The Economic Times brings back The Power of Ideas, Indias
largest entrepreneurship development programme. It aims to encourage
individuals with a business idea to come forward and connects them
with relevant mentors and investors. The programme was first launched
in 2009 when it received over 12,000 business ideas followed by
over 16,000 the next year. This year, armed with a bigger corpus
of funds, the initiative seeks to transform more business ideas
into real businesses.
According to Ravi Dhariwal, Chief Executive Officer - Bennett, Coleman
& Co. Ltd, We at The Economic Times believe that the future
of the Indian economy lies in the hands of young entrepreneurs.
It is the energy and drive of these young people with an idea that
will give India its next big leap. I am happy to say that The Power
of Ideas initiative has provided critical impetus to many such ideas.
programme is conducted by The Economic Times in partnership with
the Department of Science & Technology (DST), Government of
India. DST brings to the programme its immense expertise and relationships
in the entrepreneurial space as well as a corpus of Rs. 6.2 crore
of guaranteed funds. The funds are open to all those with genuine
innovation on their mind, regardless of whether they have just an
idea or a fully functional start-up.
Working alongside ET and DST is IIM Ahmedabads Centre for
Innovation Incubation and Entrepreneurship (CIIE).CIIE is a leader
in the field of mentoring, guiding and making business ideas investor-ready.
The greatest value CIIE will add to The Power of Ideas will be by
way of their wide network of mentors and investors who will evaluate
every single business idea received as part of the programme. The
most deserving ideas will be given personalized mentoring. In the
last phase, entrepreneurs who make it to the final cut-off will
be taken through a nine-day period of intensive mentoring by CIIE,
as a residential programme at IIM Ahmedabad.This unique public-private-academia
partnership remains in place in 2012 to drive the programme to new