08 September 2011
RMIT shares innovation expertise
Associate Professor David Gilbert discusses innovation and entrepreneurship with IIT alumni.
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A workshop was held recently to help develop entrepreneurial clusters among alumni from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT).
Dr Subhakanta Behera, The Consul General of India, opened the workshop. He spoke highly of IIT alumni and encouraged them to work at creating business from their ideas.
Associate Professor David Gilbert, Deputy Head Industry Engagement in RMIT University’s College of Business, outlined approaches to building sustainable, collaborative communities focussed on business development.
In particular, he discussed his approach to rapid prototyping that underpins the successful RMIT-Deloitte Innovation Fastrack Project.
The collaborative project, which is in its fifth year, allows Bachelor of Business (Entrepreneurship) students to assist with the development and commercialisation of live projects for the Deloitte Innovation Team.
Emeritus Professor Arun Kumar, from the School of Property Construction and Project Management and Head of the IIT Association, said: “RMIT’s expertise in innovation and entrepreneurship was greatly appreciated.
“We received excellent feedback from workshop participants and a number of connections have already been established among major companies operating both locally and internationally.”
As a result of the workshop, the College of Business and IIT alumni are actively pursuing opportunities for future collaboration.