Mangaluru, Mar 30: The MBA department of AIMIT (St Aloysius Institute of Management and Information Technology), St Aloysius College (autonomous) in association with Kanara Global Entrepreneurs organised a one-day Entrepreneurship Development Programme on March 30 for the second year MBA students.
Ajith Pai, chief operating officer at Delhivery, Gurgaon was the esteemed chief guest for the inaugural of EDP-2019. His insights on building a culture of entrepreneurship served as a good start for a productive day. The main focus was on steps to be a successful entrepreneur, problem solving skills and adapting to the rapidly changing business environment. He spoke about the importance of being at the right place at the right time.
Fr Denzil Lobo S J, director, AIMIT delivered the presidential address emphasizing the importance of dreaming big in life and in business. He highlighted the importance of family, friends and health in an entrepreneur’s life and exhorted students to never stop trying. He put forth an example of a bunch of entrepreneurial personalities who strove towards becoming successful and concluded with advising students to routinize their daily rituals.
The certificates of the online course on entrepreneurship from Santa Clara University, California were handed over to the student coordinators. More than two hundred students completed this MOOC course.
Shifali Saldahna, student coordinator welcomed the gathering while Ahmad Safwan, student coordinator proposed the vote of thanks. Dr Rowena Wright, dean- academics, Swapna Rose, faculty coordinator were also present. Sharrel D’Souza anchored the inaugural function.
There were three sessions conducted and the first session was addressed by Ajith Pai at Delhivery, Gurgaon. He focused on the journey of Shri Dhirubhai Ambani the greatest entrepreneur India ever produced. A good entrepreneur must inspire people around him and be a good leader, he maintained. His suggestions to young entrepreneurs were to focus on the product, quality and customer rather than the money. He also said it would be useful to learn new languages to communicate to the suppliers, dealers, service providers and customers. Success does not happen overnight is what he concluded his session with.
The second speaker for the day was Mithun Bhat Kakunje, director, Kakunje PlastiPacks Pvt Ltd. Mithun Bhat spoke on seeking employment v/s self-employment. His highly interactive session involved a small activity that the students were made to undertake. He spoke on the relevance of a good business plan/ framework prior to starting a business. Speaking about the financial aspect of business, he explained the sources of funds, forms of funds which vary from business to business and also the mobilization of funds. He shared his own experiences and gave valuable insights.
The third session in the afternoon was addressed by Prathibha Shetty, Pulincha Chits Pvt Ltd. She spoke about her exciting journey as a woman entrepreneur, important legal compliances along with designing a B plan template.
On the whole the workshop paved a path to be more informative, interactive and gave students full-fledged insights to become successful entrepreneurs.