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Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) is IIT Kharagpur's annual, international corporate summit conducted by Entrepreneurship Cell, IIT Kharagpur. It is the largest student-level entrepreneurial summit in India. Ever since its intiation in 2007, GES has always been a unique platform for academicians, new-age entrepreneurs, eminent business personalities, venture capitalists and the students to gather at one place and share their entrepreneurial endeavours and experiences, and to pledge to take entrepreneurship to greater scales.

GES plays host to a variety of events including guest lectures, workshops, Global Entrepreneurship Conference (GEC), Startup Camp, Connect the Dots(a conference with participants from E-Cells across the nation), panel discussions, elevator pitch in front of venture capitalists and investors,and the co-founder's meet.

GES has been graced by several noteworthy guest talks in the past. Some of them being by: Dr. Harish Hande, founder of SELCO and Ramon Magsaysay Award winner, Dr. Nachiket Mor( Former Dep MD, ICICI Bank and Chairman ICICI Foundation for Inclusive Growth), Mr. Vinod Dham(Father of Pentium), Mr. Suneet Singh Tuli( CEO, Datawind-of Aakash Tablet fame), Ms. Rashmi Bansal, celebrated author of books on entrepreneurship, Prof. Anil Gupta, founder at HoneyBee Network and professor at IIM-Ahmedabad, Mr. Sanjeev Bhikchandani( CEO, Naukri.com). Several top-notch corporate firms have conducted workshops in the past including Deloitte, Microsoft, Intel, Wipro.

With the increasing reach attained by the GES, our international ties include acclaimed institutions such as Babson College, National University of Singapore, Boston University, Stanford University and professionals from Bloomberg, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal and Forbes in the Global Entrepreneurship Conference, which just adds icing to the cake.

The participants of our global business model competition 'Empresario' will be mentored by top level professionals.Finalists of 'Empresario' will be pitching in the ' Elevator Pitch' event, in front of India's biggest VC's, thus helping transform their model into a full fledged startup.

This year, GES kicked off with a motivational address by Mr. Avinash Vashishtha, MD and Chairman of Accenture, India, who said entrepreneurs are what India need; persevering, determined and focused individuals who can take india to the world. GES is a phenomenal sensation that has swept the country with its uncompromised quality and immense reach. It may be a tiny step on our part, but it is a giant leap for our ambitions to build an enterprising India!

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India, poised on the threshold on becoming a superpower, is in a need of strong citizens with the ability to hold the helm and steer the nation towards a brighter tomorrow. Those with this ability and the will to lead are the entrepreneurs of tomorrow. Entrepreneurship Cell, IIT Kharagpur, hopes to play its part in realizing this vision.The Entrepreneurship Awareness Drive, one of the most massive flagship events undertaken by the Entrepreneurship Cell, IIT Kharagpur is a one of its kind initiative held in 24 cities across the nation in order to stimulate the spirit of entrepreneurship and encourage students to embrace the idea of starting their own venture. With its humble beginnings in 2009 with 10 cities, EAD has grown to insurmountable heights, with EAD being held in 23 cities in the last edition (2013) and an extensive footfall of over 15,000 students. Held in the first fortnight of October in a reputed college of the respective city, it consists of a series of guest lectures by distinguished local entrepreneurs, termed as Entrepreneurship Awareness Camps (EAC's) followed by a panel discussion or a workshop.This assists us in fulfilling our goal of reaching out to the youth of the nation and kindling in them the vigour to create their own enterprise and facing the challenges and obstacles offered by this journey, undeterred.

Some of the renowned guest speakers EAD has witnessed over the years are:

  1. Mr. Varun Agarwal, founder of Alma Mater
  2. Mr. Phanindra Sama, founder of redBus.in
  3. Mr. Arjun Malhotra, co-founder of HCL Technologies
  4. Mrs. Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, Chairman and MD of Biocon Ltd.
  5. Mr. Irfan Alam, Founder of the internationally acclaimed Sammaan Foundation
  6. Mr.Advitiya Sharma, Founder of Housing.com
  7. Mr.Anshu Gupta, Founder, Goonj

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We realize that start-ups are one of the most popular places today for pursuing an internship. Providing an insight into the functioning of a start-up, internship gives the intern, the exposure which will help throughout one’s professional career.Our association with the start ups will continue through start-up camps where they could showcase themselves before a wide array of people like entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, students and media. The camp also targets among other things, students interested in learning about potential job and internship opportunities at start-ups.Otherwise the start-ups could offer summer internship to students through us. We will be acting as a bridge, helping start-ups connect to the student community in the campus. Internship details will be provided and students are free to apply.

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Launching a new enterprise-whether it's a tech start-up, a small business, or an initiative within a large corporation-has always been a hit-or-miss proposition. According to the decades old formula, you write a business plan, pitch it to investors, assemble a team, introduce a product, and start selling as hard as you can. And somewhere in this sequence of events, you'll probably suffer a fatal setback if you do not have the proper inspiration, R&D or execution. This is why the Entrepreneurship Cell of IIT Kharagpur endeavoured to launch a platform, entitled 'E-Adda', which will enable sharing of knowledge, experiences and networking between the startup community and the budding entrepreneurs on campus in a completely informal way. Held in the form of weekly meetups on a pre decided theme, E-adda facilitates knowledge sharing between entrepreneurs and young enthusiasts. Each meeting is divided into three parts : Hangout with an Expert, Activity, and Discussion among the members.

Startup Services Program is an initiative by E-Cell, IIT Kharagpur. It aims to aid the fledgling start-ups of IIT Kharagpur in terms of providing them certain required business services. Starting-up can be a tricky business. It requires a great deal of effort, will, perseverance on the part of the founders along with plenty of resources. Most of the start-ups die out and shut down because of paucity of quality services required at the opportune time. Advice on legal, taxation, financial, technical aspects of running a startup, co-working space, HR needs etc. are just a few things which a startup requires post inception. A startup usually faces constant financial crunch in its early stages. To help them in their endeavours, this initiative has been launched wherein these start-ups are provided certain free/discounted services to reduce their financial burden. It is expected that this will encourage more and more students to take up the path of entrepreneurship and IIT Kharagpur will see an unprecedented rise in the number of entrepreneurs being produced in the institute. The benefits under this program are limited only to IIT Kharagpur student and alumni start-ups.

Some of the renowned guest speakers EAD has witnessed over the years are:

    Services Provided are:
  1. Co working space in Delhi/Gurgaon.
  2. Legal and taxation consultancy for startups.
  3. Video shoot, editing, ad jingle, montage creation.
  4. Mobile UI/UX designing, Web designing, Digital Marketing and Analytics Consultancy.

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