Innovation and Entrepreneurship Development Centre
The Innovation and Entrepreneurship Development Centres (IEDC) are the entities set up in Engineering, Management, Arts & Science Colleges and Polytechnics with an aim to provide an exciting platform for experimentation and innovation. Kerala Startup Mission has set up IEDCs in 214 institutions across the State which provide avenues for creative students to transform their innovative ideas into viable products and services. IEDCs works as the first launch pad for a student’s entrepreneurial journey and provide them with access to cutting edge technology, world class infrastructure, high quality mentorship, early risk capital and global exposure.
The concept of Innovation and Entrepreneurship Development Cell (IEDC) was formulated to promote innovation and entrepreneurial culture in educational institutions and to develop institutional mechanism to foster techno-entrepreneurship for generation of wealth and employment by persons. The IEDCs are established in academic institutions across Kerala having requisite expertise and infrastructure.
The Technopark Technology Business Incubator, presently known as Kerala Startup Mission has taken this initiative of the Govt of Kerala to the academic institutions in order to create awareness, exposure and skills among the students and to enable and promote an environment to create entrepreneurial ventures by developing innovative products of social relevance.
The vision of IEDCs is to "promote and enrich entrepreneurial culture in the state by strengthening and supporting the innovative ideas using technology and mentorship for the social and economical growth of the Nation".
The mission of the IEDCs is to "develop institutional mechanism to create entrepreneurial culture in academic institutions to foster growth of innovation and entrepreneurship amongst the faculty and students in the state".
Facilitating Knowledge Development Activities Across IEDCs
While most IEDCs are very active in organising events inside their college, KSUM felt the need of more zonal and state wide events to bring together the enthusiasts from different colleges. ICT Academy Kerala will be operationalising these inter-college trainings and activities. ICT Academy of Kerala will also work with different IEDCs to help with the structuring of IEDC objectives and activity plans.
Activities undertaken by ICT Academy of Kerala
1. Business planning workshops for Nodal Officers
2. Foundation Skills in Entrepreneurship for students and faculties
3. Technical Workshops for students
4. Design Thinking Workshops
*ICT Academy of Kerala is also working with KSUM to set up distributed academic Centres of Excellence in specific technologies.