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From social entrepreneurship and out-of-the-box business strategies to financial planning and stressful interviews, Intaglio — the international business school summit presented by Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta, and powered by The Telegraph — saw more than 12,000 students from 268 business schools from India and abroad signing up for three days of high-on-adrenaline brainstorming. Held from January 3 to 5, the summit lined up 26 events, with Consulting Knights, Fin God, Olympus and Great Innovation Challenge (GIC) drawing maximum participation.

Consulting Knights pitted eight teams, chosen from 350, against each other with a case where they had to choose an established or a new industry, study its competitors, progress, problems and come up with business strategies and future plans. The winners IIM Calcutta picked the blooming apparel industry. “A PowerPoint presentation should be like storytelling so that everyone understands. Slides should have minimum words and more colours,” advised Ganesan Ramachandran, managing director, Accenture, who was judging the event.

Fin God tested students on finance over three rounds. Teams from Symbiosis Institute of Business Management, Pune, and IIM Calcutta grabbed the top two positions from among five teams which fought for the title of “the God of finance of the country”.

Innovative thinking, strategic vision and adaptability in evolving situations were the prime factors in GIC. The five teams in the final round had to impress the judges with their take on a “helmet for the two-wheeler industry”. Xavier Institute of Management (Bhubaneswar) and IIM Bangalore won the first and second slots respectively, with a prize money of Rs 60,000 and Rs 40,000.

Olympus, the flagship leadership event of Intaglio, pulled in more than 300 students in 10 rounds where they had to answer multiple choice questions, get interviewed by industry experts, and make short videos to express their stand on “experience versus street smartness”. IIM Bangalore took away the prize money of Rs 1.5 lakh while IIMs Calcutta and Ranchi shared the second place.

This year Intaglio introduced three new events as part of the social responsibility drive — social day, marathon and social panel discussion. The marathon for right to education, partnered by Milaap, had 40 students running 5.5km on the IIM campus Day 2. “Our aim was to generate awareness on right to education and we were really happy with the turnout,” said Anirudh Singh Sankhla, overall coordinator, Intaglio.

The curtains came down with Bollywood singer Arijit Singh belting out hits like Tum hi ho, Kabhi jo baadal barse, Har kisi ko nahin milta, Rabta and Bengali songs like Mon majhi re.


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