iCreate is India’s only non-academic institution dedicated to fostering startups based on tech innovation into successful businesses. Started in 2012, iCreate is supported by the Government of Gujarat as well as the Government of India to facilitate ‘Next Generation Entrepreneurship’. This is not just in terms of encouraging technology startups, but also in empowering the Indian youth. This would lead to more youth pursue their own dreams and convert them into successful tech ventures, instead of seeking a job.
A unique Public Private Partnership model brings together the agility and market connects of the private sector, and the support and strength of the government.
Formed alliances with leading Indian and International Institutions. Home to Cisco's largest Innovation Lab in India
Go-To Destination for Aspiring Entrepreneurs, Ventures wanting to scale, Innovators, Scientists, Academicians, CEOs, Ministers & Ambassadors from India and overseas
What makes iCreate unique is that it is not just an incubator, but a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem.
• As an incubator, we derisk innovation in emerging technologies
• As an institution, we equip startups with knowledge-led programmes
• And as a platform for various centres of excellence, we leverage world class innovation to address key national priorities
Our ecosystem can be defined as an enabling environment that startups need, and it comprises key stakeholders such as corporates, government, investors and institutional partners. iCreate conducts international accelerator programmes which are aimed at getting world class innovation to address some of the big challenges faced by India. This could be through collaboration with leading institutions abroad, and exploring synergies between their startups and Indian industry. A good example of this is iCreate’s partnership with Israel’s Start-Up Nation Central (SNC), which resulted in the India Israel Innovation Accelerator (i3A). Going forward, international collaboration could also be with the intent of jointly exploring global markets.
iCreate helps companies fast-track innovation, with the power of collaboration. Established companies typically function in siloes and lack the agility of startups. We help them define their big challenges and match them with innovators, who are often part of the startup ecosystem. We go beyond providing connects, guiding the innovation across its journey – from an idea to a PoC to commercialization.
Government plays a vital role in our ecosystem and is a champion of our vision to address India’s big challenges using innovation, and to empower the Indian youth with the ability to dream big and achieve those dreams. We work closely with the Government of Gujarat and the Government of India, and as a recognized Technology Business Incubator, we identify talented and passionate entrepreneurs, support them with incubation, and disburse various grants and funding schemes available from the government.
Investors are a critical link in a startup’s journey from an idea to a successful product/service, and then onwards as it scales up. At iCreate, we prepare entrepreneurs and innovators to become investor-ready. We do this by providing market connects, mentoring from domain experts, and guiding them in their strategic & financial planning.
iCreate has forged tie-ups with similar institutions and incubators, both from India and abroad. This enables us to tap into their resources, mentors, incubates and ideas, and help our entrepreneurs develop a global outlook – in ambition, reach and network. Such alliances also make it easy for us to collaborate in creating joint accelerator programmes with global scope.
We follow what we call a ‘High-touch, Entrepreneur-first’ approach. This approach represents our philosophy as well as our differentiator.
We recognize that vision, governance and execution, all play an important role in an institution’s success. Which is why we have put in place a robust, multi-tiered structure consisting of:
We follow what we call a ‘High-touch, Entrepreneur-first’ approach. ‘High-touch’ means we have dedicated startup lifecycle coaches who work with our startups, throughout the incubation process. ‘Entrepreneur-first’ means that we bet on an individual’s/team’s potential, rather than a specific idea.
We understand that the best-laid plans do not always work out, so we support pivoting till a sustainable model is evolved. To enable the two components of our approach to come together seamlessly, we have designed a Startup Life Cycle Management process for efficient project selection and support. We provide a culture that stimulates independent thinking and does not stigmatise failure.
Spark-up Idea Fund program is a unique opportunity for students to submit their innovative Idea/Project & have an opportunity to receive support and funding of up-to INR 50,000. As a part of this program we organised a 2 day(15-16 March 2022) bootcamp where 20 teams attended and gone through one-on-one mentoring and knowledge sessions conducted by technology experts.
Pitch to Rise is iCreate's monthly pitching series. We are organizing pitching session at last friday of every month. Focus sectors includes Electric Vehicles, Renewable Energy, Industry 4.0, Fintech, Healthtech, Agritech, Edtech and Watertech. Shortlisted projects will get a chance to apply for prototyping grants from iCreate.
iCreate called for proposals from possible technology partners to develop and open-source a complete drive train (motor and controller) for the application of electric two or three-wheelers.
iCreate brings to you ‘EVangelise’, one-of-its-kind Electric Vehicle Innovation Challenge. What makes it unique is its 7 month long structure that comprises multiple stages and offers deep learning and exciting awards at each stage. EVangelise will help in harnessing some of the brightest minds in the world, and use the power of innovation in addressing key problem statements of the EV industry.
As a part of the India Israel Innovation Accelerator Demo day, we organized a panel discussion on the topic 'Unlocking opportunities for collaborative innovation' on 7 Apr 2021 at 1:30 pm IST.
We concluded our first cohort of India Israel Innovation Accelerator with a panel discussion on ' Unlocking opportunities for collaborative innovation' and a demo day where the first batch of five Israeli startups will pitch. Discover how cutting-edge Israeli technologies and solutions are being adapted to benefit the Indian market.
Conquest BITS Pilani's Startup Launchpad, has tailored a program to meet every startup founder’s needs. iCreate was glad to be the incubation partner for the program.
When it comes to pitching and fundraising startups it is essential that your startup gets feedback from those active in the ecosystem. Investors that put their money into startups and entrepreneurs, who already raised capital.
iCreate in joint partnership with The Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) organized an awareness session on "ABCs of Startup Investment" taking place on 21st May 2021 at 5pm.
AB InBev’s Global Accelerator Program invited applications from the startups , entrepreneurs and people with innovative solutions who can drive exponential value to it’s business and customers.
Changing the environment to reiterate the need and importance of quick and reliable technology solutions in accordance with local needs