Events

Workshop on Entrepreneurship Development , 2017

December 12 , 2017

The outreach program took place in IIMC Campus from 6th December – 9th December. There were about 12 delegates attending the workshop. The government of Mizoram were very keen to join the workshop for their EDS Master Trainers. The session was chaired by CEO IIMCIP : Mr. Subhrangshu Sanyal followed by Prof. C.D Mitra, Mr. Suman Mukhopadhay (Banganatok.com) and Mr. Vikram Duggal who spoke about the business model and the canvas for the model.

Mr. Subhrangshu Sanyal- CEO IIMCIP delivered a speech to giving an overview about Ideations tools and Technique
and customers Value Proposition Model.Mr. C.D Mitra while speaking explained the marketing and branding requirement for any product. IIMCIP Incubatee MS. Priyandarshini(5C Network), Ms. Ekta Jaju(Onganic), Mr. Biswajit( Edurade)joined the session : interaction with the start ups.

The audience were highly engaged in the programme and actively participated in the same. The programme was a grand success and acquired positive responses from enthusiastic individuals from various sectors.

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TSEC – Grand Finale on 06th January 2018

December 12 , 2017

Tata Social Enterprise Challenge 2017-18, a joint initiative of the Tata group and the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta (IIM-C), celebrated India’s most promising early-stage social enterprises, which could bring about long-term solutions to India’s social needs.

The grand finale of the programme will be held on January 6, 2018, at the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta (IIM-C).The event will be attended by social entrepreneurs, students, corporate, impact investors, and academicians from all over the country.

This year’s edition received over 400 registrations from across India, out of which 205 met all the eligibility criteria and moved to the next round of the competition. The impact proposals are in the area of agriculture, food and dairy; healthcare, water and sanitation; technology and development; education & skills development; housing; handicrafts; and energy and micro-finance/financial inclusion, among others. The ventures were judged on three parameters – Business Model, Social Impact and Sustainability.

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North East Accelerator Program

December 12 , 2017

IIM Calcutta Innovation Park (IIMCIP), in association with the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Govt. of India, is launching the North East Accelerator Program in which a number of innovative, sustainable & scalable early stage entrepreneurs from North East India will be identified and supported. Ennovent, a global innovation company that helps clients accelerate business innovations for sustainability in low-income markets in developing countries, is partnering with IIMCIP to execute this program

Venue: Radisson Blu Hotel, National Highway 37, Gotanagar, Guwahati 781033, Assam Telephone : (0361) 7100100

Date: 15th December, 2017, Friday, Reporting time : 10:00 am

For any query pls contact : sujoy.sen@iimcip.org

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Tata SE Challenge Seminar on Thinking Social – Delhi

November 30 , 2017

IIM Calcutta Innovation Park in partnership with the Tata Group is hosting the next Thinking Social Seminar at International Management Institute, from 10 am – 2pm on 4th Dec,2017.

The primary objective of this event is to build awareness on social entrepreneurship, generate interest and inspire the young generation to come up with innovative solutions to social challenges.

To attend the event write to henna.jaireth@iimcip.org

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Tata SE Challenge Seminar on Thinking Social – Chennai

November 30 , 2017

IIM Calcutta Innovation Park in association with the TATA group hosted the Thinking Social Seminar at IITM Research Park, Chennai, 21st November. The primary objective of this event was to build awareness on social entrepreneurship, generate interest and inspire the young generation to come up with innovative solutions to social challenges. The speakers of the seminar comprised of eminent and social entrepreneurs, investors and academicians who have already established their own outstanding ventures and have impacted the lives of thousands of people.

The speakers consisted of an esteemed panel of entrepreneurs including Guarav Kapoor: (Serial Social Entrepreneur),Geethanjali Radhakrishnan (Founder & Director – Adiuvo Diagnostics Private Limited), Sabarinath C Nair (Founder CEO at Skillveri),Kalyan Sivasailam (CEO – 5C Network), Pradeep Thangappan (Founder – Enability Foundation) , Dr Anand (Founder FIB-SOL Life Technologies Pvt. Ltd )

The seminar commenced with the welcome address by Mr Gaurav Kapoor, emphasized on what it really means to be social entrepreneur he added that “Being social doesn’t just mean being on the social media but also being Social in the true sense of the word.” A social entrepreneur is a person who pursues novel applications that have the potential to solve community-based problems. These individuals are willing to take on the risk and effort to create positive changes in society through their initiatives.

Sabarinath C is the Founder CEO of Skillveri Training Solutions Private Limited,spoke about his venture which help in addressing India’s Skill Gap. It enables better quality delivery of practical vocational skill training at significantly lesser costs through its innovative, scalable platform of multi-skill simulators. The company recently graduated from IIT Madras’ Rural Technology and Business Incubator (RTBI).Skillveri has established itself as a market leader in the sector with a range of welding-training products and new offerings like spray painting, gold -jewelry soldering and medical skills.

Kalyan Sivasailam (CEO – 5C Network) share his experience about his journey as an entrepreneur. 5c Network is a technologically advanced telehealth platform focusing on Remote Radio diagnosis, offering the highest quality radiological interpretations at the fastest possible time. They connect the best radiologists to hospitals and diagnostic centres, thus solving the problem concerning lack of qualified radiologists at every hospital or diagnostic centres. It is their innovative technology and business model, that makes 5C Network unique in the telehealth platform. They are India’s first diagnostic network, and their vision is to bridge India’s healthcare divide.

Pradeep Thangappan is the Founder of Enability Foundation For Rehabilitation, expounds about his company which focuses on providing indigenous and affordable assistive technology solutions to rehabilitation workers, teachers, schools and resource centers. It’s product iGest, captures gestures of children with cerebral palsy and converts them into a dictionary of sentences.

The speakers share their thoughts and views about the social entrepreneurship that Social entrepreneurs drive social innovation and transformation in various fields including education, health, environment and enterprise development.

The seminar ended with an interactive Q & A session, where questions were posed by not only the students but faculty as well.

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Thinking Social seminar- KIIT Bhubaneswar

November 29 , 2017

IIM Calcutta Innovation Park in association with the TATA group hosted the Thinking Social Seminar at T-Hub, Hyderabad November 20th, 2017. The primary objective of this event was to build awareness on social entrepreneurship, generate interest and inspire the young generation to come up with innovative solutions to social challenges. The speakers of the seminar comprised of eminent and social entrepreneurs, investors and academicians who have already established their own outstanding ventures and have impacted the lives of thousands of people.

The speakers consisted of an esteemed panel of entrepreneurs uman Mukhopadhyay, Director
of Banglanatokdotcom ,K.C .Mishra, Founder E-Kutir,Binayak Acharya- Founder,Tatvagyan , Amar Kr Jamdhiar- Founder &CEO, Prosperita Medi360 Pvt Ltd, Ambika Satpathy- Co Founder,Zoofresh ,Sanjib Parida – Founder,Orbonix.

Mr. Suman Mukhopadhay chaired the session highlighting about what is Social Entrepreneurship and relevance of smart solutions to solve development challenges. Today the social Entrepreneurs has number of opportunities in their hand ,only they should have guts to handle any situation and innovation that will lead to solution as mentioned by K.C .Mishra, Founder E-Kutir.

The seminar ended with an interactive Q & A session, where questions were posed by not only the students but faculty as well.

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AWARENESS PROGRAMME ON INNOVATION & INCUBATION- ST. XAVIER’S COLLEGE,PATNA

November 29 , 2017

Thirteen outreach programme took place at St Xavier’s College, Patna on 10th November 2017. There were about more than 75 students were present . The programme was started with an welcome note by Secretary of BEA , Mr Abhisek Singh . Mr Soujit Das,INVENT–IIMCIP delivered the speech giving an overview on IDEATION, SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP & INCUBATION at IIMCIP under INVENT Programme. Mr Abhisek Singh chaired the session giving an introduction about IIMCIP & BEA Collaboration for emerging start-ups of Bihar . Mr Adarsh Srivastav from Green Agrevolution shared their experience towards success and also how they were being helped by IIMCIP.

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ENTREPRENEURSHIP DEVELOPMENT SKILL-NSHM

November 29 , 2017

Eleventh outreach programme took place at NSHM, Kolkata on 1st November 2017.There were about more than 50 participants attending the programme. The programme was started with an welcome note by Dean of the Institute. Mr Gaurav Kapoor,Head INVENT –IIMCIP delivered a speech to giving an overview on Social Entrepreneurship, Ideation and Incubation process under INVENT Programme.
When it comes to social entrepreneurship, India is often referred to as the epicenter of impact investing, and the world’s laboratory for testing new ideas. According to him social entrepreneurs can be described as visionaries who solve old problems.Social entrepreneurs should be obsessed with sustainability, being environment friendly, making the best use of local resources, growth of villages, power of cooperatives, promoting local industry and community-driven initiatives.
The audience were highly engaged in the programme and actively participated in the same. The programme was a grand success and acquired positive responses from enthusiastic individuals from various sectors.

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ENTREPRENEURSHIP DEVELOPMENT SKILL -Adamas University

November 29 , 2017

Twelfth outreach programme took place at ADAMAS University on 10th November 2017. There were about more than 100 particiaption . The programme was started with an welcome note by University Dean ,DR. SHYAMAL KUMAR PABI. Mr Gaurav Kapoor, Head INVENT –IIMCIP delivered a speech to give an overview on Entrepreneurship Awareness Programme. This was followed by a panel discussion on ‘Journey of Social Entrepreneur- its Challenges’. the panelist comprised of Mr Rajib Sengupta, Founder Arogya Medtech Pvt Ltd and Mr Prantik Sinha Founder Agasthya Buyont Pvt Ltd. Debayan Biswas Agastya Buoyant is closely working with many salvaging companies and diving training institutes, across the country, providing training on use of underwater lift bags. Mr Prantik Sinha while speaking about his venture mentioned that Agastya Buoyant Pvt Ltd, looking forward to gain expertise in design and development of inflatables for different field of applications in India. They are the leading manufacturer, engaged in offering a wide range of Trash Boom, Underwater Lift Bag and Gas Storage Balloon. Mr Rajib Sengupta vidvidly described that Arogya Medtech is a scalable solution for neuroimaging which will change brain scans world-wide, cerebros for on site brain scanning. It is a Low-cost, Portable, Radiation Free, Non-Invasive, Multi-modal Brain-scanning device as wearable head-gear integrated with a cloud based Tele Neuro-platform.

The audience were highly engaged in the programme and actively participated in the same. The programme was a grand success and acquired positive responses from enthusiastic individuals from various sectors.

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Workshop on managing Legal issuies for the Start-Ups (28th Nov,2017)

November 29 , 2017

Trustlaw is the Thomson Reuters Foundation’s global pro bono service, which connects NGOs and social enterprises with free legal advice and research from the best law firms and in-house legal teams around the world. We work with over 4,000 members in over 175 countries, including over 3,000 NGOs and social enterprises and over 120,000 lawyers from top law firms and in-house legal teams. Our lawyers provide advice on the range of transactional matters that might arise for an organization, including intellectual property, structuring, HR issues, drafting or reviewing partnership agreements, contracts, templates, cross border legal research etc. To get an idea of some of the work, we encourage you to look at the Impact Award video,Innovation Award video and the Collaboration Award videos from the 2017 TrustLaw Awards.

The workshop was taken by Mr Simit Bhagat, Program Officer, Asia at Thomson Reuters Foundation .There were 8 incubates present there for the workshop which were Medi360, R C Hobbytech, Growvill Education, NexConnect Ventures, BigCells Technologies, Bongiyo Gramin Krishi Udyog, Onganic Foods and Sanjevani Khamar.

Mr Bhagat spoke about how they help the organisations to connect with different legal matters if any.The participants were at given an opportunity to speak about their existing business model and share the legal challenges they are facing currently The programme delved into not only theoretical concepts but also practical tools and techniques to help participants solve legal matters ideas, validate them and manage their product development process.

The workshop ended with an interactive Q & A session, where questions were posed by not only the participants but faculty as well.

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Thinking Social Seminar-Hyderabad

November 29 , 2017

IIM Calcutta Innovation Park in association with the TATA group hosted the Thinking Social Seminar at T-Hub, Hyderabad November 20th, 2017. The primary objective of this event was to build awareness on social entrepreneurship, generate interest and inspire the young generation to come up with innovative solutions to social challenges. The speakers of the seminar comprised of eminent and social entrepreneurs, investors and academicians who have already established their own outstanding ventures and have impacted the lives of thousands of people.

The speakers consisted of an esteemed panel of entrepreneurs including Guarav Kapoor: (Serial Social Entrepreneur), Brig P Ganesham Founder – President, Palle Srujana Prashant Lingam Co-Founder, Bamboo House India; Dr. Praveen Kumar Secretary, Telangana Social Welfare Residential Educational Institutions Society (TSWREIS).

The seminar commenced with the welcome address by Mr Gaurav Kapoor, emphasized on what it really means to be social entrepreneur he added that “Being social doesn’t just mean being on the social media but also being Social in the true sense of the word.” A social entrepreneur is a person who pursues novel applications that have the potential to solve community-based problems. These individuals are willing to take on the risk and effort to create positive changes in society through their initiatives

Brig P Ganesham Founder – President, Palle Srujana spoke about theVillagers who have their own knowledge and ways of expression. We need to be enough knowledgeable to know their strengths. Traditional knowledge of the Villagers has been ignored and the rural people ​​are not able to cope with modern knowledge being disruptive. Its urban people responsibility​ ​to bring their useful​knowledge back by engaging in conversation with the rural people. The whole world is run by the people and for the people, henceforth we shouldn’t be dependent on the machine, we should extend our hand and help the farmers. He mentioned that to become a social entrepreneur one needs to first become an entrepreneur and have the right kind of skills set.

Prashant Lingam Co-Founder, Bamboo House India spoke about his journey in social entrepreneurship. Bamboo House India is a social enterprise established by two first generation entrepreneurs Prashant Lingam ( Management Graduate) and Aruna Kappagantula (Science Graduate) in the year 2008 with an aim of utilizing bamboo as an economic driver for providing sustainable livelihood opportunities to rural and tribal communities dependent on bamboo for livelihoods and at the same time utilize bamboo as a eco friendly substitute for wood , steel, iron steel and plastic – Bamboo House in Hyderabad.

Dr. Praveen Kumar Secretary, Telangana Social Welfare Residential Educational Institutions Society (TSWREIS) spoke about the zeal an social entrepreneur should have. According to him a social entrepreneur should be ambitious and persistent, tackling major social issues and offering new ideas for wide-scale change.

The seminar ended with an interactive Q & A session, where questions were posed by not only the students but faculty as well.

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Smart Fifty – Solutions to transform India

November 14 , 2017

SMART FIFTY :IMCIP & DST(Department of Science and Technology) launches Smart Fifty which is aligned to ‘Start-Up India’ movement and aims to promote socio-economic development in India. Smart Fifty is probably the biggest Start-Up hunt in India to identify, recognize and reward aspiring and early-stage entrepreneurs. The platform will focus on innovative ideas which can transform India from a socio-economic perspective, urging participants to present solutions that are SMART(Sustainable, Motivating, Affordable, Responsible and above all,Transformative).

The program will emphasize on India’s need for smart solution, what is Smart solutions, and what are the Investment opportunities available for the startups. SMART FIFTY outreach Program at 91 springboard Mumbai . Time: 4 P.M-6 P.M Date: 18th November,2017. For any Query mail to : henna.jaireth@iimcip.org

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Thinking Social Seminar-Patna

November 14 , 2017

IIM Calcutta Innovation Park in association with the TATA group and Bihar Entrepreneur Association hosted the Thinking Social Seminar at Chanakya National Law University on 22 July 2017. The primary objective of this event was to build awareness on social entrepreneurship, generate interest and inspire the young generation to come up with innovative solutions to social challenges. On 21st July 2017 we had organized a business plan pitching session for social entrepreneurs in Bihar. 80 startups had applied for this and only 20 startups were shortlisted to participate in this event.

The speakers of this seminar comprised of eminent and social entrepreneurs, investors and academicians who have already established their own outstanding ventures and have impacted the lives of thousands of people.

The seminar commenced with the welcome address by Mr Abhishek Singh, Secretary General – Bihar Entrepreneur Association who spoke about how BEA was formed and the kind of work they are doing in the state of Bihar. He mentioned, “ We are a regional coalition of entrepreneurs, business and community leaders, organizations and local government dedicated to provide start-ups of Bihar with access to nationwide tools and resources that will help them scale up.” He also spoke about the Bihar Startup Yatra’s which they have been organizing in partnership with the Department of Industries, Govt. of Bihar since 2011.

Capt. Amitabh, Head (Skill Development), CSR – Tata Steel, Spoke about the initiatives taken up by the Tata Group . He said, “Truly imbibing the ethos set by our founder JN Tata, as a responsible corporate citizen, we believe community to be the very purpose of our existence. Tata Steel’s commitment towards CSR dates back for more than 100 years and is known for it nationally and globally.”

Gaurav Kapoor, Head (INVENT) – IIM Calcutta Innovation Park spoke about who is a social entrepreneur and how to identify gaps and create a business opportunity out of it. He said, “India is a vast country with humongous challenges in almost every social sector. The government can make policies and provide the infrastructure, however, the actual change will be brought in by the people themselves. It is time that the youth takes on the baton and assumes responsibility to solve problems impacting the masses, especially the rural population, which is where the larger chunk of our population lives. He further said, “The startup ecosystem is evoking entrepreneurial talent and if the youth takes up entrepreneurship seriously, it wont be long before we see some amazing ideas come forward and create sustainable enterprises while solving some massive problems. Tata Social Enterprise Challenge is one such initiative.”

Mr. Vikram Duggal, Unitus Seed Fund spoke about the funding opportunities available to start-ups in the social entrepreneurship space.

Mr Kaushlendra, Co-founder Samriddhi and President Bihar Entrepreneur Association spoke about the scope of social entrepreneurship in Bihar & Jharkand. He also explained to the audience the importance of technical knowledge.

Mr Suman Mukhopadhyay, Director – Banglanatak.com spoke about the challenges and Innovation in Social Entrepreneurship. He further mentioned, “The diversity of ideas, background, age and gender of existing and potential entrepreneurs who participated in the pitching session was very impressive. Energy of the youth and their willingness to venture into unchartered territory with an intention to deliver common good is an indicator of evolving social Entrepreneurship in the State.”

The seminar ended with an interactive Q & A session and the names of the top 3 winners of the Business Plan Pitching Session held the previous day were declared.

The following teams were the winners:

TakGi: They are bridging the gap between the retailer and wholesaler for sourcing medicines, which is a major pain point, by assigning a dedicated staff who is required to source the medicines on a daily or weekly basis.

The Ganna Cafe: The Ganna cafe provides freshly prepared hygienic and healthy sugarcane juice through a vending cart. This is done through a motorized machine in a single crush process. The ganna juice which they provide is hygienic, healthy and cost effective i.e. at par with the current market rate.

R-Labs: They help engineering students to test their robotic programming on high end, state of art Robots which are located at various premium universities in Europe.

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SMART FIFTY panel discussion on Smart solutions for India’s challenges and role of ecosystem

November 14 , 2017

‘SMART FIFTY':IMCIP & DST(Department of Science and Technology) launches Smart Fifty which is aligned to ‘Start-Up India’ movement and aims to promote socio-economic development in India. Smart Fifty is probably the biggest Start-Up hunt in India to identify, recognize and reward aspiring and early-stage entrepreneurs. The platform will focus on innovative ideas which can transform India from a socio-economic perspective, urging participants to present solutions that are SMART(Sustainable, Motivating, Affordable, Responsible and above all,Transformative).

The program will emphasize on Smart solutions, Challenges of India, how smart solutions can help transform India and why entrepreneurship alone can transform India.
SMART FIFTY outreach Program at Ecospace Business Park, Block 4B Action Area II New Town. Time: 4 P.M-6 P.M Date: 15th November,2017. For any Query mail to : henna.jaireth@iimcip.org

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IIMCIP in association with Govt of Mizoram launches Business Plan Contest

August 2 , 2017

IIM Calcutta Innovation Park in association with MEDMOC, the Government of Mizoram announced the launch of MIZORAM KAILAWN on the 18th July’2017, to promote and develop entrepreneurship in Mizoram starting with the first business plan contest in Mizoram.

The business plan contest has been conceived to ignite the spirit of entrepreneurship amongst the people of Mizoram which will eventually lead to growth and prosperity in Mizoram.

To know more about the contest and to apply click here

Last Date to Apply: 31st August’2017

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INVENT Social Entrepreneurship Awareness Programme at Rotary Sadan

June 1 , 2017

IIM Calcutta Innovation Park (IIMCIP) in association with Rotary Club of Calcutta Renaissance – RI District 3291, conducted the INVENT Social Entrepreneurship Awareness Programme on the 11th of June’2017 at Rotary Sadan – Kolkata.

The primary objective of this event was to build awareness on social entrepreneurship, generate interest and inspire the young generation to come up with innovative solutions to social challenges.

The event began with an opening address by Mr. Chirabrata Mazumdar, President- Rotary Club of Calcutta Renaissance. Mr Gaurav Kapoor, Head- INVENT (IIMCIP) presented a talk on social entrepreneurship- what is it and innovative startups in the social entrepreneurship space. This was followed by a panel discussion on ‘Journey of Social Entrepreneur- its Challenges’. The panelist comprised of F&B company owner, Debayan Biswas from North Bengal speaking on his venture MOMOS on Wheels which has successfully innovated frozen momos with a life span of 9 months and is working with unemployed women rejected by society; Prof Somprakash Bandyopadhyay, Mentor of ‘NexConnect Venture’ a unified digital teaching-learning platform that seeks to provide a quality learning environment to every child/student in both rural and urban areas; and Mr Sandip Datta, Senior representative from ‘IKure’, which has a vision to provide affordable, accessible and quality healthcare using technological intervention.

The audience were highly engaged in the programme and actively participated in the same. The programme was a grand success and acquired positive responses from enthusiastic individuals from various sectors.

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INVENT outreach Programme at GMIT, Baruipur

May 25 , 2017

Sixth INVENT outreach programme was held at GMIT , Baruipur on Monday , May 15, 2017. There were about 100 participants including students and faculty members from different colleges of Baruipur. The programme kick-started with the welcome note by the Chairman of the College.This was followed by an overview on the INVENT program , Social Entrepreneurship and “Ideation & Creating Business Plan” for the budding entrepreneurs by Mr Soujit Das of IIMCIP. Mr Prantik Sinha of Agastya Buyont and Mr Biswajit Dey of Edurade, two entrepreneurs who are incubated at IIMCIP shared their journey so far-challenges faced, milestones achieved. A session was conducted where the students displayed their project models and earned valuable inputs from the IIMCIP team members. Audience actively participated in the sessions conducted and the programme received positive responses from enthusiastic budding entrepreneurs.

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Workshop on Managing Innovation in Small Businesses (31st May-3rd June’2017)

April 18 , 2017

The 4-day workshop on Managing Innovation in Small Businesses, started on the 31st of May’ 2017 with 15 participants from different parts of the country.
The programme delved into not only theoretical concepts but also practical tools and techniques to help participants generate innovative product/service ideas, validate them and manage their product development process. It included Experiential Learning Methodology (ELM) using a blend of classroom lectures, presentations, case studies, group discussions and hands-on exercises.

The participants were at the beginning given an opportunity to speak about their existing business model and share the challenges they are facing. Through the span of next three days participants were exposed to the different facets of innovation & entrepreneurship-Innovation Basics, Customer value propositions, Ideation Technique, Design Thinking, Marketing and Branding, Business Model Canvas, Financing Essentials and Presentation Skills.

On the last day the teams presented their business models based on their learning, after being given hands-on experience on how to bring innovation in their existing ventures.

The workshop helped the participants to look at their businesses from a whole new perspective and helped them to think differently by giving pivotal importance to the customer’s pain points. The workshop particularly assisted Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) not only to find the ‘right idea’ to grow their business but also to improve their overall innovativeness.

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Thinking Social Seminar – Mizoram

March 31 , 2017

IIM Calcutta Innovation Park in association with the TATA group hosted the Thinking Social Seminar at Pacchunga University College on March 31st, 2017. The primary objective of this event was to build awareness on social entrepreneurship, generate interest and inspire the young generation to come up with innovative solutions to social challenges. The speakers of the seminar comprised of eminent and social entrepreneurs, investors and academicians who have already established their own outstanding ventures and have impacted the lives of thousands of people.

The seminar commenced with the welcome address by Dr. C. Vanlalramsanga, IES, Secretary Planning Department and Alternate Chairman of Mizoram State Entrepreneurship Development Monitoring Committee (MEDMOC) who spoke about the various initiatives which the Mizoram government has been taking up on Entrepreneurship Development. He also urged the students to take inspiration from these social entrepreneurs so that they can take up entrepreneurship as a career option.

Prof. C D Mitra, IIM Calcutta spoke about who is a social entrepreneur and how to identify gaps and create a business opportunity out of it. He said, “Being an entrepreneur is not only about starting your own venture, It is essentially finding a gap between what is and what should be. The moment you find a smart way to bridge that gap connected to a social problem and you create a business opportunity, you become a social entrepreneur.” He urged the students to innovatively solve some of the unsolved problems in the state.

Mr. Vikram Duggal, Unitus Seed Fund said, “There are so many unresolved problems, especially in the North-Eastern regions of India. Social Entrepreneurs have tremendous opportunity to create profitable businesses and impact lives of underserved masses at same time. He also added that at Unitus Seed fund they need to see traction, among other things, before investing in any startup. Ten of the portfolio companies have raised series A and two have raised series B funding.

Mr Debayan Biswas, Founder: Momo on Wheels said, “All north eastern states are filled with opportunities which contribute towards the development of nation’s economic growth. We just need to be aware of these opportunities in the state in order to solve some of the social challenges.”

Mr Gaurav Kapoor, Innokul, spoke about the various social issues plaguing our nation in the health, environment, education, population and employment sectors and how youth can take cognizance of these issues and come up with relevant indigenous solutions. He inspired the youth with videos of live examples of social enterprises that have solved some mammoth social challenges in their respective sectors. He also gave the audience a deep insight into the concept of social enterprises and how they function.

The seminar ended with an interactive Q & A session, where questions were posed by not only the students but faculty as well.

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INVENT outreach Programme at Patna

March 25 , 2017

A business plan pitching session was conducted by IIM Calcutta Innovation Park at the Bihar Entrepreneurship Summit on 21 March 2017. Over 100+ startups had applied initially through an online application process and from there 15 startups were shortlisted for the final pitching session.

The Judging panel comprised of members from the startup ecosystem (IIM Calcutta, IIM Calcutta Innovation Park, YourStory, Nasscom, F6S).

Top three teams were awarded a total of 1 lakh cash prize. The winners were:

Winner: Janamajey Tiwari
1st Runner up: Schooglink
2nd Runner up: Repair my Mobile

On 22nd March 2017 a panel discussion was conducted on the following theme:

Invest in Bihar: Opportunities Untapped Session

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Workshop on Managing Innovation in Small Businesses 2017

March 20 , 2017

The 4-day workshop on Managing Innovation in Small Businesses, started on the 16th of March’2017 with 22 participants from different parts of the country.
The programme delved into not only theoretical concepts but also practical tools and techniques to help participants generate innovative product/service ideas, validate them and manage their product development process. It included Experiential Learning Methodology (ELM) using a blend of classroom lectures, presentations, case studies, group discussions and hands-on exercises.
The participants, a mix of small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs, were given exposure to the different facets of innovation & entrepreneurship-Innovation Basics, Customer value propositions, Ideation Technique, Design Thinking, Marketing and Branding, Business Model Canvas, Financing Essentials and Presentation Skills.
The workshop helped the participants acquire necessary skills to successfully manage innovation in their business. It particularly assisted Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) not only to find the ‘right idea’ to grow their business but also to improve their overall innovativeness.

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TSEC Seminar at Shiv Nadar University – 8 April 2017

March 14 , 2017

IIM Calcutta Innovation Park in association with the TATA group hosted the Thinking Social Seminar at Shiv Nadar University on April 8th, 2017. The primary objective of this event was to build awareness on social entrepreneurship, generate interest and inspire the young generation to come up with innovative solutions to social challenges. The speakers of the seminar comprised of eminent and social entrepreneurs, investors and academicians who have already established their own outstanding ventures and have impacted the lives of thousands of people.

The seminar commenced with the welcome address by Prof. Partha Roy, Professor at School of Management and Entrepreneurship (SME), Shiv Nadar University. He was very happy with this initiative which they have conducting for the last three years.

Prof. C D Mitra, IIM Calcutta spoke about who is a social entrepreneur and how to identify gaps and create a business opportunity out of it. He said, “The world is full of social problems which need to be solved. An entrepreneur who tries to solve these problems through his venture is a social entrepreneur.” He also conducted a small session with the students where he asked them to identify some problems in the country and think of a solution to overcome the problems. The students were very enthusiastic and came up with problems like – Pollution, Illiteracy, Mental Health, Poor conditions of the farmers, infant mortality etc.

Neha Arora, Founder – Plantet Abled spoke about her venture and how she is helping the community with people having disabilities. She gave an insight to the audience about the lives and challenges of people with disabilities and hoped that they would now be empathetic and observant about how simple things can be path breaking for someone.

Anuroop and Ashish Agarwal, Founder: Talento Consulting, shared with the audience about their startup journey. Their company Talento Consulting is a Skill Development Company providing end to end solutions to improve productivity for businesses and enhance employability. They concluded by saying, “A skilled India is the medium to reap the benefits of our demographic dividend and to become a developed country”

Kapil Mandawewala, Founder – Edible Routes, shared with the audience about how he started his venture after returning from the U.S as a consultant. Kapil had a keen interest in the agri-business sector which helped him to start Edible Routes. He mentioned that, “We don’t know where the food we eat is grown or what chemicals are used to grow it.” His organization – Edible Routes – conducts kitchen gardening workshops for adults and school children and they also set up kitchen gardens to help people grow their own vegetables and reconnect with nature.

Dr Avijit Chakrabarthi, Founder – Bindubot, started by giving a simple definition of a social enterprise. He said, “To combine a social objective with a business formula is a social enterprise.” He also mentioned that. “Unless there is passion in the entrepreneur, the venture will not work.” Dr Chakrabarthi also spoke about how Bollywood is the biggest social enterprise in our country as it highlights (though it’s movies) some of the most prevalent social issues like – Poverty, unemployment, homelessness and other social issues.

The seminar ended with an interactive Q & A session, where questions were posed by not only the students but faculty as well.

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Thinking Social Seminar – XIMB (18 Feb 2017)

February 13 , 2017

IIM Calcutta Innovation Park in association with the TATA group hosted the Thinking Social Seminar at XIM, Bhubaneswar in partnership with e-Kutir and PNV foundation as part of the GSIS (Glocal Social on February 18th, 2017. The primary objective of this event was to build awareness on social entrepreneurship, generate interest and inspire the young generation to come up with innovative solutions to social challenges. The speakers of the seminar comprised of eminent and social entrepreneurs, investors and academicians who have already established their own outstanding ventures and have impacted the lives of thousands of people.

The speakers consisted of an esteemed panel of entrepreneurs including Mr. K M Mishra, Founder, e-Kutir; Smita Agarwal – Head CSR, Tata Steel; Mr. Jaynarayan Pujapanda, Founder, Sahaya Foundation; Mr. Joe Madiath – Founder Gram Vikas, and Tanaya Patnaik, Executive Director Sambad Group.

The seminar commenced with the welcome address by Mr Satyabrata Rath, Co-founder PNV Foundation emphasized on what it really means to be social and he added that “Being social doesn’t just mean being on the social media but also being Social in the true sense of the word.”

Ms Smita Agarwal, Head CSR – Tata Steel, spoke about the activities of Tata Steel. She said, “In line with the spirit of Jamsetji Tata, we have picked up issues in the communities around us and tried to find solutions to them. In this way we have created projects to address multiple aspects of community life and better it.”

Mr. Jaynarayan Pujapanda, Founder, Sahaya Foundation shared with the audience his inspiring journey from a sales person to an entrepreneur. He mentioned that to become a social entrepreneur one needs to first become an entrepreneur and have the right kind of skills set. He also spoke about how Paris Bakery, his profit venture has helped him to establish Sahaya Foundation.

Mr K C Mishra, Founder – e-Kutir spoke about how social business is the need of the hour not only in extending marketing based principles but also a career opportunity for the youngsters.

Dr. Birupaskshya Dixit, Practical Action spoke about how his organization is supporting social enterprises in Orrisa. His organization finds out what people are doing and helps them to do it in a better way. Through technology they enable poor communities to build on their skills and knowledge to produce sustainable and practical solutions- transforming their lives forever and protecting the world around them.

Tanaya Patnaik, Executive Director Sambad Group interacted with the students and expressed her views on social entrepreneurship. She spoke about her ventures like – Sambad School of Media and Culture, Kanak News and Sambad newspapers and how these have contributed to social activities.

The post lunch session started with 10 pitches from various entrepreneurs to a panel of judges whose ideas were shortlisted by XIMB and PNV foundation. There were many ideas which were generated to address the problems in various sectors like: agriculture, e-commerce solutions, healthcare services, education and other social problems of society. Three best ideas were awarded by the jury members.

The seminar ended with an interactive Q & A session, where questions were posed by not only the students but faculty as well.

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10th International Entrepreneurship Summit

February 10 , 2017

The 10th International Entrepreneurship Summit was conducted at the IIM Calcutta campus on 5th February 2017.
The conclave was inaugurated by Prof Ashok Banerjee, Director, IIM Calcutta Innovation Park. 600+ students and entrepreneurs from the local region attended the event.

Mr P. P Sengupta, Chief General Manager, SBI was one of the chief speakers of the day. He shared with the audience, a banker’s perspective in creating an investable business.

This was followed by a highly interesting and informative talk by Mrs. Mridula Ramesh, Joint Managing Director, Southern Roadways Limited & Executive Director, Sundaram Textiles, on Cleantech Technologies.

Dr. Larry Cox, Associate Professor, Entrepreneurship, Pepperdine University gifted the audience a warm and interactive session about creativity and innovation.

The audience also had the golden opportunity to hear Dr. Kanchan Gaba, Chairperson, International Institute for Self-Reliance, share her experiences which was praiseworthy and highly motivating.

This was followed by the ‘Grill’ where 10 entrepreneurs from the eastern region of India pitched their startup ideas to a panel of Investors.

Mr. Mohit Kapoor, Head – Alliances, Reliance Jio and Mr. Amey Mashelkar, Mentor-in-Residence, GenNext Hub spoke about Start up support ecosystem.

We were fortunate to have with us Mr. Jayesh Parekh, Managing Partner, Jungle Ventures & Co-Founder, Sony Entertainment Television, share his journey as an entrepreneur.

We also had “Idea Village” where innovative start-ups showcased and promoted their products and services in exhibition stalls.

The evening closed with the announcement of the top 10 teams of Ideas to Implementation and, lighting of lantern by the audience.

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Ideas to Implementation 2016-2017

February 10 , 2017

Ideas to Implementation, popularly known as I2i is an International Business Plan competition which endeavours to provide an ideal platform for budding entrepreneurs to realize their dreams by making them connect to ideas, fund and people who matter.
Prospective winners get the golden opportunity to win cash prizes worth 4.5 lakhs and Incubation support at IIM Calcutta Innovation Park.

I2i this year received huge response with 400+ entries.

23 teams were shortlisted for the semi-finals which was conducted at IIM Calcutta on 4th February 2017. This was followed by the finals on the 5th of February 2017. After an intense level of competition before a panel of highly distinguished and renowned jury, Drone Tech Lab (winners), Abhiruchi Probiotics (1st Runner Up) and Project Mudra (2nd runner up) emerged as the winning ventures, receiving prize money of Rs 2 lakhs, Rs 1.5 lakhs and Rs 1 lakh, respectively.

Drones Tech Lab is the research and development wing of EduRade – an IIM Calcutta Innovation Park incubated organisation, which is primarily engaged in manufacturing and supplying drones to farmers (with automated agriculture systems to monitor and develop their crops yields), Defense Organizations (Surveillance & Combat Drones) and also providing automated drones to health industry.

Abhiruchi Probiotics is a health and wellness company involved in developing patent protected probiotic products aimed to provide health benefits with an initial focus on providing a formulation for better management of cholesterol.

Project Mudra is involved in developing hardware and software technology for Braille based education. They also engage in delivering innovative solutions for non visual tactile data delivery to meet the growing accessibility needs of smart urban spaces. Their flagship product helps in early schooling of visually impaired students via gamified audio lessons over Braille based hardware.

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