Innovation Centre: Driving Change Through Research and Development
Innovation Centre, MAHE, was established to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of MIT in 2007. It nurtures and encourages Innovation & Entrepreneurship culture among the students, faculty, alumni, and citizens of the region. Innovation Center helps create the pipeline for entrepreneurship; it fosters creative thinking and innovation through an open network of students, faculty members and community members. It provides the required resources to become innovators and is enriched with facilities such as Idea Café, Excelerate, Makerspace and Apple Creative Studio. Innovation centre activities are driven by the Chief Innovation Officer and his team.
The Innovation Centre at Manipal Academy of Higher Education is a hub for innovation, providing a platform for students, researchers, and entrepreneurs to bring their ideas to life. With cutting-edge facilities, seed funding support, incubation support, and mentorship, the university makes it easier for individuals to turn their innovative visions into reality.
Campus innovations are at the heart of the university's commitment to fostering a culture of innovation. MAHE provides students and researchers with the tools they need to drive change through their work, making it a truly experiential campus. The Incubation Centre offers a supportive environment for students, researchers, and entrepreneurs looking to bring their innovative ideas to market. With access to mentorship, funding, and infrastructure, the incubation Centre provides a complete ecosystem for innovation.
What Does Innovation Centre Provide?
Infrastructure support to pre-incubation startups, including office space, laboratory facilities, and access to cutting-edge technology. This support helps innovators to realize their ideas through prototyping and the ability to develop a minimum viable product/service.
Innovation Centre periodically organizes boot camps, workshops, hackathons, ideation competitions and several awareness programs, thereby providing a comprehensive platform to create awareness and training for students and faculty.
Seed funding support is also a key component of the innovation ecosystem, providing early-stage startups with the resources they need to bring their ideas to life. From prototyping to market research, seed funding helps startups to take their first steps towards success.
Mentorship is another critical component of the innovation ecosystem, providing startups with the guidance they need to succeed. With access to experienced entrepreneurs and business leaders, startups receive valuable advice and feedback as they work to bring their ideas to market.
Innovation Centre, MAHE, has been at the forefront of creating a conducive ecosystem for students, researchers, and entrepreneurs to realize their creative abilities. Innovation Centre symbolizes a culture of Innovation where creative minds flourish. So, if you have an innovative idea and want to bring it to life, Innovation Centre is the place to be!
Facilities at Innovation Centre
Idea Cafe' is the ideation facility housed inside the state of the art Marena Recreational Complex. Our goal is to provide a conducive environment where students can storm ideas in a relaxed and open atmosphere.
At the Idea Café, interdisciplinary teams can convene, network, and brainstorm complex problems. Our seminar and workshop sessions provide aspiring innovators and entrepreneurs with opportunities to learn about concepts, network and share their ideas. Throughout the semester, these programs take place in the evening for the convenience of students from all colleges.
At the Makerspace, we provide innovators with a variety of tools and equipment that they can use to develop proof-of-concept and working prototypes. Additionally, we also have several 3-D printers as part of our Center for Rapid Prototyping.
Teams with promising prototypes receive seed funding so they can defray the costs of prototyping.
The Innovation Centre houses a state-of-the-art Apple Creative Studio. A course on iOS Software development is offered here to both MIT students and non-MIT students.
We offer training workshops to faculty and students throughout MAHE. Students are encouraged to develop apps under the guidance of faculty trained at the Apple Training Center, Bengaluru, as well as regular interaction with experts from local iOS software companies.
The Innovation Centre also houses a Central Instrumentation Facility (CIF) that supports multidisciplinary research by our faculty and students in emerging frontier fields. This facility houses a large range of instruments including a Scanning Electron Microscope, Energy Dispersive Analysis (EDAX), Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR), an X-Ray Diffractometer, an Ion Chromatography, and a NIR-VIS Spectrophotometer. The equipment supports interdisciplinary research and innovation in Emerging areas of Material Science, Biotechnology, Printed Photovoltaics, Plasmonic biosensors, and other fields.
With a vision to promote entrepreneurship and facilitate budding students' ideas to succeed, E-Cell MIT Manipal was founded. A key mission of the E-Cell is to act as a one-stop destination for students looking to convert their ideas into viable start-ups and instil the spirit of entrepreneurship. Students with business ideas access a network of industry experts and alumni for mentorship and support.
Our centre is committed to fostering the growth and development of innovative ideas, regardless of discipline or background. We would be honoured to hear your concepts and support you in bringing them to fruition.
We at Innovation Centre, MAHE open our doors to graduate students, school-level students, faculty, inter-collegiate teams from all institutes. If you have an idea that you want to develop and bring to life, feel free to reach out to us.
If you have any inquiries regarding the current opportunities available, contact us. Additionally, if you are interested in utilising our facilities, we would be happy to assist you with scheduling a suitable time slot.
If you are an Industry or startup interested in connecting with our student population, please drop a mail with your requirements or visit us.
Dr. Sucheta Kolekar
Asst. Director, Innovation & Incubation, MIT
Faculty Advisor, E-Cell MIT