create pathways to entrepreneurship by providing the skills, tools and developing the enterprising mind set among the students, alumni and faculty. The center has four pillars around which various initiatives are designed and run.

The Centre aims at creating a strong entrepreneurial Culture on campus and promote entrepreneurship and innovation as a career and life style option. This is accomplished by creating a student driven platform called ‘Entrepreneurship and Innovation Cells’ at each school which organize series of events throughout the year on campus.

To Nurture entrepreneurial mind set and skill set, center has put in place a scientifically designed experiential curriculum in entrepreneurship and collaborated with Babson College-USA –world’s No.1 school for entrepreneurship.

With a view to facilitate through the process of starting, shaping and scaling up new Ventures, CEI has set up a state-of-the-art incubation center-Mahindra e-hub.

For these startups to Mature into sustainable and socially relevant ventures, CEI provides mentoring, networking and funding support.

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Dr. Rajkumar Phatate

Professor & Head - Centre for Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Entrepreneurship & Innovation

At MU, we want to create an environment where faculty and students work together to develop innovative technologies and ideas in various areas of technology to address global challenges of this era.

On the other hand, MU would develop an entrepreneurial mind set among the students so that they could commercialize the technologies and ideas emerging as a result of faculty-student partnerships.

 

MU’s Incubation Centre:

The Incubation Centre is spread over 2000 square feet that can accommodate 15 entrepreneurs. It is fully equipped to facilitate the process of starting, shaping and scaling up new innovative ventures resulting from student-faculty research. In addition to providing a creative working space, the incubation centre also provides mentoring support in technology and business development, legal aspects and IPR, funding support, networking and go-to-market strategy. The incubation centre features an air-conditioned working space with a seating capacity of 34, a conference room, a discussion area, visitor’s lounge, Wi-Fi connectivity, cafeteria and 24x7 security.

In addition, incubates have access to all labs, workshops and the seminar halls. At present, two student entrepreneurial teams are being incubated at the centre.

 

Roadmap
  • Formulate a comprehensive Intellectual Property (IP) Policy for MU with a view to encourage, enable and incentivise creative pursuits of faculty and students.
  • Scientifically design entrepreneurship curriculum and blend it with engineering streams enabling students to develop an entrepreneurial mind set, skill set and tool set.
  • Establish ‘state of the art’ incubation center facilitating students to launch their entrepreneurial ventures on one hand and help faculty to commercialize their technologies on the other.
  • Network nationally and globally with start-up eco-systems like Science & Technology Parks (STPs), Incubators, Accelerators, Governments, Investors, Mentors and Society.

An institute like MU with technological education leadership ambitions at a national level, needs to have a vibrant ‘Centre of Entrepreneurship & Innovation’ to:

  • Challenge and exhort technical innovation skills among students and faculty.
  • Potentially spawn new ventures which can add value and visibility to the Institute.
  • Help in developing deeper linkages of the Institute and its defined Centers of Research Excellence with the prevailing industrial ecosystem which can serve as conduits to transfer internally-developed technologies to the industry and market.
  • Develop a spirit of leadership, risk-taking and self-reliance among our students in the later stages of their time at the Institute.