National Entrepreneurship Day celebrated in VIA
On Occasion of Entrepreneur’s Day being celebrated on 16th January, 2018, the Entrepreneurship Forum of Vidarbha Industries Association (VIA) and Lemon Ideas felicitated 19 entrepreneurs from Nagpur, which included 10 woman entrepreneurs. The entrepreneurs who were felicitated on the occasion included Arpit Agrawal (Anchal Plast India Pvt., Ltd.), Asad Dhamani (Climber), Dashank Khushlani (Corporate Trotter), Harish Chopkar (Web Akriti.in), Jyoti Kapoorand Parveen Tuli ( Infinite Spaces), Mehak Agrawal (Vanity Inn), Nidhi Gandhi (Studio-N Label Nidhi Gandhi), Pinky Sheth (Mickey Mehta 360° Wellness Temple), Richa Mandhania (Studio Hair Habitat), Shikha Khare (Up-Skill Centre for Vocational & Professional Excellence), Simran Suri & Anchal Suri Manda (GoFor Chai), Subhendra Singh Thakur (Bellatrix Infotech Pvt. Ltd., Sukhada Choudhary (Chaos Theory), Ujjwal Trivedi (Shreenath Farsan), Vaibhav Agrawal (Vaibhav Plasto Printing & Packaging Pvt. Ltd.), Vivart Rangari (Co-creato) and Vivek Nandanwar (WebBetaPvt Ltd).
In his opening remarks, Akash Agrawal, Chairman, Entrepreneurship Forum of VIA explained the reason of 16th January being celebrated as Entrepreneurship Day all over India as the Hon’ble PM Shri Narendra Modi had launched ‘Start-up India’ campaign to boost entrepreneurship in India. Mr. Atul Pande, President of VIA spoke about the role played by VIA in enhancing the start-up eco-system of Nagpur and urged youngsters and budding entrepreneurs to take advantage of the various initiatives regarding entrepreneurship by VIA like the Gurukul, Helpdesk etc. and get benefited in their entrepreneurial journey. Mr. Deepak Menaria, Chief Idea Farmer Lemon School of Entrepreneurship emphasized on the need of formal training on entrepreneurship for budding entrepreneurs so that they would have sound knowledge and exposure to various aspects related to entrepreneurship. He also said that Entrepreneurs are always welcome even if they are college drop-outs and failures, who later became successful entrepreneurs.
After the felicitation, the entrepreneurs answered questions of the audience.
To a question on whether one needed to start working immediately on a business idea or first gain relevant experience before taking entrepreneurial plunge, the entrepreneurs Asad Dhamani said that every idea had an limited shelf-life, hence, it was important to believe in one’s business idea and start working on it as early as possible and experience would be obtained while working on one’s idea. To another question on how important a role did finance and funding play in entrepreneurship, the entrepreneurs especially Mehek Agrawal ,were of the opinion that finance did not play a major role in the beginning for those entrepreneurs, who offered various services but it did play a major role for those wanted to develop products and start different industries. To another question ,according to Nidhi Gandhi & Jyoti Kapoor, answered that while collecting data and doing market analysis was verity important before starting any business, if any one started a business venture on an unique/ totally new business idea, one could create a new market for the same. To a question on how to deal with failure especially for first generation entrepreneurs, Harish Chopkar said that it was important not to get discouraged or disheartened by early failure. One needs to be patient, believe in self, take help of friends but give sufficient time to work one’s idea. Also, Vivrat Rangari felt that because entrepreneurs possessed the requisite skills, they could also work on free-lance basis or do ‘Jugaad’ to succeed as entrepreneurs are generally of a creative mindset and also innovative.
The program was hosted by Anita Rao. Mukesh Ashar, Chief Technology Officer at Lemon Ideas anchored the Q &A session. Prof Ashit Sinha of VIA summed up the program proceedings while Program Coordinator Nupur Mukherjee of Lemon Ideas proposed the vote of thanks and concluded the program.