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Indian Institute of Technology Madras’ Entrepreneurship Cell will be hosting its annual ‘Entrepreneurship Summit,’ aimed at driving innovation through engineering challenges, from March 5 to March 14, 2021.

This edition of the annual event will be held entirely online and will feature four conclaves – Youth Conclave, Innovators’ Conclave, Start-up Conclave and Growth Conclave, IIT Madras said in a release.

More than 300 startups have registered for the Startup Conclave while around 2,000 registrations have been recorded for the Innovators’ Conclave. In addition, around 800 people have registered for the Growth Conclave, with the Youth Conclave set to attract more than 1000 attendees.

The theme for E-Summit 2021 is ‘Sustain to Attain’, highlighting the importance of persevering through difficult times. The E-Summit also features a Social Campaign called ‘Pankh,’ which is focused on enabling the growth of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises through sustainable business models.

Among the top speakers scheduled to address E-Summit 2021 include

1. Rana Daggubati Actor and Entrepreneur
2. Mukesh Bansal Co-Founder of Cure. Fit & Myntra
3. Lalit Keshre Co-Founder of Groww
4. Yashish Dahiya Co-Founder of PolicyBazaar
5. Sanjeev BikhChandani  Founder of Infoedge
6. Deep Kalra Founder of MakeMyTrip
7. Varsha Tagare MD, Qualcomm Ventures
8. Gaurav Agarwal Co-Founder of 1mg


Speaking about this edition of E-Summit, Prof. Nilesh J Vasa, Dean (Students), IIT Madras, said, “The online E-Summit 2021 will provide an opportunity to a wide student-audience and aspiring entrepreneurs, startups, alumni, and investors to network, share knowledge and experience.”

E-Summit 2021 caters to a diverse set of audiences both in competitive events and lecture series where agritech and retail tech are covered in Unconference, Medtech in the product construct, and the inspirit lecture series covers space tech.

Ayush Toshniwal, Students’ Head, E-Cell, IIT Madras, said, “The team has been working on the sixth edition of E-Summit since the last 4 months; carefully curating online elements to elevate the attendee experience.”

Catering to the startups, their flagship funding competition ‘Elevate’ has reached nearly 300 startups. Considering the pandemic scenario, E-Summit 2021 is being organised in an online platform named ‘Zuddl’ where the students have attempted to provide the experience of an offline event through the features of virtual stages, expo booths, one to one networking, and discussion tables.

In the social campaign, PANKH, which aims to help MSMEs, is organising a policy-making competition, ‘Strategise,’ in association with the National Institute of MSME (NIMSME), Hyderabad, to give exposure to the policy-making domain for students.

Another event under the campaign is the ‘MSME showcase,’ where unique MSMEs like Rogan art, Block printing of Ajrakhpur, and the like will be showcased, helping them reach more publicity and reach.

Four conclaves will be held:

  1. Youth Conclave: The objective is to launch the ‘leaders of tomorrow.’ Youth Conclave is a multi-faceted confluence of engaging competitive and networking events that help an individual unlock their latent potential and skills in business and entrepreneurship. It is envisioned to promote entrepreneurial spirit and aptitude among the next generation of graduates hence paving the way for these young leaders to ride the wave of change in the careers they undertake.
  2. Innovators’ Conclave: This conclave is envisioned towards providing aspiring entrepreneurs with intensive mentoring and workshops from industry experts. The Innovators’ Conclave aims to nurture entrepreneurial mind-sets and provide an opportunity to challenge oneself and to test one’s capability in this marathon of innovation through the plethora of competitive B-planning and comprehensive case-study events.
  3. Startup Conclave: Aiming to accelerate startup growth, the Startup Conclave will focus on providing networking and experimental learning. It is a platform for founders, investors and startup enthusiasts for providing extreme networking experience, insights and knowledge on various important topics and ensuring you meet the right people, in the right business atmosphere.
  4. Growth Conclave: A set of workshops to deliver the necessary hard skills needed in building the participants’ technical skills and business acumen to grow in their career and for new-age entrepreneurs to grow in their entrepreneurial journey.
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