From a married life to an IIM to being an ABG Scholar

An MBA after marriage! A decision to be away from your spouse and family for 2 years! Challenges were over weighing but so was the conviction. Destiny had its plans in sync with mine. A dream blended with aspiration, ambition and action landed me to the place I always wanted to be- the IIM. And Shillong added a silver lining to it.

IIM Shillong- my home away from home. It has given me more than I could have thought of- love, affection, friends, respect, prestige and I shall not forget to mention, the much coveted Aditya Birla Scholarship.

 

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The first step towards this achievement started while I was completely immersed in the hectic life characteristic of any B-school, the case studies, the surprise quizzes, the mid-sems, the brainstorming group discussions, late night submissions and what not. It was a mail from the PGP office congratulating me for getting shortlisted to make it to the top 31 out of 159 students from across the top notch B-schools of India. And there it was-“Mumbai Calling!” Thus started the preparations – travel plan, packing and countless suggestions from my crazy bunch of friends as to what dress to wear, which sandals, earrings and nail paint to complement the dress and most importantly my unending preparation for the interview.

I left for Mumbai on 19th Sept with lots of wishes, blessings and good luck by my side.  One thing was clear to me that everybody had lots of expectations and it was my time to fulfill them at any cost. I made a promise to myself at that time, come whatever, I am winning. With that promise I flew to Mumbai.

Mumbai, the city which tickled me with its drizzles and showers for 2 years, the city which reciprocated my love, the city with a fusion of most varied flavours, the city with the seashores offering instant relief , the city famous for the six sigma dabbawalas , the city with local trains as its life-line, yes, the city which has it all. I felt nostalgic as soon as I landed. Memories flashed and  tears virtually trickled down my cheeks. But soon the realization dawned that I am in the city which gave me the wings to fly and the fire to excel. With this realization I checked in at the ITC Grand Hotel in Lower Parel.

The majestic hotel depicting the British colonial architecture manifested its hospitality in form of warm gestures from the staff. The tastefully adorned interiors, the well manicured lawns, the bubbling fountains seemed to fill the hotel with a fabled grandeur.

I unpacked and got ready for the induction program. As soon as I entered the hall, I could feel the difference. Brilliant young minds of the nation from management, engineering and law streams with confidence oozing out seemed to fill the hall with a blissful positive energy. I took my seat and soon the presentation started which was to give an insight into the Aditya Birla Group and more importantly into the motive of the scholarship which is to nurture the future leaders.

The presentation was followed by dinner where everybody got a chance to interact and network. Conversations and interactions ultimately came to an end as everybody moved to their respective rooms to gear up for the interviews next day.

Finally, the day had arrived, the 21st Sept, 2013. Interviews were scheduled from 9 a.m. in the morning. I was waiting for my turn. The nervous excitement that I had been feeling for so many days was stronger than ever and I felt that the only release for the butterflies restlessly flitting around in my stomach would be to face the interviewers. And then there I was- in front of the panel. The panel had  Ms. Sunita Narain( Director General, Centre for Science and Environment (CSE)), Mr. Janmejaya Sinha( Chairman – Asia Pacific, Boston Consulting Group ) and Ms. Vineeta Rai( IAS, Member, National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission). I greeted them and the interview started with a light discussion on the need to wear formals during an interview. Soon after my opinion was asked on various current issues pertaining to Shillong, telecom industry, rural healthcare in India, policy flipflops etc. The interview ended on a positive note.

The results were to be declared in the evening. The wait just seemed too long. But finally the moment arrived. The hall was fully packed with eminent personalities from the ABG group, the panel members of all the 3 streams which included the likes of Justice M. N. Venkatachaliah, (Retd. Chief Justice Supreme Court) , Mr. Kiran Karnik, Ex-President, NASSCOM, Prof. Samir K. Brahmachari, Director General, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, Mr. Sri Rajan, Country Head & Managing Director, Bain & Company India Pvt. Ltd. and many more. Applauds had already begun with the selected scholar names being announced one after the other. And then suddenly I realized that the applauds were for me- yes it was Apurva Jain from IIM Shillong. And the next instant I found myself in front of Mrs Rajashree Birla, receiving the Aditya Birla Scholarship Award.

It took me a while to get reconciled to the fact that I had done it. Calls and messages followed, flooded with “Congratulations” and “Thank You”. I was content to live up to the expectations of everyone.

I reached Shillong the next day. I knew there would be celebrations. Balloons and colorful ribbons made my room lively as ever and the chocolate truffle cake (my favorite) tasted sweeter than ever.

– Apurva Jain

 

About the writer :  Apurva Jain is a first year participant at IIM Shillong. She likes reading novels and exploring places.

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A Walk Down The IIM Shillong Memory Lane

Barely a fortnight after graduating, it’s both difficult and tempting to look back and try and sum up the two years. While life after Post Graduation may have many crossroads and opportunities, the two years, though not perfect, have added many different sides to each character. Growing, learning, changing, each day was as variable and fickle as the Shillong weather.

Never-ending conversations outside the mess, debates in closed rooms, late night study group assignments, class tests and bell-curves, coffee conversations at the night canteen, events in the quadrangle, business formals and mandatory sessions, placements, endless winters and early classes, were all part and parcel. Many aspects of hostel life will be missed; Aunty’s momos, lemon tea, PB, squashed taxi trips, cherry blossoms, trekking trips to name a few.

While we picked up the nuances of management education in classrooms, the campus offered a cohort life: getting to know each other, sharing one’s adventures and stories, making friends for life. There was something for everyone, the lazy, the busy, the determined, the hesitant. The impressive peer group made one realise the countless ways to the same path. Personally, the biggest lesson for me has been in terms of people and how to endure-thrive in a melting pot of opinions ideas and situations. For the greatest of education was in taking initiative and being opinionated, being participative, learning to prioritise, learning from each other, being consistent and self-motivated.

This place apart from making me and many of us a part of the known network of alumni has helped us emerge as more complete and accomplished selves we were meant to be. While to my mind, the two years were more than being colossally grand, they carried inward significance and were exceptionally noteworthy.

At the end, the two years may or may not be career or character defining, but they sure were a great place to make mistakes, assimilate, learn and a great springboard to take the plunge in the choppy rapids of life.

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Study Abroad Program At IESEG School Of Management, Paris

In words of Eleanor Roosevelt – “The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” What caught my attention is “newer and richer experience” and perhaps same was the intention but who would have thought that it would turn out to be more than that when a bunch of 29 participants including me from IIM Shillong landed in Paris for a short term Study Abroad Program at IESEG School of Management, Paris.

Study Abroad Program, aimed at providing it’s participants a global exposure was strategically initiated in IIM Shillong’s offering in 2015 when 31 participants experienced Nanyang Business School, Nanyang Technological University and this year IESEG School of Management, Paris was chosen. The curriculum was very carefully designed keeping subjects from broad areas.

The program started with Intercultural Management taken by Jacob Vakkayil. The focus was on understanding culture and its frameworks, an insight into synergy between European and Indian culture and how global leaders can benefit from this knowledge. At global level, leaders are exposed to various cultural issues and a good understanding of various cultures can help them in their decision making. We further discussed couple of cases and performed a group activity to make it more engaging

Paris is known as the Fashion Capital of the world and including subjects like Luxury Management and Fashion Communications makes these subjects even more relevant. Fashion industry has evolved over the years and so do their way of communication and that was the takeaways of Fashion Communications – To Study and Analyse the Fashion Industry as a whole and European Industry in particular. The most important takeaway from this subject was the change in perspective. India is a developing nation and the luxury brand’s market is still in its budding stage but that’s not the case with the Paris. Luxury Management was a subject that I personally liked a lot as it will be having immense potential in Indian context in coming years considering the pace of Globalization and Westernization that is shaping Indian consumer and their taste. As part of the curriculum several nuances of managing luxury brands were touched upon which were further extended to case analysis of a luxury giant firm and store visit to Galeries Lafayette, a French department chain stores which hosts stores of numerous luxury brands – Louis Vuitton, Hermes, Dior, Longchamp, Chloe, Kenzo are few to name. The visit was aimed at providing a first-hand experience of such brands and what goes in creating and maintaining such brands. The Fashion Communications and Luxury Management were taken up by Marta Marcheva and Gwarlann de Kerviler (a Harvard Graduate) respectively.

IIM Shillong is known for its emphasis on sustainability and considering its relevance in today’s era Sustainable Innovation taken up by Malia Belkacem was inducted into the curriculum. Malia is an industry professional with more than 20 years of industry experience and also a lecturer at IESEG. Generally classroom learning provides more of a theoretical angle to a subject but Malia because of her vast industry experience helped us having a more realistic perspective. She also organized a short visit to Engie, a firm operating in areas of electricity, natural gas and energy services. Overall, it was a good subject to have in the list.

Other key highlights of the program were a presentation on European Financial Markets, European Commission and European Parliament by Eric Leurquin, a European Union official and visit to Ateier Lesage, a firm specializing in art of embroidery by Ida Djamon.

Paris is a great place to be and it won’t stop amazing you – be it pace of life, process automation it has brought in their day to day activities and most importantly hosting plethora of scenic places. If Eiffel tower is a great example of great engineering then Louvre has major works of arts to offer and the list goes on.

But as all good things must come to an end for a better tomorrow, so was this tour and a better tomorrow would be when we can spread and implement the learnings wherever and whenever possible. We all left Paris with a heavy heart but with a smile in our faces and a promise to come back again to this beautiful city. In words of Dr.Seuss – “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”

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Vivek Kumar is a first year PGDM student.

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Pratyay 2017 – Ideas That Inspire – IIM Shillong

An idea can change the world. Ideas shape the course of history. All achievements and earned riches have their beginning in an idea. An idea is the essence of a start-up and entrepreneurship. With this thought, i-Cube, the Entrepreneurship Cell of IIM Shillong, named their event as “Pratyay” – Ideas that Inspire, conceptualised to celebrate the spirit of entrepreneurship. Pratyay shall serve as a pre-cursor to EmergE, the Annual Flagship Entrepreneurship Festival of IIM Shillong, organised by the E-Cell.

The inaugural edition of the event consisted of the following sub-events –

Guest Speaker Session – Pratyay hosted Mr. Prashant Lingam, Founder & CEO of Bamboo House India, a social enterprise with a portfolio of Bamboo Housing, Bamboo furniture, innovative scrap utilities and various others. It has clients ranging from the US Government to India’s state governments.

Mr. Prashant’s narration of his journey, struggle and success have not only captivated the audience and given them practical insight into the reality of the entrepreneurship world but truly inspired them, invoked thought and served as an emotional boost. As one student puts it, “Mr. Prashant has rekindled my dream of creating my own business.”

Case Study Competition        Model Investor Summit

Case Study Competition Sponsored by Bamboo House India for prize money of Rs. 50,000, the event saw participation from various B-Schools like IIM Lucknow, JBIMS and many premiere undergraduate colleges in the country. Mr. Prashant Lingam, Founder CEO of Bamboo House India played jury to the competition. Donning Social Entrepreneur/CEO hats, the participants suggested innovative, out of the box yet feasible solutions to the Judge. Mr. Prashant also opened a Live Project opportunity to which the batch showed great enthusiasm.

Model Investor Summit  The event comprised of multiple Ideators presenting their business ideas to a panel of Model Investors who after carefully analysing their proposals would invest Virtual Money after deliberation with their Consultation Panel. The best ideator and investor win. The event, with a prize money of Rs. 20,000, witnessed participation from various colleges nation-wide with the winners being from IIT Kharagpur. The Jury for this event was Mr. Shankar Subramoney, a Management Consultant and an adjunct faculty with IIM Bangalore, visiting faculty with IIM Shillong and Udaipur.

“In Their Shoes”It is an event of Entrepreneurship Rebuttal wherein the participants tell us what would they have done to prevent the given company from failing if they were the CXO of the company. With heated but healthy arguments and debates by strategists, the event was challenging yet fun. The Jury included Mr. Shankar Purbey and Mr. Harsh Samalia, Operations and Strategy lecturers at IIM Shillong respectively.

Bonfire Night The celebration concluded with the announcement of winners by the Jury, post which, the curious and enthusiastic students interacted informally with Mr. Prashant Lingam over Bonfire, Chai and Pakode, on the starry full-moon night. The Quadrangle of the campus was filled with great participation from the batch, and the air – with the spirit of entrepreneurship.

Speaker session & Bonfire night

 

#Pratyay2017 gave immense satisfaction to the organising team as it is our first step towards social and sustainable entrepreneurship and it witnessed more-than-expected participation, quality work and appreciation of the entire batch. The goal of i-Cube, The Entrepreneurship Cell, simply put, is to foster active entrepreneurship in the college and convert ideas to reality, as we at IIM Shillong aren’t just dreamers but doers!

 

 

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An idea can change the world. Ideas shape the course of history. All achievements and earned riches have their beginning in an idea. An idea is the essence of a start-up and entrepreneurship. With this thought, i-Cube, the Entrepreneurship Cell of IIM Shillong, named their event as “Pratyay” – Ideas that Inspire, conceptualised to celebrate the spirit of entrepreneurship. Pratyay shall serve as a pre-cursor to EmergE, the Annual Flagship Entrepreneurship Festival of IIM Shillong, organised by the E-Cell.

The inaugural edition of the event consisted of the following sub-events –

Guest Speaker Session – Pratyay hosted Mr. Prashant Lingam, Founder & CEO of Bamboo House India, a social enterprise with a portfolio of Bamboo Housing, Bamboo furniture, innovative scrap utilities and various others. It has clients ranging from the US Government to India’s state governments.

Mr. Prashant’s narration of his journey, struggle and success have not only captivated the audience and given them practical insight into the reality of the entrepreneurship world but truly inspired them, invoked thought and served as an emotional boost. As one student puts it, “Mr. Prashant has rekindled my dream of creating my own business.”

Case Study Competition        Model Investor Summit

Case Study Competition Sponsored by Bamboo House India for prize money of Rs. 50,000, the event saw participation from various B-Schools like IIM Lucknow, JBIMS and many premiere undergraduate colleges in the country. Mr. Prashant Lingam, Founder CEO of Bamboo House India played jury to the competition. Donning Social Entrepreneur/CEO hats, the participants suggested innovative, out of the box yet feasible solutions to the Judge. Mr. Prashant also opened a Live Project opportunity to which the batch showed great enthusiasm.

Model Investor Summit  The event comprised of multiple Ideators presenting their business ideas to a panel of Model Investors who after carefully analysing their proposals would invest Virtual Money after deliberation with their Consultation Panel. The best ideator and investor win. The event, with a prize money of Rs. 20,000, witnessed participation from various colleges nation-wide with the winners being from IIT Kharagpur. The Jury for this event was Mr. Shankar Subramoney, a Management Consultant and an adjunct faculty with IIM Bangalore, visiting faculty with IIM Shillong and Udaipur.

“In Their Shoes”It is an event of Entrepreneurship Rebuttal wherein the participants tell us what would they have done to prevent the given company from failing if they were the CXO of the company. With heated but healthy arguments and debates by strategists, the event was challenging yet fun. The Jury included Mr. Shankar Purbey and Mr. Harsh Samalia, Operations and Strategy lecturers at IIM Shillong respectively.

Bonfire Night The celebration concluded with the announcement of winners by the Jury, post which, the curious and enthusiastic students interacted informally with Mr. Prashant Lingam over Bonfire, Chai and Pakode, on the starry full-moon night. The Quadrangle of the campus was filled with great participation from the batch, and the air – with the spirit of entrepreneurship.

Speaker session & Bonfire night

 

#Pratyay2017 gave immense satisfaction to the organising team as it is our first step towards social and sustainable entrepreneurship and it witnessed more-than-expected participation, quality work and appreciation of the entire batch. The goal of i-Cube, The Entrepreneurship Cell, simply put, is to foster active entrepreneurship in the college and convert ideas to reality, as we at IIM Shillong aren’t just dreamers but doers!

 

 

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An idea can change the world. Ideas shape the course of history. All achievements and earned riches have their beginning in an idea. An idea is the essence of a start-up and entrepreneurship. With this thought, i-Cube, the Entrepreneurship Cell of IIM Shillong, named their event as “Pratyay” – Ideas that Inspire, conceptualised to celebrate the spirit of entrepreneurship. Pratyay shall serve as a pre-cursor to EmergE, the Annual Flagship Entrepreneurship Festival of IIM Shillong, organised by the E-Cell.

The inaugural edition of the event consisted of the following sub-events –

Guest Speaker Session – Pratyay hosted Mr. Prashant Lingam, Founder & CEO of Bamboo House India, a social enterprise with a portfolio of Bamboo Housing, Bamboo furniture, innovative scrap utilities and various others. It has clients ranging from the US Government to India’s state governments.

Mr. Prashant’s narration of his journey, struggle and success have not only captivated the audience and given them practical insight into the reality of the entrepreneurship world but truly inspired them, invoked thought and served as an emotional boost. As one student puts it, “Mr. Prashant has rekindled my dream of creating my own business.”

Case Study Competition        Model Investor Summit

Case Study Competition Sponsored by Bamboo House India for prize money of Rs. 50,000, the event saw participation from various B-Schools like IIM Lucknow, JBIMS and many premiere undergraduate colleges in the country. Mr. Prashant Lingam, Founder CEO of Bamboo House India played jury to the competition. Donning Social Entrepreneur/CEO hats, the participants suggested innovative, out of the box yet feasible solutions to the Judge. Mr. Prashant also opened a Live Project opportunity to which the batch showed great enthusiasm.

Model Investor Summit  The event comprised of multiple Ideators presenting their business ideas to a panel of Model Investors who after carefully analysing their proposals would invest Virtual Money after deliberation with their Consultation Panel. The best ideator and investor win. The event, with a prize money of Rs. 20,000, witnessed participation from various colleges nation-wide with the winners being from IIT Kharagpur. The Jury for this event was Mr. Shankar Subramoney, a Management Consultant and an adjunct faculty with IIM Bangalore, visiting faculty with IIM Shillong and Udaipur.

“In Their Shoes”It is an event of Entrepreneurship Rebuttal wherein the participants tell us what would they have done to prevent the given company from failing if they were the CXO of the company. With heated but healthy arguments and debates by strategists, the event was challenging yet fun. The Jury included Mr. Shankar Purbey and Mr. Harsh Samalia, Operations and Strategy lecturers at IIM Shillong respectively.

Bonfire Night The celebration concluded with the announcement of winners by the Jury, post which, the curious and enthusiastic students interacted informally with Mr. Prashant Lingam over Bonfire, Chai and Pakode, on the starry full-moon night. The Quadrangle of the campus was filled with great participation from the batch, and the air – with the spirit of entrepreneurship.

Speaker session & Bonfire night

 

#Pratyay2017 gave immense satisfaction to the organising team as it is our first step towards social and sustainable entrepreneurship and it witnessed more-than-expected participation, quality work and appreciation of the entire batch. The goal of i-Cube, The Entrepreneurship Cell, simply put, is to foster active entrepreneurship in the college and convert ideas to reality, as we at IIM Shillong aren’t just dreamers but doers!

 

 

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An idea can change the world. Ideas shape the course of history. All achievements and earned riches have their beginning in an idea. An idea is the essence of a start-up and entrepreneurship. With this thought, i-Cube, the Entrepreneurship Cell of IIM Shillong, named their event as “Pratyay” – Ideas that Inspire, conceptualised to celebrate the spirit of entrepreneurship. Pratyay shall serve as a pre-cursor to EmergE, the Annual Flagship Entrepreneurship Festival of IIM Shillong, organised by the E-Cell.

The inaugural edition of the event consisted of the following sub-events –

Guest Speaker Session – Pratyay hosted Mr. Prashant Lingam, Founder & CEO of Bamboo House India, a social enterprise with a portfolio of Bamboo Housing, Bamboo furniture, innovative scrap utilities and various others. It has clients ranging from the US Government to India’s state governments.

Mr. Prashant’s narration of his journey, struggle and success have not only captivated the audience and given them practical insight into the reality of the entrepreneurship world but truly inspired them, invoked thought and served as an emotional boost. As one student puts it, “Mr. Prashant has rekindled my dream of creating my own business.”

Case Study Competition        Model Investor Summit

Case Study Competition Sponsored by Bamboo House India for prize money of Rs. 50,000, the event saw participation from various B-Schools like IIM Lucknow, JBIMS and many premiere undergraduate colleges in the country. Mr. Prashant Lingam, Founder CEO of Bamboo House India played jury to the competition. Donning Social Entrepreneur/CEO hats, the participants suggested innovative, out of the box yet feasible solutions to the Judge. Mr. Prashant also opened a Live Project opportunity to which the batch showed great enthusiasm.

Model Investor Summit  The event comprised of multiple Ideators presenting their business ideas to a panel of Model Investors who after carefully analysing their proposals would invest Virtual Money after deliberation with their Consultation Panel. The best ideator and investor win. The event, with a prize money of Rs. 20,000, witnessed participation from various colleges nation-wide with the winners being from IIT Kharagpur. The Jury for this event was Mr. Shankar Subramoney, a Management Consultant and an adjunct faculty with IIM Bangalore, visiting faculty with IIM Shillong and Udaipur.

“In Their Shoes”It is an event of Entrepreneurship Rebuttal wherein the participants tell us what would they have done to prevent the given company from failing if they were the CXO of the company. With heated but healthy arguments and debates by strategists, the event was challenging yet fun. The Jury included Mr. Shankar Purbey and Mr. Harsh Samalia, Operations and Strategy lecturers at IIM Shillong respectively.

Bonfire Night The celebration concluded with the announcement of winners by the Jury, post which, the curious and enthusiastic students interacted informally with Mr. Prashant Lingam over Bonfire, Chai and Pakode, on the starry full-moon night. The Quadrangle of the campus was filled with great participation from the batch, and the air – with the spirit of entrepreneurship.

Speaker session & Bonfire night

 

#Pratyay2017 gave immense satisfaction to the organising team as it is our first step towards social and sustainable entrepreneurship and it witnessed more-than-expected participation, quality work and appreciation of the entire batch. The goal of i-Cube, The Entrepreneurship Cell, simply put, is to foster active entrepreneurship in the college and convert ideas to reality, as we at IIM Shillong aren’t just dreamers but doers!

 

 

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An idea can change the world. Ideas shape the course of history. All achievements and earned riches have their beginning in an idea. An idea is the essence of a start-up and entrepreneurship. With this thought, i-Cube, the Entrepreneurship Cell of IIM Shillong, named their event as “Pratyay” – Ideas that Inspire, conceptualised to celebrate the spirit of entrepreneurship. Pratyay shall serve as a pre-cursor to EmergE, the Annual Flagship Entrepreneurship Festival of IIM Shillong, organised by the E-Cell.

The inaugural edition of the event consisted of the following sub-events –

Guest Speaker Session – Pratyay hosted Mr. Prashant Lingam, Founder & CEO of Bamboo House India, a social enterprise with a portfolio of Bamboo Housing, Bamboo furniture, innovative scrap utilities and various others. It has clients ranging from the US Government to India’s state governments.

Mr. Prashant’s narration of his journey, struggle and success have not only captivated the audience and given them practical insight into the reality of the entrepreneurship world but truly inspired them, invoked thought and served as an emotional boost. As one student puts it, “Mr. Prashant has rekindled my dream of creating my own business.”

Case Study Competition        Model Investor Summit

Case Study Competition Sponsored by Bamboo House India for prize money of Rs. 50,000, the event saw participation from various B-Schools like IIM Lucknow, JBIMS and many premiere undergraduate colleges in the country. Mr. Prashant Lingam, Founder CEO of Bamboo House India played jury to the competition. Donning Social Entrepreneur/CEO hats, the participants suggested innovative, out of the box yet feasible solutions to the Judge. Mr. Prashant also opened a Live Project opportunity to which the batch showed great enthusiasm.

Model Investor Summit  The event comprised of multiple Ideators presenting their business ideas to a panel of Model Investors who after carefully analysing their proposals would invest Virtual Money after deliberation with their Consultation Panel. The best ideator and investor win. The event, with a prize money of Rs. 20,000, witnessed participation from various colleges nation-wide with the winners being from IIT Kharagpur. The Jury for this event was Mr. Shankar Subramoney, a Management Consultant and an adjunct faculty with IIM Bangalore, visiting faculty with IIM Shillong and Udaipur.

“In Their Shoes”It is an event of Entrepreneurship Rebuttal wherein the participants tell us what would they have done to prevent the given company from failing if they were the CXO of the company. With heated but healthy arguments and debates by strategists, the event was challenging yet fun. The Jury included Mr. Shankar Purbey and Mr. Harsh Samalia, Operations and Strategy lecturers at IIM Shillong respectively.

Bonfire Night The celebration concluded with the announcement of winners by the Jury, post which, the curious and enthusiastic students interacted informally with Mr. Prashant Lingam over Bonfire, Chai and Pakode, on the starry full-moon night. The Quadrangle of the campus was filled with great participation from the batch, and the air – with the spirit of entrepreneurship.

Speaker session & Bonfire night

 

#Pratyay2017 gave immense satisfaction to the organising team as it is our first step towards social and sustainable entrepreneurship and it witnessed more-than-expected participation, quality work and appreciation of the entire batch. The goal of i-Cube, The Entrepreneurship Cell, simply put, is to foster active entrepreneurship in the college and convert ideas to reality, as we at IIM Shillong aren’t just dreamers but doers!

 

 

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An idea can change the world. Ideas shape the course of history. All achievements and earned riches have their beginning in an idea. An idea is the essence of a start-up and entrepreneurship. With this thought, i-Cube, the Entrepreneurship Cell of IIM Shillong, named their event as “Pratyay” – Ideas that Inspire, conceptualised to celebrate the spirit of entrepreneurship. Pratyay shall serve as a pre-cursor to EmergE, the Annual Flagship Entrepreneurship Festival of IIM Shillong, organised by the E-Cell.

The inaugural edition of the event consisted of the following sub-events –

Guest Speaker Session – Pratyay hosted Mr. Prashant Lingam, Founder & CEO of Bamboo House India, a social enterprise with a portfolio of Bamboo Housing, Bamboo furniture, innovative scrap utilities and various others. It has clients ranging from the US Government to India’s state governments.

Mr. Prashant’s narration of his journey, struggle and success have not only captivated the audience and given them practical insight into the reality of the entrepreneurship world but truly inspired them, invoked thought and served as an emotional boost. As one student puts it, “Mr. Prashant has rekindled my dream of creating my own business.”

Case Study Competition        Model Investor Summit

Case Study Competition Sponsored by Bamboo House India for prize money of Rs. 50,000, the event saw participation from various B-Schools like IIM Lucknow, JBIMS and many premiere undergraduate colleges in the country. Mr. Prashant Lingam, Founder CEO of Bamboo House India played jury to the competition. Donning Social Entrepreneur/CEO hats, the participants suggested innovative, out of the box yet feasible solutions to the Judge. Mr. Prashant also opened a Live Project opportunity to which the batch showed great enthusiasm.

Model Investor Summit  The event comprised of multiple Ideators presenting their business ideas to a panel of Model Investors who after carefully analysing their proposals would invest Virtual Money after deliberation with their Consultation Panel. The best ideator and investor win. The event, with a prize money of Rs. 20,000, witnessed participation from various colleges nation-wide with the winners being from IIT Kharagpur. The Jury for this event was Mr. Shankar Subramoney, a Management Consultant and an adjunct faculty with IIM Bangalore, visiting faculty with IIM Shillong and Udaipur.

“In Their Shoes”It is an event of Entrepreneurship Rebuttal wherein the participants tell us what would they have done to prevent the given company from failing if they were the CXO of the company. With heated but healthy arguments and debates by strategists, the event was challenging yet fun. The Jury included Mr. Shankar Purbey and Mr. Harsh Samalia, Operations and Strategy lecturers at IIM Shillong respectively.

Bonfire Night The celebration concluded with the announcement of winners by the Jury, post which, the curious and enthusiastic students interacted informally with Mr. Prashant Lingam over Bonfire, Chai and Pakode, on the starry full-moon night. The Quadrangle of the campus was filled with great participation from the batch, and the air – with the spirit of entrepreneurship.

Speaker session & Bonfire night

 

#Pratyay2017 gave immense satisfaction to the organising team as it is our first step towards social and sustainable entrepreneurship and it witnessed more-than-expected participation, quality work and appreciation of the entire batch. The goal of i-Cube, The Entrepreneurship Cell, simply put, is to foster active entrepreneurship in the college and convert ideas to reality, as we at IIM Shillong aren’t just dreamers but doers!

 

 

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Sameera Boyinapalli, Member, Entrepreneurship Cell, IIM Shillong 

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An idea can change the world. Ideas shape the course of history. All achievements and earned riches have their beginning in an idea. An idea is the essence of a start-up and entrepreneurship. With this thought, i-Cube, the Entrepreneurship Cell of IIM Shillong, named their event as “Pratyay” – Ideas that Inspire, conceptualised to celebrate the spirit of entrepreneurship. Pratyay shall serve as a pre-cursor to EmergE, the Annual Flagship Entrepreneurship Festival of IIM Shillong, organised by the E-Cell.

The inaugural edition of the event consisted of the following sub-events –

Guest Speaker Session – Pratyay hosted Mr. Prashant Lingam, Founder & CEO of Bamboo House India, a social enterprise with a portfolio of Bamboo Housing, Bamboo furniture, innovative scrap utilities and various others. It has clients ranging from the US Government to India’s state governments.

Mr. Prashant’s narration of his journey, struggle and success have not only captivated the audience and given them practical insight into the reality of the entrepreneurship world but truly inspired them, invoked thought and served as an emotional boost. As one student puts it, “Mr. Prashant has rekindled my dream of creating my own business.”

Case Study Competition        Model Investor Summit

Case Study Competition Sponsored by Bamboo House India for prize money of Rs. 50,000, the event saw participation from various B-Schools like IIM Lucknow, JBIMS and many premiere undergraduate colleges in the country. Mr. Prashant Lingam, Founder CEO of Bamboo House India played jury to the competition. Donning Social Entrepreneur/CEO hats, the participants suggested innovative, out of the box yet feasible solutions to the Judge. Mr. Prashant also opened a Live Project opportunity to which the batch showed great enthusiasm.

Model Investor Summit  The event comprised of multiple Ideators presenting their business ideas to a panel of Model Investors who after carefully analysing their proposals would invest Virtual Money after deliberation with their Consultation Panel. The best ideator and investor win. The event, with a prize money of Rs. 20,000, witnessed participation from various colleges nation-wide with the winners being from IIT Kharagpur. The Jury for this event was Mr. Shankar Subramoney, a Management Consultant and an adjunct faculty with IIM Bangalore, visiting faculty with IIM Shillong and Udaipur.

“In Their Shoes”It is an event of Entrepreneurship Rebuttal wherein the participants tell us what would they have done to prevent the given company from failing if they were the CXO of the company. With heated but healthy arguments and debates by strategists, the event was challenging yet fun. The Jury included Mr. Shankar Purbey and Mr. Harsh Samalia, Operations and Strategy lecturers at IIM Shillong respectively.

Bonfire Night The celebration concluded with the announcement of winners by the Jury, post which, the curious and enthusiastic students interacted informally with Mr. Prashant Lingam over Bonfire, Chai and Pakode, on the starry full-moon night. The Quadrangle of the campus was filled with great participation from the batch, and the air – with the spirit of entrepreneurship.

Speaker session & Bonfire night

 

#Pratyay2017 gave immense satisfaction to the organising team as it is our first step towards social and sustainable entrepreneurship and it witnessed more-than-expected participation, quality work and appreciation of the entire batch. The goal of i-Cube, The Entrepreneurship Cell, simply put, is to foster active entrepreneurship in the college and convert ideas to reality, as we at IIM Shillong aren’t just dreamers but doers!

 

 

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About the Author:

Sameera Boyinapalli, Member, Entrepreneurship Cell, IIM Shillong 

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IIM Shillong

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