Centre for Entrepreneurial Leadership
The Centre for Entrepreneurial Leadership popularly known as CEL, at BITS Pilani, Hyderabad Campus is aimed at fostering entrepreneurial skills among the students on campus.
In the process of identifying, nurturing, training and establishing start-ups, CEL is involved in a wide range of activities. CEL is a part of the Centre for Innovation, Incubation and Entrepreneurship (CIIE) and, works in collaboration with Technology Business Incubator (TBI) and Centre for Innovation (CFI).
CEL is a consortium dedicated to find the entrepreneur in the students of the BITS Pilani, Hyderabad Campus. CEL connects students with solid entrepreneurial skills, in the campus, to form a close knit network, working together to spread the word of entrepreneurship. In CEL, the belief is simple; Entrepreneurship is not just a “you” and “me” game. It’s an “us” game which takes off successfully only when people come together. CEL promotes openness of knowledge, network, contacts and opportunities. Since its inception on 1st April 2009, it has successfully conducted several competitions of challenging formats, workshops, guest lectures and it has also provided mentors to several “now-successful” start-ups on campus. It has given birth to initiatives like the RED (Rural Enterprise Development) which facilitates start-ups on the social side and promotes social entrepreneurship on campus.
What we do?
For nurturing their talent CEL conducts various workshops to students, which range from Idea Generation to setting up of a venture (associated with organizations like, BITSAA International, Non-Governmental Organizations). Apart from this, CEL organizes lectures of successful entrepreneurs from various fields to inspire the students. CEL has some on-campus start-ups to its credit like Trippin unlimited, Valonia, College Dhanda, Inc42, Gadgetronica, LTGTR. In the process of talent hunt, CEL conducts various competitions like BITS Business Quiz, Ground Reality on an annual basis.
Organized on 25th Nov. 2012, TEDx BITS Hyderabad was attended by 100 selected people from different walks of life and provided a platform for distinguished speakers such as Dr. Viren Sangwan, Cdr. Satyabrata Dam, Mr. Krispian Lawrence, Dr. Suman Kapur, Mr. Bernett orlando, Miss. Shekinah Shawn, Mr. Gautam among others to share their ideas on theme “At the heart of innovation”.
2. GROUND REALITY
Ground Reality is a first-of-its-kind business idea competition in which participants compete by submitting and implementing their ideas. It’s an annual start-up challenge and entrepreneurship conclave of BITS Pilani, Hyderabad Campus to promote interesting start-ups within and outside the campus. The third edition saw a huge participation in its first round held on 12th October 2013. The final round scheduled in March 2014.
Aspire is organized during Pearl (Annual Cultural fest) of BITS Pilani, Hyderabad Campus. Successful and influential leaders from different walks of life speak and interact with students. During this event, students get acquainted with different fields of industries and derive inspiration from experiences of distinguished speakers. The third event of its kind, ASPIRE was organized on 10th March 2013.
4. BITS Business Quiz (BBQ)
BITS Business Quiz is a national level business quiz competition. The latest version of BBQ was held on 9th March 2013 and saw participation from across the country.
5. Start-up Weekend University
Organized from 15th to 17th March 2012, Start-up weekend launched 15 start-ups with 100 people in 54 hours over a weekend.
Organized from 6th to 8th September 2013, in association with National Social Entrepreneurship forum, iWeekend launched 8 start-ups in 54 hours.
7. Start to Start-up (S2S)
Start to Start-up is an open discussion forum to brainstorm and ideate over problems and find innovative solutions and help teams in building a business plan. Started in Nov. 2012, through S2S sessions are conducted fortnightly.
8. Rural Entrepreneurship Development (RED)
To promote and explore opportunities in rural India and help empower villagers, Rural Entrepreneurship Division works with neighbouring villages to setup businesses, social initiatives like health camps, awareness drives, etc. It has been operational since August 2010.
9. Summer in a start-up (SiS)
Summer in a startup is a unique programme of CEL to provide internships in a start-up during summer 2013. This helps aspiring entrepreneurs to experience and understand functioning of a start-up or venture.
10. Meet the entrepreneurial lecture series (MELS)
Successful and renowned entrepreneurs, business leaders and academicians from business world deliver lectures to students. This project has been active since August 2009.
11. NEW VENTURE CREATION (BITS C468)
New Venture Creation is an innovative 3 credit course at BITS Pilani conceptualized and coordinated by BITS Alumni Association in association with CEL. The purpose of this course is to not only study entrepreneurship but practice it. Student teams are expected to create a technology/ products based start-up and write a business plan including all the building blocks of creating an enterprise. In order to create a successful start-up, student entrepreneurs will be required to address various issues in start-up creation – product development, market research, technology viability, fund raising, competitive analysis, team formation, marketing & sales strategies.
The course features invited lectures from prestigious entrepreneurs, investors and academicians with strong experience in creating and running start-ups. Participating teams will be assigned an experienced entrepreneur mentor who will guide them through the semester and beyond. The teams will compete with each other and the best two teams will be awarded seed funding from the program to pursue the business idea for incubation after the completion of the course and eventually launch the business.