Wise Innovation Studio for Emerging Technologies (WISE Tech)

Society’s grand challenges need innovative and entrepreneurial responses, but such innovation needs to be wise – done for the right reasons and in the right way. The Wise Innovation Studio for Emerging Technologies (WISE Tech) brings together a diverse group of innovators who share an interest in developing and responsibly deploying new technology-based solutions to create a net positive impact on our society and planet.

The WISE Tech community includes rising tech entrepreneurs, emerging SPJIMR student and alumni entrepreneurs, corporate innovators, investors, CSR leaders looking to leverage emerging tech for greater corporate impact, and academics who work on responsible, sustainable and ethical aspects of innovation. WISE Tech’s goal is to be the knowledge and community hub for all matters related to tech-based wise innovation and entrepreneurship.

What's New

Initiatives

  • Sunil Bhatia Start-up Resource Hub

    The Sunil Bhatia Start-up Resource Hub supports India’s entrepreneurial ecosystem by providing networking and learning resources for early stage entrepreneurs. The Hub brings together a vibrant community of educators, subject matter experts (SMEs), mentors, corporate leaders and founders. It curates and creates learning resources, and organises bootcamps, workshops, masterclasses, and other networking events for entrepreneurs. Additionally, the Hub also plans to extend its activities to directly work with India’s many incubators, thereby multiplying its impact on the ecosystem. The Hub is funded through a generous endowment from Sunil Bhatia, PGDM 1989 alum and former CEO of Infogain.

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  • Accelerators

    WISE Tech houses two accelerators for wise innovation – FinNovate for ‘responsible finance’ start-ups, and EarthLab for start-ups focused on sustainability themes. We take in approximately 30 start-ups yearly and work closely with them to accelerate them to the next stage of their funding and growth. We select and onboard companies that have created a minimum viable product, acquired their first customer and are grappling with improving their product-market fit. The selected companies go through a structured four-month curriculum in small cohorts, work with senior industry mentors, get access to potential customers and market partners, and present to investors.

    Currently, the second FinNovate cohort is in session. The selection process for the first EarthLab cohort begins in August 2024.

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  • Emerging Entrepreneur in Residence Fellowship Programme (EEIR)

    The EEIR programme focuses on early-stage entrepreneurs at the ‘idea stage’ – those who have not yet developed their Minimum Viable Product (MVP) or acquired customers. Annually, we plan to take in up to 10 entrepreneurs and guide them in transforming their ideas into viable start-ups that will generate a net positive impact on the economy, society and the environment. The EEIR initiative supports entrepreneurs with a stipend and resources drawn from the Sunil Bhatia Start-Up Resource Hub and from other SPJIMR resources over a 12-18 month period to build an MVP and validate customer interest. These entrepreneurs could be SPJIMR students who opt out of their placement process, SPJIMR alumni who wish to transition from their corporate roles as well as deserving candidates from outside the SPJIMR fraternity. EEIR graduates are expected to raise meaningful seed funding after graduation.

    The first EEIR cohort will commence in April 2025.

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  • Technology and Societal Impact Conference

    The annual Technology and Societal Impact conference is a unique student-academic-practitioner conference that brings together leading scholars, chief innovation officers, chief sustainability officers, CSR officers, public policy players, and student-innovators interested in better harnessing technology to create environmental and social benefits.

    The 2025 conference will be held on February 21 and 22, 2025, at the SPJIMR campus in Mumbai, India.

    The conference consists of three tracks:

    • Practice Track

      The practice track blends substantive talks from renowned scholars and industry thought leaders with Pomodoro-style interactions. The track seeks to foster meaningful dialogue between thought leaders and practitioners, resulting in actionable next steps. The track will also recognise exemplary Indian companies whose technology-based innovations are creating significant societal benefits. The talks and Pomodoro sessions at the 2025 conference will focus on the promise and perils of AI vis-a-vis societal impact.

    • Academic Track

      The academic track invites scholars to submit and present their research in areas related to technology and societal impact, such as sustainability-oriented innovation, social innovation, responsible governance, ethics of innovation, public policy, etc. The best papers will be considered for publication by our international journal partner. The call for papers will be issued in August 2024.

    • Student Track

      The student track is an ‘Ideathon’ competition for students from engineering, business, and public policy schools. Contestants will submit proposals for AI-based products, services, and policies that can deliver societal benefits while being economically viable. Winning contestants will be considered for entry into SPJIMR’s Emerging Entrepreneur in Residence programme. The theme for 2025 will be ‘AI for a Green Bharat’.

Events

  • March 7, 2024

    Roundtable Mixer

    SBSRH organised the Roundtable Mixer an exclusive networking event which gathered 70-80 influential thought leaders, comprising FinNovate mentors, investors, industry experts and business leaders from across the finance sector. The networking session featured thought-provoking and engaging panel discussions on relevant topics in FinTech, offering an invaluable opportunity to exchange insights and ideas. Panellists included start-up founders, mentors, business leaders, investors, and academicians who facilitated engaging discussions on topics such as Open Banking Adoption, Climate FinTech, Ethics and Governance in Start-ups, eKYC and AI-enabled Identity Spoofing, Navigating a Hyper-personalised Future, Neo banking, and many more.

  • March 7, 2024

    Mentor Catch-Up Session

    The event featured a speed networking session comprising elevator pitches by start-ups, reverse pitches and mentor introductions. This exclusive opportunity enabled start-ups to engage actively and network with FinNovate mentors, facilitating valuable connections and interactions.

  • March 7, 2024

    Corporate Demo Day

    The event highlighted a showcase of innovation, comprising 10-minute elevator pitches by 10 outstanding start-ups from FinNovate Cohort 2. These start-ups showcased disruptive solutions across various sectors such as FinTech, Wealth Tech, AgriTech, and more. The presentations were made to senior business leaders and FinNovate Corporate Partners, fostering opportunities for potential partnerships. Notable organisations in attendance included Federal Bank, HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank, ICICI Lombard, IDFC First Bank, SBI, YES Bank, Kotak, DBS and Centrum Group, among others.

  • December 16, 2023

    Fintech Founders Mixer

    In association with ‘Fintech ki Baat’, hosted an impactful Fintech Founders Mixer, bringing together over 40 start-up founders, industry leaders, and venture capitalists. This networking event fostered connections through round-robin chats, offering participants a platform to explore synergies and uncover business growth opportunities. With a focus on facilitating meaningful interactions, the event aimed to catalyse collaborations and inspire innovation within the Fintech ecosystem. The event also featured a fireside chat with Shashank Randec, Co-Founder at 100X.VC.

  • October 15, 2023

    Fintech Bootcamp

    The ‘Fintech Convergence: 4-Week Venture Development Bootcamp’ hosted by the Sunil Bhatia Start-up Resource Hub aimed to provide support to emerging entrepreneurs in the FinTech and TechFin sectors across India. Through mentorship, networking opportunities, access to technology credits, and more, the bootcamp sought to enhance the presence and impact of the Start-up Resource Hub in the FinTech landscape.

    Start-ups participating in the bootcamp stood to gain significant benefits, including access to investors, enterprise and peer networks, the chance to be fast-tracked for the FinNovate Accelerator, mentorship from industry leaders, technology credits worth $600,000, and post-programme support. Additionally, winning start-ups received a cash prize of ₹1 lakh and fast-track entry into the FinNovate Accelerator Cohort 2.

  • October 13, 2023

    Investor Demo Day I FinNovate Accelerator

    FinNovate Accelerator’s inaugural edition culminated with an exclusive Investor Demo Day on October 13, 2023, marking a perfect grand finale for Cohort 1 of the exhilarating FinNovate Accelerator programme. The event witnessed an incredible display of innovation and entrepreneurship, with over 13 finance start-ups presenting innovative and disruptive solutions.

    The distinguished jury comprised Angel Investors, Family Offices and High Net Worth Individuals (HNIs), Corporate Investors and Venture Capitalists, such as Mumbai Angels, Blume Ventures, Chiratae Ventures, Pentathlon Ventures, Prime Venture Partners, SIDBI Ventures, ah! Ventures, Citi Group, YES Bank, Federal Bank, ICICI Bank and many more. The event was attended by distinguished industry leaders, including Sunil Bhatia, Board member, investor and former CEO of Infogain, and Shalini Warrier, the Executive Director of Federal Bank.

  • July 15, 2023

    FinNovate Accelerator | Curtain Raiser

    The FinNovate Accelerator Curtain Raiser marked a new milestone for the SPJIMR Centre for Financial Innovation (CFI) with the inauguration of the Sunil Bhatia Start-up Resource Hub. It witnessed the onboarding of Cohort 1 of the FinNovate Accelerator. The power-packed event welcomed FinNovate Accelerator’s first cohort of 12 start-ups in the ‘Seed to Series A stage’ at the SPJIMR Mumbai campus and a series of insightful sessions by industry experts.

    Mr. Pramod Varma, the erstwhile Chief Architect of Aadhaar and India Stack, captivated the audience with his visionary keynote address, highlighting the societal transformation that occurs when technology unlocks value across domains. Sunil Bhatia, former CEO of Infogain, shared his remarkable journey from start-up to unicorn exit, inspiring entrepreneurs to think big and persevere in the ever-evolving landscape. Nandini Mansinghka, CEO of Mumbai Angels, shed light on the investment opportunities in start-ups, encouraging bold ventures in the dynamic market. Prof. Varun Nagaraj, Dean, SPJIMR, provided a comprehensive overview of SPJIMR’s commitment to driving innovation and nurturing future leaders.

  • July 15, 2023

    Sunil Bhatia Start-up Resource Hub Inauguration

    S. P. Jain Institute of Management and Research (SPJIMR) was pleased to announce a commitment of ₹10 crore from Sunil Bhatia, PGDM 1989 alum. With an illustrious global career that included senior roles at Accenture and IBM, Mr. Bhatia is most recognised for his recent leadership of Silicon Valley-based Infogain, a Global 50 engineering services provider, where he drove a tenfold valuation growth in five years.

  • April 28, 2023

    FinNovate Mentors Meet

    FinNovate Mentors’ Meet provided a unique opportunity for industry experts and academicians to interact, learn and collaborate towards the common goal of fostering innovation and growth in the finance industry.

    Academic Research

    SPJIMR Research

    24 Oct 2023

    Operations Strategy 4.0 – What Will It Be Like and How Will It Lead to the Ideal of an Integrated Organisation?

    R Jayaraman Know more
    15 Oct 2023

    Charting the path toward a greener world: A review of facilitating and inhibiting factors for carbon neutrality

    Shalini Talwar, Amandeep Dhir, Adeel Luqman, Jaya Gupta & Ritika Gugnani Know more
    21 Sep 2023

    Paani Foundation: A gamified approach to water crisis in rural India

    Pallavi Mody, Sushmita Srivastava & Shyam KC Know more
    16 Aug 2023

    AgriMitr: Digitalizing the agricultural landscape with satellite imaging

    Amol S. Dhaigude & Riju Ghosh Know more
    11 Jul 2023

    Fairphone: Dialing up sustainability in smartphones

    Malay Krishna & Hardik Budhiraja Know more
    20 Jun 2023

    Sri Lanka’s macroeconomic crises: The tale of twin deficits

    Preeta George & Monika Gupta Know more
    1 May 2023

    Sustainability-oriented innovations – Enhancing factors and consequences

    Alpana Taneja, Vinay Goyal & Kunjana Malik Know more
    25 Apr 2023

    Serum: Differential pricing of the Covid-19 vaccine

    Sunny Vijay Arora & Malay Krishna
    13 Mar 2023

    Chapter 23: Fostering disability inclusion through evidence-based research-practice collaborations – challenges and key success factors

    Miriam K. Baumgärtner, Stephan A. Boehm, Christoph Breier & Amit Jain Know more
    7 Mar 2023

    Socially responsible investments: A retrospective review and future research agenda

    Ved Dilip Beloskar, Arunima Haldar & S.V.D. Nageswara Rao Know more
    13 Jan 2023

    The Indian Premier League and Covid-19: From success to failure in a self-regulating sports organization during a crisis situation

    Bikramjit Ray Chaudhuri Know more
    28 Nov 2022

    Will adoption of blockchain technology be challenging: Evidence from Indian banking industry

    Preeti Khanna & Arunima Haldar Know more
    11 Nov 2022

    Chapter 8: Digital product-assisted learning: transforming entrepreneurial learning with product usage analytics 161

    Varun Nagaraj Know more
    30 Sep 2022

    Leadership through character building- Spiritual quotient in management education

    Ashita Aggarwal Know more
    28 Jul 2022

    Savemom: The smart wearable solution for maternal health care

    Renuka Kamath & Shrinath V Know more
    31 May 2022

    Channel choice and incentives in the cadaveric organ supply chain

    Akansha Misra, Haritha Saringa, & Rajeev R Tripathi Know more
    19 May 2022

    Ethical climates in South Asian organizations: Empirical findings from India

    Arindam Das & Dimple Grover Know more
    1 Feb 2021

    Migration, trade and investment: Towards a new common concern of humankind

    Thomas Cottier, Anirudh Shingal Know more
    5 Oct 2020

    Chapter 159: Artificial neural network in operation management regarding communication issue, pp 2303-2320

    FPM 2018 Scholar Ayan Chatterjee & Debmallya Chatterjee Know more
    18 Sep 2020

    ITC Hotels: Is responsible luxury sustainable?

    Malay Krishna & Pooja Mhapsekar Know more
    19 May 2020

    Chapter: Satisficing career choices of Indian women managers

    Sumita Datta & Snehal Shah Know more
    30 Apr 2020

    Demonetization and digital payments in India: Perception and reality

    Manisha Chakrabarty, Ashutosh Jha & Partha Ray Know more
    9 Apr 2020

    Resource cell for juvenile justice: challenges of motivation of social workers

    Mihir Ajgaonkar, Keith D’Souza, & K. P. Asha Mukundan Know more
    1 Mar 2020

    Forecasting and analysing the characteristics of 3G and 4G mobile broadband diffusion in India: A comparative evaluation of Bass, Norton-Bass, Gompertz, and logistic growth models

    Ashutosh Jha & Debashis Saha Know more
    20 Feb 2019

    Design thinking: A working strategy for the third sector

    Tulsi Jayakumar, Krishnakoli Das & Neelesh Srivastava Know more

    Practice Insights

    29 Mar 2024

    How platform ecosystems can turbocharge your company’s strategy to address societal challenges

    Snehal Shah, Bikramjit Ray Chaudhuri Know more
    29 Mar 2024

    Partnerships and resourcefulness: A venture’s ultimate growth hack

    Ashneet Kaur, Sudhanshu Maheshwari Know more
    1 Feb 2024

    Navigating the early-stage start-up investment landscape: Human Investors vs. Machine Learning algorithms

    Pragya Gupta Know more
    1 Feb 2024

    Start-up success and co-founder dynamics

    Ansha Gupta Know more
    1 Feb 2024

    Shadow banking: Chronicles from the US and India

    Ansha Gupta Know more
    1 Feb 2024

    Can machine learning algorithms Change the landscape of credit card loan portfolios?

    Pragya Gupta Know more
    1 Feb 2024

    Fintech sandboxes: Need of the hour?

    Pragya Gupta Know more
    12 Oct 2023

    Aha! That’s creative!”: How to design upcycled products with greater appeal

    Sukriti Sekhri Gupta Know more
    12 Oct 2023

    Design capability: How to integrate it for competitive advantage

    Bindu Kulkarni, Renuka Kamath Know more
    12 Oct 2023

    From inclusivity to innovation – A journey of leadership and culture

    Mihir Ajgaonkar, Tanvi Mankodi Know more
    12 Oct 2023

    More than CSR: Organisations must practice responsible innovation

    Varun Nagaraj Know more
    12 Oct 2023

    Turbo-charging innovation in state-run enterprises: Finding the right change makers

    Tulsi Jayakumar Know more
    9 May 2023

    From no to go: How to say yes to disruptive ideas

    Malay Krishna Know more
    9 May 2023

    Virtual reality: A game changer in accurately predicting sales for new product launches

    Janakiraman Moorthy Know more

    Articles

    January 29, 2024

    Fintech through a Gender Lens

    Ansha Gupta Know more
    January 4, 2024

    Strategic Mergers: Capitalizing on Fintech Opportunities

    Ansha Gupta & Pragya Gupta Know more
    December 14, 2023

    Dark data and green computing

    Rohit Roy, PGDM 2023-25 Know more
    December 8, 2023

    Sustainable Futures: India’s development journey, coupled with sustainability

    Anand Choudhury, PGDM 2023-25 Know more
    November 6, 2023

    Will Fintechs Improve Banking Stability?

    Ansha Gupta Know more
    November 3, 2023

    Disruptive digital innovation in healthcare: Understanding and overcoming the resistance

    Shalini Talwar Know more
    September 25, 2023

    Deciphering Fintech Investment Strategies of Banks

    Pragya Gupta Know more
    July 11, 2023

    Approach with Caution: Harnessing the Power of Machine Learning in Credit Underwriting

    Pragya Gupta Know more
    May 20, 2023

    Impact of SVB Crisis on the Indian Start-up Ecosystem: A Comprehensive Analysis

    Mansi Gupta & Sumit Garg Know more
    April 21, 2023

    The Indian perspective – An emerging nation’s take on carbon neutrality

    Prakhar Malik, PGDM 2022 – 2024 Know more
    April 20, 2023

    Card Tokenization

    Shashank Agarwala Know more
    April 17, 2023

    Sustainability-Linked Loans: A primer for CFOs

    Manoj Mohan & Mansi Gupta Know more
    March 10, 2023

    Global Risks and Innovation: Is it time to account for the dark side?

    Shalini Talwar Know more
    March 9, 2023

    Decoding sustainable financing

    Anahita Patange PGDM 2022-2024 Know more
    December 15, 2022

    How Blockchain Technology is Disrupting the Banking Sector

    Gautam Jagannath Know more
    November 20, 2022

    The UPI Viability Conundrum

    Shashank Agarwala Know more
    September 27, 2022

    Is ESG Becoming a Smokescreen?

    Mansi Gupta Know more
    October 23, 2022

    Will CBDC add value in india with UPI and E-Rupi already in place?

    Nidhi Dave Know more
    March 4, 2022

    Can India’s traditional crafts inspire sustainable choices?

    Aakriti Khurania, PGDM 2023-25 Know more
    February 9, 2022

    Eating for the Earth: A sustainable approach to food choices

    Abhinav Shukla, PGDM 2023-25 Know more

    Bulletins

    June 8, 2023

    Surety Bonds: Evaluation of these instruments for diversifying risk in infrastructure financing

    Manoj Mohan, Vidhu Shekhar, Manali Phatak Know more
    March 31, 2023

    Report on the Impact of the Silicon Valley Bank Crisis on the Indian Startup Ecosystem

    Mansi Gupta & Sumit Garg Know more

    Upcoming Special Issues

    Top journals are paying increasing attention to aspects of wise innovation, calling for contributions to special issues. We list some of these below:

    Responsible new product development and innovation management

    Submission deadline: May 31, 2024

    Publication: Journal of Product Innovation Management

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    The coevolution of financial and technological innovations

    Submission deadline: June 30, 2024

    Publication: Research Policy

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    Digital platforms, generative AI, and the future of territorial innovation systems: Navigating the new landscape of intelligence and innovation

    Submission deadline: January 31, 2025

    Publication: Technovation

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    Enhancing innovation ecosystems for a sustainable world in times of dramatic change

    Submission deadline: December 31, 2024

    Publication: Technovation

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    Lights and shadows of generative AI for individuals, organizations, and society

    Submission deadline: November 30, 2024

    Publication: International Journal of Information Management

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    Team

    Manoj Mohan

    Executive Director, WISE Tech

    Santosh Kumar

    Director, Corporate Innovation and Programmes

    Ramanan Ramanathan

    Executive in Residence, WISE Tech

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    Haresh Chawla

    Executive in Residence, WISE Tech

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    Manali Phatak

    Head, Accelerators and Alliances, WISE Tech

    Mrunmai Brid

    Centre Manager, WISE Tech

    Ansha Gupta

    Research Associate, WISE Tech

    Koustubh Kalanadhabhatta

    Associate, WISE Tech

    Gauri Bhisale

    Associate, WISE Tech

    Kritika Mudaliyar

    Pre-Sales and Operations Associate, WISE Tech

    Student Interns

    Suyash Bajaj

    Analyst, WISE Tech

    Shreyas Bramhecha

    Analyst, WISE Tech

    Ansh Bhalodia

    Analyst, WISE Tech

    Contact Us

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    022 – 6145 4265
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