Source: TOI, 22.05.2017, P No: 3
Pearl Academy, India’s leading institution in design and fashion announced the launch of a unique initiative, ‘Canvass’- the Incubation Cell.
This platform will provide students and alumni an opportunity to nurture their business ideas and bring them to fruition. Situated in the Noida Campus of Pearl Academy, ‘Canvass’ aims to provide an ecosystem that will foster and support innovation, creativity and knowledge-based entrepreneurship among alumni and students of Pearl Academy.
Shri Pankaj Singh, MLA and General Secretary BJP, Uttar Pradesh, inaugurated the incubation cell.
- To provide a platform to encourage entrepreneurship amongst alumni and students
- To focus on three core areas of providing infrastructure, mentoring and investment
More about the incubation cell
- The dedicated 625 sq. ft. facility will provide fully equipped work stations along with wi-fi, meeting rooms, storage space for resources and access to facilities such as laboratory and library
- Apart from providing this vital infrastructure, Pearl Academy will also provide mentoring to its alumni through workshops, online modules by domain experts and strategic networking with investors to turn these ideas into a business reality
- The centre is also designed to provide funding assistance to budding entrepreneurs through interactions with angel investors, seed funders etc
Panel discussions to boost entrepreneurship
To encourage the spirit of entrepreneurship amongst students, Pearl Academy hosted two panel discussions on topics such as ‘Bridging the gap between academic and startup requirements, better startup culture and responsible entrepreneurship’ and ‘Changing length and breadth of Indian economy and entrepreneurship as a new game’, with industry experts from Sheroes, ispirit, Innov8, as well as representatives from StartUpIndia.
The discussions touched upon various critical aspects of nurturing and building up a startup enterprise. The knowledge sharing sessions were well received by budding entrepreneurs.
Commenting on the launch of this initiative Nandita Abraham, CEO Pearl Academy said “With the constant growth of design industry in India, more and more young designers are turning entrepreneurs. As educators, our role has also assumed a bigger responsibility by not just believing in their bold ideas, but also taking a step ahead and providing support to fuel our students’ growth as entrepreneurs.”
Source: IndiaToday.in New Delhi, April 07, 2017