CSquare Innovation Centre at IIT Palakkad



The First


Ideate. Tinker. Innovate.


20 January 2021 to 25 January 2021



Live Stream :

The Innodeate Bootcamp is a unique 6-day workshop on the Basics of Entrepreneurship.

This workshop is a combination of:

  1. Online sessions on idea generation to basics of entrepreneurship through the "Zero to Entrepreneur, developing Entrepreneurial Attitudes and Aptitudes" program conducted by Prof. Rajesh M. Nair, Professor of Practice at Asia Business School, a serial Entrepreneur, and an Alumnus of MIT.
  2. Talks by Eminent Entrepreneurs as well as Industry Experts
  3. Hands-on sessions on prototyping of ideas using an Ideation Kit (given to each participant)
  4. Technical Mentoring by IIT Faculty on prototyping.

The participants get to keep the Ideation Kit with themselves for prototyping their ideas in future as well.

Application Process

Interested candidates (who have finished 1st year of a Bachelors' degree in Engineering of any stream) have to fill this Application Form along with a Statement of Purpose. A team of experts will go through the applications, and shortlist candidates. Shortlisted candidates have to complete the registration process and confirm their participation by paying Rs 8500/- (please see application form or covering letter for concessions). The details for completing the registration will be shared with the shortlisted candidates separately. Noteworthy ideas, and prototypes will receive an award at the end of the program. No. of participants is limited to 70. Students eligible for scholarships have to fill this form to request for a scholarship.


Eligibility Criteria for Scholarships

Students who are currently registered in an recognized Institution in India who meets any one of the following criteria are eligible for a scholarship to attend this workshop. Only limited number of scholarships are available.

  1. Already holding a merit-cum-means scholarship
  2. Household income of less than 5 lakhs per annum (with proof attached)


Important Dates

Last Date to fill the Application Form 23:59 Hrs (IST) on 20-December, 2020
Last Date for filling the Scholarship Application form (for eligible candidates only) 23:59 Hrs (IST) on 20-December, 2020
Announcement of Shortlisted Candidates 21-December, 2020
Last Date for Registration (with fees) 23:59 Hrs (IST) on 24-December, 2020
Date by when participants receive Ideation Kits 17-January, 2020


Detailed Schedule

Day 1: 20-Jan, 2021

Inauguration and Welcome:

    Prof. P B Sunil Kumar, Director, IIT Palakkad

8:30 AM – 8:45 AM

KEYNOTE 1: Launching and Direction of  Innovation

    Mr Kris Gopalakrishnan, Infosys

8:45 am - 9:05 am + 10 min Q&A

KEYNOTE 2: Building the State of the Future Art

    Mr Jairam Varadaraj, ELGI Equipments

9:15 am - 9:40 am + 10 min Q&A
SESSION 1 - Ideation And Design In Mechanical, Electronics And Software, Assemble And Test Simple Project 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
SESSION 2 - Hands-on Logic Design And Coding, Sensors And Iot, Simple Fabrication 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Work Offline 5:00 PM Onwards


Day 2: 21-Jan, 2021

SESSION 3 - Project Theme, Ideation, Design And Fabrication, Assemble And Test Second Project 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

EXPERT TALK: Ideating for Assistive or biomedical devices

    Prof Sujatha Srinivasan, R2D2, IITM

12:15 pm - 12:40 pm + 10 min Q&A
SESSION 4 - Hands-on - Build Confidence, Make And Tinker 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Work Offline 5:00 PM Onwards


Day 3: 22-Jan, 2021

SESSION 5 - Future Thinking Process To Identify Challenges 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

EXPERT TALK: Digital Transformation

    Mr Rajesh P, Rapidvaluesolutions, Kochi

12:15 pm - 12:40 pm + 10 min Q&A
SESSION 6 - Hands-on - Find The Problem, Define The Problem, Ideate 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Work Offline 5:00 PM Onwards


Day 4: 23-Jan, 2021

SESSION 7 - Design Thinking 1  –  Empathy, Observation, Mapping Stakeholders 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

EXPERT TALK: System Thinking / Marketing for startups

    Prof L S Ganesh, DOMS, IIT Madras

12:15 pm - 12:40 pm + 10 min Q&A
SESSION 8 - Hands-on - Customer  Discovery, UI/UX 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Work Offline 5:00 PM Onwards


Day 5: 24-Jan, 2021

SESSION 9 - Design Thinking 2  – Ideation Methods, Solution Strategy, Validation Methods, Opportunity Validation, Fundamentals Of Entrepreneurship 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

EXPERT TALK: Mr Gaurav Tripathi, Founder,

12:15 pm - 12:40 pm + 10 min Q&A
SESSION 10 - Hands-on – 101 Entrepreneurship 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Work Offline 5:00 PM Onwards


Day 6: 25-Jan, 2021

SESSION 11 - Opportunity Identification, Solution Development, Value Capture, Venture Modeling, Presentations 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

EXPERT TALK: Startup as a Career option

    Mr Srikanth Sunadararajan, Venture East

12:15 pm - 12:40 pm + 10 min Q&A
SESSION 12 –  Presentations 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM

KEYNOTE 3: Intrapreneurship in Industry

    Mr Vipin Sondhi, MD & CEO, Ashok Leyland

5:15 pm  -  5:40 pm + 10 min Q&A
Award Presentation
Vote of Thanks 5:50 PM – 6:00 PM


Contact Details

For further details on the program, contact CSquare Innovation Center at IIT Palakkad, or write to

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