IIM Shillong’s students hosted their annual entrepreneurship summit, EmergE 2022, on October 29 and 30.
This year’s event, themed on ‘Harnessing E-Dreams’, was held entirely offline, after a gap of two years. The event included speaker sessions, workshops and business case competitions in the fields of marketing, finance, analytics and more.
The chief guest of the two-day event was Shivansh Awasthi, officer in charge of PRIME Meghalaya, the government’s startup-promoting initiative. At the inauguration ceremony, Prof Sanjoy Mukherjee gave a brief speech on the seven mantras every budding entrepreneur should follow to be successful, while Prof Rohit Dwivedi focused on thinking about startups in a new way in his speech.
The panel discussion then followed on the subject of ‘Channelling Entrepreneurship’ with founder of ALSiSAR Impact, Anuj Sharma; co-founder of BrightBlu, Santosh Ram Somasundaram; programme head of PRIME Meghalaya, Flo Oberhofer; and managing director of Kolkata Ventures, Avelo Roy. They talked about starting a business, identifying interests, what goods could be marketed, what difficulties the idea could solve, how to put together a team of investors and co-founders, and other issues.
Roy and the co-founder of Ninjacart, Sharath Loganathan, discussed how having an idea is not enough but the logistics and technicalities are also important. Every beginning presents a chance for learning.
The two-day conference also provided businesses, investors, and entrepreneurship enthusiasts with a forum to connect and advance the overall objective of advancing the start-up culture in India.
On the second day, participants from top B-schools got the chance to put themselves in the shoes of entrepreneurs and the investors and understand the sense of entrepreneurial decisions and challenges. Jitender Sharma, founder and CEO of HairOriginals; Jash Shah, co-founder and CEO of Get-a-whey; Ravi Kabra, co-founder and CEO of Skippi Icepops were in the judgement panel.