The Indo-Canadian Entrepreneurship Exchange (ICEE) is a cohort-based exchange program, which aims to support budding entrepreneurs, improve research collaboration, and establish a strong, two-way innovation talent pipeline. The program is offered by the University of Toronto in partnership with the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB) and the Society for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (SINE).
The program will include a two-week-long Innovation Bootcamp that alternates between Canada and India. The bootcamp will help facilitate meaningful interactions between students, enabling them to further develop and share their ideas and establish new connections. The exchange is open to undergraduate students across all fields, early-stage entrepreneurs and graduate students.
The first ICEE Program cohort will consist of both U of T and IITB-SINE students coming together to learn, collaborate and grow their innovations. University of Toronto Entrepreneurship (UTE) will host the Canada week bootcamp with the support of the university’s accelerators, who will invite participants to various programming activities across U of T’s tri-campus. The India exchange week will be hosted by IITB-SINE with both U of T and IITB students participating in a range of activities designed to support early-stage entrepreneurs.
Given the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on cross-border and international travel, the timing of the first international exchange and call for applications has yet to be confirmed.
ICEE Speaker Series
Prior to the immersive cross-border programming and to generate momentum and interest in the exchange, the ICEE Speaker Series has been established – a series of educational workshops and thought leadership events, starting with the official program launch on May 28, 2021.
Launch Event: ICEE Speaker Series Part 1
On May 28, the Society for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, IIT Bombay and the University of Toronto hosted part one of ICEE 2021 Speaker Series – a four-part speaker series for students and early-stage startup founders. This event celebrated the launch of the ICEE exchange program and discussed opportunities across Indian and Canadian startup ecosystems. This event was open to undergraduate and graduate students across all fields, early-stage entrepreneurs, faculty, and researchers interested in entrepreneurship. Participants had the opportunity to ask questions about the ICEE Program and learn from experts in the Indo-Canadian innovation landscape.
The program is developed in partnership with IITB’s Society for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (SINE) and intends to engage other government programs in Canada (MITACS; Canadian High Commission/Consulates in India) and India, the University of Toronto Centre in India (once launched), and relevant Indian industry/not-for-profit partners, once key priorities and educational outcomes are identified.