| Germinating ideas: CIMP Patna
Chandragupt Institute of Management Patna (CIMP), in its effort to promote innovation and develop entrepreneurship among students, would launch an e-cell on Tuesday with help from Villgro Innovation Foundation.
Villgro is one of the country’s oldest and foremost social enterprises. It helps set up incubation centres and backs innovation and social entrepreneurs in their early stages.
The e-cell apart, CIMP and Villgro would jointly hold an event, Unconvention, to unearth and nurture social entrepreneurs. The focus is on promoting entrepreneurship.
In 2012, Unconvention took place in Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Pune, Hyderabad and Bhubaneswar. This year the events would unfold in 14 cities. To infuse entrepreneurship skills among the budding managers, eminent personalities from key sectors will speak. Vivek Pandey, co-founder of Ecozen Solutions, will talk about how he started Ecozen Solutions, an energy-focused company that provides renewable and energy management solutions to businesses in India. Manoj Sinha, co-founder Husk Power Systems, that designs, installs and operates biomass-based power plants, would speak on how he started his company. Mukesh Sharma, chief incubation and investment officer at Villgro, would also speak.
Most institutions do not have such e-cell or Unconvention concept. Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Patna launched an entrepreneurship course for its students only last year. CIMP director V. Mukunda Das said: “Many premier institutions such as IIMs have e-cells that promote entrepreneurship and guide potential entrepreneurs in setting up company.” In the past few months, they received suggestions from students for setting up such centres. Bihar has huge potential in the agro sector and small entrepreneurs that come up can look forward to a bright future.
Elaborating on the plan, he said banana and litchi produce was high in north Bihar and processing and marketing the same to other parts of the country and the world could be a profitable affair. CIMP and Villgro would jointly help develop the business plan for potential entrepreneurs and also arrange venture funds for them.
Even students are excited over e-cell. First-year student Vivek Kumar said: “It is good that CIMP is going to set up an e-cell as many students from rural areas want to set up a company that would give jobs to people from the region.”