CrAdLE is mentoring entrepreneurs to grow the ecosystem in Gujarat

Hosted by Ahmedabad’s Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India, technical incubator CrAdLE provides aspiring entrepreneurs with services such as physical infrastructure, management support, technical support, networking, and access to funding.

Gujarat, with more than 236 operational startups, is a booming startup ecosystem. The state was ranked the “best performing state” in the National Startup Ranking for 2018, according to a recent report of NASSCOM and consulting firm Zinnov.

Helping the state find place at the startup table is the Centre for Advancing & Launching Enterprises (CrAdLE), the Technology Business Incubator (TBI) hosted by Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India (EDII).

CrAdLE, which is currently focused only on Gujarat, is supported by National Science and Technology Entrepreneurship Development Board (NSTEDB), Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India.

"We have been in operation for three and a half years now. We have a target of supporting at least 10 big startups and another 15 startups at a point of time,” says Mayank Patel, CEO, CrAdLE.

In the beginning With an aim to boost the ecosystem, the government of Gujarat had in 2018 announced that it would support 2,000 startups in the state by 2021.

This announcement was made at a Vibrant Gujarat Startup and Technology Summit held in Gandhinagar.