Bigger is the Challenge, Better is the opportunity to Grow.

Highlighting this thought, IIIM’s entrepreneurship cell, E-Igniters commenced the annual E-week activities scheduled from 13th to 21st Feb 2015 with an impressive Inaugural ceremony on 13th Feb in IIIM Auditorium.

The Inaugural and the Pledge ceremony was lead by e-leaders for the session 2014-15, MrGajendra Singh, Mr.Mayur Joshi, Mr.Manu Joshi, MrJayeshGarg, MsShraddhaAgarwal and MsAkanksha Sharma. Welcome address and an Introduction to E-week were presented by MrGajendra Singh, E-leader (MBA 2013-15 batch), outlining major activities and achievements of E-cell during 2014-15. Student E-leaders formally declared open the E-week with lamp lighting ceremony and Pledge to participate and support entrepreneurial activities. Mr.Gajendra gave a brief of events and activities scheduled during E-week over next seven days at IIIM Campus.

The Inaugural was followed by the activity “Stepping into a Social Entrepreneur’s Shoes”, wherein MBA students of IIIM, presented a brief of their work and learning, which they gained during their 10 day hands-on-experience with NGOs like Kilkaari, Pravaah, CECOEDECON, Saksham etc. MrDhananjaySahay, Director Policy, CECOEDECON and Mr Sanjay Mathur, Director, GGBS Jaipur honored the event as special guests and subject matter experts. DrBharti Sharma, Associate Professor, IIIM set the activity in motion by welcoming the esteemed guests and providing a brief of the activity.

A total 15 teams presented a brief of their hard work of ten days, which they took up while working with their respective allotted social organizations. All presentations very aptly highlighted the gaps in the social well being and ways to mend them. The best eight presentations were selected by the judges to be presented during the International Conference on the theme ‘Inspiring Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship for Poverty Eradication in India’ to be held in collaboration with IDCA on February 21, 2015.
After “Stepping into a Social Entrepreneur’s Shoes” activity, MrDhananjaySahay enlightened the gathering with his experiences in the Social Entrepreneurship Industry. Mr Sanjay Mathur briefed the students about opportunities and challenges in the NGO sector.
The day’s activities ended with a promise of many more learning experiences during the week long E-week activities.

On second day of E-Week, “Making Money out of Waste” was the central activity. It was directed at providing an opportunity to students to don their creative hats and create unimaginable products from useless waste items. The students had to make a presentation on their creations to market them in a virtual world. Sixteen teams presented their products in this activity. Some of the products made were- Decorative boat from wood, Piggybank from cold drink bottles, Photo frame using ear-buds and straws, Candles from orange peel, Pen stand from household waste, Cycle from old newspaper etc.
Among all the wonderful products presented, Judges declared top three entries on the basis of overall impact. Winning entry was a Spoon lamp made from plastic spoons and bottles presented by MsSaloniJohari and team. Runners up were MsAditi Gupta and team, who presented a Stool made up of Old Tin can and waste cloth pieces. Second runner up team’s product was on go-green theme, i.e. decorative flower pots made from waste glass bottles.

“Making Money out of Waste” activity was followed by a motivational talk by Professor Ashwani Kumar, chairperson, Centre for Public Policy Habitat and Human Development, School of Development Studies, TISS, Mumbai. Prof Kumar talked about his experiences at various projects of National development including MGNREGA. He advised the students to be ready to take risks and explore possibilities in varied sectors. Prof Kumar recited some of his poems on request from the students.

On the third day of E-week, February 16 2015, ‘Outreach’ was organized. The students went to the village Phagi and performed street play to educate residents about self-dependence and how NEN can help them to be an entrepreneur. The activity was undertaken to accomplish the objective of engaging large audience and to spread knowledge on entrepreneurship. During the visit a survey was also conducted to ascertain the investment and saving patterns of farmers and useful suggestions were given subsequently.

On February 18, in E- Baithak, a panel discussion with some of thriving alumni entrepreneurs, Mr. Saurabh Gupta & Mr. Rajan Mehta, venture capitalist of Brasa Energies – a biocoal producing firm, Mr. Ashu Sharma, Chief delivery executive officer and co-founder, Quintellia – an IT firm, and Mr.Shantanu Jain – owner of True Eyes- an optical store, shared their experiences and motivated students to start their own ventures. The panelists also handled the queries of the students and shared their opinions with regard to entrepreneurship.

Day five was for ‘Bazaar on Campus’. Seventeen teams participated and displayed stalls of various items ranging from entertaining games, delicious food items to artificial stone jewellery. The enthusiasm and excitement of the students added to the learning and experiences of the budding entrepreneurs. The students honed their skills by devoting themselves completely to the assignment and managing everything on their own from pooling financial resources to earning profits from their stalls.

In the E-Talk, Mr. Vikramjeet Singh, Director, INAS Social Consultancy, guided students to not just see the beautiful picture of entrepreneurship but also to ponder on various difficulties that one may across in the journey. He told the students to be proactive and to be prepared for the challenges. Entrepreneurship is an art of winning over difficulties, he said. He also personally mentored some MBA final year students, who have already started businesses during their MBA programme.

During the week, students learnt skills of entrepreneurship from an assortment of activities. They got inclined towards entrepreneurship; they learnt facing challenges, got an insight of available opportunities, and learnt behavioral skills to handle the challenges posed by entrepreneurship.

On February 21, the Institute Grabbed the RUNNERS UP Championship Trophy in Entrepreneurship Week India 2015, North Region. The recognition motivated the students and filled them with enthusiasm and resolve for a more determined performance for next year.


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