Gujarat University Startup and Entrepreneurship Council (GUSEC) is one of India’s leading startup support systems, which has set an unprecedented benchmark by facilitating at zero-cost. Right in the heart of Gujarat University, with an ever-growing infrastructure, 100+ innovative tech and non-tech startups, GUSEC has played a pivotal role in shaping and nurturing the startup ecosystem in Gujarat. Today, on the World Children’s Day, GUSEC is proud to support this movement with UNICEF.
Observing the World Children’s Day 2020
World Children’s Day is UNICEF’s global day of action for children, by children, marking the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child on November 20 in 1989. World Children’s Day 2020 is taking place under very different circumstances due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a time for all of us to come together to reimagine the world we want to create. On the occasion, GUSEC has partnered with UNICEF to launch the Children Innovation Festival 2020.
Children in India have so much potential. This year, they have shown that they have a significant role to play in shaping a safer, greener and more inclusive future. This #WorldChildrensDay, GUSEC is going blue to encourage children to always share their ideas and lead the way.
Launch of Children Innovation Festival 2020
The Children Innovation Festival (CIF) is a GUSEC flagship program, organised in partnership with UNICEF. This year marks the second edition of the program. In furtherance of its belief that ‘one cannot put an age bar on innovation’, the CIF aims to scout and guide children and support them as they carve their way into the entrepreneurial ecosystem. The festival is open to all children under the age of 18, who have innovative ideas and want to work on the same.
Glimpses of CIF 2019
CIF 2019 was launched in August 2019. Out of 450+ applications received, 130 ideas were shortlisted for a boot camp in Ahmedabad. About 30 ideas were selected for incubation at GUSEC, with students representing 9 districts of Gujarat and the youngest participant belonging to class 5th.
The Felicitation Ceremony of the winning teams took place in presence of the Chief Minister of Gujarat, Shri Vijay Rupani, and other dignitaries. CIF 2019 also saw the visit of Dr Yasmin Ali Haque, UNICEF India Country Representative, who interacted with the student innovators shortlisted for incubation at GUSEC.
GUSEC In Numbers
Students Educated About Startups
Revenue Generated by Startups
*Data as of May 2020
The GUSEC Community
“I am told that through Gujarat University Startup and Entrepreneurship Council (GUSEC), several new startups are being supported, and that Council for Innovation & Skill Development has also been created. This is a very significant contribution to make students self-reliant. I believe that employability, and enabling students to become self-reliant, and employable, should be a top priority of today’s universities.”
``I am delighted to see how GUSEC is making every possible effort to support not only tech startups but startups from other domains as well.``
“Gujarat University is one of the first universities in the country to come up with such a policy, and I welcome this initiative. I assure you my full support and I ask you to draft a policy to scale this nationally.”
“At GUSEC, I have seen best innovations which are being developed to address the most complex problem we are facing in our day-to-day life. I congratulate GUSEC for taking these significant efforts in the field of startups and entrepreneurship.”
“GU is one of the oldest and renowned universities of Gujarat and always comes up with new initiatives. One such initiative is the establishment of GUSEC which has done exceptionally good work in the startup ecosystem within three years of its operation.”
“I am happy to know about the noteworthy efforts taken up towards supporting startups by Gujarat University Startup and Entrepreneurship Council (GUSEC) and I extend my best wishes for the success of the Gujarat University Startup and Innovation Policy.”
“A few years ago I inaugurated GUSEC, and I am pleased and satisfied at how the organisation has grown and scaled. GUSEC is a model startup support system that all universities should follow.``
“Gujarat is ranked #1 state to startup and herSTART is a perfect initiative to encourage our young girls to start up.”
``GUSEC has embarked on a tough job of bringing great minds together, and it gives me great pleasure to say that it is already accomplishing it. Having seen the efforts made by GUSEC team closely, I am confident to say that they have set a benchmark in the startup support system of Gujarat``
“ I can say with confidence that no University in the country has the quality and level of innovators and startups like Gujarat University does, and I would like to extend my heartiest congratulations to GUSEC for the same.”
“Major companies like Apple, Microsoft, Facebook etc. started as startups a few years ago. Today’s startups take us to new direction and perspective with research students being the direct beneficiaries of MoU with Gujarat University.”
“GUSEC startups are developing innovative solutions. We look forward to working with these young innovators in solving city’s law enforcement and traffic issues by deploying their innovations.”
“GUSEC is an incredible space in Ahmedabad for both hardware and software startups, one of the best in the country.”