Our Services

At CI-TIC, it is all about making business happen by providing the right support to help turn good ideas into great ventures. We work with you, to help take your innovation to market through the most appropriate route, depending on the stage at where you are, usually involving product development, intellectual property protection and commercialisation, all in a nurturing ecosystem committed to helping you quickly move your venture further. CI-TIC is a place where a lot of venture design, re-design and development takes place. CI-TIC’s utility lies in bringing diverse activities together fruitfully and productively. 

Technology Fine-tuning, Maker Studio and Prototyping facilities

A modern and professional work spot is vital for any new start-up for growth. CI-TIC has an advantageous location at 27, Taylor’s Road, Kilpauk, in the heart of Chennai and occupies 2 floors of the Tamil Nadu Foundation building. CI-TIC has over 5000 square feet of space that is currently being developed as a flexible venture nursery, incorporating a shared work-space with 35 modern plug and play work stations, high speed internet, Mentoring/Meeting rooms and Conference room, exclusively for the use of the registered Incubatees of CI-TIC, on the second floor, a Maker Studio (under development) for prototyping and testing, a lobby area with a minimalistic café, which is open to walk-in innovators and budding entrepreneurs, a multi-media presentation and lecture hall used to host pitching sessions, trainings and RSVP events, is on the first floor. More facilities are being rolled out continually.

CI-TIC’s facilities offer lots of space for networking with peers, industry experts, investors and a close-knit community of start-up stakeholders. CI-TIC is an extension and complements the facilities at the vast 50-acre, mother resource centre campus of TREC-STEP, Trichy and is intended to allow for ongoing support of TREC-STEP start-ups and vice versa.

Start-ups are urged to avail the introductory offers and highly discounted rates for space. to know more...

Space 

We are happy to announce that Start-up Space@CI-TIC is available at the city centre at Kilpauk!

Managed by CI-TIC in line with its mission 'to empower entrepreneurs to start and scale', the Start-up Space@CI-TIC is an affordable office solution for start-up entrepreneurs. Amidst scarcity of office spaces in the heart of the city, CI-TIC provides a professional ambience from where start-ups crystallize their business models, hire talent, scale, access customers, become investor-ready and grow.

At CI-TIC’s start-up space, the start-up can access modern Conference halls, Discussion rooms, get uninterrupted high speed internet, beverages and more. So if you're looking to launch and grow your tech. business in a flexible affordable city centre office, at Chennai, there's no better place to start-up or scale-up than at CI-TIC!

IP, Legal, Financial etc

Realising visionary new innovations in emerging fields of technology, requires a robust strategy to create and protect the intellectual property. Licensable intellectual property creates more business and funding opportunities for start-ups, however, founders, who being hard-core technologists, find it difficult to deal with statutory requirements and tasks and get distracted from the core mission of new product development. CI-TIC offers linkages to service providers in the areas of IP, Legal and Finance, who are oriented to the specific needs of these early stage Start-ups and step-in when they are needed.

Common Production facilities

The Maker Studio (under development) is a resource available on priority to registered incubatee start-ups of CI-TIC. The Maker Studio shall feature 3-D printers and other resources, collaborative team space, and areas devoted to assembling, testing and manufacturing initial prototypes. Please note that incubatees of CI-TIC shall also have access to the full range of prototyping equipment at the Common production centre at TREC-STEP, Trichy. for more details Click Here.

Customized Incubation services

From starting and scaling for success in global markets, CI-TIC’s supports comprehensively cover the early entrepreneurial journey and help you script a notable success story. The customized incubation services are open to full-time, budding Start-up entrepreneurs who are working towards commercializing an innovative technology.  We address the pertinent issues of early stage start-ups, such as ‘when and how’ of attracting investment, scaling internationally and being visible to the right talent. The period of incubation is usually 12 to 24 months; however, it is finally decided, on a case to case manner, based on the stage of Venture development and the sector. CI-TIC’s Incubation team is always ready to walk you through the Venture Incubation process. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, all through the year.

By being a registered incubatee of CI-TIC, each registered start-up is eligible for weekly office hours with the core incubation team for setting individualized start-up milestones, customized venture strengthening inputs in strategy, business model fine-tuning, technology fine-tuning etc, based on the specific requirements of each venture. Besides this they are eligible for

  • Collaborative working space
  • Knowledge share workshops
  • Industry-specific roundtables
  • Mentor-matching and ensuing periodic sessions
  • Events with visiting entrepreneurs or Experts
  • Meetings with Policy makers, guest experts, Angels, VCs and Start-up ecosystem players

Knowledge share sessions, events and workshops

CI-TIC is dedicated to fostering entrepreneurial talent in the country. To support this goal, we run a wide range of training courses, events and competitions which are open to members of the incubate community at CI-TIC. Incubatees are also invited to events held at TREC-STEP, Trichy. These range from one-off talks to regular networking events with industry. Aspiring budding entrepreneurs are also encouraged to join these events.

We periodically host specific workshops to cover “tactical” issues and on the fundamentals of turning your idea into a venture and will always encourage you to engage with the incubation team, visiting entrepreneurs and to come to our space. If you’re interested in a workshop topic, we encourage you to sign up. It will be a great way to learn, as well as connect with potential team members, partners and experts. You’ll be amazed to see the insights and connects you garner when you come here regularly so that you can test your ideas and pursue those that appear worthwhile.

Indo - US innovation bridges

Indians at the USA are the most resourceful knowledge community, who can bring about transformative change back home, by their knowledge, mentoring and expertise share with aspirational Indians, especially the youth, through an enabling process of incubating them as Innovation champions. These knowledge partnerships are more valuable and this alone can create magical impact in transforming our country, if it is institutionalized through a good technology business incubation eco-system. CI-TIC’s presence in the Tamil Nadu Foundation building provides better access to knowledge download, from TNF’s members, visiting scholars, entrepreneurs and technocrats to unleash this great knowledge potential of NRIs in supporting incubation of new technology start-up ventures.

Investor Connects

Meeting seed fund managers of CI-TIC, pitching to business angels, networking with venture capitalists, nurturing corporate partnerships or applying for government grants can seriously drain the time and energy of a growing start-up.  Being prepared and equipped with the right knowledge is key so we will help you understand what you need to know, such as

  • Learn about the early stage investment landscape in India
  • Hear the perspectives of experienced investors and get valuable inputs from start-ups that have successfully funded and scaled their business
  • Have sessions with the CI-TIC’s Fund managers who prepare start-ups for investment and much more.

Strategic Mentor Connects

CI-TIC’s Mentoring could be both peer-based mentoring as well as with industry-specific coaches, for members of the founding team. Over 25 entrepreneurs and experts are actively engaged in providing help in understanding intricacies in core venture development, finance, legal and subject-matter expertise. In these carefully planned one-on-one meetings, investors, product designers, legal guides, serial entrepreneurs, etc share their insights, experiences, and advice, in order to help start-ups progress further, faster.

The periodic sessions could provide valuable feedback regarding going to market strategies, potential customers, investment, and industry connects. The start-up can figure out what they don’t know and should factor in time and support, to improve upon.  Mentors provide creative and actionable advice on how to capitalize on the opportunities and move your ventures forward.

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