INNOVATE PUNJAB – A PCCI and Govt of Punjab Initiative

Punjab is emerging as Knowledge hub through liberal and progressive policy framework and by
building world class infrastructure- social and physical, for harnessing skills and nurturing research
& innovations. With high quality infrastructure and seamless connectivity, the state has great
pull factor to do business and offers tremendous investment potential to boost research &
Innovate Punjab- An Initiative by PCCI in partnership with Government of Punjab , envisages
to build a profound innovation ecosystem in the state of Punjab by building System Integration
i.e. integrating Universities, Research institutions, Students, mentors, VC’s, Funds, Incubation
Centres, Centre of Excellence and Markets . Further it shall serve as a grand platform for
universities, researchers, innovators students and companies- Global and local, and to showcase
their inspiration innovations and technological breakthroughs for commercialisation and
applications in various sector of economy.
In lieu of the above, Innovate Punjab is organizing Innovate and Technology Summit , which
seeks to bring together leaders and thinkers representing businesses, high technology
researchers, academia and governments, from across the globe, to analyse the
opportunities and challenges, presented by technology transformation and the
frameworks need for global scale-up. The Summit will also focused on new directions in
technology policy, such as data protection, building an innovation ecosystem, as well as fields
like digital finance, e-mobility, robotics, smart cities, and future of public deliveries system,
where massive technological transformation is likely to happen in the coming years.

  • To promote Punjab as the Global destination for Innovations & Research, progressive
    ideas for policy reforms and regulatory environment.
  • Capture global trends in technology management and strategy & become a leader in
    sustainable technologies by scouting, spawning and sustaining grassroots innovations, in
    tune with ‘Make in India’ and ‘Digital India’.
  • Harness demographic dividend of the State, evolving into an innovative society by
    nurturing the mindsets of the youth, provide an environment to translate knowledge and
    innovation into creation of successful entrepreneurs. Create a mechanism for mentoring
    by successful entrepreneurs to accelerate young enterprises in the State
  • Technology Development and Commercialization, Support Science & Technology
    Entrepreneurship Development for promotion of knowledge Based Technology Driven
    Entrepreneurs. Popularization of Science & Technology in the State.
  • Fostering International Cooperation & collaboration in S&T, Element of thought
    leadership to be integrated across the curricula.
  • Provide platform for entrepreneurs, financers, mentors and other stakeholders from
    Punjab and across India to engage and collaborate; connect local and global research &
    development community for collaborative engagement.
  • Bridging the technological gap between inventor & industry, manufacturers & academia.
    Facilitation of technology seekers and technology owners, Creation of extensive
    database of Innovative products, technologies, and intellectual properties within the
  • Build capacities for market assessment and rapid commercialization of research, Create
    avenues for industry-academia-government partnerships.
  • To understand how technology can be leveraged to transform Punjab’s socio-eco
    landscape, socially oriented S&T interventions for rural & weaker sections, to meet the
    socioeconomic and environmental needs of our society.
  • Ministry of Science and Technology, Ministry of MSMEs, Ministry of Industries and
    Commerce, STPI, Make in India (Invest India), Leading Banks & Financial Institutions
  • Private Equity Firms, VCs, Angel Investors, Legal and Tax Consultants, CEOs of prominent
    Start Ups, Successful Entrepreneurs
  • Educational Institutes, Incubation Centers and Accelerators, Mentors, Motivational

Entrepreneurs and Members of the Science &Technology Ecosystem , Innovators,
Entrepreneurs & Evangelists .

  • Innovation and Technology Heads from Industry, Academia and Government Institutions
  • Policy Makers and Administrators From Central/State Governments
  • Academicians, Faculty Members and Researchers
  • Senior Members from Private Equity Firms, Venture Capital & Institutional Founders
  • Scientific Program Managers

Summit Agenda

November 5, 2019 :
9:30am – 10:00am


  • The LaLiT Chandigarh, Rajiv Gandhi IT Park DLF Commercial Complex, Chandigarh, 160101

Aims to develop a robust ecosystem for research & innovation to enhance competitiveness, boost economic growth and create employment in the state.

10:00am – 11:00am

Innovation and Academia: Boosting Research & its commercialization

  • The LaLiT Chandigarh, Rajiv Gandhi IT Park DLF Commercial Complex, Chandigarh, 160101

Quality and cutting-edge research is a key booster for technology-led innovations, impacting competitive growth and economy of the nations worldwide.
The session would reflect on the following key issues:
(i) How to make our Universities focus on research and innovation and not merely on academic pursuits.
(ii) How some universities/ institutions have undertaken innovation-driven research and its application in various sectors including successful commercialization.
(iii) Provide opportunities to the research institutions, universities and technological institutions to showcase/emphasize on how they have leveraged research capabilities for driving tech-based novel solutions, processes and products for social/ economic growth.
(iv) Creating Local to Global, Global to Local network of researchers and Innovators.
The panel would include Vice-Chancellors, Directors and Heads of Research/Technical Institutions.

11:00am – 12:00pm

Inaugural Session: Leveraging Punjab as Land of Opportunities for Innovations

  • The LaLiT Chandigarh, Rajiv Gandhi IT Park DLF Commercial Complex, Chandigarh, 160101

The inaugural session will showcase Punjab as a land of opportunities for Innovations.
The session would include
(I) What is the State of Punjab doing to promote research and innovation ecosystem in the State?
(ii) How can State bring synergies between Universities and Research Institutions, Industry and Government?
(iii) How can Punjab position itself as an emerging destination for research and innovation?
(iv) Launch of Mission Innovate Punjab and
(v) Launch of Draft State Action Plan for Climate Change The inaugural session will be graced by Hon'ble Chief Minister of Punjab amidst other high profile dignitaries and National & International speakers from Government, Academia, Industry, Innovation and Research Organizations.

12:30pm – 1:00pm

Exploring Global opportunities for collaboration and Convergence

  • The LaLiT Chandigarh, Rajiv Gandhi IT Park DLF Commercial Complex, Chandigarh, 160101

The session would focus on opportunities for International collaborations
The session would include the following key focus areas: (i) Major global actors and stakeholders would reflect upon innovations being undertaken in their respective regions and how these innovations have bearing on the State of Punjab. (ii) the possibilities of collaboration with various Governments and global MNCs in the critical fields like aerospace, robotics, critical infrastructure and disruptive technologies and utilization of Punjab research capabilities for fulfilling various innovative needs.
The Panel would include representatives of Foreign Missions, Global MNCs and other experts

1:00pm – 2:00pm


  • The LaLiT Chandigarh, Rajiv Gandhi IT Park DLF Commercial Complex, Chandigarh, 160101

2:00pm – 3:00pm

Disruptive Technologies: New Paradigm of Development

  • The LaLiT Chandigarh, Rajiv Gandhi IT Park DLF Commercial Complex, Chandigarh, 160101

The industry plays a critical role in developing and incubating innovative products and services as well as driving market-led economies of the region.
The session would focus on the following key areas:
(I) Success stories on transformative technologies viz industry 4.0, machine learning, artificial intelligence, internet of things which has helped them in transformation.
(ii) How to leverage technology to transform, MSME and AGRI sector of the state as well as advocating technologies in league with Make in Punjab concept, innovative products
(iii) Promotion of knowledge-based technology-driven entrepreneurs.
The Panel will include Chief Innovation Officers/ Technology Heads from Industry, MSME industry and other Experts

3:00pm – 3:30pm

Young Innovators & Start-ups

  • The LaLiT Chandigarh, Rajiv Gandhi IT Park DLF Commercial Complex, Chandigarh, 160101

Youth is the future of every nation, there is a need to nurture the mindset and boost the innovative capacity of the young talented pool. Skilled and knowledge-intensive human resources are pre-requisite for any innovation economy.
This session would provide a platform for the following:
(i) Young innovators and technocrats to interact with budding start-ups, young researchers to ignite their interest in shaping ideas into innovations for future careers.
(ii) Success stories to translate knowledge and innovation for creating successful entrepreneur, a mechanism for mentorship for accelerating young enterprise in the State. The Session will have the participation of successful young innovators and startups.

3:30am – 4:30am

Social Innovations and Enterprises: Transforming Public Delivery System

  • The LaLiT Chandigarh, Rajiv Gandhi IT Park DLF Commercial Complex, Chandigarh, 160101

Innovations are desired to transform the quality of life of the citizens.
This session will focus on the following:
(I) Emerging technologies which can build a robust delivery mechanism for governments in the field of Social Health, Education, Water Management, Clean technologies, Skill, Digital Payments, Securities etc.
(ii) How to leverage Punjab research infrastructure to promote such innovations which have global implications and building an entrepreneurial ecosystem for social innovations for truly building an end-to-end innovative ecosystem in the state of Punjab. The panel will include successful entrepreneurs, industry leaders and social innovators.

4:30pm – 5:00pm

Funding Opportunities

  • The LaLiT Chandigarh, Rajiv Gandhi IT Park DLF Commercial Complex, Chandigarh, 160101

The financial support is a critical factor for stimulating the innovation eco-system i.e. converting the idea into products/process, prototype up-scaling, validation and market commercialization.
The session will cover the following issues:
(I) Availability of funds viz research grants, early-stage technology development funds, seed money, venture capital for innovation and startups (ii) Success stories of startups and innovators, who were able to secure funding to help them grow their ideas This session would bring in the experts from funding organizations (public & private), venture capitalist to highlight the funding schemes/programmes available for promoting technology development and commercialization.

5:00pm – 6:00pm

Recognition & Felicitation Session

  • The LaLiT Chandigarh, Rajiv Gandhi IT Park DLF Commercial Complex, Chandigarh, 160101

A recognition and felicitation program goes a long way to motivate, inspire and promote researchers, innovators and organizations The session will felicitate Research Institutions/Industry/Start-ups for outstanding contributions towards innovation and growth of State.

10:00am – 6:00pm


  • The LaLiT Chandigarh, Rajiv Gandhi IT Park DLF Commercial Complex, Chandigarh, 160101

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