About CIES

CII Centre of Excellence for Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Startups

CII set up its Centre of Excellence for Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Start-ups (CII-CIES) on the 11th of July 2020 to create a strong ecosystem for entrepreneurship in the country. Being an industry-led initiative, CII-CIES has the reach, resources and perspective to design programmes and interventions that increase the odds of entrepreneurial success in India.

The Government of Telangana is supporting the Centre by way of space at T-Hub technology startup incubator in the city. CII-CIES is also supported by Pratiksha, a charitable trust founded by Kris Gopalakrishnan, who also co-founded Infosys.


To be a world-class, state-of-the-art, corporate-driven,Start-up Resource Platform that enables growth of successful start-ups in India.


To evolve and leverage corporate partnership in development and growth of India’s start-up ecosystem with end-to-end support at a single platform aiming to faster transformation of business ideas to successful ventures impacting social and economic development through employment generation and wealth creation.

​Governing Council

Kris Gopalakrishnan

Chairman, Advisory Council of CIES

Jayesh Ranjan

Principle Secretary, I&C and IT Departments, Government of Telangana

Sanjiv Bajaj

President, CII and Chairman & Managing Director, Bajaj Finserv Limited

Sunil Kant Munjal

Chairman, CII National Start-up Council and Chairman Hero Enterprise

Chandrajit Banerjee

Co-Chairman and Director General, CII

Debashish Bhattacharjee

Chairman, Startup Task Force and Vice President 

Tata Steel

Ninad Karpe

Chairman, CII WR Sub-Committee on Start-ups & Entrepreneurship and  Partner, 100X.VC

Sriram Subramanya

Chairman, CII SR Startups & Entrepreneurship Forum and Founder, Managing Director & CEO Integra Software Services

Vagish Dixit

Chairman of Cll Telangana State Council and Managing Director, Alpla India Pvt. Ltd.

Nalin Kohli

Chairman, Regional Committee on Entrepreneurship & Startups and Chairman & CEO Araina Enterprises
 Pvt. Limited

CIES Partners

Our Team

Shweta Sanjay Lalwani

Program Manager 

Shankar Lanka 

Executive officer

Anirudh Venkata


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