Forum: Entrepreneurship Forum
Speaker: Mr. Venkatesh Iyer
Lemon Ideas in association with Vidarbha Industries Association Entrepreneurship Forum conducted I-Summit on 21st December at Chitnavis Center, Nagpur, which was attended by prominent personalities from the industry and young dreaming of a startup. The guest speaker for the evening was Mr. Venkatesh Iyer, founder of Goli Vadapav, who was case studied by Harvard and IBS for the kind of disruption that he brought about through simple innovation.
Mr. Deepak Maneria, Chief, Lemon Ideas in his welcome address, spoke about the summit and Lemon Ideas. Mr. Atul Pande, President VIA briefly spoke about having the opportunity to listen and learn from Mr. Iyer. Mr. Akash Agrawal from VIA also spoke about VIA Entrepreneurship Forum and its push for spurring entrepreneurship among youngsters. Mr. Mukesh Ashar, Mentor, Lemon Ideas anchored the summit.
I-summit is a program conceptualized to invite eminent guest speakers from different walks of life to shares his journey with the audience. The present I-Summit 2016 was prominently attended by Mr. Nitin Gujarathi, Mr. Prabodh Yelne, Mr. Sanjay Arora, Mr. Paul DSouza, Mr. Suhas Buddhe and CA Hemant Lodha.
Mr. Iyer was felicitated on behalf of Nagpur by Mr. Vishnu Manohar, who has a renowned restaurant chain in Nagpur named Vishnuji-ki-Rasoi, Mr. Pranav Sharma of Baidyanath Group who was also given an opportunity to speak and stressed upon how his group is trying to make a mark in renewable energy sector amongst others. This event proved to be a positive start for I-Adda, an initiative of Lemon school of Entrepreneurship Cohort 2016. It is a hangout place for experts and aspiring entrepreneurs for discussion of their ideas and networking.
Mr. Venkatesh Iyer spoke about how a simple vada pav can be as big as a brand in the corporate world. He touched upon the hardships he faced from the finances to political threats to his company. He stressed that books can be a great source of information, and how he got the inspiration to start his company just by reading books and gave the example how the fiction Jonathan Livingston Seagull had a marked impact in his life. The event also witnessed the launch of the book ‘My Journey with Vada Pav’ ended by Mr. Venkatesh Iyer himself in support with CNBC TV18. He personally autographed some of the books for the benefit of the attending audience.
Quoting, Paul Coelho the renowned author of Alchemist said, “When you dare to dream of something the universe conspires to deliver.”
The audience was overwhelmed by the brief presentation and sharing information about his company and at the end gave him a standing ovation. The event was concluded by Goli Vadapavs his own product being distributed amongst the guest and the audience.
The Lemon School of Entrepreneurship team under the grateful guidance of Nupur Mukherjee worked tirelessly towards making it a successful event.
The response of this summit was overwhelming as people from all walks of life attended the event in large numbers, which included, seasoned Entrepreneurs, Startups, College Faculties, aspiring entrepreneurs and students which resulted in a packed hall.
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