Centre for Innovation & Entrepreneurship - RV University


The envisioned center will have multiple divisions, allied student clubs, dedicated faculty, research scholars, and undergraduate and master’s students performing societal research. The center will be mandated to give a thrust to student entrepreneurship and application-oriented products. The center currently focuses on: a) intellectual property protection (patents, GI, industrial designs, and trademarks); b) drug discovery and new drug development; c) undergraduate student research- games with purpose and d) training & entrepreneurship. All these divisions eventually envision to comprise of teaching assistants, research assistants, research associates, doctoral research scholars, allied faculty across schools, undergraduate students, student clubs, masters students, industry partners, collaborations through MOUs, and offer innovation, entrepreneurship & product development minor, and I&E courses.

Research Divisions

a) Intellectual property protection (PATENT/GI/DESIGN/TRADEMARK)

Any credible invention needs to be patent-protected, and the complexity of invention is increasing daily. In-house capability for IP training, drafting, and protection is needed. Secondly, sections 3a to 3p of Indian patent act 1970 are non patentable subject matters in India and one of them interest to this group is section 3(k), the software inventions per se. The societal division of this will take up the Geographical indication (GI)-based community empowerment and outreach, and create empathy for India, its culture, and the need to empower fellow Indians through GI products.This division will be the single point of contact for entrepreneurs’ IP needs.

b) Drug discovery and new drug development

Computational chemistry through methylene-linked molecules is the hope for the future. This division identifies possible combination drugs for evolving pathogens that comply with sections 3(d) and 3(e) of the patent act of India. The herbal & natural products of Indian origin will drive medical research of next century and there is increased consciousness of moving from active molecule isolation to possibility of natural product formulation either through food or herbal supplements. The current small molecule drug discovery lacks tools for in silico evaluation of herbal formulations and there is a strong need for combination molecule evaluations. Also, the herbal formulations need to be reasoned and interpreted for activity and the machine learning and deep learning tools could interpret and identify new formulations for existing as well as newer health challenges. Anti-aging formulations and “Cleopatra” perfume are of interest to this division.

c) Undergraduate student research

This division focuses on breaking down complex problems into research that undergraduates can find interest in, conceive, amenable, and complete with a purpose or role for society. Games with purpose will be the pedagogical approach and looks to build the capacity of entrepreneurial mindset among students. The division aims to promote faculty-student interaction for research, building a culture of problem discussion, rapid prototyping, adopting lean start-up strategies, adopting open-source projects, identifying specific external domain experts to guide projects, etc. The team imparts these techniques through gaming and gaming based pedagogy and pushes students to aspiring to deliver products in minimalistic time. The team essentially innovates on pedagogy for technical entrepreneurship and looks to build a technical entrepreneurial support system for students.

d) Training & Entrepreneurship

India needs technology entrepreneurs at various levels, and building entrepreneurial skills at our university is a necessity that could serve as a differentiator. This also necessitates focus on creation of research & training facilities for Sc/ST students, and evolving new research driven opportunities for rural students. This centre will invest 25% of its time in capacity building for students, scholars, and faculty, conducting external training and consultancy, and in due process, create enough intellectual capability to produce successful trained manpower and entrepreneurs.

e) Gaming, ERP & SAAS, sentiment analysis

India is undoubtedly one of the premier global destinations for supporting back-end operations. In this context, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and Software as a Service (SaaS) stand out as the natural extensions, with a projected sustained demand. Our team has successfully crafted a standalone ERP tool, now readily available in the commercial market. We possess a comprehensive understanding of the entire process, starting from requirement collection and moving seamlessly through agile methodology to execution. What sets us apart in this domain is our distinctive approach, where we leverage the principles of design thinking and embrace the lean startup methodology. This unique combination allows us to offer innovative and effective solutions that cater to the evolving needs of our clients. We are “gaming with purpose” people, creating games in niche domains of project management, psychological metrics, niche job training, skill development, novel esports etc.

Members (Internal and External)


Dr Phani Kumar Pullela
Intellectual Property (patent, GI/TM/Design), Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Societal Research, Drug Discovery & Chemistry
Mr Ramesha GN
Civil Engineering, Industrial Design
Dr Sudhakar KN
Computer Science, Web Development & Networking
Mr Chidhananda
Mechanical Engineering, Music & Sound engineering, Gaming
Mr Suresh N
MCA, ERP & SAAS, Application development


Mr Pranav Bhat
BE(ECE) & Patent Attorney & about 100 past group alumni present in software, electronics, ERP & SAAS, Gaming, Product development, testing.
Akshay Mashelkar
Serial Entrepreneur, Elevate 2023 Winner
Dr Dasharath K Shetty
Associate Professor, MAHE, CSE, renowned academician
Prashanth Raju
Senior Manager, TATA ELXI, Designed & serial Innovator
Abhay Rangan
Serial Entrepreneur, Forbes- Top 30 Under 30
Dr Madhan Kumar Srinivasan
World renowned IPR holder & Software Engineer, CEO- Wise Work

Activities to be Organised

  1. I&E Courses: This center will monitor five new courses at SOCSE for undergraduates, namely:
    1. Structured Innovation: To see problem statements & understand empathy,
    2. Research & Publication Ethics: To perform technical prior art search,
    3. Entrepreneurial Mindset: To see money in problem statements, and
    4. Mentored Internship/ Summer Internship/ Winter Internship/ Industry Internship: Build that briefcase of documented achievements as a student.
    5. Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Product development Minor: About 58 students are pursuing this minor.
  2. I&E Trainings: This center believes in capacity building for student innovation and entrepreneurship. It develops and deploys patent drafting training for both internal and external students. The vision is to become a master training team for school students, internal and external innovators. The Atal Tinkering Labs (ATL) across schools are producing students with a consciousness of design thinking, and it is time for patent drafting to start from schools. So far, the center has trained 150 external students and 300 internal RVU students in innovation and entrepreneurship, and helped document over 90 student inventions or ideas.
  3. Games with Purpose: It is anticipated that about 30% of entrepreneurs in this world are in the gaming domain. It is considered lucrative and a low-hanging fruit for testing entrepreneurial waters. Moreover, fields such as education, psychology, management, family bonding, deaddiction, counseling, etc., are being reimagined with gaming. SOCSE students have built over 50 games with similar purposes and allied problem statements. This center will continue to inculcate the habit of seeing India-specific problems and societal challenges as opportunities to nurture future innovators.
  4. Geographical Indication (GI) Research: Companies trademark their products to help customers recognize them, build their brand, and run advertising campaigns and promotions. But what about Indian farmers, artisans, weavers, or tribals? Who will advertise their products? Who will project the societal benefits, improve their livelihoods, increase their sales, create new markets, and develop empathy? Interestingly, there is an intellectual property tool similar to a trademark available for these vulnerable classes, called geographical indication (GI), based on the product’s uniqueness connected to geography. China has over 8,000 GIs, while India has only around 400 registered GIs. SOCSE has initiated publishing blogs and research papers about GI, and this is done through students to make a positive impact on society. We have completed a GI product survey for over 10 GI products and aim to build a portfolio of potential GI products to aid in the grant of GI for them. After all, GI is a tool to empower our farmers, weavers, small businesses, artisans, tribals, and monetize India’s 3,000-year-old heritage, science, and culture.
  5. Undergraduate Research & Innovation: Western society continues to remark that Indian research is non-transitional and mostly directed towards publications. If meaningful research is to be conducted at a university, undergraduates need to be empowered to develop inventions. At the center, we conducted a one-month boot camp for potential student entrepreneurs to build their capacity in this direction. Over 30 students have worked on:
    1. the development of automated stock market trading tools,
    2. GI product empathy,
    3. IPR templates for trainings, and
    4. identifying university activities that could use SAAS tools.

    Some of the tools of this initiative are at different stages of empathy, definition, ideation, prototype, and final testing. One of the initiatives is called “Counseling by Panchatantra,” wherein students articulate a story for educational purposes and enable the generic sharing of knowledge regarding emotional, personal, career, and behavioral challenges that teenagers face during their studies.

Future events planned

Extramural Grant Proposal Submission (This is a continuous activity, as and when the opportunities arise/ announced)
External trainings & consultancy (Focus on capacity building through sharing IPR training tools & generating consultancy revenue)
Student trainings & workshops (This is for inhouse capacity building, attaining niche output through day long trainings)
Hackathons, student awards & entrepreneurial events (This is to introspect & reflect on the progress and showcase)
Guest lectures (This is for moving from “Frog in a well” to seeking external knowledge to benchmark our pedagogy & innovation tools)
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