iVEIN was launched along the sidelines of ‘Dialogue with Stakeholders’ event held by Society for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (SINE) at IIT Bombay.
Prof A Thillai Rajan, Department of Management Studies at IIT Madras, who is coordinating the initiative, said that innovation, venturing and entrepreneurship are getting increasing attention from policymakers.
These three areas are expected to play a key role in the economic growth of the country in addition to strengthening India’s position as an innovation country. The iVEIN network will facilitate high-quality research in this field among the academic fraternity in India and create avenues for dissemination of relevant knowledge through conferences and journal publications, he said.
Prof. B Ravi, who heads the Desai Sethi School of Entrepreneurship at IIT Bombay added the proposed network would create a strategic bridge between various stakeholders, strengthen the ecosystem and synthesize the knowledge that exists in silos among different groups.”
The network will create an interdisciplinary body of knowledge synthesising multiple perspectives, which would meet the requirements of policymakers, academic researchers, students, innovators, entrepreneurs, investors and all those interested in innovation and ventures
It will track the contours of the vibrant innovation, venturing and entrepreneurship segment in the country and develop a holistic and analytical narrative on the dynamics that drive the development in these areas. It will also help in effective policy formulation at multiple levels; develop thought leadership for practice
Institutes, organizations and individuals, especially policymakers, investment managers, practitioners and entrepreneurs with an active interest in entrepreneurship, innovation and venturing are invited to join the network to facilitate and promote collaborative research, said the coordinators.