EXPLORE HUB- A Vibrant Startup Incubator in the Vibrant India!

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EXPLORE HUB- A Vibrant Startup Incubator in the Vibrant India!

CEED March 29, 2017

India has seen a significant rise of interest by the youth in adopting entrepreneurship as a career. The sense of developing a company and owning it, is what the youth of young India is aiming at. Earlier the better, the youth is looking at developing this sense of leadership in entrepreneurship at University level. One of the most dynamic University in Punjab, Chitkara University, has developed an apt environment for Student Startups to think, deliberate and work on new business ideas, innovate and evolve. The recent addition of EXPLORE HUB at Chitkara University, an incubator cum accelerator has attracted the attention of Mentors network Pan India, and who’s who in the Startup ecosystem. It has paved a path for those students, who are confident of taking up entrepreneurship as an alternative to Jobs. The Incubator designed in a very rustic, yet superbly crafted environment, offers a working capacity for over 40 Student Startups (200 people). Launched recently on 18th March 2017, by Consulate General of Canada, Chandigarh Mr. Christopher Gibbons, this Startup space is a Unique and a motivating step forward by any Private University in North India. Noticeably, the University already runs a highly engaging and evolved Startup Incubator Chitkara Innovation Incubator Foundation in Chandigarh, with over 36 Startups, most of them from its Alumni network.

The University has been effectively running mentoring programs like Startup OPD, a daily 2 hour mentoring clinic for early and Idea Stage Startups. Also in its fold, is a much mature business idea development program named STARTUP DAY, crafted and designed by University in 2016, which offers a winning prize upto 1000 USD for the best business pitch and 1 year of free Incubation space. The university has been swift in grooming its students on developing effective pitch decks and understanding the scope of innovative prototyping.

The rise of design savvy incubators as EXPLORE HUB with a well wired Mentors network at a University level, is the way forward to see some bright and successful Startups in our dynamic Nation. by: Sumeer Walia- Startup Mentor.