startup accelerator program and an initiative of the MIT Institute of Design
(MIT ID), Pune announces the launch of its first batch. The boot camp for these
startups commences on January 2017 in Pune.
of a robust 6 – month immersive accelerator program that leverages the rich
design thinking and design doing experience of MIT ID. The program will give startups an exposure to
latest design methods, co-working space, access to prototyping facilities, IPR
consulting and facilitation, business development support, public relations and
processes that will enable them to unlock business opportunities. A set of
experienced design mentors and a dedicated design team will work together with
the startups on various stages from design strategy to operations.
include Snehal Vasani – Managing Director, Kitchen Grace (Part of Asian
Paints), Sachin Tagra – Associate VP – Brand Capital, Ashish Despande – Co
Founder, Elephant Design; Vice President, Association of Designers of India and
Apurva Chamaria – Vice-President & Head – Corporate Marketing, HCL Tech,
Mr. Abhimanyu Kulkarni Design Head – Philips, Nachiket Thakur – General Manager
R&D, A Raymond Fasteners India Pvt Ltd, Mr Shekhar Badve – Director
LokusDesign, Jay Dutta – Design Partner at Saif Partners. DesignGild also has a
strategic partnership with The Institute of Healthcare Design Thinking – USA.
innovative workspace, robust infrastructure, prototyping facilities and other
business support services, DesignGild is a one-stop solution for building world
class design-led ventures.
part of MIT Group of Institutes, with The Institute of Healthcare Design
Thinking being institutional partners. This gives the startups an ecosystem
access to various institutes and students in a variety of disciplines and will
be offered strategic design consulting, opportunities to find design
co-founders and hands-on design services to enable seamless integration of
design in business.
design is gaining recognition as an important driver of innovation and business
growth. Designgild acknowledges this and aims to create an ecosystem where high
quality design mentorship and resources are made available to startups.
Designgild will offer a 6 month intensive design focused accelerator program
for startups and enable them to build design-led business at scale. The
accelerator program will help startups to convert their ideas into market ready
product and service offerings and create value at the intersection of design,
technology and business.”
established itself as one of the leading design schools in India and has always
been engaging with industry and society in meaningful ways and contribute
positive value through design. Commenting on the launch, Prof. Anant Chakradeo,
Dean, MIT ID said, “MITID is a premier Institute for design consulting,
research, education and practice. With a decade of rich experience in design,
MIT ID has always been forward looking and aligning itself with the latest
trends in design, technology and business. DesignGild is an initiative by MIT
ID that builds on this legacy and aims to create an ecosystem for startups
where they get best of design mentorship and resources to build their
DesignGild will create an ecosystem helping the startups grow in their sector.