Centre for Entrepreneurial Leadership

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Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership
CEL, Dubai Campus logo
CEL, Dubai Campus logo
Abbreviation CEL
Motto Stand Tall
Founder BITSAA Center for Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital (CEVC)
Headquarters Pilani
President, CEL, Pilani Campus Prannoy Pilligundla
CEO, CEL, Dubai Campus Nitin Bhalla
Key people Siddhant Gupta, Rohan Verma
Subsidiaries CEL, Dubai Campus
Affiliations BITS Pilani
Slogan Discover and Nurture the Entrepreneur in you.
Website www.celbits.org

The Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership (CEL) is an entrepreneurial community at BITS Pilani. It was set up to create entrepreneurial leaders and have a significant impact on the global entrepreneurial community.

The CEL center is one of the top 5 Centres of Entrepreneurship among Indian Universities.[citation needed] It is one of the Centres for Excellence at BITS Pilani and also one of the founders of National Entrepreneurship Network (NEN). The NEN, founded in 2002, is a non-profit initiative by the Wadhwani Foundation enabling new and future entrepreneurs to access events and resources, share ideas and content, organize and market activities, and forge relationships across India and the world. The NEN was co-founded by five of India's premier academic institutions: IIT Bombay, IIM Ahmedabad, S P Jain Institute Bombay, Institute of Bioinformatics and Applied Biotechnology (IBAB), Bangalore and BITS Pilani

The idea for CEL was seeded by the BITSAA Center for Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital (CEVC), with the vision of promoting the spirit of entrepreneurial thinking among the BITS student community. The students and the Institute shared this vision and came together to set up the center. The concerted efforts of the students, alumni and faculty resulted in the Centre (set up within a short span of 6 months) being named as one of the top 5 centres of Entrepreneurship among Indian Universities . The start of the new MBA program in BITS Pilani is expected to add more strength to centre.

Pilani Campus[edit]

CEL, Pilani logo

Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership (CEL), BITS Pilani, Pilani Campus

Goals[edit]

  • Sow the seeds of entrepreneurial leadership across all disciplines.
  • Facilitate entrepreneurial activity on campus.
  • Bridge the gap between industry and the academic curriculum, Build a high-quality ecosystem on campus to support resourcestrapped startup ventures.
  • Facilitate commercialization of R&D efforts at BITS., Inculcate the value of social responsibility in every BITSian.

Current projects[edit]

Conquest[edit]

The aim of Conquest is to evaluate the entrepreneurial abilities of the aspirants from different backgrounds. This annual event is unique in the sense that it does not fit into the perspective of a normal business quiz or a Business plan competition. Instead it tries to put the participants on the grill and is an exhibition of grit, consistency and spontaneity mixed with risk mitigation abilities, making it a reflection of their leadership qualities and the entrepreneurial element in them. Guest lectures, workshops and panel discussions by corporate achievers become the highlight of the final event.

Epsilon[edit]

EPSILON logo

Since the BITS student community is the primary target audience for the CEL's activities, it has launched a business challenge primarily for them so as to initiate activities aimed at equipping them with the necessary skills to convert an idea into a Business Plan.

New Venture Creation[edit]

New Venture Creation is an innovative course at BITS Pilani conceptualized and coordinated by BITSAA in association with CEL. The purpose of this course is to not only study entrepreneurship but practice it. Student teams are expected to create a technology/product based startup and write a business plan including all the building blocks of creating an enterprise. In order to create a successful startup, student entrepreneurs will be required to address various issues in startup creation - product development, market research, technology viability, fund raising, competitive analysis, team formation, marketing & sales strategy.

Print[edit]

Print is one of the most unique projects run by the Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership. Through this project, CEL reaches out to all its stakeholders and fulfills one of its most important objectives- to spread the spirit of entrepreneurship to the student community and beyond.

Rural entrepreneurship division[edit]

RED logo

Rural Entrepreneurship Division (RED) is CEL's rural entrepreneurship project, running in Rajasthan and Goa, and looks to turn our rural location into an advantage, by looking to assist and setup rural enterprises and in the process give a sustainable source of income to village folk in surrounding areas. A lot of RED's recent emphasis went on making the Biogas project, which aimed to put up a Biogas plant in the dairy community attached to the BET campus.

Summer in startup[edit]

An initiative of Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership (CEL), BITS Pilani and powered by BITSAA, Summer in Startup aims to give students at BITS Pilani the opportunity to intern at a startup over the summer.

TedX Pilani[edit]

With the advent of social media, small businesses have an unprecedented ability to promote themselves. Social media savvy business owners can advertise their businesses in novel ways for a fraction of the cost of traditional advertising. Businesses that want to thrive in the new economy must take advantage of the social media tools available today.

Dubai Campus[edit]

Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership, BITS Pilani, Dubai Campus (CEL, BPDC) banner logo

Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership, BITS Pilani, Dubai Campus (CEL, BPDC)

LinkedIn Company Page
FaceBook Page

About[edit]

The Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership (CEL) is the entrepreneurial association of BITS Pilani, Dubai Campus which is aimed at creating leaders through entrepreneurial thinking. CEL is recognized as a center for excellence at BITS and works towards creating the right ecosystem for ideas to mature into successful ventures. To fulfill its mandate, CEL has taken up many projects and initiatives to foster the spirit of entrepreneurship on campus. Due to its consistent efforts in this regard, CEL is ranked amongst the top fastest growing entrepreneurship cells of the country.

Vision & Mission[edit]

To inspire BITSians to play a prominent role in leading diverse entrepreneurial activities in the country and make a significant contribution in global entrepreneurial innovation. To promote entrepreneurial thinking among the BITSian community and create business leaders in all spheres of life.

Events[edit]

To know more in detail: CEL Events.

TEDxBITSPilaniDubai[edit]

The Wolf of WallStreet[edit]

CEL Talk Sessions[edit]

Ongoing Projects[edit]

New Venture Creation[edit]

New Venture Creation is an innovative course at BITS Pilani conceptualized and coordinated by BITSAA in association with CEL.The purpose of this course is to not only study entrepreneurship but practice it. Student teams are expected to create a technology/product based startup and write a business plan including all the building blocks of creating an enterprise. In order to create a successful startup, student entrepreneurs will be required to address various issues in startup creation - product development, market research, technology viability, fund raising, competitive analysis, team formation, marketing & sales strategy.

YouTube Channel[edit]

The official YouTube channel of CEL BPDC where all Interactive Talk sessions and CEL events are uploaded.
http://youtube.com/user/CELBPDC

CEL Board[edit]

Every academic year, a few chosen CEL members are given opportunity to serve CEL as office bearers, collectively known as CEL Board’’’. The Board structure of CEL, BPDC mimics that of an actual established firm or company.
Eg. The leader is offered the position of CEO, followed by a CBO, COO, CFO, CMO, CCO, General Secretary, PRO, Event Manager, Financial Officer and Editor among few other positions.
To know more in detail: CEL Board.

CEL BPDC Board 2014-15

Conjure[edit]

Conjure is CEL, BPDC's e-Magazine which is published on semesterly basis which contains brief on all CEL activities that took place in the semester, articles related to business and entrepreneurship and direct conversations with Industry leaders and established entrepreneurs. Available at CEL Conjure.

Legal[edit]

CEL, BPDC has an established set of bylaws to regulate its internal functioning. All CEL, BPDC members are bound by the bylaws.
Available at CEL Legals with other Legal tie-ups.