1 year MBA at Pune with EABS by gyvwpgjmtx


									EABS hosted the Junior World Entrepreneurship Forum in Pune on the 4th and 5th of
September 2010. A forum founded by KPMG and EMLYON Business School (France)
is a platform that provides burgeoning entrepreneurs with the platform to showcase
their potentials and at the same time get an opportunity to hear about success stories
from entrepreneurs who have been there, done that. The forum is also haloed by the
patronage of Mr. Nicolas Sarkozy, the President of France. More than 20 successful
entrepreneurs gathered at EABS for the event and gave Pune an opportunity to be the
first Indian city to host the event.
  The event spanning two days starting Friday the 4th of September was bifurcated
into two sessions on each day. The first session on Friday zeroed on the theme 鈥淓
ntrepreneurship at the Bottom of the Pyramid 鈥? A succession of authoritative
addresses by Mr. Sanjay Jha, Founder CricketNext.com & Dr Ganesh Natarajan, CEO
Zensar Technologies instigated the event with a touch of grandeur. They both gave
allude to their respective career paths and shared episodes of failures and
achievements which made them what they are today. Mr. Jha went on to say that 鈥
渢 he man you see in the mirror is the biggest differentiator in life 鈥?and emphasized
on the importance of being a failure to be acquainted with success. Dr. Natarajan got
the audience on the edge of their seats with some remarkable insights about the
fortitude of an entrepreneur. This session gave way to 鈥楾 he Bottom of the Pyramid
鈥?panel discussion moderated by Mr. Sanjay Jha and including Sanjeev Rao, an
INSEAD alumnus & Founder of G2I Ventures, Bhaskar Babu, CEO Sarvoday
Microfinance, Xavier Bertrand, CEO of Chanel India & Trustee Planet Finance, and
Anil Dhankar CEO of Huntsman and Barons as the other panel members. It was a
very entrancing experience for the students of EABS who were made conscious about
the opportunities that stretch out in the societal strata, the challenges and the corridor
to succeed. Mr. Xavier Bertrand opined "the aspiration of youth has the power to
transform the world". Mr. Bhaskar Babu pointed at the significance and functioning of
microfinance and also quoted 鈥淚 do not want to get richer by making Mukesh
Ambani poorer. I want to get the bottom of the pyramid to come close to the top.
鈥?p> The next session of the day was Enterprise Spirit: Live Case Studies - What
DNA Entrepreneurs posses. This was a discussion for burgeoning entrepreneurs to
share their stories and a platform for them as well as the students of EABS to know
how certain ideas mushroomed in them and the way these ideas matured. The panel
consisted of Janardhan Prasad and Mukesh Jha founders of 鈥楧 ial an Auto
鈥?which as the name suggests makes the mini Indian taxi just a phone call away. It
also had Mr. More the owner of 鈥楢 mir Chicken and Eggs 鈥?the largest chain of
chicken shops in Pune sharing his experiences of starting off his business and
succeeding in a short span of time. The panel was headed by Mr. Shiva the MD of
Paperclip which is an organization unique in the fact and as Mr. Shiva said 鈥渢
eaches creativity 鈥? He was a captivating orator and left many a member in the
audience gasping with splinters of thoughts that he shot at them. The day ended with a
grueling round of questions from the audience to the panel members and vibes of the
following day being a success was already being felt.
  鈥楨 xploiting the Potential of Entrepreneurial Cities 鈥?was the theme to kick start
the next day and included Dr. T Prasad, a visiting faculty for NITIE,XLRI and the
event MANDI heading the discussions along with Mr. Shashank Paranjpe of
Paranjape Constructions, Mr. Dimakh Sahashtrabuddhe of Dimakh Consultancy,
Nimesh Marfatia, Founder DENIP Consultants, and Dr. Rahul Pandey, Founder and
CEO Converse Today. Dr. T Prasad discussed about the entrepreneurial advantage of
India in general and Pune in specific. He also spoke about other cities which would be
good hunting grounds for entrepreneurs in India. Mr Paranjpe emphasized on how to
become an entrepreneur and the four growth engines of Pune which stretch the
entrepreneurial compass of the city. Pune is not only an IT and an education hub but
also has a large pool of Agro- based and floriculture industry. He also feels that the
Mumbai-Pune expressway is the catalyst for Pune 鈥檚 growth. His quote 鈥榃
hatever you touch in a new city turns to gold 鈥?brought good applause from the
fervent audience. Mr. Sahastrabuddhe opined that an entrepreneur can be successful
only when he matures to a certain level after having faced problems. He also
emphasized on the importance of a high spirit that needs to exist in the mind of a
young entrepreneur. Dr. Rahul Pandey talked about Ludhiana being a very promising
city and gave the example of Sunil Bharti Mittal who originated from there. He also
cited the example of Kahn in France which in spite of being a small city was branded
very well by the government and has hence become such a prominent place for film
festivals, telecom conferences etc. Mr. Nimesh Marfatia supplemented the talks with
his opinion 鈥楾 he two driving forces for starting a business are money and passion.
鈥?p> The Avant Gardener which means a person who innovates was also a panel
discussion on the changing face of Entrepreneurship in India and succeeded the
previous session. Moderated by Pradeep Tagare, Director Intel Capital India the panel
consisted of prominent personalities like Atul Goel, MD Goel Ganga, Amit Grover,
Founder of Nurture Talent, Abhijit Golap who owns a biomedical imaging company
in California and is the CEO of Optra Systems and Praneet Mungali of Sanskriti, Pune.
Pradeep Tagare exemplified the story of 123 Greetings in Kolkata which was funded
by Intel Capital even though it wasn 鈥檛 the biggest of names but had the sheer
idiosyncratic edge. He also gave the example of a Sri Lankan organization which
deals with cloud computing and with the least manpower possible have bagged some
of the biggest clients across the globe. He said India has access to Venture Capitalists
now but the only aspect where we are lagging behind is Imagination. Amit Grover
who carries an enormous industry experience having worked with organizations of
repute like Onida, Infosys and Asian Paints has started Nurture Talent Academy which
aims at reducing mortality of entrepreneurs at their inception. He discussed about how
his academy makes new entrepreneurs envisage success and thus help them to sustain
their concepts. Mr. Atul Goel started off by recognizing agriculture as the most
employment generating sector, second only to construction. His organization believes
in constructing sustainable environment friendly buildings. He feels garbage
collection and city maintenance are opportunities which have been overlooked by
entrepreneurs and also exemplified his thought with a Hyderabad based company
dealing with the same. The session turned out to be very interactive and an assortment
of questions sprang up not only from the panel members but also from the curious
group of students of EABS. The session ended with a huge round of applause and
tokens of gratitude were handed over to all the esteemed guests.
The ultimate session of JWEF named 鈥楳 adhyanti 鈥?a name given to Goddess
Durga. As the name suggests this discussion was aimed at women entrepreneurs in
India and how their success is unparalleled in a male dominated society. Dr. Uma
Ganesh, CEO Global Talent Track, flagged off the session as the panel moderator and
was teamed up by Kruti Jain, MD Kumar Builders, Sarika Deshmukh from Success
Guru, Gunjan Agarwal , Investment Banker at Citibank and Harini Calamur. The
panel started with Dr. Ganesh narrating occurrences from her career and how she, in
spite of not ever had an entrepreneur in her family, managed to achieve success. In a
very avid yet tranquil manner she elucidated about the balance which a business lady
needs to maintain between her family and her profession. Kruti Jain recalled how she
had to take over the business at a very tender age and how she managed to overcome
all the impediments. She emphasized on the importance of networking and said 鈥楾
he harder you work, the luckier you get.鈥?Harini Calamur who joined a leading
broadcasting media organisation said that when one starts up as an entrepreneur one
needs to take care of trivial things like electricity bills, beverages and other bills even
if the business is not in the best of shapes. She also accentuated the importance of
knowing the local language and to have access to loans. Sarika Deshmukh also
highlighted the problem of getting loans approved in India but also said that people
tend to trust women more than men. She quoted 鈥楶 romise only what you can give
and never exaggerate.鈥?She believes in At Home-No Office, and At office- No
Home concept. Gunjan Agarwal always stuck to her values and never bribed anyone.
She has opened a media school of late which trains journalists. She thinks being an
entrepreneur is cool but not easy. She went on to say 鈥淏 e a job creator instead of a
Job seeker.鈥?She also added 鈥業 f the Product is solid you don 鈥檛 need
  A bustling round of questions from the audience ended the session and also marked
the end of an illustrious 2 day event. It successfully imbibed the spirit of
entrepreneurship in the minds of those who attended.
  Gairik Das Choudhuri Pgpm 2010-11.
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