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Student Chapter Overview

Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership (CEL) is a society of eminence at BITS Pilani, Goa Campus, bridging Entrepreneurship and Innovation. We at CEL, BITS Pilani, Goa campus believe that dreams can come true. No matter how high one aspires to reach, we aim to provide the entrepreneurial skills and lay down the path towards success for every single one who has the courage, determination and will power to do what it takes. 
Being the Entrepreneurship cell of one of the premier institutes of the country, it is our responsibility to ensure that we maintain a highly productive environment to incubate budding entrepreneurs from across the nation! Through mentorship, teaching, conducting highly competitive activities and funding select startups, we ensure that the next gen entrepreneurs are able to make it to the top.

The many events we host and conduct go a long way in helping the participants achieve their ultimate goal. Conducting our Annual E- Summit, Coalescence, an entrepreneurial fest like no other, graced by the presence of successful millionaire entrepreneurs, inspires and guides students to achieve the unattainable!

Novatia, a platform for the budding entrepreneurs to obtain mentorship, incubation, funding from established startups and successful mentors is an eye-catching event for all. Highly competitive events like BreakAway, Business Model Canvas, Ace the Case and many others offer a real scale evaluation for startup ideas and prototypes.

IGNITION-Summer Entrepreneurship Programme

CEL(Centre for Entrepreneurial Leadershipin association with CIIE presents the first ever Entrepreneurship Summer Programme -'IGNITION'.
A certified 2-month programme, with an aim to help one generate ideas, transform them into working prototypes, scale and validate one's idea and achieve their dream of being a successful entrepreneur.The programme will provide one with relevant resources to learn the realms of Entrepreneurship, Networking and Connections with the right people; be mentored by successful Entrepreneurs, live-Industry sessions and build their team or find their potential Team.The programme will cover the following essentials -Basics of generating ideas, Refining and Validating ideas, Market Validation, Developing Product, Managing Finances, Making Business Models and finally Launching Start-ups.

BGM 2020

CEL BITS Goa organised three events in association with BITS Spark as a part of the BITS Spark track at BITS Pilani KK Birla Goa campus at BITSAA Global Meet(BGM) 2020. BITS Spark in order to kickstart it’s 10 Investment round held an exclusive cohort pitch at BITSAA Global Meet(BGM) 2020. The event was judged by a highly esteemed panel consisting of Payal Tandon(Co-Founder e-GMAT), Vijay Sharma(Co-Founder,, Shivkumar (Co-Founder, Exotel), Sundi(Co-Founder, Softspark corporation), Preetish Nijhawan(Cervin Ventures), Nishith Rastogi(Co-Founder,, Phanindra Sama(Founder, Redbus), Prem Jain(Co-Founder, Persando Systems), Amit Khetan(Director, Cisco) and Jayan Ramankutty(Director, Essmart).

First prize: Xefyr

Second prize:- YourPhysio

Third prize:- Elixar Systems

Most sustainable startup award:- Agrifortell

Most popular startup award(by Audience)- Infinity Box


CEL exclusive townhall Session with BITSian Founders/Investors

CEL BITS Goa had an exclusive interactive town hall session for the members, sharing insights on BITSian startups and Venture Capitalists ecosystem, which was followed by AMA(Ask me Anything) session at BITSAA Global Meet 2020. Held at 18th January(Saturday), the panel consisted of marquee BITSian founders and investors:-

1) Sanjay Nath (Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Blume Ventures)

2) Nishith Rastogi (Founder and CEO, Locus)

3) Shashank Murali (Co-Founder and CEO, TapChief)

4) Anirvan Chowdhury (Investment Team, Blume Ventures)

5) Govinda Upadhyaya ( CEO, LEDsafari)

Moderated by Yash Agarwal(President, CEL)



5 teams from BITS Pilani, Pilani, & Goa Campus win grand finale of MHRD's Smart India Hackathon, 2019.

BITS Spark Stars Panel

The first was the BITS Spark Stars panel. It mainly focused on aspects of fundraising, profitability, founder dynamics and how the BITS Pilani network played a crucial role in their venture journeys.  The panel consisted of Shivkumar Ganeshan (Co-founder, Exotel), Vijay Sharma (Co-Founder,, Nishith Rastogi(Co-Founder, and Payal Tandon(Co-Founder, e-GMAT). The panel was moderated by Sundi Natarajan(Co-Founder, Sparksoft & Angel Investor) who has played a phenomenal role in BITS Spark. 

In founder Dynamics, Vijay and shivku talked about their choices at Exotel, and how trust is important in startups to work and the importance of right communication. Payal, from E-Gmat, talked about how by positioning themselves in markets and innovating using technology helped them make inroads in competitive markets. Nishith discussed how he sat for 4 hours during his meetup with investors and how important is seed-funding valuation in a startup. All of these were accompanied by humorous tales of their own journey. The session closed with Sundi summarising their journeys and takeaways for the aspiring founders!

Business Model Canvas

Business Model Canvas was organised by Student Entrepreneurship Cell, CEL in CTE Tech Weekend. The Event saw the participation of 26 Participants and 6 Teams. An informative session on making a Business Model Canvas was held at the beginning which was followed by Brainstorming Session. At the end, 6 Teams presented their Canvas and 2 Teams were adjudged the Winners.

1st Prize:-

Cafe Coffee Day ( Rishabh Vaidya, Harsh Doshi, Samesh Lakotia and Kaustabh Tarksale)

-2nd Prize:-

Inshorts( Viren Jindal, Samarjeet Singh, Karan Shah) 

START-UP Pitch Competition

Startup Talk on 6/11/17


BITS Pilani, Goa Campus Students win design prototype competition

IPR Workshop 2016

IPR Workshop was organized by  CIIE.
Speaker: Mr. Samir Singh, Corporate Legal Cell- Aditya Birla Management Corporation Private Limited 

The following topics were addressed in the session:

Different forms of IPR protection- patents / copyrights/designs / trademarks     

  • Key features of patent protection
  • Key features of invention, including patentable subject matter, novelty and obviousness
  • Relationship between the patent system and public disclosure (thesis paper/ dissertation/ journal publication)   


Strategies for protecting confidential information and inventions at the very earliest stages: non-

·         Key features of copyright protection

·         Permitted uses of copyright works

·         Key features of Industrial Design protection

·         What is a trademark? Strong vs weak brands.

·         Importance of IPR protection for brands.

·         Basic principles of IP licensing strategy 

Innovation, Creativity and Startups (Goa State Innovation Council)

13-14 and 20-21 September, 2019
FDP on Innovation, Creativity and Startups was organized in association with Goa State Innovation Council (GSIC)

Intellectual Property Rights – Know your Patentability Potential

CIIE in association with Goa State Innovation Council organized an online  session on *Intellectual Property Rights* – *Know  your Patentability Potential*

Patent search is a search of the patent database to determine if there are any patent application similar or identical to an invention that is to be patented. 
Patent search can be done to improve the chances of obtaining a patent registration or to find information about new inventions that have patent protection.

Date :  26th Sept 2020
Time :  11:00 am to 1:00pm

FDP on Innovation, Creativity & Startups

Nov 19 - Nov 20 2020
FDP on Innovation, Creativity & Startups was delivered by Goa State Innovation Council (GSInC) Department of Science & Technology, Government of Goa.

National Entrepreneurship Day

START-UP Pitch Competition

Problem Identification Ideation and Conceptualization using the Lean canvas.

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Workshop On Bio-Entrepreneurship, Grant writing & Funding Opportunities

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