[India] SIMC hosts SIMConquest ‘14 - The Alumni Entrepreneurship Meet
Entrepreneurs from the media and communication industry come together in a landmark event to inspire students to follow their dreams.By e27 Editorial Staff 05 Aug, 2014
Symbiosis Institute of Media and Communication hosted ‘SIMConquest ‘14: Igniting an entrepreneurial spark’-an event for students to interact with successful entrepreneurs, who are also alumni of the Institute. The meet was held at the Symbiosis Knowledge Village, Lavale, Pune on 3rd August 2014. The speakers for the day comprised eminent alumni, who have established their own outstanding ventures in the media sphere.
- Start: Sunday, 3 August, 2014 10:00 a.m.
- End: Sunday, 3 August, 2014 05:00 p.m.
- Venue : Pune
- Country :India
- Organizer : Symbiosis Institute of Media & Communication, Pune
Pune, Maharashtra, India., August 4, 2014 – Addressing the large audience of students and faculty, Mr. Anand Mahesh, co-founder of Mavcomm Consulting, reflected on his days as a student in the Institute, describing how he found his calling in the field of Public Relations and the journey from his first job in PR to starting out on his own.“I decided to stop working for others and start working for myself,” he said, as he illustrated how his firm grew from a small, home-run office to become a leading, integrated communications consultancy today. Mr. Mahesh graduated from SIMC in 2001.
Mr. Varun Duggirala, co-founder at The Glitch struck a chord with the students as he described how he found his passion in audio-visual and filmmaking while studying at SIMC. He quipped, “Well, if you want to be an entrepreneur, there is no Sunday. You either work every day or every day is a Sunday.” He outlined the early stages of his venture into brand strategy in Digital and Social media. He also spoke about how learning and adapting on-the-go was essential for an entrepreneur and why creating a fun work culture was necessary.
Expounding on how he set about starting his company with his roommate from SIMC, Mr. Mayur Milan, Director at Ourbit Marketing Communications, described how he worked on his own project on marketing communications while in college. “There is no idea that’s not worth exploring,” he emphasized. He further elaborated on new avenues in the social and digital media research space, especially mentioning that Big Data is an unchartered territory.
The second session had Mr. Abhishek Singh, co-founder, Beeing social, speak to the students about how he started a digital communication agency that deals in corporate digital media marketing. “Any business needs to be given 1000 days to figure out its viability,” he mentioned,”You need to be prepared to leave behind your jobs and its comforts and restart in order to be an entrepreneur.”
After recollecting his journey from graduating from SIMC to becoming an entrepreneur in graphics and music videos, Mr. Mrinal Bahukhandi, creative director at Clockwork Studio, sought to define the traits of an entrepreneur as someone who is enterprising, an opportunist in times of crisis and an inspiration for potential entrepreneurs.
“Entrepreneurship has a delayed gratification- deferring gratification for something much larger in the outcome at a latter point of time. It has its own risks and rewards,” said Mr.Vishwas Mahajan, President at The Indus Entrepreneur – Pune Chapter, who further enlightened the gathering on key concepts like founders’ contribution, angel investment and venture capitalists.
Emphasizing primarily on social entrepreneurship, Dr.Aravind Chinchure, Chair Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Symbiosis International University said, “Entrepreneurship is to access equality in spite of economic inequality.”
The students of SIMC were able to better understand the concept of entrepreneurship and the challenges faced at the onset. Starting out on your own seems daunting and risky at first, but being an entrepreneur has tangible and intangible rewards, as testified by the speakers of the day.
About the Meet
‘SIMConquest ‘14: Igniting an entrepreneurial spark’ is an event focused towards familiarizing the students of SIMC to the entrepreneurial world and inspiring them from the numerous experiences, learning and success stories of the Institute’s own alumni.