GUSEC Activate is a student engagement program structured to promote entrepreneurship and innovation across the Gujarat University ecosystem. The program drives various entrepreneurship-oriented sessions like inspirational talks, workshops, etc. giving students enough exposure to start-up as well as access to various opportunities to work on their ideas as well as inspire others to do the same. The Activate program not only works in the direction of idea enablement but also drives idea generation across colleges by motivating students to work on problems around them. Activate is a platform for young entrepreneurs to bring their ideas on the table, have them validated; and later be driven to a path of a full-fledged startup. It’s designed to be focused growth model in universities where students would work on identifying and solving real-world problems.
Under the Trigger initiative, it is targeted to sensitise at least 2000 faculty members of Gujarat University by the end of 2018, and all faculty members by the end of 2019, regarding necessary understanding around entrepreneurship and innovation. It is further proposed to provide comprehensive training to at least 500 GUSEC Institute Faculty Coordinators by the end 2018. The Trigger initiative is a comprehensive framework to involve faculty members as a key stakeholder in the startup and innovation movement of the University, and the initiative plays a key role in trickling down major initiatives proposed under this policy.
Liftoff is a program curated to enhance the onboarding process of startups at GUSEC in a structured way. It is composed of an array of sessions, boot camps, and workshops, which are focused to grow the analytical as well as creative thinking skills of the startups.
Industry Interexchange Impact Initiative (i4)
The Industry Interexchange Impact Initiative (i4) is designed to bring industry at the doorsteps of startups supported by GUSEC and create a unique market access opportunity for startups and innovators. This is done through dialogues, specifically arranged to facilitate networking and garner feedback, as well as by organising special sector-specific events. For instance, the first i4 event was a forum to connect education-focussed startups to trustees and principals of over 40 schools of Gujarat.
A hand holding sessions with innovators for building their ideas and helping them apply for the incubation.
An informal monthly get together of the incubated startups for discussing their achievements, milestones, challenges etc in order to help each other.