Start Ups Succeeds only when They Own Their Idea and Business with Passion!

A Inter College Business Idea Competition under the KEDC (Kaveri Entrepreneurship Development and Start up Cell) was organized on 29th August 2019. The competition received huge response from more than 17 teams from the prime institutions across Pune includes Symbiosis College of Arts and Commerce, AISSMS IOM, RMD Sinhgad School of Engineering, Christ College, SKVCCC, and Army Law College.

At the Inauguration, Dr. Deepa Sathe, Head KEDC has introduced the participants the purpose of conducting competition and the role of KEDC in creating platform for the students to nurture their innovative ideas and getting enough support from the Kaveri College from Idea generation till execution. There was a vivid diversity in the concepts presented by all the participating teams such as ideas pertaining to crude oil, nutritious cafes, software engineering, Dee makeup and hairstyle, use of solar devices, kraft-work engineers, hand free umbrella, ASKPRO (online portal), commercialisation of housemaids, scholarship classes, Pav-bhaji business, 100 calories, ATVI (bio-fuel product) and start up ideas- exploring the use of technology. All the participants received certificates.

The competition was judged by Mr. Sanjay Orpe, Managing Director of Oem Ekvira Media Pvt. Ltd, Project Director at multiple institutes and Joint MD at Hardikar’s Food Technologies Pvt. Ltd and Dr. Jyoti Gogte, Academician, Ph. D guide, Author in Entrepreneurship Development & Start Ups and Core Mentor and ‘de Asra Foundation’. During their remarks, Mr. Orpe appreciated that most of the ideas have offered the solution on agricultural, socio-economic problems and these were not merely on IT or software businesses. He mentioned that most of the start Ups fails because of the wrong mindset and the lack of ownership towards the funds and resource deployment. Dr. Gogte emphasised on having Passion, Right Mindset with Right Attitude and also discussed on the criteria of systematic presentation focusing on Scalability, Feasibility, Target Customer, Market Survey and Financial plan.

At the Valedictory, Dr. Ashok Agrawal, Principal- Kaveri College in his address mentioned about the need of Start Ups for helping the community to resolve their problems in products or services. He appreciated the efforts of the participants and congratulated the winners and ensured them the necessary support and mentorship available at Kaveri College for all budding entrepreneurs across Pune.

From amongst the participants, First prize – Certificate and Cash Prize of Rs. 750/- was bagged by Namrata Kuvar and Prajakta Deshmukh from AISSMOS IOM, for their ‘Nutritious Cafe’ business idea plan and was also appreciated as ‘IDEA WITH BEST PLAN’.  Second prize – certificate and cash prize of Rs. 500/-  bagged by Nidhi Lohar, Parisha Shah and Prabhuta Pandey from Symbiosis College of Arts & Commerce, whose idea presentation was also appreciated as   ‘IDEA WITH GOOD FUTURE’ for their product ‘Kakavisparsh’ and

Third prize – certificate and cash prize of Rs. 300/- was bagged by Bishal Barnwal from Symbiosis College of Arts & Commerce along with special appreciation as ‘EXCELLENT IDEA’ for his product, Handsfree Umbrella.

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