LEAF – GLS University Incubator

LEAF (Leadership Entrepreneurship and Acceleration Foundation) is a TBI supported by Department of Science and Technology, Government of India. LEAF is promoted by GLS University and Gujarat Law Society, a renowned name in education since 1927 in Gujarat. LEAF is also the nodal institute of the Government of Gujarat to promote new enterprises through the State Startup assistance programme, and is entrusted as a disbursement agency of State government funds to the Startups in the region of Ahmadabad.

Currently the incubator provides for co-working space with a capacity of 40 seats, which is set to be increased by 120 by the end of July 2017, making it the TBI in the state of Gujarat in terms of service and capacity.
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The area has both companies already working out of the space and students from GLS University who also operate temporarily out of the place as either interns or students working on several startup projects. The space also hosts many startup events for the local startup community and is constantly thronged by mentors who engage with the incubates at different levels.

The processes and practices of the GLS Incubator are benchmarked with some of the best incubators across the world. The primary objective of the centre is to develop, nurture, promote and successfully commercialize ventures, based on innovative products, concepts, models, tools, techniques, and technologies and/or render services which are unique in the ecosystem.

Positioning of LEAF

Research & Development

Organization that develop technologies, knowledge for commercialization

E.g. CSIR, DRDO

Vertical Business Incubators

Specific business verticals such as FMCG, logistics, publishing etc. E.g Corporate in-house laboratories, VC/Investor backed incubators, Management Institutions

Vertical Technology Incubators

Specific Technology based incubators such as biotechnology, textile, communications, mobile technology and mobile enabled product/services etc.

Thematic Technology Incubators

Specific theme bases incubators such as focusing on climate change, social innovation which harness technologies under a thematic area for enterprise building.