The Business Innovation and Incubation Centre provided Start-up grants for students’ through From
Lab to Industry (FLI) (21 applicants) (, BIIC Connect start-ups(42 students), BIIC -UCOFSA start-
ups(10 students), IUCOFSA - BIIC(15 students) start-up programmes.
\To encourage the students, BIIC has instituted three Entrepreneur Awards on the basis of industrial
viability of projects. The award carried a prize money of Rs. 50,000 and a citation. The wards were
distributed on 17 March 2018 by Mr.S Venkataraman,Chief General Manager, State Bank of India.
The award winners are Ms. Blessy Joseph, Mr. Sreejith S and Mr. Ajith Mathew.
On 18 February 2018 a workshop was organised to make the students aware about Intellectual
Property Rights (IPR) and start-up activities. The workshop was led by Adv. Benoy Kadavan and
Ms Preethi M, TBI manager, NIT Calicut.
Start-up Grant Distribution was organised by BIIC on 23 October 2018. Start-up grant of Rs. 10,000
was distributed to the students under the two schemes BIIC Connect start-up and IUCOFSA BIIC
BIIC organised a Short Film Competition on the Topic "Innovation" . As part of the Short Film
Competition a workshop on "The art of Film making" and short film competition was organised at
BIIC-K N Raj Centre Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, on 04/11/2018. The aim of the
competition was to build a platform for the students to broadcast an idea to the audience through the
screen. 13 applications were received and the panel of jury members selected two of them for the
award of consolation prizes.
Invited talk on "Company Formation" lead by Mr. Prathik Lenin, Chartered Accountant, Lenin
Associates, Kottayam, at School of Tourism Studies, Mahatma Gandhi University on 12 December
2018. The talk provided simple tips to help and guide our student entrepreneurs regarding funding,
financial agencies and company registration.
Prof. Aruna Chandrasekhar, Fulbright Fellow and innovation expert visited Business Innovation and
Incubation Centre, Mahatma Gandhi University on 20-21 December 2019. A talk on
Entrepreneurship was lead by Dr. Aruna Chandra at the centre on 21/12/2019. She also interacted
with the BIIC start-up grantees.
On 27 September 2018 Dr. Kalyani Vallathu conducted a workshop on "Innovative Thinking and
Effective Communication" for aspiring entrepreneurs. The workshop cast light on many aspects of
interpersonal and interpersonal skills of collaboration, communication, creative thinking, time and
project management that make up efficient young professionals.
As per the initiatives of Mahatma Gandhi University to develop industry linked research activities
through BIIC, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed on 14 th January 2019 represented by
the Hon. Vice-Chancellor on behalf of Mahatma Gandhi University with Agro-Biotech Research
Centre Limited (ABTEC) through the Business Innovation and Incubation Centre (BIIC) of
Mahatma Gandhi University. This Memorandum shall be in force for a period of two years from the
date of signing the agreement.
The centre supported 14 Patent filings during the year 2018. Patent Applications were obtained
from various departments within the university and are forwarded to Adv. Benoy Kadavan for legal
secrutiny. Patent Application Number has obtained for the 14 patent applications.