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Entrepreneurship Summit

Peter Drucker rightly said "The best way to predict the future is to create it".

The Entrepreneurship Summit 2018 from 3rd, 4th and 5th August, 2018 was truly one of the biggest events that took place on the scenic campus at Lavale of SIBM, Pune. Organised by the Social, Entrepreneurship and Consulting Cell (SECC) of SIBM Pune, the Entrepreneurship Summit 2018 Sponsored by TFS Ltd; Co-Sponsored by PFC Ltd. and Skerion Renewables brought in participants and start-ups from diverse domains and geographies across India. A whooping amount prize money worth 4.3 Lakhs was given as prize money across all events.

Among 15+ events that took place over the 3 days of the Entrepreneurship Summit, Pride & Passion: A Guest Speaker Session was one of the most widely anticipated and successful events. The guests for the day were: Mr. Amey Mashelkar, Head of JioGenNext, Mr. Vikram Kumar Limsay, the Founder and CEO of Helicon Consulting and Mr. Ankit Aggarwal, Founder of Dare2Compete. The esteemed speakers addressed an enthusiastic audience and shared their life stories with them. Mrs. Poornima Tapas, Faculty-in-charge, SIBM Pune, graced the event.

Udaan- The Business Plan Competition, was an event where the Executive Summary entries by the participants were first screened by Prof. Vimal Babu and Prof. Amresh Kumar, Faculty at SIBM. The participants were then mentored by Mr. Arjun Panchal, an Entrepreneur, Author & Founder of PapaZapata, Prof. Yogesh Brahmankar, Faculty-in-charge, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, SIBM Pune. In the Final Round the participants were evaluated by an esteemed panel of judges comprising Mr. Shyamal Dave, Partner at Scale Factor Consulting lab and Mr. Saurabh Chaturvedi, a TEDx Speaker, Founder & CEO of InnoLabZ Ventures. The participants were judged on their scalability, feasibility and originality of their business ideas, amongst other factors.

There were Case Study Competitions that were conducted in due course of the event: Conquest, powered by HootOut, was a live case study competition, testing passion and perseverance of participants to come up with innovative solutions to real business problems. Dr. Shoma Shrivastava, Mr. Sagar Patil and Mr. Dheeraj Chowdhury judged the event. Prayaas- was a case study challenge presented by Healthy Home India, a Nashik based health care start-up and Mr. Jignesh Narang, Founder of Art Creation and an associate at Healthy Home India judged the event.

Dr. Jayaseelan gave his valuable inputs while judging the participants on their pitching skills which they used further for Jugaad- The Fund Raiser, an event where the finalists had to sell their products in the city.

RunBhoomi - A strategy based virtual IPL auction was a thrilling event which concluded in a nail biting finish where the teams contested closely till the very last round.

Merge It, once again a newly conceptualized event was a Merger and Acquisitions based strategy simulation. It demanded participants to analyse and present the case study in a limited time frame, much like a real world business environment. This was judged by Mrs. Mahima Mishra and Mrs. Shubhra Anand, Associate Faculty, SIBM Pune.

Investor Speed Dating, a brand new event under the E-Summit banner, gave an opportunity to the participants to pitch their business ideas directly to the investors. Mr. Vivek Shrivastav from Mumbai Angels, Mr. Kapil Suyal from Orios Ventures and Mr. Sameer Gupta from Innovitas.

Entrepreneurship Summit 2018 also witnessed the Special Interest Groups (SIGs) of SIBM collaborate and organise various national level competitions. They are as follows:

Mark-O-Polo, the Marketing Society, organized the final round of its flagship National Level Case Study Competition- MindSpark. The presentations were judged by a panel consisting of the founders of Lazyroofs, the title sponsor for the event. Impressed by the quality of presentations and competition, the panelists and the participants left great feedback for SIBM. Caf-fin, the Finance Club conducted a national level presentation competition called Case-latte on Stressed Assets. The event was presided over by Mr. Nachiket Naik, Managing Director at IREP Capital and Mr. Ritesh Khatwani, Assistant Professor, SIBM Pune.

SinOpsis hosted by Opcellence, a Case based Competition which was supposed to be a panel of judges which included Dr.Rahul Altekar, Director - Supply Chain Solutions at SAP & Dr. Prabir Bandopadhyay, Faculty at SIBM Pune. HReplica, live HR business simulation competition organized by Vitarka, the HR and IR Club, as a part of E-Summit tested the business psychology of the participants. It challenged the contestants through five rounds of role-plays, simulations, case studies, pep talks and the ultimate face-off.

The Quiz and Debate Society (QUOD) conducted Corporate Czar, a closely fought quiz competition. Innovation Club offered students an opportunity to have real-time hands on learning from different Co-working spaces, to network and get mentored from various founders and experience the start-up ecosystem in Pune. They conducted this event in collaboration with The Daftar and The Senate Business Centre.

The most popular attraction during the three-day event was however the SymbiHaat - Symbi's own flea market. With eight food stalls and four non - food stalls for participants, students and attendees had an area to eat, enjoy and have fun. Some of the food served was pizzas, burgers, momos, waffles, shawarma, chaat and sweets. The event went on for all three days and the team also organized Haat Nights for the last two days that included Karaoke, Live match screening and DJ Night to keep the attendees entertained.

With such a diverse range of competitions and events, the Entrepreneurship Summit 2018 helped inspire and spread the culture of entrepreneurship, innovation and problem solving among the participants present at the beautiful Lavale Campus.