IRMA collaborated with Jain Group of Institutions (JGI) to conduct the inaugural two-day IRMA Alumni Entrepreneurs Summit 2019 on 13th and 14th April 2019, in Bengaluru, on the theme 10X Business Growth.
The objectives of the summit were to:
- Get IRMA alumni entrepreneurs of various age groups and sectors to come together for possible collaboration
- Help IRMA alumni entrepreneurs to scale up by way of networking with the right mentors
- Move forward with IRMA alumni entrepreneurs to remain competitive and relevant in current and future times
44 IRMA alumni with entrepreneurial ventures across diverse sectors including social impact, agribusiness, financial services and technology participated in the Summit. Entrepreneur alumni came from various parts of India including Himachal Pradesh, Assam, Telangana, Maharashtra, NCR and West Bengal.
Dr. Alok Jain, Member – Chairman’s Council, JGI addressed the participants during the welcome address.
Prof Hitesh Bhatt, Director – IRMA provided an introduction and overview of the IRMA Alumni Entrepreneurs Summit 2019 on the first day. It was followed by the release of a Handbook of IRMA Alumni Entrepreneurs. The handbook provides brief profiles of all the alumni participants along with a directory of about 200 IRMA alumni entrepreneurs. The handbook is a step forward to creating a stronger IRMA alumni network by leveraging the potential of our alumni entrepreneurs.
The Summit had a session on awe-inspiring growth stories of five IRMA alumni entrepreneurs, where each entrepreneur took the audience through his entrepreneurial journey – the ups and downs, overcoming the challenges and some of the best practices.
During the two days of the event, motivating talks on various aspects of entrepreneurship were conducted by Mr. Ravinder Pal Singh, Chief Innovation Officer, Tata Singapore Airlines (Vistara), Mr. Vishal Jeevan, F S D Consulting, Mr Sairam Veeraswamy, Sr. Director- Academics & Innovation Programs, VMware (A Dell company) and Mr Prashanth Mehra, Chief Architect, Mind Tree Ltd.
Entrepreneur alumni participants engaged in an Unconference – a roundtable discussion led by participant experts on three specific areas of entrepreneurship – fundraising, scaling up and technology adoption. During this, they discussed their experiences; especially key challenges faced, how they can be addressed, best practices and had many more takeaways from each other’s entrepreneurial journeys.
Both days of the summit were interspersed with introductions by all the participants highlighting their entrepreneurial stories.
The event was concluded with Vote of Thanks by Mr. Nayaz Ahmed, COO, Jain University Incubation Centre.
IRMA seeks the cooperation of its alumni network to fructify the stated objectives and hopes that subsequent editions of the event will achieve greater success.
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