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IEC CONFERENCE 2017

INTERNATIONAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP CONFERENCE HELD AT GREAT LAKES INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT, CHENNAI

Chennai, March 2nd, 2017: Great Lakes Institute of Management hosted the 9th International Entrepreneurship Conference at its campus at Manamai. This year’s conference was based on the theme ‘FINTECH - REAL DISRUPTION? OCEAN OF OPPORTUNITIES?’. Organized every year by the Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Committee at Great Lakes, the conference aims to contribute to India’s grassroots- level economic development by creating, nurturing and sustaining successful business enterprises. The conference also enables the mushrooming of socially- responsible entrepreneurial ventures built on a foundation of creativity and innovation.

The speakers for the 9th IEC included Guest of Honor Mr. P.N Vasudevan (Founder & Managing Director, Equitas Holding Ltd), Chief Guest Dr. S Narayan (Retired IAS, Ex Secretary and Government of India) and Keynote Speaker Mr. Sanjay Swamy, Co-Founder / Managing Partner, PRIME.

Dr. Bala V Balachandran, Founder, Dean & Chairman of Great Lakes, in his inaugural address said that a country like India which has a large workforce and yet has unaddressed concerns like lack of specific skill-set and subsequent income generation, should focus more on entrepreneurship and skill development. “Encouraging entrepreneurs is very critical in order to eliminate any disparity we see today. Take the risk and not only invest your money, invest your time and passion in order to empower other people”, he said.

Talking about the changing digital landscapes in FinTech, Mr. Vasudevan shared his thoughts about the possibilities of FinTech companies and Banks co-existing in the future. "The rise of Fintech has forced banks to re-think the way they interact with their customers. Rather than FinTech companies taking over Banks or vice-versa, these two entities should use the strengths of each other to work together." While banks being a regulated entity safeguarding customer confidentiality and money, and FinTech companies having the strength to creating an innovation layer enabling speed to scale, it would be of immense benefit to the people if these two can work together, he said.

Drawing comparisons between India and China in FinTech industry, Mr. S Narayan spoke about how China has emerged strongly in FinTech than the western countries, as against what one would assume. "Four-fifth of all Fintech happens in China which has 700 million internet users with an internet connectivity that is four times better than India. More so, all these transactions happen in their own language Mandarin, which is a huge advantage to them". The former Secretary of GOI also opined that implementing such initiatives in a lingualy fragmented country like India might be a challenge, but it is still doable. "We must learn from China. They invest small amounts in FinTech apps, this investment is available for borrowing and this borrowing decision is based on the data available on consumer spending. This is something we can adapt", he concluded.

Mr. Sanjay Swamy highlighted how the growing success of Jandhan, Aadhar and digital India could be the next step towards making India a presence-less, paperless and cashless service industry. "India has a two-faced infrastructure - while we may still lack in physical infrastructure, we are growing at tremendous pace in Digital infrastructure. We are moving towards becoming a digital country, probably the only country, which through its Aadhar card, created a difference between an identity and an entitlement. This is a digital real-time verification mechanism and not just a smart card." With Aadhar, Digital lockers, Unified Payment Interface and all the other digital advancements, India will go from data poor to data rich country in five years, allowing data driven decision making for scale and inclusion, he remarked.

The event also witnessed a Panel discussion on the topic ‘FINTECH - REAL DISRUPTION? OCEAN OF OPPORTUNITIES?’ moderated by Dr. Prof. K C John, Professor – Design Thinking and Entrepreneurship, Great Lakes Institute of Management. The panelists for the session were Mr. Sanjay Bhargava, Chairman and CEO of Bharosa Technoserve Pvt. Ltd. and Mr. Ravi Rajagopalan, CEO of Empays Payment Systems.

The 9th International Entrepreneurship conference concluded with Prize Distribution to the winning teams of Business Plan competitions – “PaisaVasool, Oyster, and Hyperion”, conducted at Great lakes prior to the conference.

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IEC Conference 2016

8th International Entrepreneurship Conference held at Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai

Chennai, February 11, 2016:Great Lakes Institute of Management hosted its 8th International Entrepreneurship conference at its campus today. The Conference was based on the theme – “Data Driven Insights, Disruptive Innovation & Entrepreneurship – Convergence”.

The Chief Guests for the conference included Guest of Honor(Special Video address) - Dr. Raj Sethuraman, Marilyn and Leo Corrigan Professor and Chair of Marketing, Cox School of Business, Southern Methodist University, USA, andChief Guest - Dr. Arati Deo, Senior Manager, Machine Learning, Amazon.

Dr. Bala V Balachandran, Founder, Chairman & Dean, Great Lakes Institute of Management, Mr. Mohan Lakhamraju, Vice – Chairman & CEO, Great Lakes Institute of Management, Dr.VaidyJayaraman, Associate Dean, Great Lakes, Dr. K C John, Professor of Technology, Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Great Lakes Institute of Management, Prof Veeravalli, Director - PGXPM, Associate Professor, Faculty Mentor – Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship & Conference Convener, Great Lakes othercommunity entrepreneurs were also present at the event.

In the inaugural address, Dr. Bala V Balachandran, Founder, Chairman & Dean, Great Lakes Institute of Management, said,” Today’s business scenario is data driven. Huge amount of data is available for any business every second. But how do you make use of it the next minute, next hour, next day or next year makes all the difference to your business.”

Dr. Raj Sethuraman,Marilyn and Leo Corrigan Professor and Chair of Marketing, Cox School of Business, Southern Methodist University, USAthrough a video presentation, spoke on how to derive insights from data which in turn leads to Innovation and Entrepreneurship. He added with real time examples from Amazon and Google, and added on strengthening the linkage through dashboards and drill downs.

Chief Guest Dr. Arati Deo, Senior Manager, Machine Learning, Amazonspoke on the Range of Machine Language and Analytics Application in e-Commerce Market Place. Explaining the process and challenges in Amazon when it comes to machine learning, Dr.Deo remarked, “Machine Learning holds big promise for solving important challenges in the industry. At the same time, decision makers should understand not every problem needs a machine learning solution.”She also added that with large scale and diversity in data, there are new opportunities and challenges.

The event also witnessed a Panel discussion on ‘Data-Driven Insights, Disruptive Innovation & Entrepreneurship’ moderated by Mr. Mohan Lakhamraju, Vice-Chairman & CEO, Great Lakes Institute of Management. The panellists for the session were Mr. Mukund Venkatesh, Vice President, Global Analytics India Operations, Mr. Naunidh S. Chadha, Product Technology Manager, Google, Mr. Dilip Thosar, Senior General Manager, Taxiforsure and Mr. Sangh Gautam, Chief Technology Officer, HT Media.

The 8th International Entrepreneurship conference concluded with Prize Distribution to the winning teams of Business Plan competitions – “PaisaVasool, Oyster, and Hyperion”, conducted at Great lakes prior to the conference.

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IEC CONFERENCE 2015

Great Lakes Institute of Management organized its 7th International Entrepreneurship conference at its campus on February 18, 2015. The Conference was based on the theme – “Edupreneurship in India - How do we make it work?” The event kicked off with a tribute to entrepreneurial spirit and witnessed eminent industry professionals, senior academicians and students’ participation.

The Chief Guest for the occasion was Mr. Sandeep Aneja, Founder CEO – Kaizen Private Equity and the Guest of Honor was Mr. Jayan Ramankutty, Founder - Nimbus Technology, empowerTel Networks, Lara Networks, YuMe Networksand KRK Ventures LLC. International President –BITSAA.

Inaugurating and welcoming the session, Prof. Bala V Balachandran Founder, Chairman and Dean, Great Lakes Institute of Management, said, “We at Great Lakes always endeavor to encourage the entrepreneurship spirit amongst our students. Today’s dynamic discussion between the corporate leaders, educationalists and our students gathered some interesting aspects on the theme Edupreneurship and how it can enhance the Indian economy.”

Prof. K C John, Co-Convener, 7th IEC and Director - Orchid Pharma Center for Excellence In Technology, Innovation and Technopreneurship, presented useful tips on making a pitch to the contestants to the audience.

During his speech, Mr. Jayan Ramankutty said, “As long as you have clear vision and good plan you will definitely succeed. Do not let lack of capital push you back.” Speaking on the occasion, Chief Guest, Mr Sandeep Aneja questioned, “A company is a culture. It is a set of like-minded people. What worries you in starting a new company? Market Size, cash flow or its value?? Is there a bubble in new startups that are valued very high?” He further spoke about how technology penetration is low in Indian education market and hoped to see some great companies in future that will be founded by Great Lakers.

The event also witnessed a Panel discussion on “Technology Adoption in Education - Incremental Gains or Disruptive Shifts and what it means for Entrepreneurs” moderated by Mr. Mohan Lakhamraju, Vice-Chairman, Great Lakes Institute of Management. The panelists for the session were Mr. Kaushik Bellani, Vice President and Managing Director, McGraw Hill Education (India) Pvt. Ltd, Mr. A P Ramabhadran, Senior Vice President, Education Services, Manipal Global, Mr. Manikandan Thangarathnam, Director – Amazon Kindle project and Mr. Zishaan Hayath, Co-founder at Toppr.com.

The Highlight of the day’s event was the Prize Distribution to the winning teams of Business Plan competitions – “KAIROS.2014” & “Hyperion 2015”. The winners of “KAIROS.2014” B Plan received prize money of Rs. 3 lacs and a funding opportunity up to USD 160000, sponsored by Menda Group of UAE, that will help them seed the venture, subject to enhancements and value add the plan within 4 weeks and re-present.

The event also announced 1 winner and 2 runners up of “Hyperion” - the Annual B Plan Competition of Great Lakes from amongst 6 finalists. The winner of “Hyperion 2015” was Team Kiwi, who received 1 lac Prize money and will eligible for funding up to USD 100000 by VILLGRO subject to meeting criteria.

The session came to an end with Prof. Vaidy Jayaraman, Associate Dean – Great Lakes Institute of Management honoring the guests with memento and a concluding note that Great Lakes always believed in promoting entrepreneurship and will continue to do so. Prof RS Veeravalli, Director PGXPM, faculty mentor - CIECOM, proposed vote of thanks.

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IEC CONFERENCE 2014

Great Lakes Institute of Management organized its 6th International Entrepreneurship conference at its campus on Feb 18, 2014. The Conference was based on the theme – Mobility with nobility. The event witnessed eminent industry professionals, senior academicians and students participating.

The Chief guests for the conference included Mr. Ram Vishwanathan – Distinguished IBM Engineer, member of IBM Academy of Technology, Mr. Shankar Narayanan, Ex-Chairman, Founder and CEO - SPIME INC, Co-Founder-EmuzedInc& Co-Founder Nexus Inc, USA and Mr. Vinod Muthukrishnan, CEO, M/s Cloudcherry, Singapore. The conference began with the lighting of the lamp by Dr. Bala V Balachandran, Dean of Great Lakes Institute of Management along with the chief guests and community entrepreneurs.

In his welcome address, Dr. Bala emphasized on the significance of Entrepreneurship and wealth creation for the society. He shared his insights on being materialistic, being a wealth creator rather than a wealth consumer. Speaking particularly on technopreneurship and mobility, Dr. Bala said, “The World is heading towards convergence and mobile technology is going to create the entire wave.” Mobility will influence generations to come, he added. Dr. Bala announced that Great Lakes will shortly be offering a program in Technopreneurship in association with the University of Illinois.

Dr. K.C John – Co-Convener, 6th IEC and Director - Orchid Pharma Center for ExcellenceIn Technology, Innovation and Technopreneurship, presented useful facts to the audience and opined that with an expected growth of broad band users from 15.7 million in 2014 to 600 million in 2020, more than 85 percent of the population could be brought into the digital economy. He also shared his views on the emerging opportunities in the digital space.

Mr. Ram Vishwanathan, Distinguished IBM Engineer and a member of IBM Academy of Technology delivered the Guest of Honor address. Mr. Ram said, “Mobile Technologies are the perfect platform for India to bridge the divide and make graduates employable. We have systems like ERP, SAP and then we have system engagements, how we connect these two is the challenge.” He also added that Mobile first is about re-imagining businesses around constantly connected employers and customers.

In his address,Mr. Vinod Muthukrishnan, CEO, M/s Cloudcherry spoke about Entrepreneurship and its challenges. He advised the students that in spite of the number of failures one may encounter during his entrepreneurship, finally there is a rewarding time and that reward has to be shared with the society. Talking on Mobility, Mr. Vinod said, “When Mobility, Big data, Analytics and cloud come together, then there is path breaking ideas and Business Intelligence.”

Delivering the chief guest address, Mr. Shankar Narayanan, Ex-Chairman, Founder and CEO - SPIME INC, Co-Founder-EmuzedInc& Co-Founder Nexus Inc, USA shared his entrepreneurial experiences of his three successful ventures. Mr. Shankar enthralled the audience with his personal and inspiring experiences as a technopreneur while creating the first video camera for the mobile phones and the first ever MPEG2 encoder board for PCs. Mr. Shankar said, “Being intuitive, being nice to people from a very young age and being different are important qualities to be a successful entrepreneur.”

The chief guest’s addresses were followed by the release of a Text Book on Business Analytics by Dr. Tapan Panda, Director - Kotler Srinivasan Centre for Research in Marketing and Professor, Great Lakes Institute of Management. The book was released by the chief guest of the conference Mr. Shankar Narayanan along with Dr. Bala. Prof. S. Sriram, Executive Director at Great Lakes thanked the chief guests.

The conference hosted a Panel discussion which included one of the chief guests Mr. Ram Viswanathan, Dr. K.C John and Mr. Sanjay Singh, Vice President & Head Engineering, GlobalLogic. The discussion was moderated by Prof. Easwar Krishna Iyer, Associate Professor of Marketing and Admissions Director at Great Lakes. The Panel members discussed how the businesses today are getting into a convergence model like never before.

Prof. Easwar set the context for the discussion by sharing his views on SMAC (Social, Mobile, Analytic and Cloud). Mr. Ram Viswanathan spoke on Web and Mobile Technology and how Mobile is taking over. Mr. Sanjay Singh gave valuable insights on innovative disruptions. He said, “Look for disruptions in a business, find a niche and capitalize on the opportunity.” Dr. K.C John apprised the audience of the four steps of convergence – Knowledge convergence, Technologies which creates new kind of rivalry, on the deck apps and Industry convergence.

During the valedictory session, Dr. Bala welcomed Mr. Sanjay Singh and congratulated the winners of various competitions. The Valedictory address was given by Mr. Sanjay Singh, following which the prize distribution took place. The winners of all the competitions conducted throughout the year by the Center for Excellence in Technology, Innovation and Technopreneurship were awarded with prizes.

D V Narsingarao memorial Prizes were presented by the family members of Mr.Narsingarao, Pioneer Batch alum of Great Lakes, along with Dr.Bala to the winners of Hyperion Business Plan competition. The winners gave a brief acceptance speech. This year, both the winning teams of the Hyperion Business Plan competition will be supported by VILLGRO, one of the judges of the competition and a private incubating & investing organization, whose support will include incubation, mentoring and investment support up to INR 60 lakh. Prof RS Veeravalli, Director PGXPM, Co-director GEMBA, faculty mentor CIECOM proposed the vote of thanks.

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IEC CONFERENCE 2013

The international entrepreneurship conference this year, organized by the Great Lakes Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE), under the auspices of the Orchid Pharma Center for Excellence in Management of Technology, Innovation and Technopreneurship [OPCET], has "Entrepreneurs as disruptive innovators" as its theme and shall be held on February 7, 2013.

Disruptive Innovation is all about Re-imagining Competition - bringing new customers into an existing market or creating consumption from a non-consuming segment. The new entrant should be able to provide the re-imagined product or service at a low price point profitably by using a business model that is not attractive to the established leader in the market.

'Disruptive Innovation' makes it possible for simple, affordable, and accessible products/services to replace ones that are complex, expensive and inaccessible to a large section of Indian consumers. Classic examples from India are:

  • Dr. G. Venkatswamy disrupted the eye care system at Aravind Eye Care through innovation for high quality, high volume and low cost eye surgery for cataract. His innovation was to design a system that standardized a complex eye care procedure to a simple process and reduced the key skills and discretionary elements to a minimum. The critical success factor was the application of a process across a high volume of production.

  • Mr. C. K. Ranganathan's sachet marketing innovation that made shampoo concentrates affordable and accessible to millions of non-users in India. He used customer insight to develop concentrated formulation of shampoo in 4 ml pack and made it available at 50 paise per pack. Micro-selling is now widely practiced by FMCG industry across the globe to reach the unserved, cash-strapped customers.

  • Mr. G. R. Gopinath's Air Deccan transformed the Indian aviation business and seduced non-flier middle class families to take wings. In a short span of time, Air Deccan innovated in the Indian context of low penetration of internet and credit card, poor infrastructure, rigid and inflexible rules and regulation by tapping Indian talents to provide low-cost, no-frill flying experience. He went beyond the metro airports and connected 60 airports, including 30 airports with first time aircraft landing.

  • Most recently, at Narayana Hrudayalaya, Dr. Devi Shetty has focused on affordable, accessible cardiac care to low disposable income millions through cost-cutting, efficiency enhancing innovation for high quality high touch patient care. By 2017, Dr. Shetty envisions expanding from the current 5000 hospital beds to a pan-India coverage with 30,000 beds.

  • In the corporate sector, we witnessed disruptive innovations in Tata motors (NANO concept), Godrej (Chotukool ideation), Airtel and Reliance communications, ITC and HUL (Channel and segment innovations like e-choupal, shakthi etc.) etc.

Conference highlights:

  • A video message by Dr. Clayton M. Christensen, Professor at Harvard Business School and the architect of and the World's foremost authority on Disruptive Innovation. He is ranked no. 1 in the Thinkers50, the global ranking of business leaders created by Des Dearlove and Stuart Crainer.

  • High profile speakers, participants and panellists - possibly including names such as Dr Ravindran (chairman Aravind Eye care), Mr. C.K Ranganathan (founder CMD Cavinkare), Mr Raghavendra Rao (CMD Orchid pharma), Mr. Devi Shetty (Narayana Hrudalayala) and corporates honchos from Tata motors, Godrej, Hindustan Unilever etc., - will be sharing their thoughts with us through the day - in the inaugural session, the panel discussions and the Valedictory session

  • The Unconference session, continuing from its introduction last year will also take place. An Unconference is a participant driven meeting without the rigidness of a structured, conventional conference. The unconference format is based on the premise that in any gathering the people in the audience - not just those selected to speak on stage - have interesting thoughts, insights and expertise to share. This session would be anchored by the serial entrepreneur Mr. Pravin Shekhar, chief creator of KREA.

  • The Internal Business Plan competition on the same theme – which will have three winners, who will be given the Shri Narasinga Rao Memorial Prizes, totalling to INR 2,00,000/- (Two lakhs). Mr Narasinga Rao is a distinguished alumnus of great lakes, who was also the co-founder of the famous SSI Ltd. We lost him prematurely to Cancer two years ago. This prize in commemoration of his name has been instituted by his batch-mates and Dr. Bala V. Balachandran, our founder dean, to be given every year in this annual event celebrating entrepreneurship

  • The 3 winners will share their winning plans' overviews with the audience in their respective acceptance speeches

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IEC Conference 2012

The 4th International Entrepreneurship Conference, being organized by the Great Lakes Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) in collaboration with Social Committee, will have 'Making Social Enterprises Work' as its theme this year. The conference will take place on February 3, 2012.

A Social Enterprise is an organization that applies Business Strategies for achieving public good and enhancing quality of life of the society at large.

In India, a Social Enterprise is largely an NGO which is registered either as a society, a trust or a section 25 company (not-for-profit). India has around 3.3 million NGO's which however includes a large number of religious institutions (26.5 %). Effectively we have around 2.4 million Social Enterprises as of 2008 in India barring the religious institutions.

Mainly because of the stated not-for-profit character, the Indian mind automatically equates a Social Enterprise to an NGO (not-for-profit). However in the final reckoning, a social enterprise can, and, perhaps should, have profits - as the minimum condition, instead of as an end objective. Hence, a Social Enterprise can be 'for' or 'not for' profit.

Though we have a staggering number of Social Enterprises on paper, it is not clear how much is their cumulative impact to be. So the need of the hour is to understand how to make every SE work effectively

This one-day conference focuses on this important area, across three dimensions - Evangelizing, Educating, & Enabling.

Highlights: Inauguration of GLSEM (Great Lakes Social Enterprise Mission)

IEC 2012

This shall emulate the Social Enterprise Initiative of the Harvard Business School as a desirable benchmark. Given the prodigious amount of achievements of the HBS SEI over the last two decades, it makes for an ideal example for the GLSEM.

This is made more appropriate because of the fortuitous goodwill and relationship that Great Lakes enjoys with Professor Dr. V. Kasturi Rangan, Co-Chair of the Harvard Social Enterprise Initiative - as a well-wisher, guide and mentor - through our Founder, Chairman and Dean Dr Bala..

Aptly therefore the International Entrepreneurship Conference shall have the GL-SEM inaugurated by Dr V. Kasturi Rangan on video-conference mode.

GL-SEM will have a Charter to apply innovative business practices and managerial disciplines to drive sustained, high-impact social change. It will draw from the various programmes already in the school, such as the Karma Yoga initiative, and Orchid Pharma Center for Technopreneurship & Innovation (OPCET), through which Great Lakes is already dedicated towards social causes.

  1. The conference will deliberate on the 'Best Social Enterprises' that have worked and have delivered enormous social value anywhere in the world, as an approach to answer the question raised by the conference theme. Towards this we shall have practitioners and researchers to come and share insights and details of the Best Practices that these SEs have evolved and perfected. The conference will have eminent speakers such as Mr. Madhusudan Menon (Chairman, Micro Housing Finance Corporation Ltd), Mr. Vishal Bharat (Director Investments, Caspian Advisors Private Limited), Mr. Padmanaban, Aparajita Foundations - Thalir Thiran Thittam - an AV presentation and Dr Kalpana Sankar (MD, Hand in Hand)

  2. This year will see the introduction of the novel concept of an "Unconference" session post lunch. An Unconference is a participant driven meeting without the rigidness of a structured, conventional conference.The unconference format is based on the premise that in any gathering the people in the audience - not just those selected to speak on stage - have interesting thoughts, insights and expertise to share. The event would be steered/ facilitated by Mr. Pravin Shekar and would be broadly structured around "Social Enterprises and Entrepreneurship".

AGENDA

February 03rd 2012
9.45 - 11.00 AM

Session 1: Evangelizing @ Lake Mansarovar & Veeranam

  1. invocation song by karmayoga villages children (5): Karma Yoga Group & Children
  2. Lighting of the auspicious Lamp (5): Karma Yoga Villages children
  3. Welcome speech (10): Prof. Bala V Balachandran - founder, chairman and Dean, Great Lakes
  4. Overview of the conference and Great Lakes Social Entrepreneurship Mission (GLSEM) (7): Prof. R S Veeravalli - Director Exec Edu, Head - Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation (CIE)
  5. Inauguration of the conference and the GLSEM, followed by the Inaugural Address (20): Dr. V Kasturi Rangan, Malcolm P Mcnair Professor of Marketing & Co-chairman, social Enterprises Initiative, Harvard Business School. (over Video conference)
  6. Guest of Honor Address (20): Mr P N Vasudevan, Managing Director, Equitas, Guest of Honor
  7. Honoring guests (5): Dr Bala, Prof Sriram, prof RSV
  8. Vote of thanks (3): Prof. Sriram Executive Director - Great Lakes
11:00 - 11:30 AM Tea Break
11:30 - 1.00 PM

Session 2: Education & Enabling @ cont'd at same venue

  1. Mr. Madhusudan Menon, Chairman, Micro Housing Finance Corpn Ltd
  2. Educating & Enabling the Social Enterprises CEO's panel talks and discussion: Mr. Vishal Bharat the Director Investments, Caspian Advisors Private Limited
  3. Mr. Padmanaban, Aparajita Foundations - Thalir Thiran Thittam - an AV presentation
  4. Dr Kalpana Sankar (MD, Hand in Hand)
  5. Honoring the Dignitaries: Prof RS Veeravalli & Prof Sriram
1.00 - 2.00 PM Lunch
2:00 - 4.30 PM

Session 3: Un-conference @ Lake Huron

  1. Un-conference, interspersed with jam sessions: To be anchored by Mr Praveen Shekar
  2. Prizes-giving & Concluding remarks (5): Prof Dr Tapan Panda & Prof Rs veeravalli
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IEC CONFERENCE 2011

The 3rd International Entrepreneurship Conference will be held at Great Lakes on February 4, 2011 under the aegis of Orchid Pharma Center for Excellence in Technology, Innovation and Technopreneurship with a core focus on the Education sector. The conference shall feature some of the most celebrated names in the academia and industry gracing the occasion. The audience will be treated with some enthralling accounts from leading entrepreneurs, sharing their stories, innovations, frameworks, models and drivers of their success stories at companies like Educomp, Everonn, iDo, Onelamp-Onechild and TVS group.

Agenda

February 04th 2011
9.30 - 11.20 AM

Session 1: Hall 1 & 2

  1. Invocation:(2)
  2. Lighting the Knowledge Lamp (5)
  3. Honoring the Dignitaries (3)
  4. Dean's address: Dr.Bala.V.Balachandran, Founder & Dean (10)
  5. Conference context: Prof R.S.Veeravalli, Director ? Exec. Edu (7)
  6. Special Address on "Education & India": ShriB.S.Raghavan, IAS (rtd), former chief secretary WB, (20)
  7. Chief Guest Address: Dr. Dan Papp, President, Kennesaw State University (15)
  8. Certification Ceremony: GLPSS Entrepreneurship & Management inaugural class passing out (20)
  9. Felicitations: Mr A N Radhakrishnan, Correspondent P S Senior Secondary School, Director, Great Lakes (5)
  10. Unveiling the Shriram Capital Alumni Alcove (5)
  11. Commemoration speech ? ShriThyagarajan, Founder, Shriram Group (10)
  12. Memento to the guests: by DrBala.V.Balachandran (3)
  13. Vote of thanks: Prof. S Sriram, Executive Director (5)
11:20 - 11:40 AM Tea/Coffee Break
11:40- 1.10 PM

Session 2: Hall 1

  1. Session key note Address by Mr. Mohan Lakhamraju ? Director, Educomp, on CorporatizingEdupreneurship.(20)
  2. Address by Professor Dr.A.K.Rao - Founder, One Child-One Lamp (educational support and social intervention initiative) on Socio-Educational Entrepreneurship. (20)
  3. Prof. Arunkumar on - iDo ? a different school education system (30)
  4. Address on Education in Karma Yoga - Murli Krishnan, Co-ordinator, Gladiator(10)
  5. Honoring the Dignitaries (5)
1.10 - 2.00 PM Lunch
2:00 - 3.30 PM

Session 3:Colloquium on "Innovation and Ecosystem in Edupreneurship"

Moderator: Prof N.T.Arunkumar
Participants:

  1. DrK.C.John ?Managing Director, Agnity India
  2. Mr Sameer Mehta ? Founder, Atlas Advisory
  3. JD Walsh ? founder, JD Walsh Basketball School
  4. DrA.K.Rao ? Founder, One Child ? One Lamp
  5. Ms. Mridula Ramesh ? Executive Director, Sundaram Textiles Ltd.
Honoring the Dignitaries (5)
3.30 - 4.00 PM Tea/Coffee Break
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Session 4: Valedictory.

  1. Valedictory Address by MrMr. Kishore ? Founder,Everonn group of companies ? (20)
  2. Honoring the Dignitaries (5)
  3. Concluding remarks ? Dr.Bala/Prof.Sriram/Prof.Veeravalli(5)

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IEC CONFERENCE 2009

Entrepreneurship Development

Entrepreneurship Development Forum at Great Lakes presents the intellectually stimulating, socially responsible and financially rewarding 2nd International Entrepreneurship Conference on "Incubating Innovation & Entrepreneurship"

The Great Lakes International Entrepreneurship Conference encourages all ideas about inspiring, nurturing, supporting and ultimately incubating the Entrepreneurship in India and abroad. This involves the innovations, idea prototyping and eco-system creation for the budding entrepreneurs which may help them to attain their goals easier and faster. The conference will encompass the outlook of academicians and industrialists to present pros and cons of the present Indian Entrepreneurship platform.

The theme of Conference is encouraged from the foundation of i-Lab, an initiative of Great Lakes Entrepreneurship Development Forum to be launched on the same day, to create the missing link of Entrepreneurship. i-Lab will provide a unique platform for the idea & dressing it up into a Start firm through Business modeling. A business model describes the rationale of how organization creates, delivers, and captures value. The term business model is thus used for a broad range of informal and formal descriptions to represent core aspects of a business, including purpose, offerings, strategies, infrastructure, organizational structures, trading practices, and operational processes and policies. It is the building block for any startup firm and getting the model right for the startup is crucial. Surprisingly 99 percent of the firms have no clear framework for describing their model. i-lab will create this missing link through channelizing the ideation and business modeling process for budding entrepreneur to pave the way for success easier and faster.

The conference will address the theme in holistic manner by bringing together thought leaders from academia and real entrepreneurial ecosystem. It provides a platform to exchange and share the knowledge among the various entrepreneurial ecosystem players like entrepreneurs, aspiring entrepreneurs, academic researchers, entrepreneurial professionals. The conference would comprise of keynote addresses, panel discussions and academic thought sharing presentations. Keynote speakers and members of panel discussions include faculty from famous business schools, renowned entrepreneurs, policy makers, VCs and angel investors.

AGENDA

January 13th 2009
9.30 - 10.30 AM

Session 1: Hall 1 & 2

  1. Invocation, kuthuvilakku, ponnadai etc
  2. Opening remarks: Dr.Bala.V.Balachandran's Address
  3. Conference context setting - Prof Ashok Vasudevan
  4. IEC Inauguration: Formal inauguration of the Innovation Lab by Chief Guest Mr P R Venketrama Raja, Vice Chairman, Managing Director and CEO, Ramco Group of Industries.
  5. i-Lab Brief by Prof Veeravalli
  6. Chief Guest Address: key note address on the conference theme
  7. Memento to the chief guest: by Dr Bala
  8. Vote of thanks
10:30 - 10:55 AM Tea/Coffee Break
11:00- 1.00 PM

Session 2:

Track of Academics and Industry: Hall 1 & 2
  1. Address by Mr. Johann Wong (USA) on Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Mr Wong is an Incubator, entrepreneur and a big champion of incubator networks in USA. He is also a great speaker
  2. Address by Ms. Sweta Mangal (Mumbai) on Social Entrepreneurship. She is the CEO of 1298. The country's largest private Ambulatory Service. She is a great example of a social entrepreneur and funded by Acumen the world's premium social VC fund.
  3. Address by Mr. Abhishek Humbad (Bangalore) on Young-age Entrepreneurship: He is the young founder & CEO of NexGen ( an IIM B Incubatee, still in the incubator). He has incubated his company while at campus and runs an alternate energy (Bio Mass Company).
  4. Address by Dr Kalpana Sankar (Chennai\Bangalore) on Women Entrepreneurship: Kalpana is the Managing Director of Belstar Investment and finance Pvt Ltd., a non-bank finance company based in Bangalore, India. It is the "microfinance delivery arm" of Hand in Hand, a nongovernmental charitable organization that "aims to reduce poverty through creating jobs in microfinance, education, health, and information."
Parallel Track of B-model Presentation: Hall: 4
5 presentations: 20 min each team (15 min presentation, 5 min QnA)

Judges panel:

  1. Mr Ramaraj, CEO, Sequoia Capital
  2. Mr. Sameer Mehta, CEO, Atlas Advisory
  3. Dr. Saibaba, Head, IGCAR Training School,
  4. Mr Rajesh Sukumaran, Investment manager for Mercatus Capital's India operations
1.00 - 2.00 PM Lunch
2:00 - 3.30 PM

Session 3:

Track of Academics and Industry: Hall 1 & 2
  1. Address by Mr. Linus Liang on Entrepreneurship. He is the CEO and co-founder of Embrace Global, a Bangalore based incubator company.
  2. Address by Ms. Nina Kaushik on Women in Entrepreneurship. She is the co-founder of Quantum Market Research - pioneers in qualitative market research in India since 1980s.
  3. Address by Mr. Hetal Gandhi on Entrepreneurship Finance. He is the founder and CEO of VC firm Tano Capital.
Parallel Track of B-model Presentation: Hall 4
3 presentations: 20 min each team (15 min presentation, 5 min QnA)

Judges panel:

  1. Mr Ramaraj, CEO, Sequoia Capital.
  2. Mr. Sameer Mehta, CEO, Atlas Advisory.
  3. Dr. Saibaba, Head, IGCAR Training School,
  4. Mr Rajesh Sukumaran, Investment manager for Mercatus Capital's India operations
3.30 - 4.00 PM

Session 4: Hall 1 & 2

Address by Mr Ajit Kumar Chordia, Director, Khivraj Automobiles (P) Ltd., Chennai
4:00 PM - 4:25 PM Tea/Coffee Break
4:30 PM


Session 5: Valedictory.

  1. Nirman 2010 - Business Modelling competition - final winners' presentations and awards ceremony.
  2. Valedictory Address: Mr R Ramaraj, Senior Advisor with Sequoia Capital India and co-founder of Sify

 

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IEC Conference 2008

Great Lakes would hold the first entrepreneurship conference on the theme "Entrepreneurship - moving beyond the metros", at GRT Grand, Chennai on December 15, 2008. The objective of the conference is to explore the opportunities of entrepreneurship in Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities by inspiring entrepreneurial ecosystem players to take entrepreneurship to Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities.

Today, Entrepreneurship confined within metros is a miniscule metro-centric phenomenon which is powerless in bringing about a socially and economically significant revolution in regional development. The conference theme is a literal & figurative clarion call to make entrepreneurship a high impact interventional social philosophy & application. In this time of turmoil due to global financial meltdown, facilitating & fostering Entrepreneurship in Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities hold the key for economic freedom and sustainability of the regions. The conference celebrates entrepreneurship in those cities.

The conference will address the theme in holistic manner by bringing together thought leaders from academia and real entrepreneurial ecosystem. The conference provides a platform to exchange and share the knowledge among the various entrepreneurial ecosystem players like entrepreneurs, aspiring entrepreneurs, academic researchers, entrepreneurial professionals like VCsa & Angels and policymakers. The conference would comprise of keynote addresses, panel discussions and academic thought sharing presentations.

Keynote speakers and members of panel discussions include faculty from famous business schools, renowned entrepreneurs, policy makers, VCs and angel investors. Mr.Lakshmi Narayanan, Vice-Chairman-Cognizant Technology Solutions will deliver the keynote address.

AGENDA

09.30 am - 10.40 am Inauguration Dr.Bala.V.Balachandrans Address
EPR Inauguration Address Lakshmi Narayanan, Vice-Chairman & Former CEO, Cognizant
Role of Policy in catalyzing & invigorating Entrepreneurship in T2 & T3 Cities Dr.T.V.Somanathan, Secretary to the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu
10.40 am - 11.00 am Tea Break
11.00 am - 12.00 am Session 1: EPR Plunge Opportunity, Biz Model
Moderator: Ramraj R, President, TiE Chennai
Dr.Arya Kumar, Chief Entrepreneurship Development IPR Unit,BITS
Madan Padaki, Co-founder MeritTrac
Ramakrishnan K, Executive Director-Investment Banking, SPARK Capital
12.00 am - 01.00 pm Session 2: EPR Funding Options
Moderator: Sameer Mehta, Founding Director, Atlas Advisory & Atlas ventures, COO Dr.Mehta Hospitals
Parthasarathy S, Chairman & CEO, Nu Street Technologies
Raghu Rajagopal, Founder & CEO of Energeate, Program Coordinator Chennai Fund
Nandakumar S,Founder & CEO of Perfint Technologies
Anuradha Ramachandran, Principal, VentureEast-India
01.00 pm - 02.00 pm Lunch Break
02.00 pm - 03.00 pm Session 3: Scaling & Growing the Venture
Moderator: V.V.Ranganathan
Academician: Prof.Abhishek Nirjar, IIM Lucknow
Entrepreneur: Raghavender Rao, Orchid Chemicals
VC: P.N.Vasudevan, Equitas Microfinance Ltd.
03.00 pm - 03.20 pm What makes entrepreneurs successful
Prof.Munish Thakur, XLRI Jamshedpur.
GRK Reddy, Managing Director, MARG
03.20 pm - 03.35 pm Role of Social Entrepreneurship in Tier 2 & Tier 3 cities
Prof.Pranay Swain, IIM Calcutta
03.35 pm - 03.45 pm FMB/Next Gen?s role in taking entrepreneurship to Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities
Mridula Ramesh,Exec.Director,Sundaram Textiles (Awaiting confirmation)
03.45 pm - 04.00 pm Tea Break
04.00 pm - 04.30 pm Success Stories
in Tier 2 & Tier 3 cities Abhaya Kumar,Director, Shasun Chemicals
Murugavel J, Founder, ConSim (formerly Bharatmatrimony)
04.30 pm - 05.00 pm Valediction
T.N.Seshan (Awaiting Confirmation)
05.00 pm - 05.30 pm Vote of Thanks & National Anthem

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