Rootstalk Workshop

Arduino Poster On 25 February 2016, the academic year 2015-2016 saw its first robotics workshop, held by ROOTSTALK Learning Solutions in collaboration with CIIED. Rootstalk is a startup in Dubai by a group of IITians. The company offers workshops unique to each educational institution. This is one of the very few companies accredited by KHDA in Dubai. With BITS Pilani Dubai Campus, Rootstalk made its debut to colleges. This workshop had the first phase as a training on 25 February, and the second phase was a competition for 500 AED cash prize on 15 March 2016. 14 teams took part in this workshop to build an EDGE AVOIDER AUTONOMOUS BOT. The workshop commenced at 1pm and concluded at 8pm with a 45 minutes break in between. Harsh Surana and Marri Srinivas (both IIT Kharagpur Alumni) conducted the workshop, kicking off with assembly of chassis, DC motors

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HULT Prize @ BITS Pilani, Dubai Campus 2016

BITS Pilani, Dubai Campus Advances to Regional Finals of 7th Annual Hult Prize in response to President Bill Clinton’s challenge of "URBAN CROWDED SPACES". Dubai, 06 December 2015. The Hult Prize has recently announced the winning team from BITS Pilani, Dubai Campus that has advanced to the 7th annual regional finals of the competition. The Hult Prize is a crowdsourcing platform for social good, named one of the top five ideas changing the world by President Bill Clinton and TIME Magazine. In partnership with the Clinton Global Initiative, the innovative crowdsourcing platform identifies and launches disruptive and catalytic social ventures that aim to solve the planets most pressing challenges. This year, the Hult Prize is focused around finding solutions for the millions of slum dwellers around the world that are affected by URBAN CROWDED SPACES– a challenge selected by President Bill Clinton. The judging panel consisted of Alberto Bustani, Head of Business at

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Inception of CIIED

I am looking forward to the amazing opportunity of serving as CEO of CIIED this academic year. Joining CIIED (then CEL) was the best decision I’ve ever made and it’s been a privilege to work in the last 3 years. I do share the optimism of CIIED’s bright future that our previous leaders had. I would like to take this opportunity to explain further about CIIED and answer some questions...

CIIED homeWhat?

BITS Pilani has set up "Centre for Innovation, Incubation & Entrepreneurship Dubai" which will be an integrated structure for academic and incubation activities related to entrepreneurship at BITS Pilani. It is abbreviated as CIIED for simple use as I agree the other name is too long. It is pronounced: /see-eyed/ We have it in arabic too: مركز للإبداع، الحضانة وريادة الأعمال دبي  


The mandate of CIIED includes facilitating technology transfer and commercialisation, executing filing of patents, custodian of intellectual property of

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Irresistibly Irrational: Entrapments in Decision Making

CIIED hosted an interactive session with Mr. Prashant Agarwal on the topic “Irresistibly Irrational: Entrapments in Decision Making“. Mr. Prashant Agarwal is the founder and managing director of Pragati Brands Consultants, a Dubai based management and marketing consulting company. He has previously been the Head of Marketing for Himalaya Herbals for EMEA-CIS and Business Head for the Russia-CIS region. The  interactive session was held on the 26th of November 2015 in room 271 at BITS Pilani, Dubai Campus. 30 students were present for the interactive session. Mr. Prashant Agarwal spoke to everyone about the differences in Rational and Irrational thinking. Time was spent in educating everyone about the basics of Behavioural Economics and its significance in everyday life and the business world. Through an extremely well made presentation and the help of logical examples a small exercise was conducted by questioning students, through which we figured where we usually go wrong in our

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Issues and Challenges faced by Startup Entrepreneurs

CIIED hosted an interactive session with Dr. Siddhartha Sarkar on the topic “Issues and Challenges faced by Startup Entrepreneurs”. Dr. Siddharta Sarkar is the Director, Officiating, HoD & Professor of Mechanical Engineering at IILM, College of Engineering & Technology, Gr Noida, Delhi. The talk session was held on the 24th of November 2015 in the conference hall at BITS Pilani, Dubai Campus. Dr. Srinivasa Rao and Dr. Lajwanti were the faculties present during the session. Roughly 40 people were present at the session. The aim was to educate all upcoming entrepreneurs on the challenges that would be faced while starting up their own company and how to avoid certain common mistakes that usually occur. An interactive session was held during which questions were asked to students at random so as so to have a cloud of ideas which were then explained by Dr. Sarkar. A presentation made by Dr. Sarkar was

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Announcing HULT Prize @ BITS Pilani, Dubai Campus

Students tackle “URBAN CROWDED SPACES” participating in the 2016 Hult Prize at BITS Pilani, Dubai Campus.

Dubai, 23 November 2015: Hult Prize at BITS Pilani, Dubai Campus is taking place on 5 December 2015 at the BITS Pilani, Dubai Campus. Recognized by President Bill Clinton and TIME Magazine as one of the top five ideas changing the world for the better, BITS Pilani, Dubai Campus is hosting its first ever Hult Prize@ event. “It’s not everyday that you have an opportunity to change the world. A team that will be represent all of BITS Pilani, Dubai Campus at the upcoming Hult Prize Regional Finals happening on March 13, 2016. This is the chance to show the world that BPDC is dedicated to Impact.” The 2016 Hult Prize challenge focuses on “Building sustainable, scalable and fast-growing social enterprises that doubles the income of 10 million people residing in Crowded Urban Spaces by better connecting people, goods,

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The Wolf of WallStreet 2015

CEL recently hosted it’s flagship event, The Wolf of WallStreet. It is a inter-university financial event based on stock exchange and investment hosted by Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership, BITS Pilani Dubai Campus. The event was divided into 2 rounds. Round 1 is a virtual trading round. A participating team was provided with virtual cash of $200,000 and time of 2 weeks to virtually trade in live U.S. stock market (NYSE, NASDAQ and AMEX). Around 95 teams participated ranging from 1-4 students per team. The Round 1 went on from October 19 to October 3, 2015. For each day of second week, a team with most profit at the end of the day, was awarded Bulls-Eye, and cash price of AED 20.

  • Day 1, 2, 3 –  Capital Traders
  • Day 4 – Fire Xchange
  • Day 5 – Lameman Brothers
Aim for the team was to earn maximum profits with provided resources. The top 20 teams in Round 1 moved on

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How to become a Successful Entrepreneur – Entrepreneurial Journey

RedBus_Talk-24 An interactive session on “How to become a Successful Entrepreneur – Entrepreneurial Journey” was hosted by CIIED on 01 October 2015 at 2:34 PM in the college auditorium of BITS Pilani, Dubai Campus. The session was conducted with Mr. Phanindra Sama, Founder of; Mr. Jaswinder Singh Chadha, President & CEO of Axtria; and Dr. Nayana Somaratna, Co-founder at Medical Joyworks; facilitated by Dr. R. N. Saha, Director at BITS Pilani, Dubai Campus. The talk was attended by students of all disciplines. The session started with Dr. Saha’s motivational words to all attendees. He then invited each speaker personally to share their journey. Mr. Phanindra Sama began by telling his college-life where he got the idea for the system/website to book busses from his college to his home-town. He, then, went on to explain how difficult was it for him to find investments or contributors,

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Business Plan and It’s Components

An interactive talk session by Mr. Rakesh Pardasani, Partner at RSM Dahman on the topic “Business Plan and It’s Components “ on 16th September 2014 in BITS Pilani, Dubai Campus. The talk began at 5 pm.

Rakesh Pardasani is a partner at RSM Dahman. Previously he served as Director of RSM Dahman and a Partner at Hiranandani and Co., Gandhidham. Rakesh, an Indian national, is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, (ICAI) having qualified in November 2000. Later he has also qualified as “Information Systems Auditor” from the ICAI in June 2002. The talk was attended by students of the New Venture Creation course. He began by explaining that for an entrepreneurs’ product or services, they must first address a pain point. He went on to speak about Financial aspects which were Income statements, Balance Sheets, Cash Flow Forecasts, Capital Requirements, Break even

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