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Experts at international meet on startups in Pune underscore importance of progress at grassroots level

Theme of the sixth international conference on startups organised at Indira School of Business Studies was Startups India - A Spectrum of Sustainable Opportunities - Abhinavan 2018

pune Updated: Jan 22, 2018 16:18 IST
Nadeem Inamdar
Nadeem Inamdar
Hindustan Times, Pune
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Anand Kurian (fifth from left) of Event Management Development Institute of Singapore (MDIS) was the chief guest at the conference.(HT PHOTO)

Experts speaking at the sixth international conference on startups at Indira School of Business Studies (ISBS) called for the strengthening of entrepreneurial skill sets amongst young students and enhance their talent through motivation and constant upgradation of their skills in accordance with the requirement of the world of business.

Besides, the experts stressed on the need for young entrepreneurs to adopt the grassroots approach to make it big in the future.The conference focused on the probable opportunities for startups in India which was aimed at enlightening students of business management courses about startups and the wide spectrum of sustainable opportunities it offer. The theme of the conference was ‘Startups India - A Spectrum of Sustainable Opportunities - Abhinavan 2018’ which took place under the guidance of Tarita Shankar, chairperson, Indira Group of Institutes (IGI) and Chetan Wakalakar, group director, IGI.

Event Management Development Institute of Singapore (MDIS) Prof Anand Kurian, the chief guest, said, “There is a slight difference between entrepreneurship and management. An entrepreneur can be a good manager but every manager can’t be a good entrepreneur; that is why the training must be different in both cases.” He further stated, “We help every budding entrepreneur by giving them educational scholarships to nurture their skills. We also provide them with contacts of possible investors, which can help them in raising funds,” he added.

Kaustubh Dhargalkar, founder, potentials and possibilities mentor at the centre for innovation, incubation and enterprise at IIM Ahmedabad, delivered his talk on why Indian entrepreneurs should think original. He said, “An entrepreneur should bring in new ideas of business, study them, nurture them and present them in a polished manner. After the economic slowdown in 2008, the startup opportunities have grown in India and everyone should take advantage of the opportunity.”

Jelfie Achandy, principle consultant, Dream Catcher Group India and Canada, said, “For entrepreneurs, the passion for their business idea should be the fuel of success. It doesn’t matter if you do not succeed at the first step but through the passion for your ideas, you can facilitate new tactics, procedures and acquire new skills for the success of your business.”

Chinmay Khole, general manager, Tata Cummins Ltd, said, “While starting a new business, an entrepreneur should focus on the scope and limitation of the business and then accordingly, use their schedule and resources.”

Many internationally acclaimed speakers from India and abroad shared their thoughts on the future of startups in India, the probable approach entrepreneurs should show towards the business and the skills required to be an entrepreneur.

Also present were Dr. Vikas Joshi, founder and CEO- Harbinger Group, Harshwardhan Gune, Head Strategic Products Division Worldwide Oilfield Machine India, Vinayak Jadhaw Founder and Director Thinking Hut IT Solutions, Chanakya Joshi, Founder, Jayant Tambade, Partner ITpreneur, Data System Pvt Ltd were amongst the distinguished speakers for the event.

Dr Renu Bhargava, Director Indira School of Business Studies in her welcome addres emphasized the need for helping the students to sharpen their minds to lean towards becoming entrepreneurs through the conference and also maintained it was aimed at helpingg every student who wants to start their own business. Prof. Chetan Wakalkar, Group Director-IGI made opening remarks and discussed the future of entrepreneurship.

The post lunch sessions were addressed by Vikas Joshi, CEO and Founder, Harbinger Group followed by a panel discussion. The participants in the discussion were Dr Vikas Joshi, Founder and CEO Harbinger Group, Chanakya Joshi, Founder, Prashant Phatak, Founder CEO Valency Networks and Dr. Ravindra Utgikar, VP corporate Strategy and Marketing Praj Industries Ltd.

First Published: Jan 22, 2018 16:17 IST