Pune, 05, 2016: DesignGild, an initiative by MIT ID (Maharashtra Institute of Technology Institute of
Design) Pune, India’s first design led startup ecosystem, inaugurated its co-working space with state of
the art facilities at MITID's Rajbaug campus. Designgild offers a 6 month intensive design focused
accelerator program which will give startups access to design mentorship; opportunity to collaborate
with designers at levels such as intern, employee or co-founder; a co-working space with access to
prototyping facilities; IPR consulting and facilitation; PR and other vital business support services. This
program will help startups leverage the power of design at operational and strategic levels to create
Kitchen Grace India’s Managing Director and a startup mentor at DesignGild, Mr. Snehal Vasani, evinced
interest in supporting startups by being a Chief Guest at DesignGild’s Inauguration Ceremony. He
praised the efforts of MIT ID and said that, “It feels proud to be the mentor of such programs. This
initiative is very important as it will bring mentorship and resources from industry to enable startups
build new businesses”. He further added that, “DesignGild will help startups to use design for business
Prof. Anant Chakradeo, Dean at Design Habitat stated at the inauguration, “MITID wants to contribute
to the entire design ecosystem in a meaningful way and Designgild is a step in that direction”.
Sharing his opinion on the same, Prof. Dhimant Panchal-Director of MIT ID cited, “Startups cannot
survive and be successful without proper facilities, guidance, fund and mentorship. DesignGild will give
these startups a massive edge by providing high quality design mentorship and resources.”
Addressing the gathering at the inauguration, Prof. Harshit Desai, COO – DesignGild said, “Our aim
during the journey will be to enable and support startups to transform their potential ideas with our
mentoring, funding and other important resources. We endeavor to create a vibrant startup ecosystem
to provide startups with the required edge to ensure business growth.”
With this inauguration, DesignGild announces its 'applications open' for the accelerator program.
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