Aarambh, an Open Day on Entrepreneurship for Professors, (a curtain raiser for GITAM’s Mahotsav Innovation and Entrepreneurship) was held at GITAM (deemed as a university), Hyderabad on Monday, in association with the institution’s Innovation Council, the E-Club and the Enterprise Development Center (Vcc).
Aarambh aims to promote the culture of entrepreneurship in and around campus by providing various platforms for aspiring entrepreneurs to experiment with their business ideas, gain mentorship from successful entrepreneurs, interact with investors, and start their own organization/company.
Prof. DS Rao, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, GITAM, Hyderabad chaired the inaugural session and hopes the Hyderabad campus will have around ten start-ups by the end of 2022.
Krish Nangegadda, Chief Innovation Officer, GITAM, was the keynote speaker for the inaugural program. He said many innovations have taken in the process leading to start-ups. Those who come up with solutions to various problems and those who become entrepreneurs act on the idea, they can see the opportunity in the problems and they don’t give up, he said. He also said this is the start where we want to see entrepreneurs and help solve problems. Education should be experiential to learn by doing and ecosystem to encourage start-ups, he added. GITAM does this work by collaborating with Northeastern University, Bostan, Krish concluded.
Kiran Kumar of Tectoro and BN Keerthi Naidu, Faculty, School of Architecture, were briefed on their plans. Earlier, Mahesh Varier, Deputy Director of VDC Bengaluru briefed on the aims and objectives of the event. Prof. Balkumar, Dean of Science and Prof. Raja P Pappu, Director of Research facilitated the faculty workshop with the VDC team.
The full day was devoted to master classes, workshops, pitch sessions, individual coaching, a showcase of start-ups and games.