The Placement Committee of IIM Ahmedabad organized the Entre fair

 | October 29,2012 11:03 am IST

The Placement Committee of IIM Ahmedabad organized the Entre Fair on 27th October 2012 at the IIMA campus, in association with the Entrepreneurship Club of IIM Ahmedabad and the Centre for Innovation, Incubation and Entrepreneurship (CIIE). The objective of the Entre Fair, an annual event at IIM Ahmedabad, is to provide a platform for promising startups and B-school students across the country to interact with each other.

Additionally, it seeks to inspire students to become entrepreneurs and help them in their endeavor.

21 startups participated in Entre Fair 2012 and the event drew immense interest from the student community. In addition to students from IIM Ahmedabad, over 200 students from 36 management institutes from all over India participated in the fair. Students from colleges across the country such as Amrut Mody School of Management, EDI Gandhinagar, MICA, XIM Bhubaneshwar, Sydenham College, Great Lakes Institute of Management (Chennai), IIT Kharagpur, Goa Institute of Management attended the Entre Fair by travelling to IIMA.

A new initiative in this years Entre Fair was the webinar which allowed students from across the country and abroad, who werent able to travel to Ahmedabad, to also participate in the fair. The webinar provided a live stream of the event through the day wherein each of the participating startups made a 20 minute presentation to online participants. The webinar experienced heavy web traffic throughout the day, with participants viewing the event from 5 different countries (USA, Malaysia, Thailand, Finland and UAE) apart from India.

Mr. Nirmal Kumar, Managing Director of G-Auto and an alumnus of IIM Ahmedabad, remarked, The Entre Fair provides great exposure to budding entrepreneurs, especially those from Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities. The webinar is an excellent initiative and allowed firms to connect with students across the country. The students attending the fair were very enthusiastic and the quality of the startups was very high.

Entre Fair benefited both students as well as companies, and the participating startups were very happy to be a part of the event. Mr. Suket Gurtu, Head - Quality Assurance at Proof of Performance Data Services, said Students were very inquisitive and keenly interested in our startup. Interns are crucial for us to develop our business and we are constantly looking for interns in several areas such as product development, analytics and ERP development. The Entre Fair is a great platform for us to achieve this purpose and we definitely look forward to coming back next year.

Students were very excited to interact with the startups. Naina, a first year student from Entrepreneurship Development Institute said, It was inspiring for me to interact with so many young entrepreneurs. I am looking forward to working in the domain of social entrepreneurship and Im going back with some thoughts on how to start a business. Anirban Choudhury, a first year student at IIM Ahmedabad added, The best part about the startups was their drive to make a difference. Entre fair must be commended for bringing these people together.

Over 50 students from Marwadi Education Foundation, Rajkot participated in this years Entre Fair. Mr. K.S.R.Swamy, Corporate Manager at the Foundation, said Our students found the Entre Fair very exciting and we feel that such events must be organized more often, since interacting with promising startups will go a long way in encouraging young students to set up their own ventures in the future.

Prof. Kirti Sharda, Placement Chairperson at IIM Ahmedabad, said Entre Fair 2012 is a significant milestone. For the first time, a national platform has been created for students to explore internship opportunities with startups and look at entrepreneurship as a credible career option. I am glad we are able to support and facilitate the entrepreneurship dreams of not only IIMA students but also of B-school students across the country.