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Entrepreneurship Summit 2017

Peter Drucker rightly said "The best way to predict the future is to create it". The Entrepreneurship 2017 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 of SIBM Pune, the Entrepreneurship Summit brought in participants and start-ups from diverse domains and geographies across India.

Among the various events that took place over the 3 days of the Entrepreneurship Summit, Pride & Passion was one of the most widely anticipated and successful events. The event was graced with the presence of Dr. V.V. Ravikumar, Deputy Director, SIBM Pune , Mr. Dilip Thosar, CEO SCEI and Dr. Poornima Tapas - Faculty in Charge, SIBM Pune.
The guests for the day were: Dr. Radhakrishnan Pillai, Author of Corporate Chanakya and Chanakya's 7 Secrets of Leadership, Mr. Abhishek Prasad, Head, Investments (VC & Corporate Venturing), GenNext Ventures Fund and Mr. Varun Sheth, CEO and Co-Founder, KETTO. They addressed an enthusiastic audience and shared their life stories with them.

Udaan- The Business Plan Competition, was an event where the participant entries were first screened by Professor Yogesh Brahmankar, Faculty in charge Innovation and Entrepreneurship, SIBM Pune and Professor Ismail Akbani, Faculty at Symbiosis Institute of Technology. The participants were then mentored by Arjun Panchal, Entrepreneur, Author & Founder of PapaZapata, Dr. K Rajagopal, Associate professor SCMHRD and Dr. Preetha Menon, Assistant Professor, SIBM Pune. In the Final Round the participants were evaluated by an esteemed panel of judges consisting of Darshan Doshi, Head Of Programs, GenNext Innovation Club, Mr. Sameer Gupta, Director -Future Group FZ LLC, Partner- Ah! Gyan Guru Venture of Ah! Ventures and Mr. Anil Paranjape, Venture Partner at Infuse Ventures & Entrepreneur The participants were judged on their scalability, feasibility and originality amongst other factors.

There were 3 Case Study Competitions that were conducted during the three day event:
Mindspark - a case study challenge powered by Plan My Medical Trip and conducted by Mark-O-Polo, the Marketing Society of SIBM Pune. Conquest was a case study competition powered by Zippaboard. Mr. Arshad Abid, Co-Founder Zippaboard, judged the event. Last but not the least, Prayaas - was a case study challenge presented by Brillio's - CSR initiative "Bringing Smiles". Mr. Abhishek Ranjan, Global Head - Sustainability, CSR, Brillio Technologies, Mr. Mahesh Iyer, Head of IT, Spice Tailor and Mr. Ashutosh, CEO of STEM learning took out time from their busy schedule to judge the competition.

Dr. V.V. Ravikumar gave his whole hearted and extended support for 'Jugaad'- an event that displays the selling skills of the participants, where Dr. V.V. Ravikumar's quick wit and vast knowledge made the competition one to remember. 'Run Bhoomi' a strategy based virtual IPL auction was a thrilling event which concluded in a nail biting finish where the first and the sixth team were separated by a mere 15 points. Yin Yang - An innovation based event made its way into the Entrepreneurship Summit for the very first time. The participants were to combine unique products and come up with an innovative solution for a problem. Dr. Nihar Shah, Director at Silver Bright and Mr. Sameer Gupta, Director - Future Group FZ LLC, Partner- Ah! Gyan Guru Venture of Ah! Ventures shared their valuable insights with the participants and also judged the event.

Case Latte - An event was organized by Caf-Fin, Finance Club, SIBM Pune. It was judged by Mr. Shubham Gupta, Corporate Banking Division, ICICI Bank and Mr. Kunal Arora, Risk & Investment Management, J P Morgan. Corporate Czar -a quiz competition conducted by QUOD The Quizzing & Debating Club of SIBM Pune was the last event on Day 1 of Entrepreneurship Summit 2017. The participants racked their brains to come up with answers to the questions posed to them.

Symbihaat - Our very own version of an entrepreneurial paradise was a three-day carnival of sorts where participants could choose to set up stalls under categories of food, games or merchandise. An assortment of Burgers, Pizzas, Wraps, Jalebis, Momos, to name a few. A Gaming stall, a handicrafts stall and stall for dog lovers were the other highlights of Symbihaat. HaatNights - In addition to SymbiHaat, was also planned for the last two days of E-Summit, in association with the Co-Curricular Team. From old melodies to the latest chartbusters, the open mic session was a resounding success.

With such a diverse range of competitions the Entrepreneurship Summit helped inspire and spread the culture of entrepreneurship among the students present at Lavale Campus.