The Envision Cell- Entrepreneurship and Industry Relations Cell of IIM Bodh Gaya successfully conducted the second edition of “Entrepreneurial Talk Series.” The event was held on the 21st of August, 2021, on the occasion of “World Entrepreneurs Day.” Prominent industry leaders Mr. Sudarshan Motwani, CEO & Founder, BookMyForex; Mr. Manish Kumar, Founder, Farms & Farmers; and Ms. Manisha Sharaf, CRO & Founder, SuperProcure enlightened the students with their insightful thoughts and encouraged them to own up to their entrepreneurial ideas.
Dr. Vinita Sahay, Director, IIM Bodh Gaya, in her welcome address emphasized the importance of entrepreneurship and the need to change the institute from being the center of job-seekers to the center of job-creators. The change in Consumer Behaviour is bringing a plethora of opportunities. She shared an example of an IIM Bodh Gaya alumnus who had a blueprint of an idea and acted upon it to leverage the opportunity.
Mr. Sudarshan Motwani, while sharing his experience and the ups and downs he faced, stated that an entrepreneur observes the market, studies the problem statements and thinks of possible solutions. Once that is done the assessment of the market acceptability and adaptability for the possible solutions has to be done. Not all entrepreneurial ideas are successful, some fail, but only those who learn from their mistakes eventually become successful, he added.
Mr. Manish Kumar, who shared his experience of starting an organization with an interactive presentation. He emphasized that the process might be lengthy, from finding a suitable partner to an angel investor, but if one has a unique idea, then any startup can succeed. According to him, there is a need for educated and well-informed people in the agriculture domain as there is much potential for future growth in the sector.
Ms. Manisha Sharaf shared glimpses of her journey and experience with SuperProcure – an organization that provides transportation solutions to its customers. Based on the SaaS platform, SuperProcure enables people to take help from individuals with high technical knowledge to provide the best services to their consumers. She encouraged female students to take up entrepreneurship, highlighting the importance of women entrepreneurs at the societal level and also the Government policies which are in favour.
One such inspiring example is of Arindam Bera, MBA 07, who started the initiative by Bera Industries (OPC) Pvt Ltd very recently in 2018. The industry holds recognition as India’s top 500 startups 2021 by CNBC Awaaz & BSE (SME). His initiative is about handicraft designing and development and employs as many as around fifteen tribal people regularly. There is another such story of an innovative initiative started by Gokulnath R, MBA 06. The industry went by the name of IGNITED MINDS. The PSG TECH alumni created it under the guidance of faculty members from PSG College of Technology Robotics Department, Coimbatore. Through their initiative, they are trying to help a large community of students, educational institutions, and others in the same industry in robotics, artificial learning, and STEM learning.
The logo of the incubation center of the institute was also unveiled in the session. Dr. Amresh Kumar extended a vote of thanks to all the speakers and faculty coordinators, Dr. Tamali Chakraborty and Dr. Medha Srivastava.