Recognizing the need for harnessing the entrepreneurial spirit, the Entrepreneurship cell of SSBF organized its first Entrepreneurial Summit “Impressa“on 26th September, 2015. Based on the theme “Harnessing the Innovative Mindset”, the summit featured a series of events which included a guest lecture, panel discussion, a workshop and 3 Inter B-school competitions.
The summit was inaugurated with the lighting of the lamp and welcome address by the Deputy Director, SSBF. This was followed by a guest lecture by Mr. Rohan Chhazed, AVP, Zoomcar India Pvt Ltd on Business Startup Strategy. He spoke of the importance of understanding the value proposition that an entrepreneur presents to his customers as well as the importance of market share capture. It was a very interactive and informative session and Zoomcar goodies were distributed to the students. An impromptu contest was also held where the students of SSBF impressed the guests with their ability to devise marketing plans. This was followed by a workshop on trading in financial markets, conducted by Mr. Purv Shah- Member of BSE Stock Broker’s Forum. Mr. Shah explained the nuances of trading in stocks and shares and kept the audience hooked with his presentation.
The highlight of the Summit was a panel discussion on the theme –“Harnessing the Innovative Mindset.” The panel comprised of young and dynamic entrepreneurs and executives. The panelists included Mr. Manish Harodia, Founder of Dreamwallets; Mr. Mihir Badiani, Launch Manager, Swiggy; Mr. Purv Shah, Member of BSE Stock Broker’s Forum; Mr. Heramb Nargundkar, Director and Founder, Efact Solutions and Mr. Rakesh Das, Cofounder, Instainnovations India. Each of the panelists shared their experiences. The most important fact they highlighted was that there is no set route to success, and each entrepreneur must find their own path. The importance on disruptive technology and businesses was touched upon, and the need for an entrepreneur to be even more unfazed by failure than other professions. One thing to remember is that entrepreneurship requires iron certitude and that it is best to enter only if one is absolutely sure of pulling it off.
Apart from these, the E-Cell organized three exciting events for the B-school participants.
• Synovate (A Business Plan Competition)
• Symulate ( A Financial Simulation event)
• Sympodia (Puzzle Solving)
All three events received large number of registrations from across India. The finalists for Synovate and Symulate were selected on the basis of online test and submissions. There were a total of 10 teams who made it to the finals of Synovate and seven participants who made it to the finals of Symulate. Finals of both these events were held at SSBF. Team Achievers of CSS National Institute of Agriculture, Jaipur won the first prize and Team Vcare of SIBM Pune won the second prize in Synovate.
Amit Shirude of IIM Indore (Mumbai Campus) and Karthikeyan N.B. of IIM Indore (Mumbai Campus) won the first and the second prize respectively in Symulate.
“Sympodia” was an off-campus event where participants participated in an online puzzle solving exercise, which involved hunting clues across a variety of images. Dinesh Gupta of International Management Institute, New Delhi won the first prize in Sympodia and Priyanka Lunawat of Wellingkar won the second prize.
The event was sponsored by Zoomcar India Pvt. Ltd. and Swiggy, who also joined the discussions and guest lectures.
The event was a great success and we at SSBF look forward to seeing you all at Impressa 16!