IIMA ‘Entre Fair 2013’ commenced with “Career Opportunities in Start-ups”

CoolAvenues Newswire | October 15,2013 09:10 pm IST

As stated in the pre-press invitation, ‘Entre Fair’ strives to provide a platform for promising start-ups and B-school students across the country to interact with each other. These interactions help kindle the entrepreneurial spirit in students by inspiring them to either start their own ventures or pursue internship or full-time opportunities with these start-up firms.

The ‘Entre Fair’ commenced with a Panel Discussion on the topic “Career Opportunities in Start-ups”. The panelists included Mr. Anil Joshi, President - Mumbai Angels, Mr. Manish Maheshwari, MD txtweb @ Intuit Technologies, Dr. T V Rao, Chairman - T V Rao Learning Systems, Professor - IIM Ahmedabad, Mr. Sunil Parekh, Founding curator at World Economic Forum, Geneva and Mr. Dinesh Arora, MD and CEO, Sundyota Numandis Pharma, each of whom provided a diverse perspective on the topic. In the post-lunch session, each firm was provided with a 30-minute presentation slot to show-case their start-ups to students.

Many start-up firms expressed their interest in participating in the ‘Entre Fair’ of which 21 were shortlisted based on the sector and stage of growth. Over 300 students visited the ‘Entre Fair’ from more than 15 institutes across the country. These institutes include IITs, IIMs, MICA, School of Petroleum Management Gandhinagar, Silver Oak College of Engineering and Technology, BK School of Management, amongst others. Students who are part of the Exchange program at IIMA from overseas universities such as University of Bocconi, Italy, ESSEC, Paris etc. also participated in the fair.

This year’s edition of the ‘Entre Fair’ provided the opportunity for students across the world to engage in the event online through the webinar. This initiative was very well-received with 10,957 students hailing from more than 12 countries participating in the event interactively through the webinar. These countries include India, USA, UK, France, Spain, Australia, Singapore, Germany, Kenya, Honduras, Qatar, Canada, etc. The queries raised remotely varied across a range of topics such as the nature of Indian start-up environment, impact of the economic condition on their business model, their differentiation from bigger players in the market and the key challenges faced by them in their start-up journey.

Richa Sharma, Senior Executive - Human Resources of Avhan Technologies said “The ‘Entre Fair’ provided a great opportunity for us to interact with talented and enthusiastic students and spread awareness about the platforms that we provide. Many students have expressed their interest to pursue an internship with us, which we hope to take forward in the coming weeks. We look forward to visiting IIMA in the future as well.”

Students were in-turn extremely excited at the opportunity to interact with firms. Girish, a first year PGP student at IIM Ahmedabad said “The start-up firms must be commended for their drive to make a difference and this event has given me a wonderful platform to understand a completely new career opportunity. I look forward to staying in touch with these firms and track their progress over the course of the year, to arrive at my final choice of the company.”

Prof. Kirti Sharda, Placement Chairperson at IIM Ahmedabad, said “This year, the ‘Entre Fair’ has seen significantly higher participation from both national and international students. By enabling exploration of meaningful internship opportunities with start-ups, the event has supported the dreams of students who wish to explore entrepreneurial careers. We, at IIMA, are thankful to the start-ups, students, panelists and faculty who participated in the fair and helped make it a success.”

Ms. Sruthy P Narayanan, Student Co-ordinator of Entre Fair, said “This year, the ‘Entre Fair’ strived to provide students with internship opportunities from start-ups across diverse sectors and at various stages of their journey. The webinar, facilitated by VMukti, helped us reach out to national and international students who could not visit the campus in person, and the nearly 11,000 hits from across geographies stand testimony to the interest in Entrepreneurship amongst students.”

The firms that participated in Entre Fair 2013 include –
1. 200OK
2. Alma mater Biz solutions
3. Avhan Technologies
4. Azilen Technologies
5. Bombay Hemp Co
6. Buddy4study
7. Dhung
8. eConstructionmart
9. Ekjaa
10. Electronics Idea Lab
11. ESSMART Global
12. GreedyGame
13. Innobytes
14. Kwench
15. MotherIndiaFarms
16. Nationsroot
17. Peagle
18. Printbindaas
19. Properji
20. Smart Sample
21. VBHC Education


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