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.
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.
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
Fourth outreach programme by INVENT-IIMCIP was held at National Institute of Technology, Durgapur on Wednesday, November 30, 2016. There were about 45 participants including students, Faculty members and research associates from different colleges of Burdwan District, Durgapur & Asansol (West Bengal) and some entrepreneurs from the surrounding area. The programme began with a welcome note addressed to IIMCIP delegates by E-Cell head coordinator of NIT Durgapur. This was followed by speech and presentation giving an overview of INVENT and exploring essential topic like ‘Ideation & Creating Business Plan’, by the members of IIMCIP. Mr Gaurav Kapoor, Executive Director, Innokul, discussed an interesting topic, ‘Support Ecosystem by Start ups’. The audience were highly engaged in the programme and actively participated in the interactive & motivating session conducted by Mr Gaurav Kapoor. The programme was a grand success and acquired positive responses from enthusiastic entrepreneurs.
The third INVENT outreach programme took place at Kalyani Govt Engineering College (KGEC) auditorium on Friday, November 11, 2016. There were about 120 participants comprising final year students, Faculties and research associates from different colleges of Nadia District, West Bengal and also 5 entrepreneurs from the same district. The College administration, faculty and the E-cell team supported the event with lot of enthusiasm and whole-hearted co-operation. Prof K Chakraborty, Principal of KGEC, welcomed all the students and delegates and set the context through a short, inspiring speech. Mr Soujit Das , from IIMCIP explained the audience the objective of INVENT program and threw light on various aspects of Social Entrepreneurship. Mr. Debapratim Das from IIMCIP took the session on “Ideation & Creating Business Plan” for the budding entrepreneurs. The audience actively participated in the interactive session by Mr Suman Mukhopadhyay of Bangla Natok.Com on the topic “Support Ecosystem by Start ups “. This was followed by a 30-min Q&A session.
First Outreach event of Invent took place at Howrah, a traditional SME hub of West Bengal. MCKV Engineering College, a reputed institution that encourages entrepreneurship among the students, was chosen as the venue. The audience of about 45-50 heads comprised a mix of students of technical institutes in adjoining areas, entrepreneurs in SME sector, aspiring entrepreneurs and faculty from Engineering & Management Colleges. Debapratim, on behalf of IIMCIP, welcomed the participants at the outset and explained the objective of the Invent program and touched on the idea of social entrepreneurship, differences with traditional business and the impact a social entrepreneur can make to the lives of low income group people and to the society for a better living. Suman Mukhopadhyay, Director, Banglanatak.com, a social enterprise and an experienced social entrepreneur himself, then shared his experience on various projects where income-generating business ventures are addressing the need of common people. He also spoke on the challenges faced by a social entrepreneur in scaling up their business, e.g. connect with market, ensuring product quality. Dr. Subhrangshu Sanyal, CEO IIMCIP, was the next speaker who explained the idea generation process and how to give shape to the idea through Business plan and the steps involved. He emphasized on the must-have traits for an entrepreneur to be successful in business venture and the encouraged the budding & aspiring entrepreneurs to set up their start-ups. Debapratim, then explained the key takeaways & benefits from being part of Invent program and about the application and selection process. Final 30 mins of the seminar was used for Q&A where lots of queries on the Invent program in particular and social entrepreneurship in general were addressed by the speakers.