A one day workshop ‘iEntrepreneurship’ was organised at Aligarh Muslim University where over 100 students learnt the basics of business startups. The event was organised jointly by InterestAid, an organisation dedicated to promoting innovation and entrepreneurship and AMU’s Training and Placement Office (General).
Akif Ahmad, director of the InterestAid said the larger idea behind the initiative was to cultivate a culture of entrepreneurship, encourage ideas and support budding entrepreneurs. He also feels that the all the tier 2 cities are lagging behind in startup race.
The major take-away from the workshop for the students was to understand the process of converting an idea into a product. The students got the chance to interact with the speakers on wide variety of questions related to business and new technologies. All the participants were provided with a business development kit.
The speakers included Manu Seth, Sr. Director South Asia, HTC mobiles, Sushma Mathur, Director in BMC Advisers, a leading corporate law firm and Ahmad Zulfkar, Founder of Bunyaad Foundation.
Manu Seth shared how complex problems are being solved with the help technology. He asked students to pursue their dreams with honesty and hard work. Ahmad Zulfkar laid emphasis on the how the idea and the expression of idea are now equally important.
The highlight of the programme was the business idea presentation where 5 selected students out of 20 made their pitch. It enacted a lot interest as many students got a chance to see how such events happen. Cash awards were distributed to the winners. BMC advisers have committed to extend all possible help the prospective entrepreneurs.
A team of Engeenirng faculty comprising of Aadil Suhail and Umar Khan bagged the first prize while Hamza Khan won the second prize.
Akif Ahmad also urged the university to have a full fledged innovation lab for the students and faculty members and also requested the university authorities to have regular mentoring sessions for students interested in entrepreneurship. He promised all possible support to the lab from InterestAid.
On the occasion, Saad Hameed, the training and placement officer (general) said such programmes will provide exposure to students and also help them discover their entrepreneurial talents. He urged the speakers to visit the university campus more often.
“Many students despite having the potential for becoming business leaders fail to do so simply because they do not receive adequate exposure or guidance. The workshop will equip them with the requisite know-how of startups and instill confidence in them,” he added.
On this occasion, Brijesh Mathur, Fellow member of The Institute of Company Secretaries of India & President of the Rotary Club of Capital City New Delhi, Capt. Ahmad Afsar, Coach and Manager, Indian Equestrian Team and Waseem Khan, National Coordinator, Association of Muslim Professionals were also present.