Manav Rachna International University (MRIU) hosted the Faridabad chapter of the annual Entrepreneurship Awareness Drive (EAD) organized by IIT Kharagpur. EAD is the flagship event of IIT Kharagpur which covers 22 cities in 22 days.
Corporate leaders including Mr. Sandeep Aggarwal, Founder of Shop Clues & Droom; Mr. Bhavesh Manglani, Co-Founder of Delhivery and Mr. Gaurav Kachru, Founder, 5ideas shared their experiences and entrepreneurial journey with over 400 students. Also present on the occasion were Dr. M K Soni, PVC, MRIU; Mr. Krishna Kant, ED, FET, MRIU; Dr. Suresh Bedi, Dean, FCBS, MRIU and other senior faculty members as well as representatives from IIT Kharagpur.
While setting the context for the session, Dr. Bedi talked about the entrepreneurial eco-system at Manav Rachna and the in-depth focus on creating job providers rather than job seekers at the University. “Over the years, more than 70 companies have been incubated at the campuses of Manav Rachna’, he added.
While sharing what encouraged him to take the first steps towards entrepreneurship, Mr. Sandeep Aggarwal said: “Entrepreneurship is only for the brave hearts and not for those with a weak heart. If you have the obsession, passion, eccentricity and if your friends think you are crazy …then you have all the ingredients for being a successful entrepreneur”.
Mr. Bhavesh Manglani and Mr. Gaurav Kachru echoed similar thoughts. Mr. Manglani also pointed out that entrepreneurship is a non-linear path of life with lots of ups and downs. “If you can go out of your way, walk that extra mile and are open to risks, then you could tread the path of entrepreneurship”.
The students got the rare opportunity to interact with the corporate leaders in the open house session. Their questions, aptly answered gave the students insights into the path they must choose to live their dream and turn their out-of-the-box ideas into reality.