Cuttack: Sri Sri University flags off the Startup India- Odisha Yatra at its premises under the Odisha Startup Yatra, Invest India and Department of MSME, Government of Odisha, today on 21 st February 2018. The inaugural ceremony of the StartupIndia boot camp also included the culmination of the week long successful journey of the National Startup Week. The one-day boot camp event will aim at searching for entrepreneurial talent in the university and create a startup friendly ecosystem not only in the institution but in the entire state as a whole.
The inaugural ceremony witnessed distinguished guests like Shri Prafulla Samal, Minister of W & CD, SSEPD, MSME, Government of Odisha; Shri L.N Gupta (IAS), Additional Chief Secretary, Department of MSME, Government of Odisha; Ms. Rajita Kulkarni, President of Sri Sri University; Mr. Pratham, Startup India- Odisha Yatra; Shri Barada Prasad Panigrahy, Regional Manager, NEN, Wadhwani Foundation; Ms. Surekha Routray, Manager, INVENT (Social Incubation) KIIT TBI, KIIT University; Mr. Manish Rai, Founding member and Vice-President, Shrofile; Dr. Nand Lal, Vice Chancellor, Sri Sri University; Mr. Narendra Lamba, Director Operations, Sri Sri University; Prof.(Dr), P. Srinivas Subbarao, Dean, Faculty of Commerce and Management Studies.
Ms Rajita Kulkarni, President, Sri Sri University emphasized the need of 3Es (Pursuit for Excellence, Endurance, and Ethics) to become a successful Entrepreneur. She said, that the National Startup week followed by a Boot Camp is a monumental event at a time when Odisha Government has a Vision for 1000 Startups by 2020 and Sri Sri University is contributing in this mission.
Prof.(Dr), P. Srinivas Subbarao highlighted the important role played by the Government of Odisha to promote Entrepreneurship. He also mentioned that already 220 students had pitched their ideas for the Startup India Odisha Yatra boot camp. Moreover, he also congratulated the management of Sri Sri university for organizing a successful and fruitful National Startup Week which witnessed eminent speakers and mentors from the entire Startup sector of India.
Likewise, Shri L.N Gupta (IAS), Additional Chief Secretary, Department of MSME, highlighted the main objective behind the introduction of boot camps in the Startup India- Odisha Yatra programme. He also stated that this programme aims at sensitising Tier 2, Tier 3 towns about the startup ecosystem and encourage the aspiring entrepreneurs and youth to set up their ventures in the state. “We should think big. We should dream big because life is too short to think and dream small.” said Shri. L.N. Gupta.
Similarly, Dr. Nand Lal, the Vice Chancellor of Sri Sri University, stated the opportunities and challenges present before the youths of the country who wish to pursue a different path of Entrepreneurship. He motivated and wished luck to the participants and students by quoting “There is tremendous amount of craftsmanship between a great idea and a great product”.
Lastly, the Chief Guest of the event Shri Prafulla Samal, Minister of MSME, SSEPD, W&CD highlighted the importance of good education in the development of society. He congratulated Sri Sri University for giving a boost to budding entrepreneurs from the very grass root level. “If you can do a small part of what is expected of you by the society due to your brand association, you will be able to transform, your nation and the world” said Shri Prafulla Samalji.
In these two days the students will present their ideas in the extensive ideation workshop which will be mentored by experts. More than 400 ideas will be pitched by the aspiring students from which the foremost ideas will be selected for an extreme acceleration programme. The selected ideas will get cash prizes and recognition.