Three alumni of Indian Institute of Technology Madras — Jaishree Deshpande, Gururaj “Desh” Deshpande and S. Kris Gopalakrishnan — have joined hands and launched a centre for innovation and entrepreneurship at the campus in Chennai.

The Gopalakrishnan-Deshpande Centre will get a funding of $500,000 per year over the next 5 years.

The centre will select up two to three entrepreneurial and innovative initiatives every year and perform the role of an angel investor (investing in time, energy and funds).

Every program the centre seeds, if successful, will ultimately stand on its own and the centre will not play a role in it after it is up and running.

The centre will be staffed by entrepreneurial professionals with solid experience, who will enable the students and faculty to find the necessary assistance to translate their out-of-the-box ideas to reality.

The centre is patterned after similar Centres at MIT (Cambridge, USA), University of New Brunswick, Canada (The Pond-Deshpande Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship), Queens University, Canada (Dunin-Deshpande Queens Innovation Centre), and the Deshpande Center for Social Entrepreneurship at Hubli, Karnataka

It will also be part of a robust network of over 100 institutions that are part of the annual Deshpande Symposium for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Source: The Indian Express