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Nov 5 date with innovation

What: The Entrepreneurship Awareness Camp Calcutta, held in association with The Telegraph, as part of Entrepreneurship Awareness Drive 2012, organised by the Entrepreneurship Cell of IIT Kharagpur.

When: November 5, 10.30am to 3pm.

Where: Heritage Institute of Technology.

The background: The Entrepreneurship Awareness Drive (EAD) is one of the biggest events being conducted the IIT Kharagpur E-Cell for the past five years. Promoting student start-ups and entrepreneurship initiatives, the E-Cell is a non-profit student-professor body. The E-Cell organises workshops, business plan competitions and mentorship programmes. EAD is one such forum, the other major event being the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, to be held in January 2013. Growing from 10 to 20 centres in five years, EAD 2012 is being hosted in cities from Bangalore to Patna, Chennai to Dehradun and more.

Calcutta calling: The EAD kicked off in October and will continue through November, playing host to a number of experienced entrepreneurs and industrial biggies. Each camp also features networking and start-up pitching sessions, where students can interact with those who dared to ditch the security of jobs and start their own businesses. Students can also have one-on-one interactions with the biz heads to see if their start-up ideas fit the bill.

Who’s speaking? Hari Balasubramanian, the founder and CMD of Ontrack Systems and president of TiE Kolkata; Abhishek Rungta, CEO and founder of IndusNet Technologies and co-founder of Seeders Venture, Diwakar Thakore, co-founder and COO of Musemantik, and Anil Kariwala, the managing director of Kariwala Industries.

How to attend: Register on the EAD website (www.ead.ecell-iitkgp.org/).

More in store: The EAD coincides with the launch of two of IIT-KGP’s most-awaited events, international business plan competitions Empresario and Envision. At stake is a neat cash prize and funding for that ingenious plan. In 2011, a team from MIT aced Envision, coming down all the way from the US for the product design competition.