Entrepreneurship Cell, IIT Kharagpur, a non-profit student organization, since its establishment in 2006, with its arduous efforts, has taken the students one step closer to an Entrepreneurial India. Since E-Cell's inception, they have incubated over 50 startups and they keep improving and expanding to achieve their goal of 'promoting the startups' culture in IIT-Kharagpur campus and beyond. Through their events like the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES), Empresario and the Entrepreneurship Awareness Drive (EAD), which cover thousands of startup enthusiastic students and foster the spirit of Entrepreneurship among them.
This year the 10th edition of Entrepreneurship Awareness Drive was conducted in the St. Francis Institute of Management and Research on 13th October 2018. The magnificent event saw a participation of over 500 students coming from various colleges across the city. Through the words of celebrated entrepreneurs and industrialists like Mr. Ram Gopal (CEO at Barclays Bank India), Mr. Vinod Keni (Partner at Artha Venture Funds), Ms. Nupur Hemant (VP at IIFL Investment Managers), Mr. Sunil Mishra (COO at IL&FS), Mr. Farrhad Acidwala (Founder at Rockstah Media, TEDx Speaker) the startup enthusiastic students realized that a real entrepreneur is the one who does and not just dreams, he does not wait for the opportunity to knock the door, he builds the door himself. Mr. Ram Gopal focused on the Entrepreneurial lessons from his corporate career, .Ms. Nupur Hemant elaborated on the need for more women entrepreneurs. A fireside chat on the topic of Startup India: How can future entrepreneurs benefit from it gave the students an insight of entrepreneurship.
Entrepreneurship Awareness Drive, conducted by the E-Cell, IIT Kharagpur, comes every year to reinstate the spirit of Entrepreneurship among the college students of India. Starting from 10 cities and 15,000 students it has grown exponentially to 22 cities and over 30,000 students in its 10th edition held in 2017. And the impact of this very Drive can be understood through the number of college-student-startups that participate in the annual global business model competition, Empresario conducted by E-Cell itself.
Empresario is E-Cell’s very own Annual Business Model competition where business ideas in all fields ranging from Product and Service, Product Design to Social get equal opportunity to win the prize and incubation money to the tune of INR 2.5 crore. The prizes and services for the winners as per the last year are worth 25 lacs INR.
This year, Entrepreneurship Cell IIT Kharagpur is proud to present the new prestigious Empresario 2019 in association with International Business Model Competition (IBMC). The best entries in all categories will get an opportunity to participate directly in the semi-final rounds of IBMC 2019 which will be conducted abroad.