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Times of India, Kolkata

July 8 2016

B-school aid to spot startups

Around 250 government officials are set for their IIM-Calcutta experience in July-end as part of the partnership forged by the state micro and small scale enterprises (MSME) and textiles department with the premier B-school at Joka.

Amid growing concerns over the absence of big-ticket investments and closure of iconic units, chief minister Mamata Banerjee, who is the minister in charge of the MSME and textiles department, has been harping on small industries. It’s believed that the IIM-C training will help state achieve a target to identify around 5,000 new entrepreneurs.

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Times of India, Kolkata

June 20 2016

Starting up, making waves at IIM-Joka

Gopal Paul introduces himself as the CFO or the chief fun officer of Izifiso, and his “partnersin-crime“ are apparently “crazy people like me“. Petted and pampered by IIM-Calcutta, his is one of the two innovations adopted by the premier management school on its Joka campus.

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The Economic Times- Kolkata

May 18 2016

B-Schools Foster Social Impact

At Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode, every student mandatorily takes up a social project as part of the core curriculum. The objective is to make the students understand the society at large and sensitise them to the challenges faced by various sections of the society.

However, there has recently been a shift in the focus of such projects at India’s top business schools. These programmes now increasingly seek to link business goals with social objectives.

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DNA

March 3 2016

Start-ups should focus on bottom of pyramid – DNA

He doesn’t quite fathom why would someone need an app like Snapchat to take selfie that disappears within seconds or sites that sell luxuries for pets. For serial entrepreneur K Ganesh, future of start-ups in India lies in solving basic necessities of life. He should know. From starting Customer Asset that later become Firstsource, one of country’s leading ITeS ventures, to pioneering TutorVista where Indian teachers gave online tutions to overseas students, Ganesh has never failed in his ventures. Much sought after in tech-circle for his gyan, this IIM-Calcutta graduate is now spending time solving some of the daily problems of life through start-ups like BigBasket, a leading online grocer to Portea that provides medical care at home, and many others. Sumit Moitra caught up with Ganesh at his alma mater, where he had come down for a day to guide start-ups at IIM Calcutta Innovation Park.

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February 2 2016

IIM Calcutta Innovation Park organizes Roundtable on Healthcare

The third “Thinking Social” roundtable was organized under the aegis of Tata Social Enterprise Challenge (TSEC) 2015-16, by IIM Calcutta Innovation Park (IIMCIP) in association with the Tata group. The theme of the Roundtable was on “Healthcare” and this event was supported by Coaching Foundation India Limited (CFI). This thematic Roundtable included two interactive panel discussions – one focusing on Quality, Access and Affordability and the other focusing on Leadership in the Healthcare domain.

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Economic Times

January 21 2016

Bengal Global Business Summit

Bengal’s determined effort to shed its investor wary image seems to be finally bearing fruit. Known for its industrial strikes, lock outs and loss of man days in the past, the state is now focused on ‘ease of doing business.’

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Times of India

January 21 2016

IIM-C braces up for weekend social enterprise challenge

Converting containers into mobile sanitation, education and healthcare facilities; triggering a White Revolution by supplying cattle feed at half the marketprice; fashion accessories for women that have built-in safety, wellness, lifestyle and communication systems; augmentative and alternative communication device for those suffering from cerebral palsy and paralysis; dry toilet for Ladakh; portal to resolve legal disputes online… these are some of several bright ideas that have made it to the Grand Finale of the Tata Social Enterprise Challenge (TSEC) scheduled at Indian Institute of Management-Calcutta (IIM-C) on Saturday.

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DNA

January 21 2016

Social start-ups being left out of funding wave

At a time when various e-commerce start-ups are lapping up multi-figure funding at high valuations, social start-ups are staring at a drought.

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The Statesman

January 20 2016

Workable Solutions – The Statesman

A recent competition at the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta was aimed at providing a fillip to startups and social entrepreneurs.

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The Economic Times

January 20 2016

Tata Social Enterprise Challenge to expand its reach to social startups

If you aren’t a consumer focused startup, chances are you will have a hard time attracting investors. And if you are a social startup, then your challenges just doubled. in 2012, the Tata Group, in collaboration with the Indian Institute of Management-Calcutta(IIMC) set up the Tata Social Enterprise Challenge (TSEC) towards finding early stage social startups and creating an ecosystem for sustainable social ventures. Four years on and 700 entries later, TSEC is working at expanding the reach of the initiative. Prof Ashok Banerjee, Director, IIM Calcutta Innovation Park said, “We are in talks with local institutions where we will support them and they will take the initiative to work with local entrepreneurs. It’s a long term journey and we’ll add more partners as we go along.”

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NDTV

December 13 2015

On TV, Saurav Ganguly Bats For Mamata Banerjee’s Start-Up Push

In her hunt for industry and investment, Mamata Banerjee has now sponsored a game show on TV to kick start start-ups in Bengal. Her government has even set up a Rs. 200 crore angel fund for seed capital. The brand ambassador of the show, ‘Egiye Bangla’ or ‘Bengal is Ahead’, is Sourav Ganguly.

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Business Standard

December 2 2015

Reality show to make start-up dreams come true in Bengal

After playing detective Byomkesh Bakshi in a Bengali silver screen adaptation this year, actor Jisshu Sengupta, who was seen opposite Deepika Padukone in Piku, will be searching for start-ups in a TV reality show.

The West Bengal government has tied up with the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta, to launch a reality show, Egiye Bangla (Forward Bengal), to promote start-ups in the state. The show will be aired on the Zee Bangla channel.

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Business Standard

December 2 2015

Reality show to make start-up dreams come true in Bengal

After playing detective Byomkesh Bakshi in a Bengali silver screen adaptation this year, actor Jisshu Sengupta, who was seen opposite Deepika Padukone in Piku, will be searching for start-ups in a TV reality show.

The West Bengal government has tied up with the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta, to launch a reality show, Egiye Bangla (Forward Bengal), to promote start-ups in the state. The show will be aired on the Zee Bangla channel.

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The Hindu Business Line

August 26 2015

IIMCIP – A park for entrepreneurship

The incubator at the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta – IIM Calcutta Innovation Park – focuses on healthcare, education, cleantech, lifestyle, analytics, Internet of Things. But, says Subhranghsu Sanyal, Chief Executive Officer, IIMCIP, there is a special focus on social enterprises.

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