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.