University Innovation Cluster

University Innovation Cluster (UIC) has been funded by Biotechnology Innovation Research and Assistance Council (BIRAC) in collaboration with University of Agricultural Sciences Dharwad. This council has developed a focused strategic action plan to foster the culture of innovation and techno entrepreneurship in Universities, leveraging the Cluster Innovation Centre (CIC) model recommended by the National Innovation Council (NInC). UIC has been developed to nurture a culture of applied research and need oriented (societal or industry) innovation among researchers. This includes stakeholders in the entire value chain from idea discovery to proof of concept to prototype development/pilot studies to validation and commercialization. We provide pre incubation supports to effective translate innovative ideas into products thereof. Such support will include Technical infrastructure, Technology trainings, IP management, Technology business management, access to Venture Capital finance for setting up the industry.

Programme Description

Mentoring 
UIC provides mentorship to the BIRAC Innovation fellows who have knowledge, technical and business expertise in the industry for a considerable period of time and they shall assist the fellows relevant to their proposed project. 

Infrastructural Support
UIC provides the BIRAC Innovation fellows with excellent office and Laboratory Space to carry out their research at a pilot scale. 

Business Support
UIC supports the BIRAC Innovation fellows in areas of legal and accounting. IPR services such as patent mapping and patent applications are also provided to the BIRAC Innovation fellows 

Networking
A vast network of researchers, faculty, businessmen, industrialists, venture capitalists, governmental agencies and other service providers can be tapped into via UIC. 

Funding
Initial funding will be provided to the BIRAC Innovation fellows for support of their research work. Furthermore, for establishing the business, BIRAC Innovation fellows can get access from Venture Capitalist and other Government bodies 

Training and Workshop
Specialized training in the form of workshop to boost the technical and entrepreneurial skill of the BIRAC Innovation fellows will be conducted by UIC. This is not purely limited to incubatee but also to students who are enthusiastic to increase their business skill. 

Consulting 
UIC aims to provide consulting services for market survey, technology development, technology validation and allied disciplines as required by the BIRAC Innovation fellows

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