One of the most inspirational talks organised by IIMCIP, Darr ke Aage Jeet Hai saw a large number of attendees. Satyarup Siddhanta, an ace mountaineer with a Guiness World Book Record, spoke about how Mountaineering and Entrepreneurship are similar in a lot of ways. Recognised as the youngest mountaineer to have climbed the Seven Summits […]Read More
CA Pankaj Periwal, Senior Manager at V. Singhi & Associates, and CA Ansul Agarwal, Manager at V. Singhi & Associates, discussed the special Measures under Companies Act and LLP Act in view of COVID-19 outbreak. They focussed on the relaxation in KYC NORMS and the amendments related to board meetingsRead More
The inspirational Nagaraja Prakasam, Founder Chairman of NativeLead Foundation and Partner at Acumen Fund, spoke about how social enterprises should look at pivoting and look at this crisis as an opportunity. If an industry is non-essential, they should be able to communicate with your customers to understand them better. Also stressing on the importance of […]Read More
Amit Antony Alex, India Country Director of Upaya Social Ventures, leads all efforts in identifying, coaching and investing in early stage startups while also working with social entrepreneurs to solve global development issues through a market-based approach. During the webinar, he highlighted the need for entrepreneurs to assess situations more closely and include a lot […]Read More
This webinar was particularly insightful for startups. Vikram Gupta, Founder and Managing Partner at IvyCap Advisors Venture Private Limited, was live in conversation with Chandradeep Mitra, a mentor at IIMCIP. Vikram Gupta has over 22 years of experience in private equity, business consulting and M&A, and has held leadership positions in various organisations in India […]Read More
When the startup world was adapting to the new ways of working, IIM Calcutta Innovation Park organised a webinar with Rohit Jain – Senior Associate at Singhania & Associates, New Delhi. Startup founders took away expert advice about employment contracts and relaxations rolled out by the Government Of India for Startups.Read More
IIM Calcutta Innovation Park organized “Thinking Social” seminar in partnership with Veterans India, Bihar at NIT, Patna on 7 th September, 2019. The primary objective of this exercise was to build awareness, interest and desire to engage with the Social Enterprise Ecosystem amongst the aspiring entrepreneurs and start ups who are about to embark on their entrepreneurship journey. The seminar was formally inaugurated by Mr. Sanjeev Srivastwa, Patron, Veterans India, Bihar. This was followed by address by Mr. Amitabh Lall, CGM- NABARD, Patna.Ex Commando Rakesh Ranjan also spoke on the ocassion. Dr. Sanjeev Verma, Deputy Director, MSME, Government of India mentioned in his address that MSME has strong focus in social entrepreneurship and hence share much synergy with IIM Calcutta Innovation Park in ushering social entrepreneurship revolution in the state.In the entrepreneurship session, the following enterprising entrepreneurs shared their experience: Prantik Sinha, Founder – Agastya Buoyant; Sunandan Mukherjee, Founder – Brickcells; Kalyan Kolay, Founder – Aegipan Animal Biocare;Sidharth Vijay, Founder – Wejoy Phonefix; ,Rahul Kumar, Founder – Ecoventure. The event was attended by over 50 enthusiastic participants comprising entrepreneurs, aspiring start ups and students and members of faculty from Dayanand Sagar University.Read More
IIM Calcutta Innovation Park organized “Thinking Social” seminar in partnership with Derbi Foundation, a business incubator under the aegis of Dayanand Sagar University at Bengaluru on 23rd August, 2019. The primary objective of this exercise was to build awareness, interest and desire to engage with the Social Enterprise Ecosystem amongst the aspiring entrepreneurs and start ups who were about to embark on their entrepreneurship journey soon.The seminar was formally inaugurated by Dr. Lakshmi Jagannathan, COO- Derbi Foundation.This was followed by address by Chief Guest, Mr. M.N. Vidyashankar, IAS (Retd.), Chairman- Derbi Advisory Board and former Chief Secretary, Government of Karnataka. In the entrepreneurship session, the following enterprising entrepreneurs shared their experience with the participants present: Mr. Prateek Kaul, Founder –Giftabled, Mr. Kalyan Siva- the founder of 5C Network,Mr. Arpit Paliwal the Founder of Happy Relliable Surgeries,Mr. Madhusudan, Founder – Ambee. The event was attended by over 80 enthusiastic participants.Read More
IIM Calcutta Innovation Park organized “Thinking Social” seminar in partnership with School of Social Entrepreneurs and Birla Institute of Management Technology (BIMTECH), Atal Incubation Centre on 10 th August, 2019. The primary objective of this exercise was to build awareness, interest and desire to engage with the Social Enterprise Ecosystem amongst the aspiring entrepreneurs and start ups who were about to embark on their entrepreneurship journey soon.The speakers comprised Dr. Abha Rishi CEO, BIMTECH, Atal Incubation Centre (AIC) and Chairperson, Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Development;Mr. Suman Mukhopadhyay, Mentor- IIM Calcutta Innovation Park;Mr. Parul Soni, Global Managing Partner, Think Through Consulting;Ms. Umang Sridhar is the founder of KhaDigi;Mr. Abhinav Girdhar is Co-founder & CEO of Bodhi Health Education;Mr. Aditya Bose is the founder of Pro Bano;Mr. Ashish Agarwal is the founder of Talento Consulting; Dr. Kamal Singh, CEO and the Executive Director of Global Compact Network India (GCNI); Mr. Shalabh Mittal, CEO- School of Social Entrepreneurs. The event witnessed around 50 participants.Read More
The mega pitching event, where 113 shortlisted startups from the incubation contest pitched before the jury on 11 May at The Nest in Assam. A bootcamp was held at The Nest on 10 May 2019 on “What Investors Want”. Speakers included Sushanto Mitra, Founder & CEO, Lead Angels; Chandradeep Mitra, Advisor & Mentor, IIM Calcutta Innovation Park; Vikram Duggal, Investor & Mentor, IIM Calcutta Innovation Park; Sanjay Enishetty, Managing Director & CEO, 50K Ventures. The Pitch Hatch received over 1000 applicationsRead More
The ‘Learn the Art and Science of Pitching’ Workshop was organised by IIM Calcutta Innovation Park at the IIM Calcutta campus on 2nd and 3rd April 2019. All the 43 incubatees of IIM Calcutta Innovation Park attended the two-day workshop where they were mentored by Mr Srikant Sastri, Board Chairman of IIM Calcutta Innovation Park. Sessions were conducted on topics such as Funding landscape & how one should think about funding; Estimating one’s own funding needs and the Art of Story-tellingRead More
IIM Calcutta Innovation Park organized “Thinking Social” seminar at The nest, Guwahati, Assam on 8th March, 2019. The speakers comprised senior bureaucrats from Government of Assam such as Ms. Manjula Saikia Bhuyan, IAS, Addl Secretary to the Government of Assam, Department of Commerce & Industries and Managing Director, Assam Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation, Shri Alok Kumar, IAS, Chief Secretary to Government of Assam, Shri Ravi Capoor, IAS, Addl. Chief Secretary to Government of Assam, Department of Commerce & Industries, Assam, Shri Rajiv Bora, IAS, Addl. Chief Secretary to Government of Assam, Department of Finance, Assam and Shri Puru Gupta, IAS, Secretary to Government of Assam, Department of Commerce & Industries, Assam. Social entrepreneurs from various parts of the country such as Mr. Abhinav Girdhar, Founder – Bodhi Health Education; Mr. Hironmoy Gogoi, Founder & Creative Head- GKK India (Gaon Ka Khana) & Proprietor- Blackhorse Marketing; Mr. Prantik Sinha, Founder – Agastya Buoyant; Mr. Anupam Nath, Co Founder- Xcraft Online shared their experiences with entrepreneurs, aspiring start ups, investors, mentors and students from all over North East.Read More
Thinking Social Seminar was held at Sangam AIC, Gurugram on 26 February 2019. The speakers comprised of eminent social entrepreneurs such as Kalyan Koley, Founder & CEO- Aegipan Animal Bio Care and Anuroop Raj, Co Founder – Talento. The event witnessed around 50 attendees.Read More
Thinking Social Seminar took place at SR Innovation Exchange, Warrangal on 16 November 2018. The speakers comprised of eminent social entrepreneurs such as Kalyan Sivasailam , Founder – 5C Networks, Dr. NSD Prasad Rao, Founder & CEO Ameya Life , Sanjay Kumar, Founder – Milletbowl, Kiran Vuppala, Founder – Cerelia Nutritech. The event witnessed around 100 attendees.Read More
IIM Calcutta Innovation Park in association with the TATA group hosted the Thinking Social Seminar at Symbiosis Institute of Media and Communication (SIMC), Lavale, Pune on January 27th, 2018. About 120+ students attended the seminar. The primary objective of this event was to build awareness on social entrepreneurship, generating interest and inspiring the youth to come up with innovative solutions to prevalent social challenges.
The speakers consisted of an esteemed panel of entrepreneurs including – Suman Mukhopadhyay – Director Banglanatak.com; Varun Kashyap, Co-founder LetsEndorse; Honey Bajaj – Serial Innovator and Entrepreneur & Co-founder – Avir Technologies; Ashwin Naik, Co-founder – Vaatsalya Healthcare; Ramesh Menon – Visiting Faculty SIMC, a veteran journalist, author, documentary film maker and a corporate trainer; Manivannan, CEO – Desicrew
Suman Mukhopadhyay – Director Banglanatak.com shared with the audience the concept of Social Entrepreneurship and the relevance of smart solutions to solve development challenges in the country.
Honey Bajaj, Serial Innovator and Entrepreneur & Co-founder – Avir Technologies shared with the audience her inspiring journey in the social entrepreneurship space. Honey has used her design thinking methodologies in the work she does and created some innovative solutions to some of the challenges. She is currently a researcher at MIT and co-founder of Avir Technologies for humanising technologies for creating impact in the Indian healthcare system.
Varun Kashyap, Co-founder LetsEndorse spoke about his entrepreneurial journey and shared the vision of his organization. He found his calling in entrepreneurship back in 2006 when he joined Punjab Engineering College for an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering. Currently Varun is the co-founder at LetsEndorse – a community platform that engages the NGOs, Social innovators, Businesses/Companies, Government and all the People to create an Ecosystem that drives Social Change.
Ashwin Naik, Co-Founder – Vaatsalya explained to the audience how everyone is a Changemaker and how young people can take up the opportunity in changing the world. He also shared the journey of Vaatsalya and explained how
Ramesh Menon, Visiting Faculty SIMC, a veteran journalist, author, documentary film maker and a corporate trainer addressed the students on the topic of why social thinking is absolutely necessary for India. He commended the youth for being full of ideas, and encouraged them to come up with interesting ideas in the social sector. “Our youth is not only looking at a better quality of life but also a better India.”
Manivannan, CEO – Desicrew spoke about Desi Crews journey and how they have enabled over 4 million people to open bank accounts. He also spoke about how Desi Crew had set up operations in over 400 villages across India.Read More
IIM Calcutta Innovation Park in association with the TATA group hosted the Thinking Social Seminar at the International Management Institute, on 4th Dec,2017. The primary objective of this event was to build awareness on social entrepreneurship, generating interest and inspiring the youth to come up with innovative solutions to prevalent social challenges. The speakers at the seminar comprised of eminent and social entrepreneurs, investors and members of the academic field being individuals who have been accredited of having established their own outstanding ventures creating a strong social impact. The panel at the event comprised of seasoned entrepreneurs including Dileep Kumar (Tata Power Delhi), Suman Mukhopadhyay(Director – Banglanatak.com), Arun Nagpal (Founder – Mrida), Anirban Gupta(Founder – Dhriiti), Pawan Mehrotra(Founder – Aarna Biomedical Products Pvt. Ltd) and Neha Arora(Founder – Planet Abled).
Mr. Dileep Kumar cheered the inaugural session mentioning the activities TATA Group had undertaken till date. Mr. Suman Mukhopadhay enlightened the audience about aspects of Social Entrepreneurship and relevance of smart solutions to solve development challenges, Clarity was brought about to the concept of ‘social entrepreneurs’ being entrepreneurs who aim to solve prevalent societal problems, either for-profit or non profit..
Mr. Arun Nagpal spoke about his journey as an entrepreneur . His journey that started a decade ago wherein he believed that not all the solutions to India’s problems could come from the government or a body Corporate. Mr. Nagpal stated that he believed in solutions to prevalent social issues to be brought about by entrepreneurs, individuals who have had a strong relationship with an issue and are committed to designing a solution for it. Explaining his venture ‘Mrida’ having its nomenclature roots in Sanskrit which meant ‘Soil’ Mr. Nagpal explained that, the single word encapsulates what they stand for which would be working at the ground level, close to the soil, their work being directed mainly the Base of the Pyramid (BOP) individuals being their core customers.
Speaking about his venture Anirban Gupta Founder of ‘Dhriiti – The Courage Within’ an NGO (social enterprise) registered under the Societies Act of 1860 established in December 2004 by Anirban and two other members. Anirban elaborated about Observing the problem of unemployment and underemployment in the country at large, and contemplating on how these problems could be tackled in the long run as well as providing immediate solutions .. He inferred that the problem of unemployment, disguised unemployment and underemployment cannot be dealt with, at all levels by creating more jobs in the government and the high investment public/ private sector.
The Founder believes that self-employment and entrepreneurship is an important tool to counter the problem of widespread unemployment and underemployment in the country. The core idea behind Dhriiti as he spoke was the spirit of entrepreneurship that we want to promote, introduce and inculcate. Dhriiti works from the two ends of the continuum to spread a culture of entrepreneurship.
Mr.Pawan Mehrotra Founder of Aarna Biomedical Products Pvt. Ltd a social entrepreneurship start-up, shared his experience and journey as an entrepreneur.
Neha Arora Founder of Planet Abled affirmed that the world is nostalgic, whether we just feel it through our five senses or experience it wandering on a wheel chair or our own feet. She said and we quote “This world is for everybody, whosoever it is. We should explore the world with an open mind, without any hindrance”.
Further explaining her inspiration for her venture Neha spoke “My personal not so good travel experiences as a daughter of parents with disabilities led to the inception of Planet Abled. Mfather is blind and mother is a wheelchair user, but we all are fond of traveling.” The zeal to travel but the difficulties that she had faced while travelling lead her to break every barriers and create her own travel agency for disabled people.
The seminar concluded with an interactive Q & A session, where questions were posed by the students and faculty members.Read More
IIM Calcutta Innovation Park in association with the TATA group hosted the Thinking Social Seminar at IITM Research Park, Chennai, on the 21st November. The primary objective of this event was to build awareness on social entrepreneurship, generate interest and inspire the youth to come up with innovative solutions to social challenges. The speakers of the seminar comprised of eminent and social entrepreneurs, investors and members of the academic field who have established their own outstanding ventures touching the lives of thousands ..
The panel of speakers was graced with the presence of esteemed entrepreneurs including Mr.Gaurav Kapoor: (Serial Social Entrepreneur), Ms.Geethanjali Radhakrishnan (Founder & Director – Adiuvo Diagnostics Private Limited), Ms.Sabarinath C Nair (Founder CEO at Skillveri), Mr.Kalyan Sivasailam (CEO – 5C Network), Mr,Pradeep Thangappan (Founder – Enability Foundation) and Dr Anand (Founder FIB-SOL Life Technologies Pvt. Ltd )
The seminar commenced following a welcome address by Mr Gaurav Kapoor. Mr. Gaurav Kapoor emphasized on the subject of being a social entrepreneur he added and we quote “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”.
Mr. Sabarinath C the Founder CEO of Skillveri Training Solutions Private Limited,spoke about his venture which helps in addressing India’s Skill Gap. Skillveri enables better quality delivery of practical vocational skill training at significantly lesser costs through its innovative, scalable platform of multi-skill simulators. The Venture has recently graduated from IIT Madras’ Rural Technology and Business Incubator (RTBI). During current times 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.
Mr. Kalyan Sivasailam (CEO – 5C Network) shared his experience about his journey as an entrepreneur. 5c Network being a technologically driven advanced telehealth platform focusing on Remote Radio diagnosis, offers the highest quality radiological interpretations at the fastest possible time. They connect the best radiologists to hospitals and diagnostic centers, thus solving the problem concerning lack of qualified radiologists at every hospital or diagnostic centers,. 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.
Lastly Mr. Pradeep Thangappan the Founder of Enability Foundation For Rehabilitation, spoke about his venture which focuses on providing indigenous and affordable assistive technology solutions for rehabilitation workers, teachers, schools and resource centers. Their product iGest, captures gestures of children with cerebral palsy and converts them into a dictionary of sentences.
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 youthto come up with innovative solutions to social challenges. The speakers of the seminar comprised of eminent social entrepreneurs, investors and academicians who having established their own outstanding ventures and having an impact on the lives of thousands ..
The panel of speakers consisted of an esteemed entrepreneurs Mr. Suman Mukhopadhyay,Director
of Banglanatokdotcom ,Mr. K.C .Mishra, Founder E-Kutir, Mr.Binayak Acharya- Founder,Tatvagyan ,Mr. Amar Kr Jamdhiar- Founder &CEOProsperita Medi360 Pvt Ltd, Ms.Ambika Satpathy- Co Founder,Zoofresh and Mr.Sanjib Parida – Founder,Orbonix.
Mr. Suman Mukhopadhay chaired the session highlighting Social Entrepreneurship and the relevance of smart solutions to solve development challenges. He emphasized on the fact that today the social Entrepreneurs have a number of opportunities in their disposal and as such should be equipped to handle any situation and innovation that ultimately will lead to a solution as was mentioned earlier in the session by Mr. K.C .Mishra, Founder E-Kutir.
The seminar ended with an interactive Q & A session, where questions were posed by the students and faculty members.Read More
IIM Calcutta Innovation Park in association with the TATA group hosted the Thinking Social Seminar at T-Hub, Hyderabad on November 20th, 2017. The primary objective of this event was to build awareness about social entrepreneurship, generate interest and inspire the youth to come up with innovative solutions to social challenges. The speakers of the seminar comprised of eminent and social entrepreneurs, investors and members of academia having established their own outstanding ventures having an impact on the lives of thousands ..
The panel of speakers comprised of esteemed entrepreneurs including Mr, Gaurav Kapoor: (Serial Social Entrepreneur), Mr. Brig P Ganesham Founder – President, Mr. Palle Srujana Prashant Lingam Co-Founder, Bamboo House India; Dr. Praveen Kumar SecretaryTelangana Social Welfare Residential Educational Institutions Society (TSWREIS).
The seminar commenced following a welcome address by Mr Gaurav Kapoor, emphasizing on what it means to be social entrepreneur he added and we quote “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 prevalent 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 villagers who have their own knowledge and ways of expression. Stating facts that traditional knowledge of the villagers has been ignored and the rural people are not able to cope with modern knowledge being disruptive. Its urban populations responsibility to bring their usefulknowledge back by engaging in conversation with the rural people. The speaker said and we quote “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 a coachable individual and have the right kind of skills set.
Later Mr. 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 thus establishing the – Bamboo House in Hyderabad.
Lastly spoke Dr. Praveen Kumar Secretary, Telangana Social Welfare Residential Educational Institutions Society (TSWREIS) about the zeal a social entrepreneur should have. He emphasized on the fact that 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 students and faculty members.
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 : firstname.lastname@example.orgRead More