Let’s Prarambh – The Start up challenge

Saksham – The Entrepreneurship Cell of IIM Udaipur in association with TIE Udaipur, Quikr andMediguest organised the third edition of ‘Prarambh – The 32 Hour Startup Challenge’ from 19th to 21st of February 2016 in IIM Udaipur campus. The event saw participation from 67 students and working professionals, who were shortlisted from a pool of close to 180 applicants hailing from different parts of the country. This event is in line with Saksham’s vision of igniting a spark within the student and startup community to take up innovative ideas and bring them to fruition.

Prarambh follows a format in which a few participants pitch their ideas, from which a select few are chosen through a voting process; the winning idea pitchers ask other participants to join their teams and then start the 32 hour long marathon which spans over a period of two days at the end of which the teams are required to have brainstormed and developed a Minimum Viable Product which could be an app, a working device or just a model having enough data to explain the functioning of the pitched product.

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Prarambh at IIM Udaipur

The participants were mentored by some eminent personalities from the start up world like Mr. Anup Jalan – Entrepreneur, Strategic Advisor, Start-up Mentor,Mr. Sumit Mehrra – CEO at the Green Umbrella Investment Advisory Pvt. Ltd., Mr. Rajan Tawate – Startup Tech/Agile Mentor, Mr. Rajiv Mukherjee – CEO at Incubate-Hub, Mr. Ravi Devulapally – CEO of Edvanta Solutions, Mr. Annkur P Agarwal – Co-founder, Clerk-2-CEO Pricebaba and Mr. Gaurav Mantri – Founder & Head of Technology at Cynapta. The mentors guided the competing teams with their expertise in technology and business. They also used their vast experience in the industry to help the teams to foresee any future challenges and hurdles that would arise when the prototypes would be launched in the markets.

The event was judged by another set of distinguished personalities who have had a diverse experience in the corporate world like Mr. Rajesh Sharma – Director BCCL & National Head of Spring Board Ventures, Mr. Tarun Agrawal – Manager-Portfolio Operations & Investments in Startup Oasis (Initiative of CIIE & RIICO) and Mr. Arun Singhal – Owner of Enrichmentors.

The event turned out to be a fruitful opportunity for both the participants and the judges & mentors to learn from and network with people with similar interests and visions.

 

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Solaris – A historic moment

solarisA college which sets trends for its contemporaries to follow has come up with a new benchmark for others. IIM Udaipur is ready to host its Maiden management fest – Solaris which will be held on the 7th and 8th of November.

‘Solaris’, a name coined in sync with the famously sunny disposition of Rajasthan skies is set to touch a cherished milestone envisioned ever since the inception of IIM Udaipur. A two-day long extravaganza full of events to keep some of India’s most brilliant minds engaged, Solaris is entirely conceptualized and managed by students of the institute.

The event is planned to present an enthralling keynote address from distinguished luminaries like Dr. Subir Gokarnthe youngest ever Deputy Governor of RBI . He shall be flagging off the management fest with tales of his work and impart wisdom in the young minds present in the audience and also to some of the other revered personalities present there.

Summits

The event commences the flagship event of ‘Solaris’- The Leadership Summit. The event is one of four summits taking place in this business extravaganza which has been brought to life by the Media and Industry Interaction Cell (MiiC) of IIM Udaipur.

The Leadership Summit will be followed by the annual marketing conclave named Samvaah organized completely by the marketing club- Marclan. The club which tries to instill a zeal for marketing in the college as well as beyond believes that the world of marketing is changing from the tried and tested concepts of the old. Marclan put in untiring effort and diligence into finding the perfect panel for a discussion on “The future of marketing”.

The second day commences with the finance summit- Arth-Samvaad, the flagship event of the finance club- Finomina. The summit provides a platform for future financial managers to interact with industry stalwarts and discuss the changing trends in the world of finance and economics.

The final summit will bring the era of tech-startups to light. The world of IT has spread across all domains and infiltrated every walk of life. The summit – Technovate will be organized by Saksham – the E-cell at IIMU.

Competitions and workshops

The fest continues with a stimulating line up of events and competitions conducted by the marketing club- Marclan, a business quiz conducted by the Literary and Quizzing society- Potpourri along with individual events by the entrepreneurship cell- Saksham and the finance club- Finomina. A workshop in analytics will be conducted by the IT cell of the college connect-IT.

The maiden fest of IIM Udaipur is destined to be a great success and put the event as amongst the top ranking business extravaganzas of the country. As the torchbearers light the proverbial inaugural lamp IIM Udaipur opens its doors for the world to see the rising sun that is ‘Solaris’. Ignite. Illuminate. Inspire.

Dhandha- Chase your Dream !!

Entrepreneurship as such is a dream. Even one who has no skills and no wit, dreams of it. Yet, the feeling is one that escapes many. To be able to run a brand new business, especially one that you have envisioned and developed isn’t something everyone gets a chance to do. However everyone should give it at least one shot.

IIM Udaipur since its inception has given special incentives and support to those who wish to venture on their own and create businesses. Keeping up with the tradition, Saksham- The E-Cell of IIM Udaipur created the concept of Dhandha. The event was conducted on 11/07/2015.

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Dhandha was a fun filled event created with the intention of promoting entrepreneurship on campus. Its main ploy was to let people chase dreams or small scale ideas that could be scaled up later in an advent of getting the feel of what running a business venture feels like. 50 students participated and were fragmented into six teams. Each was then given Rs.400 and a few hours to do what they wanted to. Where some made and sold fruit ice creams, others went to the extent of ironing clothes. Some even decided to trade in consumables and in the spirit of the game it was allowed.

The teams were then judged on the basis of not only the profit made but also the scalability of the idea, innovation and the sustainability of the model. It was pleasant to know that nearly all, even those who had just barely done the logistics had an idea of how to scale up and what would be required to do so. The event also brought the members of the teams closer to each other and in all was a success. Finally the team that won was “Dhandhaneurs”.

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The main reasons the judges chose them were their innovation and relevance to the concept and the situation, rather the context. Second the marketing gimmicks as well as the ‘on the spot’ learnings displayed from customer feedbacks were also taken into picture by them. These qualities, the judges found were crucial to running a business. Apart from this the ‘Most Creative award’ was given to ‘The Lalas’.

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All in all, the participants enjoyed a lot during the event and got a glimpse of the criticalities involved in running even a small business. We admire the enthusiasm of all PGP1’s and hope the spirit of entrepreneurship keeps growing.

 

Things which differentiate IIM Udaipur – Entrepreneurship!

The economies in nations across the world are facing saturation of opportunities and cut throat competitions in complex business environments. The need of the hour is to not just build and run successful businesses but to carry an entrepreneurial mindset in any career role chosen by the future managers. IIM Udaipur follows a pedagogy which strives to inculcate the spirit of entrepreneurship in its students.

Under the leadership of IIMU’s visionary DirectorProf. Janat Shah, the institute has taken several initiatives to foster the spirit of entrepreneurship in the institute’s foundation. Students are given ample opportunities to develop into effective self-starters and self-motivated leaders who can generate employment options for others as well and hence add value in the economy and society. The Director himself conducts Open House Idea Sessions with the students where the students put forward their plans which are discussed and brainstormed among the peers to enhance their implementation potential and directives. Faculty provides mentoring to the students to help them in shaping their ideas into ventures.

A number of eminent speakers who left the cushions of job security and created reputed ventures are invited to the campus to conduct sessions for the students. The PGP office also aids the strengthening of the entrepreneurial space of students by introduction of subjects like Entrepreneurship, Social Entrepreneurship, Courses of Independent Study etc. which promote students to learn the trade while integrating the lessons into their academic grading and evaluation. Placement Holidays are also provided to students along with seed capital help for incubation of ventures and deferred back up placements offers so that students can independently and dedicatedly work on their business models without losing on their other career options.

Several students driven activities have been running out of campus and in the areas in & around the vicinity of local community. SakshamThe Entrepreneurship Club of IIMU promotes the culture of entrepreneurship through the strata of its events and activities like Ideate Start-up Workshop, B-Plan Competitions, Live Projects et al. The success of its flagship event, PrarambhThe 32 Hour Start Up Challenge, a one of its kind event in India and the award of Best Debutant Entrepreneurship Cell in the North Zone given by National Entrepreneurship Network (NEN) showcase the testimony of the excellent efforts put by the club in sustaining the culture of entrepreneurship in the campus. Prominent tie ups with bodies like NEN, The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE), Rajasthan Angel Investors Network (RAIN), Microsoft Ventures, 91 Spring Board, Cynapta and Start-Up Oasis among others are increasingly establishing entrepreneurship as a firm pillar of the institute.

Things which differentiate IIM Udaipur – Live Projects!

IIM Udaipur follows the pedagogy of learning by doing. And the approach of inculcating of live industry projects into the curriculum provides a right mix of practical exposure to the students. Orchestrated by Consult-UThe Consulting Club of IIMU at the helm and coordinated by other clubs, SakshamThe Entrepreneurship Club of IIMUFinominaThe Finance Club of IIMU and MarClanThe Marketing Club of IIMU, the projects are sought from industries. The projects are then awarded to the students and the entire process is managed by students to ensure that the opportunities are accessed by all.

Project teams comprise of students from both the years and faculties are involved to mentor the projects execution. The projects help in establishing mutually beneficial relationships between the industries seeking young and innovative people with fresh perspective on management, and students who get to hone their classroom learnings and insights by blending them with real life business challenges. IIMU’s commitment to excellence and quality is assured in the projects deliveries through a carefully planned process comprising of initial briefing, mid-term review, periodic checks and final conclusion with the focus on advantages sought from the projects.

The diversity of the projects portfolio makes sure that students get hands-on experience on all the management verticals, company domains and business functions viz., finance, marketing, research, consulting, human resources, operations, IT, analytics and systems and even in drives like energy saving. Students of IIMU have been associated with and done projects with organizations primarily operational in healthcare, mining, food, hospitality, manufacturing, e-commerce among other sectors and with NGOs. The projects aid students to take up initiatives and learn the concepts by application helping in their sound development.

Second Annual Convocation of IIM Udaipur – Memoirs of the Batches!

Indian Institute of Management, Udaipur held its 2nd Annual Convocation on Monday, 31st March, 2014 at the MLSU auditorium, Mohan Lal Sukhadia University Campus, Udaipur.

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Prof. Jahar Saha, Former Director of IIM Ahmedabad felicitated the ceremony as the Chief Guest. He delivered the convocation address in which he congratulated the students on this joyous occasion and emphasized the passing out batch to be sensitive towards the differences in cross-cultural working environments. He encouraged the students to practise co-operation rather than competition in their careers.

Dr. V.S. Vyas, Acting ChairpersonBoard of Governors, IIMU delivered the welcome address. He stated that this batch of students have made the institute proud through their various pursuits and initiatives in both national and international arenas.

Prof. Janat Shah, DirectorIIM Udaipur delivered the concluding address. Prof. Shah spoke about how he and his generation envy the current younger generation which is going to play a key role in building the future of India and urged the passing out batch of students to be on the forefront of this journey.

The occasion was graced by the members of the Board of Governors of IIMU and many other dignitaries from Udaipur.

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A total of 97 graduating students of IIMU’s Post Graduate Programme and 16 graduating students of IIMU’s Post Graduate Programme for Executives received diplomas in this year’s convocation. Out of these students, the below mentioned students received Gold Medals for their exceptional performances in the institute.

Ms. Anusha GanneGold Medal for Scholastic Performance (Post Graduate Programme)

Mr. Ravindran DamodranGold Medal for Scholastic Performance (Post Graduate Programme for Executives)

Mr. Parikshit KapilaGold Medal for Best All-Round Performance (Post Graduate Programme)

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The passing out batches brought many laurels to the institute in various pursuits during their stay at IIM Udaipur. While significantly enhancing the student activities started by the Pioneer Batch, the Class of 2013, a host of student clubs were started by this passing out class which include dHRuva – The HR Club of IIMUIRIS – The Photography Club of IIMUMarClan – The Marketing Club of IIMUMERC – The Merchandising Committee of IIMUPiE The Economics Club of IIMU, Saksham – The Entrepreneurship Club of IIMUSilvertongues – The Toastmasters Club of IIMUSKEIN – The Operations Club of IIMU and Pwnd – The Gaming Club of IIMU.

These two classes also helped in laying the values in the foundation of IIM Udaipur’s functioning by adopting the Constitution and Code of Conduct and electing the first Academic Council and the Council of Student Affairs to exercise the students’ rights and duties as well as to check the academic governance of the institute.

The Flagships events of IIMU were conducted on a larger and grander scale with perfection due to the executional experience brought in by the batches. The values which IIMU inculcates in its every student manager made a lot of noise in the media with various social responsibility activities conducted in campus orchestrated by the people of these batches helping directly and indirectly a lot of people in the Udaipur community.

The students also won accolades in the International Universities where they went for Student Exchange Programmes (STEP) and International Companies where the students interned and did projects in International Business Practices Programmes (IBP).

The classes also did exceptionally well in Live Projects with various industrial organizations helping them with their management acumen and also in the Summer Internships in which many companies even offered Pre-Placement Offers (PPO) to the students. Special achievements were achieved in their feat at various students competitions in India and abroad by students viz., Prateek Shukla, Vivek Batra, Anusha Ganne, S. Prashant and Rahul Agrawal in Bloomberg Aptitude Tests (BAT) and Arpit Mehra, Biswarup Das, Rahul Dsouza and Rahul Pandey in IndoUS Global Operations Conference2013.

Many students have started their professional journeys with their own entrepreneurial ventures and the rest have begun their careers with taking up the job offers extended to them by reputed corporations of India and abroad.

The students were joined by their proud parents and the faculty who mentored them in achieving this feat in this important moment of their lives. The students were wished all the best by the faculty, staff, guests and director of the institute for starting a new chapter in their careers and their lives ahead. With the caps flown into the air, the students added yet another feather in their caps, of being an IIMU Graduate. And they remain the true Pride and the real Insignia of IIM Udaipur.

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And the students and faculties shared their memoirs and wishes with their testimonials, some of them delineated below.

The ride was full of fun, laughter, excitement, parties, late-night studies, life-long friendships, hour-long enmities, never-ending assignments and inhumane study schedules. Those brief yet memorable moments that made the journey worthwhile. Now, that the roller coaster is coming to an end, it’s time to say #‎thankyouIIMU (Rahul Agrawal, PGP Class of 2014)

Endless sessions, amazing Profs, trekking, guest lectures, early morning outings, late night parties, Table Tennis at 2 am, night canteen, Leadership Summit, Poha at shashtri circle, dinner at Upre, coffee at Fatehsagar, SFM, CLU auctions, U-Mart, HBR Case Studies, project submissions, turn it in, 11:59:59 pm deadlines, getting WACed and so much more…This journey has been so amazing and awesome, will miss every part of it…but will miss all those awesome people who made these 2 years unforgettable. Love u PGP 2012-14 batch & thank you IIM U.#‎thankyouIIMU (Parikshit Kapila, PGP Class of 2014)

#‎thankyouIIMU I am obliged to IIMU for giving me an opportunity to not only learn business management but also become a better person. (Vaibhav Narain, PGPX Class of 2014)

There are a lot of things am thankful for at Indian Institute Of Management Udaipur – IIMU.. starting with this monstrous download speed! .. #‎ThankyouIIMU (Ishan Raj Bhardwaj, PGP Class of 2014)

Its all started with a 5X5 room shared with a guy from Banaras
in a hostel named after a famous mathematician Ramanujam
inhabited by 29 similar chaps with a questions in mind
“kya humne sahi kiya”

None of us felt suffocated when such a room is stuffed by all 29
Whether its an exam night or making a fun of our plight
Over the years, I hope batches will give our analogy
But I still wonder “Isn’t RHKL an ideology”

A change from RHKL guy to an MDS boy was equally exciting
A place with love and little fighting

The limits have been broken here with the help of you all
whether its roaming freely late night for Poha or walking on the ramp
I have been able to realize my true potential at IIMU
And will attribute my transformation to a selected few

Someone says “I think a lot on trivial matters”
It’s good as thinking is a function of mind which will fade away with time
But not the moments which I have spent from the start
Not with the application of mind but of heart

Memories will be erased as each of us will get busy in our life
But not the experiences which will stay till eternity
and that what the life is
A journey and not the end (Aadish Jain, PGP Class of 2014)

A journey that started two years ago with a simple FB status msg sayin “Finally IIM”…. now ends……Thank You IIM Udaipur (Aasif Ali Khan, PGP Class of 2014)

Your emotional updates are infectious for sure! I revisited the note that i had penned down on my way back exactly one year back and somehow the feelings seems to have stuck on…

Happy Convocating !! (Gudakesh Kumar, PGP Class of 2013)

Bombardment of emotions…IIM Udaipur…never knew it would be soo hurting to leave you for the last time..   :’)   ;/ (Swati Chauhan, PGP Class of 2014)

A DREAM CAME TRUE !

Finally years of hard work and determination paid off. It’s been a wonderful journey to say the least and the concluding ceremony became even more blissful by the presence of my parents. All in all, feeling a sense of pride and emotions for having achieved this feat and seeing the happiness in the eyes of my parents. (Rahul Verma, PGP Class of 2014)

#‎thankyouIIMU Exciting time passed by so soon….BONDED FOR LIFE!!! (Ravindran Damodaran, PGPX Class of 2014)

While the four years of MIT life thought me “What life is”, two years of IIMU life is teaching me “Who I am and what I am capable of”, my greatest learning yet; My journey here started with the lots of negative feeling; But “The Biggest learning experience in life always starts with the negative feeling”: I learned it theoretically as well as practically here. #‎thankyouIIMU (Jagadeesh Jana, PGP Class of 2014)

Was all set to leave for Delhi. Got my confirmation mail from IIM Udaipur one night before… decide to chuck everything else.. And what a wonderful decision that is turning out to be… All set for 2 months of internship with GE India…#‎thankyouIIMU (Edwin James, PGP Class of 2015)

The happy graduating batch of my students @iimudpr on eve of convocation! (Srinivasan Tatachari, Permanent Faculty IIM Udaipur)

Prarambh – The 32 hour Start-Up Challenge concludes on a highly successful note at IIM Udaipur!

Entrepreneurship is one of the key pillars of IIM Udaipur’s foundation. And fostering its spirit within the student community and the society at large has been a prime endeavour of Prof. Janat Shah, Director IIM Udaipur. Taking the baton of the league forward, SakshamThe Entrepreneurship Club of IIM Udaipur, presented the first edition of Prarambh The 32 hour Start-Up Challenge from 7th – 9th March, 2014 at IIMU. Prarambh, co-sponsored by Rajasthan Angel Investors Network (RAIN) and The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) was organized with a vision to provide a launch to prospective entrepreneurs to build on their ideas.

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The idea of the start-up platform is to bring together budding entrepreneurs from different backgrounds including software developers, MBA students, marketers, designers and enthusiasts under one roof to develop synergies and facilitate the translation of ideas to reality. The exhilaration of pitching their idea as well as the thrill of working in diverse teams and being mentored by distinguished entrepreneurs was what led the participants to the doors of IIM Udaipur. The event received an overwhelming number of 160 registrations from individuals coming from 18 cities across India, 15 companies and 40 colleges including reputed institutes like Boston University USA, IIMs, XLRI, SP JAIN, NITIE, JBIMS, IITs, BITS and NITs. Out of these entries, 45 enthusiasts were chosen to participate in the ultimate challenge round.

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The event kicked-off on 7th March, Friday with an idea pitching session where all the participants gave a lightning pitch of 1.5 minutes to express their innovative business ideas. This round was followed by a selection of top 6 ideas through a collective voting process. All the participants were absorbed in the 6 teams formed around the most popular ideas. The event witnessed some amazing creativity and enthusiasm shown by the participants.

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The next day began early with the participants gathering all charged up to showcase their talents. This round was the real executional challenge of the competition. In 32 hours, the teams had to develop a minimum viable product i.e. a working model of their ideas along with a customer value proposition, marketing strategy and a future road-map. The difficult part of this was building a product from scratch under severe time-pressure with a new team and thus testing optimal resource utilization, team working capabilities and managerial skills and decision making in a competitive environment under constraints.

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The teams got 7 mentors each a successful serial entrepreneur, to guide them during the journey of this competition. Mr. Mukund Mohan, DirectorMicrosoft Ventures, Mr. Pranay Gupta, Partner91 Spring Board, Mr. Anuj PulstyaAngel Investor, Mr. Gaurav Mantri, FounderCynapta, Mr. Gaurav Sharma – Serial Entrepreneur, Mr. Nilesh Trivedi – Serial Entrepreneur and Mr. Chintan, FounderStart-Up Oasis graced the event to mentor the 6 teams.

This day had the teams brainstorming the idea scope and experiencing the rigour of execution. The teams had to re-work on their business models multiple times in order to come up with a winning product.

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The teams had to conclude their final work on 9th March, Sunday. The grit demonstrated by the teams to complete their product development and presentations in time was spectacular. Eminent personalities from the world of entrepreneurship were present to judge the work of the 6 teams. Mr. Rajneesh BhandariTiE and Mr. Shailesh Vikram SinghExecutive Director, Seedfund Advisors were part of the panel of judges.

All the teams gave captivating presentations and received massive applause from the crowd. The final teams which were adjourned winners were Wedway and Buzzcaptor. The closing ceremony witnessed some amazing surprises. Mr. Mukund Mohan encouraged the teams to carry forward the work in their collaboration and invited them to join the Microsoft Accelerator Program. Mr. Pranay Gupta of 91 Spring Board also offered free hosting on their platforms of the projects by the winning teams.

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The closure of the event ceremony and the spirit of the organizing team were exuberated when it was announced that Saksham has been awarded the Best Debutant EntrepreneurshipCell in the North Zone by National Entrepreneurship Network (NEN).

The success of the event also saw an acknowledgement from the corporate participants when Mr. Rajneesh Bhandari announced that TiE would partner with Saksham for its events lined in the future.

The event culminated with a dinner and a fun-filled evening to celebrate the tireless efforts of the teams. The mentors and the judges shared their experiences of being entrepreneurs and gave inspirational wisdom to the students to pursue their passion. The participating teams bid farewell testifying that the electrifying weekend of Prarambh at IIM Udaipur proved to be a memorable experience. Prarambh’s success marked a new beginning for IIM Udaipur which is set on a unique path of building a different academic and corporate culture promoting entrepreneurship.

Team Saksham

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Saksham – The E-Cell of IIMU presents Prarambh!

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Entrepreneurship for IIM Udaipur is a value which it endeavors to inculcate in its students and community as we progress. With this thought in mind, Saksham The Entrepreneurship Club of IIMU, launches its first edition of Prarambh  The 32 hour Challenge in Udaipur. The idea of the start-up platform is to bring together entrepreneurs of different backgrounds, including software developers, marketers, designers, enthusiasts to develop synergies and facilitate the translation of ideas to reality. The participants that attend have to pitch their ideas, the pitches are whittled down to the top ideas and then teams can be formed around these ideas. Teams work on their plans continuously for 32 hours with guidance from the mentors to create a working model of their idea or a Minimum Viable Product. Finally, the weekend culminates with demonstrations in front of judges and potential investors who decide the winners.

Participants of the Event:

  • Early professionals and students from premier institutes across India
  • Startup enthusiasts who want to meet Venture Capitalists for raising funds
  • Entrepreneurs who are looking for a good team for their startups
  • Designers and Tech-experts who want to join an idea
  • Entrepreneurs who want to build networks
  • People who want to learn how to start a company

What’s in it for the Participants:

  • Aspiring entrepreneurs can use it as a platform to try out their ideas
  • Continuous mentoring from Entrepreneurs and Professionals
  • Exposure to Angel Investors and Venture Capitalists
  • Opportunity to interact with young minds from diverse backgrounds
  • Two days of highly engaging working experience with exciting new teams
  • Incubation opportunities for Winners
  • Exciting prizes to be won for all participants

Event Details

  • Date: 07th, 08th and 09th of March, 2014
  • Time: 18:00 hrs. onwards
  • Venue: IIM Udaipur

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Visit http://www.facebook.com/Saksham.Prarambh and http://www.iimu.ac.in/prarambh for more details!

Life @ IIMU

Nestled amongst the lush, verdant hills of the Aravallis in Rajasthan, the Indian Institute of Management, Udaipur currently located in the campus of the Mohan Lal Sukhadia University possesses the perfect setting and environment for a business school.

Academic rigour has always been a part and parcel of the life of an IIM student and the experience at IIM Udaipur so far, lives up to the same. With business cases to be prepared on an almost daily basis, the study sessions with fellow group mates and the umpteen reports and presentations that have to be made and delivered before deadlines (which more often than not are at unearthly hours, so far spent either watching movies, surfing the net or partying hard) life can get stressful and sleep, a bygone luxury. And just when you’ve had a really heavy lunch topped off with some chilled lassi, does a mail pop into your inbox. Now, outside professional life, mails are usually responded to with a bored glance or a casual laugh. An IIM student learns to expect more. Mails from the PGP office between 12.30PM and 3.30PM are…the most dreaded on campus. Statistics for Management toppers have for decades struggled with their regression, correlation and heuristic analyses to comprehend the relationship between full stomachs and afternoon mails from the PGP office. Surprise quizzes, considered by many as an initiative by the Lucifer himself, serve to knock you off your dreamy siestas and full tummies to those notes that you had, in all probability, hastily scribbled over the last couple of sessions in class. However, the burden of all these activities can be alleviated by merely stepping out onto the hostel terraces for some casual banter with your “ever-ready” group mates whilst taking in the fresh mountain air that most of us have for so long missed, before resuming preparations.

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Udaipur, also called the ‘Venice of the East’ is also called the City of Lakes. Hills, lakes, gardens and palaces, the city is not short on options to recharge the soul and the mind, a welcome relief from the daily grind. The Chief Conservator of Forests in Udaipur organizes regular treks for the students, which apart from being an experience in itself, helps build bonds that could very well last a lifetime. For the foodie, the alleys of the Old Udaipur town are a godsend. Rajasthani delicacies, Mumbai vadapavs and even Keralite non-vegetarian cuisine, the city’s got enough to keep you satiated. Fast food outlets of the likes of KFC, Pizza Hut are in a close proximity to the campus and make for a welcome reprieve at the weekends.

For those who want to work on their extra-curricular activities, IIM Udaipur’s clubs and committees (currently numbering to around 20) provide ample opportunities. The Media & Industry Interaction Cell organizes the Leadership Summit, which is the flagship event of the campus. The Literary club is not just restricted to organizing quizzes. Over the last year, it has organized the Udaipur Leap Day Lit Fest where authors of the likes of Rashmi Bansal and Ashwin Sanghvi visited the campus and interacted with the students. The club also conducted the Udaipur Amazing Race which was basically a treasure hunt across the city of Udaipur, organized along the lines of the popular TV show. The football and crickets enthusiasts among the batch have a Cricket and Football League system in place, complete with an IPL-style auctioning system to add a little extra spice. There are also regular JAM sessions and film screenings that allow the entire batch to let its hair down and have fun as a group. The institute also has a music room, where the musicians of the batch can let loose post the sessions in class.

As in every Management School, due importance is given to those clubs that promote the business of Business itself at IIM Udaipur. Finomina – The Finance Club of IIM Udaipur holds sessions and competitions with the batch to illustrate and discuss various aspects of finance. The Entrepreneurship Cell – Saksham holds guest lectures with the batch, where students get to interact with budding entrepreneurs. Prayatna – The Social Responsibility club has taken up a variety of initiatives to promote a spirit of social responsibility among the students. The Cultural Committee organizes various cultural events in the campus to highlight the diversity of the batch. The recent Food Fest conducted in association with the Mess Committee is just an example of the same.

As with any other college, the real flavour of IIM Udaipur is best experienced in its hostels. Time inside the hostels doesn’t run according to the Indian Standard Time though, at any point in the day the mean number of people sleeping and those wide awake are roughly the same. The latter are either working furiously to complete some assignment or trying to derive some inspiration for doing so off of Facebook!

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Come 8:30 AM and its quite common to see mouths frantically trying to gobble down the breakfast before entering the lecture hall – hopefully before the professor. The afternoons and evenings that are privileged enough to not be spent in class are utilized for impromptu siestas, volleyball matches or Counter Strike battles. More often than not, it’s all three combined.

The nights can be rather subdued before a quiz or some similar tragedy scheduled for the next day, however one thing that manages to bring people together even in times of such hardship is the call for “Maaro Maaro Maaro Maaro” that accompanies every poor soul’s birthday celebrations. The crowd congregates, beats the person black and blue, eats all the cake, (occasionally remembers to wish said person) and then go back to their respective studies. The quizzes still lie in waiting, and they are not going to study for themselves!