“Initially there was no awareness about entrepreneurship amongst the public, that’s when we starting spreading the word through various activities we called the “Community Reach.” We are interested in creating and addressing a community. Here, the student volunteers would help people from the different strata’s of society by studying their business models and suggesting the required changes,” states Abhijit Bose, Assistant Professor, Chairperson, IEM E-Cell, Institute of Engineering and Management.
The E Week on the IEM campus is a jam-packed week with more than 200 events running across campus and virtually. Some of the events were talk sessions with the successful student and alumni entrepreneurs and industry experts, boot camps and online events and competitions, thereby increasing their reach exponentially. Some of the workshops held at the event were on topics such as Big Data, machine learning, android development, IoT, amongst others. The institute also has planned a school outreach campaign to help provide for the students and families in need.
The institute focuses on providing exposure to students, to help them imbibe valuable leadership and communication skills. The E-Cell also actively acts as a one-stop-solution for all the students’ startup needs, by providing them with solutions for common challenges faced by entrepreneurs such as space, legal aspects, seed funding, mentoring, etc. They also help them, by providing seminars which touch upon the basics of IPR (Intellectual Property Rights) amongst other things to empower more student entrepreneurs. The incubation cell at the institute also encourages research and innovation-driven startups on campus.
In a freewheeling chat with the alumni and student entrepreneurs, insight can be derived into the efforts put in by the faculty and the E-Cell as a whole to help nurture the spirit of entrepreneurship in the students on and off campus.
“IEM IEDC and NEN E WEEK is the convergence of the best of ideas from the mind of the students that eventually give birth to the big ventures of tomorrow.” Souvik Ghosh, Proprietor, Krafty Chocolates
Shouvik, who is a PhD candidate at the college also runs, Krafty Chocolates a startup which makes premium handcrafted chocolates from raw chocolate bars and nibs.
He states, “The dream of going big started from our participation in IEM E Camp 2018. We were offered an opportunity to present our business plan in the IEM E Camp 2018 where we could interact with the people involved in incubation and acceleration of the startups. We could analyse the pitfalls and opportunities of the experienced leaders in the business sector. Our startup received huge encouragement from the entire IEM fraternity, and we hope to make ourselves unique in our variety of flavours, carefully crafted for the sweet tooth of the different consumers.”
Another alumni student entrepreneur reminisces, “I come from a humble setting with little or no exposure to the outside world. I joined IEM to complete my graduation in Information Technology, and this was the best thing that happened to me. I got the opportunity to work in the core team of IEM College Magazine and the IEM Innovation (College Tech Fest) and IEM Cultural Fest. E Week helped me understand the nuances of entrepreneurship and helped me understand my niche to set up my own business.”
He adds, “NEN and the E-Cell gave me the exposure I needed to launch and run my company. Today, I have trained more than 2000 students, and have never looked back, ever since.” Parthajit Dholey, CEO & Founder, HackCieux