December 9, 2015

Odisha Channel Bureau
Bhubaneswar: The Entrepreneurship Cell of IIT Kharagpur is all set to present the Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2016.The event is scheduled to be held from January 8 to 10 next.Over the course of this year, Entrepreneurship Cell of IIT Kharagpur has already undertaken various activities, including the Entrepreneurship Awareness Drive, a pan-India initiative to spread entrepreneurship in cities across India in 22 cities.

Following on the successful culmination of the Entrepreneurship Awareness Drive, which saw close to 30,000 participants and personalities such as Ridam Desai (MD, Morgan Stanley), Ashish Chauhan (CEO, Bombay Stock Exchange), Satya Prabhakar (CEO & Founder, Sulekha.com) and Ashok Soota (Chairman, Happiest Mind Technologies), the E-Cell is now moving on to its flagship event, the Global Entrepreneurship Summit.

The 2016 Global Entrepreneurship Summit is one of the biggest entrepreneurial platforms for academicians, new-age entrepreneurs, eminent business personalities, venture capitalists and the students to gather at one place and share their entrepreneurial endeavours and experiences, and to pledge to take entrepreneurship in India to greater scales, according to a release issued by the E-Cell. The major draw of GES is the quality and variety of speakers that it has seen over the years.

The previous editions of GES have witnessed Stalwarts such as Sundar Pichai (CEO of Google), Rajat Sharma (founder and CEO of India TV), Suneet Singh Tuli (founder of Aakash Tablet), Dominique Trempont (serial entrepreneur, and the right-hand of Late Steve Jobs), Sramana Mitra (Forbes Columnist and Silicon Valley entrepreneur), Harish Hande (renowned Social Entrepreneurs), Nachiket Mor (former Deputy Manager of ICICI Bank) and Sanjeev Bhickchandani (Founder, Naukri.com).

The 2016 edition of GES is no exception.It will witness guest lectures by various eminent personalities.Workshops, focused on building the entrepreneurial acumen of participants are also in the pipeline by companies like BSE, Vmware, Calcutta Angels, Microsoft, IBM, Intel, Flipkart, Amazon Web Services, Deloitte and other such corporate giants. Global Entrepreneurship Conference, the only such Conference on Entrepreneurship will serve as a conclave for discussion of opportunities and programs aimed towards promoting entrepreneurship in various Universities across the world. The conference will be followed by Connect the Dots, a discussion amongst the Entrepreneurship Cells in India about the Indian scenario and how best to go about promoting entrepreneurship in their respective campuses.

The Global Business Model competition, Empresario, powered by Aug Ray is the only one of its kind from India and saw entries from around the country, at the close of the preliminary round in October.The finals of the competitions will be part of the Global Entrepreneurship Summit wherein the winners will get a direct entry in the semi-finals of the International Business Model Competition.

Another event of mention is the Start-up Camp, which will involve interaction of Entrepreneurs and students and aims to help Start-ups to recruit the finest talent amongst GES participants for internships/jobs while giving them an opportunity to meet the biggest VC and Angel Investors in India present on campus.

Entrepreneurship Cell, IIT Kharagpur aims to educate every member of India’s collegiate fraternity on entrepreneurship as a possible way of life, and to provide support to all those who choose this path.The Global Entrepreneurship Summit, with its varied content and participation, will prove to be the ultimate stage for propagating this cause.Participants should register at www.ges.ecell-iitkgp.org for the event.

The accommodation of students attending for the three days of GES will be taken care of by IIT Kharagpur for which they will be charged nominally.

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