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

    Mr. Kris Gopalakrishnan

Chairman, Advisory Board and Co founder 
CII CIES Infosys

 Jayesh Ranjan, IAS

Principal Secretary, Industries Commerce (I&C) and Information Technology (IT) Departments
Government of Telangana

Mr. Kunal Bahl

Chairman, CII National Startup Council, Co-Founder & Chairman, AceVector Group, and Co-Founder & Managing Partner
Titan Capital

Mr. CK Ranganathan

Co-Chairman, CII National Startup Council; Chairman, CII Startupreneur Awards; and CMD,
CavinKare Pvt Ltd

Mr. Chandrajit Banerjee

Co-Chairman, Advisory Board and Director General
Confederation of 
Indian Industry

Mr. Prateek Garg

Chairman, NR Committee on
Entrepreneurship & Startups and
Founder & CEO
Progressive Infotech Ltd

Mr. Ninad Karpe

Chairman, CII WR Sub-Committee on Start-ups & Entrepreneurship and Founder and Partner 

Mr. Sankar Ghosh

Chairman, CII Eastern Region
Startup Taskforce and Managing

Mr. Gopichand

Chairman, CII Southern Region
Taskforce on Innovation & Startup
Ecosystem and Founder & CEO
Myelin Foundry

Mr. Shekar Reddy

Chairman, CII Telangana and
CSR Estates Ltd

Our Team

Shweta Sanjay Lalwani

Program Manager 

Ms. Madhu Vasanthy

Senior Director

Shankar Lanka 

Executive officer

Vaishnavi Mallu Reddy

Program Manager

Nishit sharma

Programme Associate