Spearheading The Startup Wave: EDC Observes Entrepreneurs Day

Spearheading The Startup Wave: EDC Observes Entrepreneurs Day

Day 1
Entrepreneurs Bay

“The problem is, we’re all using social networks as distribution instead of native platforms to tell stories.”

-Gary Vee

As we enter into the new normal, our lives have become more technology-driven by the sheer number of social networks we have been using. As Gary puts it, are we really using these networks to tell stories, inspire or revolutionize? Maybe not, but that is what the Entrepreneurship Development Club (EDC) at BIT Mesra is striving to counter.

The cell came up with the noble idea of uniting all entrepreneurial minds under one roof, making it a hub of ideas and explorations. With this vision, EDC launched a community of aspiring entrepreneurs called ‘Entrepreneurs Bay’ on the 21st August, 2021, which also marks World Entrepreneur’s Day. Conducted virtually through Microsoft Teams, there couldn’t have been a better occasion for this stellar launch. The event was graced by the presence of the Dean of Research, Innovation & Entrepreneurship (DRIE), Dr. C. Jegannathan as the Guest of Honour. Besides,  Mr. Vishal H. Shah, Associate Dean of Alumni and International Relations and the Faculty Advisor of EDC, also supervised the event.

Entrepreneurs Bay would operate virtually through a server on discord until conditions get back to normal. The concept of having this entrepreneurial community works on a four-fold model as proposed by the Entrepreneurship Development Cell. Entrepreneurs Bay shall be a source of all the latest news updates in the ecosystem. The community shall contribute to essential developmental resources for the growth of all members. Being a special-interest group, it will also serve as a great networking platform for like-minded individuals. Lastly, Entrepreneurs Bay also strives to provide all-round startup support required to foster successful ventures.

The event concluded at 7:30 P.M, on a note to keep the Entrepreneurship Development Cell at the forefront of innovation in BIT Mesra’s pioneering efforts to be the centre of excellence and unparalleled opportunities.

Discord Link: https://bit.ly/entrepreneurs_bay

Day 2
Gulf of Entrepreneurs’

“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”

-from the Iconic Think Different Apple Commercial Narrated by Steve Jobs

 

The Entrepreneurial Development Cell (EDC) at BIT Mesra just cracked the perfect recipe for an event that harnesses the quintessential entrepreneurial mindset. In the contemporary innovation-driven economy, the event inspired participants to get comfortable being uncomfortable. It was a striking display of how winners balanced risk, reward, and failure. You know, the variables that fuel the fire in the belly of an entrepreneur. The cell organized ‘Gulf of Entrepreneurs’- an event to test the participants’ problem-solving skills and give them an interactive platform to pitch in their outlook regarding specific issues prevalent in the day-to-day functioning of any organization.

The final round was hosted on Gather (gather.town), a virtual conferencing platform, with six finalists bringing innovative and path-breaking solutions to business problems. It witnessed teams walking a tightrope between taking decisive actions while avoiding steep mistakes. The event was structured to give participants a close feel of what it takes to be in the shoes of a CEO.

The event consisted of two rounds. For the preliminary round, participants were given a problem statement and were required to prepare a road map to counter the issue. The problem statement was based on familiar topics and problems every startup faces. The objective was to challenge participants through a turmoil of pressure and stress that every entrepreneur goes through when plans get off track. The final round took place on 22nd August, at 7:00 PM, on a unique web conferencing platform designed to mimic the real-life experience. The participants were allowed to choose one out of the three problem sets. They were required to brainstorm and come up with innovative solutions to the problems, after which they had to present a monologue before a panel of judges. The panelists cross-questioned the participants to gauge their understanding. The finalists were judges on the uniqueness, coherence, and adaptability of their solutions.

What added to its charm was the platform where the event was conducted. Educational institutions have adapted to the new normal by adopting technology-driven teaching methodology. When one says that, you might probably think of traditional web conferencing technologies like Google Meet, MS Teams, Zoom, or Webex, but at EDC, the entire experience of the event was simulated on Gather Town – a platform that mimicked a virtual world made for people who need real-world interaction. Not only were the simulations and interactions realistic, but also simple to use. The platform made the entire event even more exciting and fun, making the participants interested as it broke the shackles of boredom generally associated with online events.

The event brought in diverse ideas and opinions under one roof. The enthusiasm around the virtual interface of Gather made the atmosphere palpable. The smooth planning, creative problem sets, and appealing platform made the event an experiential success.

At the eventide of this high yielding affair, Vaibhav Saxena emerged as the winner of ‘Gulf of Entrepreneurs’ closely followed by Kevin Feby, who fetched a spot as the runner-up for the competition.

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