Who we are

Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership (CEL) is a Centre for Excellence at BITS Pilani, Pilani Campus. As the Entrepreneurship Cell of one of the premier institutes of the country, the prime focus of the organization is to provide an environment conducive to promoting the entrepreneurial spirit and related skills among not only the students of the college, but all across the nation. Through an amalgamation of various projects, we aspire to cater to the interests of a wide variety of people - ranging from students with an entrepreneurial bent to economically weaker sections in the nearby rural areas, as well as established startups in need of funding or mentorship.

Our Story

The idea for CEL was seeded by the BITSAA Center for Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital (CEVC) with the vision of promoting the spirit of entrepreneurial thinking among the BITSian community . It was started in the year 2003 by Anupendra Sharma, who went on to become one of the founding members of Startup Leadership Program later in 2006. The concerted efforts of the students, alumni and faculty resulted in the Center (within a short span of 6 months) being named as one of the top centres of entrepreneurship among Indian Universities


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    Sow the seeds of entrepreneurial leadership across all disciplines

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    Facilitate entrepreneurial activity on campus

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    Bridge the gap between industry and the academic curriculum

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    Build a high-quality ecosystem on campus to support resource-strapped startup ventures