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'Entrepreneurs need clear vision and good plan to succeed'

Our Bureau New Delhi | Updated on February 19, 2015 Published on February 19, 2015

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 Conference on entrepreneurship at Great Lakes debates career path 

Chennai-based Great Lakes Institute of Management recently organised its 7th International Entrepreneurship conference at its campus. The Conference was based on the theme - "Edupreneurship in India - How do we make it work?" 

The conference is hosted by the B-School's Centre for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (CIE) every year and encompasses the outlook of academicians and corporate to share their views on the current Entrepreneurial challenges. 

K C John, Co-Convener of 7th IEC and Director of Orchid Pharma Center for Excellence In Technology, Innovation and Technopreneurship, presented useful tips on making a pitch to the contestants to the audience. 

Sharing his observations on being an entrepreneur and how he initially wanted to be a chip designer was Guest of honour, Jayan Ramankutty, Founder - Nimbus Technology. Ramankutty is a serial entrepreneur and has founded empowerTel Networks, Lara Networks, YuMe Networks and KRK Ventures LLC also. "As long as you have clear vision and good plan you will definitely succeed. Do not let lack of capital push you back," he added while speaking to students.  

Speaking on the occasion, Chief Guest - Sandeep Aneja, Founder CEO - Kaizen Private Equity, said," A company is a culture. It is a set of like-minded people. What worries you in starting a new company?  Market Size, cash flow or its value? Is there a bubble in new start-ups that are valued very high? The important truth is that very few people agree with you. The real risk is living an undifferentiated life." He further spoke about how technology penetration is low in Indian education market and hoped to see some great companies in future that will be founded by Great Lakers. 

The event also witnessed a Panel discussion on "Technology Adoption in Education - Incremental Gains or Disruptive Shifts and what it means for Entrepreneurs". The panelists for the session were Kaushik Bellani, Vice President and Managing Director, McGraw Hill Education (India); A P Ramabhadran, Sr Vice President, Education Services, Manipal Global; Manikandan Thangarathnam, Director - Amazon Kindle project; and Zishaan Hayath, Co-founder at Toppr.com. 

Published on February 19, 2015
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