Published On : Sat, Oct 7th, 2017

PAN-India Entrepreneurship Awareness Drive 2017 reaches Nagpur

IIT Kharagpur, Entrepreneurship Awareness Drive 2017, Nagpur
Nagpur: Entrepreneurship Cell, IIT Kharagpur is a non-profit student organization established with the aim of fostering the spirit of entrepreneurship among college students in India. We are one of the most successful entrepreneurial organizations in the country with over 50 start-ups incubated within 10 years of our inception.

Entrepreneurship Cell, IIT Kharagpur are proud to present The Entrepreneurship Awareness Drive (EAD), one of our major flagship events. With its initiation back in 2009, EAD has now grown to cover 24 cities in 24 days. You learn when you see, with this basic idea, EAD consists of a series of guest lectures and workshops, wherein students get to learn from the ‘achievers’ of the society.

This year the esteemed presence of eminent personalities like Venky Iyer(Founder, Goli Vada Pav) & Manish Rathi(Founder, RailYatri) will envision entrepreneurship as a career. The students would get to know as to what path they must choose to live their dream and turn their out-of-the-box ideas into reality.

Entrepreneurship Awareness Drive 2017, (Nagpur) will be held in Kalidas Auditorium, Persistent Systems Limited on 7th October 2017. Priyadarshini MBA Nagpur has collaborated with E-cell, IIT Kharagpur for 2017 since the faculties of the college are very excited to spread the spirit of Entrepreneurship among the Nagpur students. A 4-5 hour event, the EAD Nagpur, would consist of Guest Lectures which surely add to students’ knowledge and provide an insight to what all things happen after they ‘start-up’.

30,000 students, 23 cities, these are numbers witnessed by the previous edition of EAD 2016, and we look forward to even bigger numbers. Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, Founder of Biocon, Phanindra Sama, CEO of, Arjun Malhotra, co-founder of HCL Technologiesand many such distinguished personalities have presided over the event.

The Entrepreneurship Awareness Drive also coincides with the launch of our regular round registrations of our International Business ModelCompetition:Empresario. Empresario is our Annual Business Model competition where business ideas in all fields ranging from Product and Service to Social, get equal opportunity to win the prize and incubation opportunities to the tune of INR 2.5 crore. The prizes and services for the winners as per the last year are worth 25 lacs INR.

This year, Entrepreneurship Cell IIT Kharagpur are proud to present Empresario 2018 in association with International Business Model Competition (IBMC). The best entries will get an opportunity to participate directly in the quarter-final rounds of IBMC 2017, which will be conducted abroad.

About 25% of the entries in our Business Model Competition- Empresario were from participants of EAD, which underlines the impact of this unique initiative towards motivating young minds towards entrepreneurial thought and action. 158 colleges participated in EAD 2016, with 23 colleges associating with us to conduct the EAD in their respective campus. During the drive, many colleges expressed their interest in setting up entrepreneurship promoting bodies for the benefit of their students.