Editorial Team

Entrepreneurship cell, IIT Kanpur is hosting its flagship event ESummit’21 from 21st to 23rd January in online mode. The summit is held annually to bring together the academic community, venture capitalists, new age entrepreneurs and all those passionate about entrepreneurship to common grounds. It provides an avenue to exhibit the entrepreneurial talent and creativity through many events like business ventures, product design competition, and social entrepreneurial idea competition.

In the past, it hosted some eminent personalities like Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, Hamid Karzai, former president of Afghanistan, Rajat Sharma, Saurabh Goel (President, Havells), and so on; and has been a successful mentorship platform to more than 250 startups. This year, the event is expected to have a fourfold audience from its previous editions.

The theme for this year is “Tenets of Tenacity”. The inaugural session will commence with an Inaugural Address by Prof. Abhay Karandikar, Director, IIT Kanpur, followed by an Address by Prof. Amitabha Bandopadhyay, Faculty Advisor, E-Cell, IIT Kanpur.

The three-day event will consist of lecture series from Srikanth Gopalakrishnan, MD, CIO-HR, Deutsche Bank; Tapan Singhel, MD CEO, Bajaj Allianz General Insurance; Alok Bansal, Founder Director, PolicyBazaar; Rahul Garg, Co-Founder, Pharmeasy among a dozen others, who will share their valuable knowledge with the audience.

ESummit’21 will also comprise various workshops like “Introduction to Blockchain and cryptocurrency”, “App development with low-code, Digital Marketing through RL”, “Networking with a purpose”, among a few others, which will give the audience a platform to hone the necessary skills required to be an entrepreneur. With a prize pool of over 7.5 Lakh rupees, competitions like BizQuiz, Decrypt, PitchPrime, Pitchers 2.0, and many others will give the participants a dose of entrepreneur zeal and test their entrepreneur mindset with a holistic approach. Another competition, Upstart’21, provides a one-shot platform to startups to scale their ideas from thoughts to reality by bringing VCs, marketing agencies, funding, mentors, and investors on the same platform.

Being held virtually this year, the event will transcend all geographical and age barriers, with an expected audience ranging from students, academia, experts, industrialists, and startup enthusiasts of all ages. The registrations for the events are now live on E-Cell, IIT Kanpur’s website, www.ecelliitk.org/esummit/ along with additional information about the event.

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