Bihar Entrepreneurs’ Association secretary general Abhishek Kumar at the news meet on Saturday. Picture by Nagendra Kumar Singh
The 4th Bihar Entrepreneurship Summit "StartUp Bihar" being organised by Bihar Entrepreneurs' Association (BEA) on March 21 will a first-of-its-kind event with 30 successful start-ups from different parts of the globe taking part.
BEA secretary general Abhishek Kumar said: "The unique thing about the summit is that all the 30 participating start-ups have people of Bihari origin. Apart from our own country, they are coming from Australia, UK and the US to motivate young entrepreneurs and innovators in our state."
The summit is being held in partnership with the central and state government, International Labour Organisation (ILO), IIM-Calcutta Innovation Park, Amazon Web Services, IBM, Kairos, HDFC Innovation, IIT-Patna Incubation Centre and a host of other companies and organisations.
Chief minister Nitish Kumar will inaugurate the event at Sri Krishna Memorial Hall in Patna, which will see attendance by Padma Shri awardee professor Anil Gupta of IIM-Ahmedabad, who is famous for grassroots innovation and heads several successful start-up companies across the country.
Abhishek said a "Walk the Talk" session between industries minister Jai Kumar Singh and around 300 entrepreneurs will be held on Sunday to highlight the opportunities and facilities being offered for start-ups in Bihar and the features of the state's start-up policy that was launched last year.
"We will have business-cum-technical sessions on March 22. The entire event will have three themes - the road ahead for start-ups, untapped opportunities for investments in Bihar, women entrepreneurship in unconventional sectors. Altogether, over 2,500 entrepreneurs from different parts of the country, including a few from abroad, are expected to attend the summit," Abhishek added.
The focus of the summit will be on "accelerators" or those who help accelerate start-up firms by providing various facilities, including investment options.