The Pathshala was inaugurated on 27th May with the inspiring speech of Dr. Himanshu Rai, Director of Indian Institute of Management, Indore, followed by a video message from CII state chair Madhya Pradesh, Shri Anurag Shrivastava, Jabalpur Collector shri Bharat Yadav, IAS and Smart City CEO Ashish Pathak.
Since we are talking about startups and innovation the discussion remains incomplete without mentioning Edupreneurs. Edupreneurs play a vital role in the society as educational institutes have a major role to play in Entrepreneurship and Innovation. One such successful edupreneur among the Startup Pathshala is Dr. Anupam Chouksey, secretary LNCT Group of Colleges and patron of Young Indians, Bhopal.
Dr Anupam Chouksey strongly believes that, “a student must not be setup with the idea of only getting placed in a company, they should work hard on their own ideas and take the risk of implementing it”. “Engineers are job givers, not job seekers,” he adds. LNCT College recently had their own incubation Centre and for that Dr. Anupam Chouksey says that “I feel, when a student is given an opportunity in the starting years of college they have a security of funding needed and support required.”
Innovation and Startups have always had a major role to play in any country’s development. Startup Pathshala is a course designed for those young minds who have ideas but are unaware of its implementation. Prime Minister’s vision of AatmaNirbhar (Self Reliant) India has inspired team Incubation Masters and Kalchuri LNCT Group Incubation Center (KLIC) to conceptualize 30 days long startup training program for 13,000+ students of Madhya Pradesh. This program was conducted in association with Yi-CII Bhopal, Jabalpur Smart City Incubation Center, RGPV University and Commonwealth Local Government Forum.
This was gestated by team Incubation Masters in the leadership of Incubation Masters’ President Mr. CK Tiwari and Jabalpur Smart City’s CEO Mr. Ashish Pathak. It had 13,000+ registrations and it streamed online on the Facebook page of Yi Bhopal and other partner pages and on the YouTube channel of Startup Pathshala.
More than 250,000 views garnered by the sessions in a month on Facebook and YouTube platforms. Top 100 selected startups will be awarded one year Incubation Program and seed grant amount to start their venture. In these 30 days, more than 50 businessmen and global thought leaders shared their experiences with participants and solved their queries.
All the participants are awarded with certificates and in addition to that, considering how much students have learnt, a 30-day quiz was organized. Every Sunday, Startup Pathshala organized the special series for the students and startups which was called Super Sunday.
Valedictory session of Startup Pathshala happened on 25th and 26th June 2020, where country’s brightest minds and leaders joined, including Hon’ble Union Cabinet Minister Smt. Smriti Irani, India’s Sherpa to G7 and G20 and former Shri Suresh Prabhu Ji, , Padma Shree awarded and Infosys CFO Mr. Mohandas Pai, Past CII President and Infosys Co-Founder Mr. Kris Gopalakrishnan, Smart City CEO Mr. Ashish Pathak, Yi Bhopal Chair. Dr. Anuj Garg, and Co-Chair Mr. Pulkit Sharma, Deputy Director General of CII Mr. Virendra Gupta, Mr. Rahul Kapoor IAS, Director Smart Cities, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India, Mr. CK Tiwari, President Incubation Masters, Mr. P. Narhari IAS, Commissioner UAD, Government of Madhya Pradesh, Dr. Greg Munro, Secretary-General Commonwealth Local Government Forum, London, Mr. R. Ramanan, Mission Director, Atal Innovation Mission, Smt. Deepali Rastogi IAS, Principal Secretory MSME, Government of Madhya Pradesh, Mr. Sunil Kumar, Vice Chancellor of RGPV, to name a few. The session was moderated by the Entrepreneurship Vertical Chair, Yi Bhopal and the president of Incubation Masters Mr. CK Tiwari.
India’s Sherpa to G20 and G7, Shri Suresh Prabhupraised the efforts of Jabalpur Smart City CEO Ashish Pathak, Incubation Masters President Mr.CK Tiwari and Yi Chapter Chair Dr.Anuj Garg for coming together and organizing such an entrancingly designed 30 days long Startup Pathshala and mentioned that such courses and motivation is the need of the hour.
Honorable Union Cabinet Minister Smt. Smriti Irani Ji mentioned that Startups have a major role to play in Prime Minister’s vision of making India a self-reliant country and she spoke to various startups live and praised their ideas and product. She also mentioned that it is pleasing to see these pioneering ideas such as Automating the digital billboard, from Anurag Soni of Adverto, which can actually solve various problems around. She asked to send a concept note of this product to her department.
The details of selected startups are available on the website of Incubation Masters www.incubationmasters.org and participation certificates can also be downloaded from here.Team Incubation Masters along with the partners and mentors will work very closely with these 110 selected startups. Startup Pathshala persists to be a very successful event as it received really positive reviews from the participants.
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