Entrepreneurship Cell, IIT Kharagpur , a non-profit student organization, since its establishment in 2006, with its arduous efforts, has taken us one step closer to an Entrepreneurial India. Since E-Cell’s inception, we have incubated over 50 startups and we keep improving and expanding to achieve our goal of ‘ promoting the startup culture in IIT-Kharagpur campus and beyond. Through our events like the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) , Empresario and the Entrepreneurship Awareness Drive (EAD) , which cover thousands of startup enthusiastic students and foster the spirit of Entrepreneurship among them.
This year the 10 th edition of Entrepreneurship Awareness Drive was conducted at WeWork Raheja Platinum on 15th October 2018 with Z nation Lab as the Community Partner. The magnificent event saw a participation of over 15 startups coming from various domains. The top 5 startups from the entry pitched infront of the jury consisting of prominent investor. A panel discussion on the topic of Raising Early Stage Venture Capital gave the startups an insight of entrepreneurship. The event was attended by some of the prominent personalities in the startup world such as Mr. Bhavin Patel (Co-founder Lenden club ) , Mr. Prerna Bhutani ( Managing Partner, India Quotient, Pushpamitra Das ( venture partner, znatin lab) and many others.
Entrepreneurship Awareness Drive, conducted by the E-Cell, IIT Kharagpur, comes every year to reinstate the spirit of Entrepreneurship among the college students of India. Starting from 10 cities and 15,000 students it has grown exponentially to 22 cities and over 30,000 students in its 10th edition held in 2017. And the impact of this very Drive can be understood through the number of college-student-startups that participate in the annual global business model competition, Empresario conducted by E-Cell itself.
Empresario is E-Cell’s very own Annual Business Model competition where business ideas in all fields ranging from Product and Service, Product Design to Social get equal opportunity to win the prize and incubation money to the tune of INR 2.5 crore . The prizes and services for the winners as per the last year are worth 25 lacs INR.
This year, Entrepreneurship Cell IIT Kharagpur is proud to present the new prestigious Empresario 2019 in association with International Business Model Competition (IBMC). The best entries in all categories will get an opportunity to participate directly in the semi-final rounds of IBMC 2019 which will be conducted abroad.