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Techies From IIT, IIM Offer Free Classes to 12000 Students, Empower 79 Startups

Since its launch in November 2016, iB Hubs, a Hyderabad-based organisation consisting of alumni from high establishments like IIT, IIM, IITs and NITs, has been working tirelessly in direction of making India a worldwide chief in 4.0 expertise, which is driving the fourth stage of the worldwide industrial revolution.

This stage emphasises the continuing automation of conventional manufacturing and industrial practices utilizing trendy good expertise, together with the Internet of Things (IoT), Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS), Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Cognitive Computing, amongst others.

“The core team consists of 35-odd members, a majority of whom are alumni from top IITs, NITs and IIITs. A few of us had even quit top-paying jobs in companies like Amazon, Microsoft, Intel and Qualcomm to start this endeavour. Since high school, most of us have known each other, and the rest include those who have bought into our vision. The common binding force between us is to see India as a global industry leader in 4.0 technology,” says Kavya Dommeti, the iB Hubs CEO, talking to The Better India.

If we take a look at previous industrial revolutions, it’s the West that has pushed innovation. Kavya notes that India has a lot untapped potential to turn out to be a worldwide chief within the subsequent part of the economic revolution. That perception, she argues, led to the institution of iB Hubs, the place they primarily give attention to driving innovation in 4.0 expertise and fostering a tradition of entrepreneurship amongst younger Indians by completely different initiatives.

“Our work is centred on 4.0 technology and entrepreneurship since it’s the latter that drives innovation in the former. From 35 members, we have over 500 today,” she provides. To additional their initiatives, iB Hubs works with for-profit ventures, non-profits, state governments, schools, faculties and startups throughout India. Among the plethora of initiatives, there are three standouts – iB Hubs Startup School, iB Hubs Power to India and ‘India 4.0 – Dr APJ’.

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Kavya Dommeti, CEO iB Hubs

iB Hubs Startup School

This is a zero-fee, zero-equity, 4-week acceleration program specifically designed for college kids to assist them form their concepts into actuality and speed up their startups’ progress. The all-inclusive program was initiated in 2017 to enhance faculty startup ecosystems throughout India.

“The Startup School was among the first initiatives we started. Our objective here is to create an ecosystem that would facilitate innovation and entrepreneurship across different parts of India. In this regard, we sought to establish an institution that would attract the best student entrepreneurs from around the country who could become role models for future generations. That thought process led to the creation of a startup school,” says Kavya.

Any pupil entrepreneur can apply to this four-week residential programme organised twice a 12 months—one in Hyderabad and one other in Lucknow. After they apply, these pupil entrepreneurs undergo a rigorous analysis programme earlier than they’re taken in. Although final 12 months’s version obtained known as off due to COVID, this 12 months, iB Hubs can be internet hosting a digital Startup School and planning for a similar will start on the finish of this month.

“At the end of our 28-day startup school, student entrepreneurs obtain real clarity about how their product works for customers, what’s the potential of taking their business idea forward and commercial viability. We have seen two kinds of outcomes for our students. Some take their ideas forward, establish a startup around it, develop a minimal viable product (MVP), do a lot of prototyping, innovate and accelerate it forward. Meanwhile, others realise how their product idea may not be worth taking forward. Using that as motivation, they come up with new ideas and maybe end up working in a salaried job for a short while before venturing into entrepreneurship once again with greater clarity,” notes Kavya.

In the previous three editions, iB Hubs has supported 79 startups and 130 pupil entrepreneurs. These startups are powerfully going forward with 70+ B2B (Business to Business) purchasers, 25+ accelerations, grants, fundings, and securing high spots in varied competitions. Some have even gone again to their schools, creating their very own entrepreneurship cells for his or her juniors.

As a consequence, they’ve obtained extra functions from the identical institute and people inside its neighborhood. Last 12 months, they obtained functions from 27 states, together with the Northeast.

“We receive a minimum of 800-900 applications for our Startup School programme. In 2018, for example, we supported 10 startups in our Hyderabad batch and another 10 in the Lucknow batch. We screen applicants for commitment to their ideas, entrepreneurial mindset, USP of their idea, and their work before. We don’t use traditional methods to screen student entrepreneurs by giving them marks on a test. Our objective is to understand their entrepreneurial DNA and whether they have what it takes. Our objective is to give their ideas the best support moving forward,” notes Kavya.

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Mentoring tomorrow’s entrepreneurs, who find yourself working startups.

What’s notably heartening concerning the Startup School is deciding on pupil entrepreneurs from elite establishments, main metropolitan cities, lower-ranking schools, and Tier-2 or Tier-3 cities and cities.

Take the instance of Nivedha RM, the founding father of Bengaluru-based startup TrashCon​, which presents a one-stop resolution for waste administration. Their standout product, Trashbot, is a semi-automatic waste segregator that segregates waste inside minutes. Attending the iB Hubs Startup School in 2017, this product of RV College of Engineering at this time has purchasers starting from the Adani Group to the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP).

Shubham Soni, the co-founder of Namaste Gaon, a Udaipur-based digital media platform that gives customers with native news and happenings round municipal cities, is one other product of the iB Hubs Startup School. He was in his second 12 months of engineering at Amity University, Jaipur, in 2017, when he attended the Lucknow version of Startup School.

“We applied with our then startup called Notes Bundle, which uploaded class notes taken by college toppers and professors onto one platform. Attending the Startup School’s Lucknow session changed my life because, before that, no one in college taught us how to start an enterprise, how to raise money for it and monetise our product idea. At Startup School, they taught us everything from scratch. They taught us how to think about an idea, raise funds, expand, validate products with our first customers, understand your go-to-market, market your product and what public relations strategy you can employ, etc. Before attending the Startup School, we knew nothing about these facets,” says Shubham.

Those chosen for the Startup School work on their very own startups and concepts. Some of the enterprise ideas taught are the identical, however mentors from the {industry}’s largest gamers train college students how to apply them to their particular concepts or startups. “What’s more, all of this was free of cost with no equity charge. They completely changed our mindset towards entrepreneurship because we had such good mentors talking to us,” provides Shubham.

They operated Notes Bundle for a few months earlier than handing the operations over to their juniors in Amity University. Instead, Shubham and co-founder Pulkit Khatri pursued one other startup thought, which they function at this time known as Namaste Gaon.

“Pulkit Khatri and I are from small towns in Rajasthan. As residents of small towns heavily dependent on newspapers for their daily news, we understood the demand for hyperlocal news about our particular town or village. Today, our hyperlocal Hindi news app covers news in 25 towns across six districts in Rajasthan. We operate in towns with populations ranging from 10,000 to 5 lakhs, where the majority of people heavily depend on local newspapers to read local news. If we had started Namaste Gaon without training from Startup School, it might have taken us a year to formulate an idea, make a product and acquire our first 1,000 users onboard. On the day we launched Namaste Gaon in 2019, we received our first 1,000 users in 24 hours. That’s the difference iB Hubs Startup Schools made,” he says.

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Pulkit Khatri and Shubham Soni of Namaste Gaon startup.

iB Hubs Power to India

“To help our youth realize their true potential and to present them with opportunities in the 4.0 revolution, we initiated iB Hubs Power to India in 2018 and took it across Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, and Telangana, including Tier 2, 3 and 4 cities. This programme is a series of workshops covering entrepreneurship and emerging technologies like IoT, cybersecurity, data analytics, which are being organized in partnership with IIT Kharagpur, IIT Kanpur, Dainik Bhaskar and The Indus Entrepreneurs-Hyderabad. Through this initiative, 37 workshops were organised, impacting over 5500 students from 75 colleges,” notes Kavya.

‘India 4.0 – Dr APJ’

The newest initiative that iB Hubs have launched into is the bold 4.0 training for 1 crore youngsters from financially challenged households. Inspired by former President Dr APJ Abdul Kalam’s imaginative and prescient, they provide free training on 4.0 expertise to 1 crore college students throughout India. Students from the Fifth-Tenth customary are inducted into this program.

“They will be taken care of until they reach 21 years of age. In Phase-1, the project will be available in 650 districts across India. A specific number of children from each district will be given free 4.0 education. Classes for the first batch commenced on 15 October 2020 with about 12,000 students from 24 states. Apart from bringing prosperity into lakhs of families, these children would become role models in their community, inspiring more people to study and igniting a spark for a greater transformation,” states Kavya.

In a current press launch, they state, “Under this project, the economically backward children will have access to online programs like xPM 4.0 (Exponential Performance Mindset) which accelerates personal and professional growth required for the 21st Century, and CCBP 4.0 (Continuous Capacity Building Program) to build industry-ready skills. They will be trained by industry experts and alumni of Stanford, IITs, IIMs, etc.”

This philanthropic enterprise is seeing collaboration between varied State governments, authorities faculties, for-profit entities like CyberEye Research Labs, a Gurugram-based enterprise engaged on slicing good applied sciences in cybersecurity, NxtWave, an entity devoted to constructing industry-relevant expertise, ProYuga, a Mumbai-based enterprise growing merchandise in digital, augmented and blended actuality, and non-profits just like the Hyderabad-based Make The World Wonderful. Their main targets listed below are authorities college college students.

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Teaching 4.0 Technology to college students. Learning this has turn out to be mandatory to set up a startup.

“For Batch 1 students, we have started with an introductory course on everything from 1.0 to 4.0 technology, awareness about different advanced technologies like virtual reality, augmented reality, internet of things, space technology, etc. The course is available in three languages–English, Hindi and Telugu. We are working towards translating these courses into other vernacular languages as well. After these introductory courses, we will inculcate basic aptitude skills, a few essential mathematics skills that are not part of their everyday school curriculum, essential English language skills and few modules on personality and mindset development. We have designed a platform that will seek to give utmost personal attention to every student we come across,” says Kavya.

Students have periods day-after-day from 7-7.30 pm, and the programme is constructed totally on the concept of self-based studying. In partnership with NxTWave, they’ve issued a specially-designed studying portal for his or her college students, and in the event that they miss out on a lesson on any explicit day, they will log in and compensate for it. This course is obtainable to them free of charge until the age of 21, relying on the modules or programs they full.

A key side of their course is named the Continuous Capacity Building Program 4.0 (CCBP 4.0), the place they’ve completely different ranges of studying 4.0 expertise.

“Traditional academics are designed for multiple objectives, including higher studies, research, etc. It is not particularly focused on making an individual industry-ready. As a result, many are settling for salaries that are at least 2 to 3 times lower than their capability. CCBP 4.0 removes the gap between industry requirements and academic preparation with reverse-engineered curriculum and structured guidance,” notes their website.

By the age of 21, iB Hubs desires the coed outfitted with expertise and character growth expertise. They have set targets of harnessing expertise for every state and UT. “We have an army of mentors from elite global educational institutions and firms who have voluntarily dedicated their time to develop our course and teach these students,” she says.

Meghana Dabbara, the co-founder of the non-profit Make The World Wonderful, has volunteered to train a number of the introductory programs for these college students.

“I have taken about 40-50 sessions since we started with our first batch on 15 October 2020. We have given them historical context to 4.0 technology and how the world is moving around this technology. We are starting with the absolute basics here and will soon start courses around personality and mindset development. We are currently focussing on enhancing their aptitude and developing basic mathematical skills. 3,000 students attend our daily live sessions on average, but everything taught is available on our platform free of cost to all these students across Hindi, English and Telugu,” she says.

People educating these programs are primarily from the NxtWave and iB Hubs groups, who voluntarily come ahead and train these programs. This course is open to any pupil who applies from financially challenged households whose annual earnings doesn’t exceed Rs 1.2 lakhs, and if they’ve property, its worth shouldn’t exceed Rs 5 lakh.

The imaginative and prescient set out by iB Hubs is certainly nice, however sure points require ironing out. One main concern is ironing out the digital divide, notably the price of knowledge.

“In the first batch, we found that over 60% of students have access to smartphones. More importantly, neighbours and well-wishers of these registered students are willing to lend their smartphones for these 30-minute sessions. As schools open, government schools with the necessary infrastructure are opening up their facilities to students. We have approached many nonprofits to facilitate learning. The digital divide is a problem, but we recognise the importance of addressing this issue. We are developing a support system on how to combat this problem. For example, the Nagaland government recently put out a notification talking about our programme and asking residents to donate extra smartphones anyone may have to the nearest mandal office for our students,” she says.

In addition, NxtWave, powered by iB Hubs has constructed India’s largest 4.0 Tech Student Community by bringing collectively a gaggle of forward-thinking college students throughout India. It’s already 30,000+ sturdy with college students from 500+ schools throughout the nation. Being a member of this group one may attend courses by tech minds from Apple, Microsoft, Nvidia, Stanford. Students can be notified of the most recent internships, job alternatives, occasions, competitions, ideations, and extra. Visit www.ccbp.in to know extra.

Despite the obstacles earlier than them, one should recognize the imaginative and prescient of pushing this initiative by. It will take a while earlier than all their points are ironed out, however till then, one can hope it will facilitate India’s push in direction of securing its place in 4.0 expertise globally.

(Edited by Vinayak Hegde)

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