EmergE 2015, the annual entrepreneurship summit of IIM Shillong was held on 19th-20th September 2015. This summit was organized by i-Cube – the Entrepreneurship Cell of IIM Shillong which is rooted in the concept—Envision. Engage. Evolve.—and aims to stimulate an entrepreneurial drive in the participants of management education. The chief guest of the summit was Shri M. Rajeshwar Rao, Chief General Manager at the Reserve Bank of India, who inaugurated the event and also launched the Incubator magazine.
(From L to R) EmergE 2015 Chairman Prof. Sanjeeb Kakoty, RBI CGM Shri M. Rajeshwar Rao and Vasundhara Award Winner for NE M. Muktamani Devi
The two-day summit began with the celebration of women entrepreneurial spirit through ‘Vasundhara’ – North East Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award, an initiative by the Sreemanta Sankar Mission of Guwahati to recognize women entrepreneurs of the North East. The eight state awardees were invited to IIM Shillong to share their journey in front of aspiring entrepreneurs from across the country. M. Muktamani Devi of Manipur was conferred the title Vasundhara Award for 2013-14 for her business of manufacturing woollen knitted shoes and exporting it to UK, Australia and Kora besides supplying regularly to defence forces.
EmergE 2015 witnessed enthusiastic participation from students across B–Schools in R€vo£u$N, the B-Plan Competition. The winner of the B-Plan Competition was ‘Akhil & Sumon’ from IIM Shillong. ‘Kings of Good Times’ from IIM Shillong won Reveal – the Case Study Competition which was organised in association with the Royal Wahingdoh Football Club. The runners-up were ‘Duopoly’ and second runners-up were ‘#Hashtag YS’.
The summit had three interactive session with leading experts in the areas of venture capital, logistics industry and the mobile space market. The below infographic provides details of the eminent personalities who attended the conclaves and shared their insights about the growing entrepreneurial environment in India with the participants. The speakers facilitated exchange of diverse ideas on the growth and penetration of the e-commerce industry and the smart phone business and how innovative transformation within the industries is needed to meet the dynamic challenges posed by the market.
|Investors’ Conclave||Mobile Space Conclave||Logistics Conclave|
This year, the institute also held ‘Expert’s Talk’ by inviting corporate heads of established businesses to share a different perspective and varied insights for the students. Eminent speakers who graced the event were Mr. Vishal Kaul, Category Head for Smartphones and Tablets, Samsung India Electronics Ltd. and Mr. Karan Gambhir, Industry Head for Technology at Google India. Finally, the students of IIM Shillong put together a cultural evening which marked the end of EmergE-2015.
State Bank of India were the title sponsors of the event while associate sponsorship was maintained by Royal Wahingdoh Football Club (Shillong). In addition to these, the event was sponsored by the Meghalaya Co-operative Apex Bank Ltd. and Poptales.
About IIM Shillong:
Indian Institute of Management Shillong, has grown at a rapid pace and is one of the premier institutes of management education in the country. Established in 2008, the Institute has focused on grooming its participants into managers who work for the betterment of society and the North-east region.
Author: Parul Jain
(A First year PGDM student and a member of the Public Relations Cell of IIM Shillong)