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Johnson & Johnson acquires Taris Biomedical, a spinout from a project funded by the Deshpande Center at MIT

For people living with bladder diseases, traditional treatment approaches are often therapeutically inadequate, very uncomfortable, and offer only fleeting relief from debilitating pain. MIT’s Professor Michael Cima proposed to solve this problem by creating a device that could deliver diverse therapies directly to the bladder using minimally invasive urologic procedures. Sustained drug release over weeks …

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Magnificent Mega Utsav by Navodyami Program

During one of the biggest festivals of India -’Deepavali’ – the Deshpande Foundation’s Navodyami Program and District Industrial Centre, Dharwad, collaboratively organized “Navodyami Mega Utsav” at Sawai Gandharva Hall in Hubballi between October 18 and 21st October 2019. The Mega Utsav attracted numerous customers since it had various artisans, snack items, traditional sweets, beautiful handcrafted …

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Gopalakrishnan-Deshpande Centre Completes 7th Cohort of I-NCUBATE Program

Seven start-up teams working on ideas in Cleantech, Healthcare, Bioscience, Energy and Environmental Science are part of the seventh cohort of the I-NCUBATE program conducted by the Gopalakrishnan-Deshpande Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at IIT Madras. Modeled on the NSF I-Corps program, I-NCUBATE was launched in March 2018 and has since trained over 360 entrepreneurs …

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PDC Releases 2019 B4C Impact Data

The Pond-Deshpande Centre’s B4C (Be.For.Change) Program works hard to support social entrepreneurs and their ventures. We are excited to announce that this year, we had a 26% increase in participants from 2018 and a large increase in outreach. In 2019, B4C entrepreneurs positively impacted over 100,000 users and secured over $7 million in funding. For …

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Revamped QYourVenture Program Attracts 9 New Ventures

In just one month after launching a new, intensified version of the QYourVenture program, DDQIC on-boarded 9 new ventures to the program, with 2 more in the application phase. DDQIC is supporting a total of 27 ventures in the QYourVenture program which provides year-round training, mentorship, co-working space, and small grants to ventures at Queen’s …

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Gopalakrishnan-Deshpande Centre at IIT Madras Completes Sixth Cohort of I-NCUBATE Program

The Gopalakrishnan-Deshpande Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (GDC) at IIT Madras conducted the sixth cohort under its flagship I-NCUBATE program at Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru. Eight start-up teams based on deep-tech ideas from diverse sectors such as MedTech, industrial machinery, environment, and industrial materials participated in the cohort. At the Finale held on …

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All Women’s Team of LEAD Students Conduct Drive that Constructs 1,775 Toilets in Villages

Addressing a national challenge in India to implement accessible toilets across the country, three young women students helped spearhead an effort to increase hygiene awareness and build toilets in their community. As part of the Deshpande Foundation LEAD program in their college, Sowjanya Pattankudi, Deepika Lokare and Deepali Bhosale, from the AA Patil College of …

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