Onyx, the Entrepreneurship Development Cell of The National Institute
of Engineering hosted one of its flagship events, a National level Business
plan presentation competition, BGyaan 14, was held on September 27th and 28th, 2014.
The Event Description
Followed by the inauguration was a session about Basic of Finance for Entrepreneurs by Mr. Harish Machiah. By his very good sense of humor and his brilliant oration, Harish Machiah hooked the interest of all the 50+students present in there. The interactive session went on for two hours and was finally concluded by showing the videos depicting the necessary qualities of a successful entrepreneur in a very fun way.
After a very small gap for lunch, the students were then taken on a E-Tour to Oxygen Acres. Oxygen Acres is a Non-Technical venture on dairy products started by technical people. Here, the students learnt about the journey of the founders on starting this big venture, problems they faced and how they managed it, about their delivery system and much more, and also about modern farming techniques by adopting ancient methods.
Students not only enjoyed this wonderful experience but also savored the freshly prepared dairy products. Students then returned to attend the startup Expo where all the ventures from NIE were put on display. Every student visited each individual stall to get to know about the ventures. Some ventures even offered internship based on some tests which were later conducted for the interested students. The startup stalls were also visited by our guest for the E-Talk of the year, Mr.Mukhi Regunathan who guided them with suggestions to take their ventures to a whole new level.
The Startup Expo event was followed by the most awaited event E-Talk of the year by a very well know speaker Mr.Mukhi Regunathan, CEO and founder of Pepper Square. Mukhi is a very enthusiastic person who even after failing for 7 times in his entrepreneurial journey never gave up his dream to be an entrepreneur. Mukhi told about the life of Entrepreneurs in the real world and how important it is to innovate to sustain and scale up. He even advised students to fall in love with their venture every day.Mukhi made the event a very interactive session even though the crowd was around 250 people.
He divided the crowd into 4 groups –People who want to startup,People who want to work for startups, People who want to work for MNC and People who want to work for the government. Later he explained the roles of each group in an entrepreneurial world and connected all these group explaining the journey of an entrepreneur.
The event was then concluded by a Q&A session.The first day of B-Gyaan didn’t end there. There was a surprise flash mob which was later joined by every student and thus enjoying themselves to the core.The first day of B-Gyaan- 14 was later concluded with announcing the schedule for the next day. The journey of fun and learning ended, butat every end there lies a new beginning and there was much to learn and much to experience. This was just the beginning of something new.
The Second day was the day of the National Level Business Plan Competition which was judged by an eminent panel consisting of
Shivaram Malavalli, Chairman and Managing Director of eHealth Technology Business Incubator
Rakesh Babu, Director of Innomantra Solutions
Sumanth Prabhu, Founder of Vesto Education Solutions.
The selected teams presented their plans in front of the judging panel. The ideas were diverse and belonged to various sectors. Some of them were-a social venture to connect the old age homes and the day care centers, Plan to Solvethe major traffic issues in indian cities etc. The first prize was bagged by Team Paramahamsa from NIE whose plan concentrated on women safety against rape issue by developing a new
device which had various features to ensure the safety. The runners up prize was bagged by Team Mukth also from NIE who also concentrated on the same issue but their plan was to implement wearable device such as bracelets, chains etc consisting of an SOS service. The mega event concluded by encouraging and inspiring words by the judges to take forward their business plans and make it a successful venture.
B-Gyaan- 14 was finally concluded. It sparked the spirit of Entrepreneurship for the new crowd while it was a platform to learn more for the rest.