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National Conference on Indian Startups organized at IMDR, Pune on 1-2 March, 2019

The Deccan Education Society’s Institute of Management Development and Research, Pune organized the two-day National Conference on the theme of ‘Indian Startups: Issues, Challenges and Opportunities’ on 1-2 March, 2019.
The two-day conference was inaugurated by Kiran Deshpande, President of TiE, Pune. ‘It is not the business plan rather Investors see the confidence of start-up entrepreneur’ said Kiran Deshpande. He appealed to all start-up entrepreneurs to size-up the completion in the market with speed and agility. After the inauguration, the first day of the conference had research paper presentations from faculty, research scholars and students who came from different institutes from Mumbai, Gandhinagar, Jaipur, Bengaluru and Pune. Maneesh Bhandari, Angel Investor, Pune was the session chair for the theme, Indian Startup Ecosystem & Financing of Startups whereas Dr. Manoj Gattani, CEO-IGET, India headed the session on technology and sectoral focus of start-ups and Dr. Reshma Sagari, India Head for Women Entrepreneurship & Regional Head, Maharashtra - Venture Wolf, chaired the session related to academia and society interface with start-ups. Among the contemporary themes touched upon in research papers were mainly related to green financing, alternative investment funds, solar energy, handling of e-waste, digitization and social start-ups. The first best paper award of Rs.5000 was awarded to Dr. Viraja P. Bhat, Mihir Gambhir and Poonam Wasnik of Symbiosis Institute of International Business, Pune for their research contribution related to e-waste management. The second best paper award of Rs.3000 was given to Snehal Chincholkar of Vivekananda Education Society’s Institute of Management Studies and Research, Mumbai for her research paper on social start-ups and sustainable development goals.
The second day of the conference started with the Panel Discussion on ‘Academic Institutions and Startups’. Advait Kurlekar, CEO – Upohan Management Consultants, Co-chair Education – TiE, Pune was the moderator of panel discussion. Among the other panellists were Niket Karajagi, CEO – Atyaasaa Consulting, Pune and Dr. Shravan Kadvekar, Director, Corporate & Strategic Partnerships – Symbiosis Skills and Open University, Pune. The panel discussion highlighted the need for product innovations in India, development of intrapreneur mind-set and believe in one’s entrepreneurial idea and holding on to it.
After penal discussion, in ‘Your Story’ session, entrepreneurs Rajesh Mandlik, Jt. Managing Director at Setco Spindles Pvt Ltd., Pune; Harshad Bhagwat, Founder – WordsMaya, Pune and Renuka Dewan, Director-BioPrime Agrisolutions Pvt Ltd. narrated their entrepreneurial journey which mesmerized and captivated the audience.
The two-day conference was ended with the Valedictory Address given by Ramachandra Rao, Managing Director at Indo Schottle Auto Parts, Pune. Ramachandra Rao, in his valedictory address, asked start-ups and entrepreneurs to embrace the quality of perseverance for success in their entrepreneurial ventures.
The event was very well curated and coordinated by Dr. Ambuj Gupta, Conference Convener and Associate Professor with IMDR. Shri Mahesh Athavale, Chairman, Local Management Committee, IMDR, Dr. Shikha Jain, Director, IMDR and all faculty members were also present on the occasion.