OBS organised its 4th EAC on 24th -26th March 2015 at PHG Municipal Arts & Science College, Kalol.

The camp had a huge participant of students from the science stream who were eager to know about entrepreneurship and its impact in their careers in the coming years.

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The speakers for the first day of the camp were Ms. Nita Shah, (Ex. Chairperson, Gujarat Chambers) and Mr. Jayant Athavale (Entrepreneurship Expert). The topics covered on the first day were:

  • » Entrepreneurship Development Challenges and Success
  • » Business Opportunities, identification & Selection
  • » How to raise and manage finance
  • » Business Opportunities, identification & Selection
  • » Market assessment and marketing for small business

Speaker 1:

Ms. Nita Shah (Ex Chairperson, Gujarat Chambers) possesses more than 30 years of experience in the field of entrepreneurship. She started her career by managing a printing press and later on moved to inspire other women entrepreneurs. She has worked in a number of NGOs in the field of women empowerment and has trained more than 60,000 women. She has achieved a number of accolades from Gujarat Chamber of Commerce including a lifetime achievement award. Currently she is associated with Narottam Lalbhai Group of Arvind Ltd.

Ms. Nita Shah took another session on Business Opportunities, identification & Selection. She explained the students about identifying business opportunities by observing thoroughly, doing market analysis and figuring out the needs and demands of the target consumer. She said that setting up an enterprise is a step-wise process and if followed properly with innovative ideas, a fruitful business plan can be prepared easily. She concluded her session by saying that it needs tedious hard-work to start a venture but abundant patience in order to see results. She ended her session by advising students to take a plunge and push the entrepreneurial spirit in them.

Mr. Jayant Athavale (Entrepreneurship Expert):

Mr. Jayant Athavale is an MBA from University of Poona. He has a prolific experience of working in Govt. as well as corporate sector. He has worked with GIIC 7 GITCO in the field of entrepreneurial and industries development. He has been working as a consultant since 1990 and has played pivotal role in setting up a number of ventures. Mr. Athavale has prominent teaching experience and currently works as visiting faculty at EDI. He has also worked with NGOs and & bodies like International Labour Organisation (ILO), ICECD and many more. Mr. Athavale had a very interactive session with the students. He asked the students if they had thought of plunging into entrepreneurship. He asked the students basic questions and made the session engaging and interesting. He gradually moved on to the topic of fund procurement and marketing for a new venture. He gave many examples and made the students understand about the impact of marketing in today’s world. He ended his session by asking the students about their perceptions and doubts about entrepreneurship. He happily answered the curious students and enlightened them with his prolific knowledge and experience.

Day 2

The second day of EAc was all the more exciting. The esteemed speakers for the 2nd day were Mr. Mahesh Barot (Entrepreneur) and Mr. Hiranya Vyas (Entrepreneurship Expert). The topics covered on the 2nd day were:

  • » Career in entrepreneurship; experience sharing with Entrepreneur
  • » Entrepreneurial Competency & Success
  • » Business Planning and Feasibility Assessment
  • » Schemes and assistance to new Entrepreneur

Speaker 1: Mr. Mahesh Barot (Entrepreneur):

Mr. Mahesh Barot has more than 25 years of experience in the field of entrepreneurship &Development. He has been training a number of individuals including 4000 widows in rural areas across Gujarat. He has also worked with TATA steel in Orissa where he trained people in the field of entrepreneurship development. Mr. Barot is a successful entrepreneur and has developed a start-up of food products since 3 years. Mr. Barot started his session by introducing himself and interacted with students. He then gave a detailed summary of the work he did in training and development in the field of entrepreneurship. He explained that it was extremely important to reach the masses and help them with the skills which can make them self-sufficient. Mr. Barot also talked about the plight of widows in the state of Gujarat and how he trained them in entrepreneurship. Students were extremely delighted to hear how training in entrepreneurship can change
one’s life.

In the next session, Mr. Barot talked about his entrepreneurial venture. He stated how he decided to establish his own start-up and the difficulties he faced while developing the plant, procuring raw material, machines, man-power, licences, loans etc. He gave insights on marketing, quality and feasibility of the products. He stated an entrepreneur can only be successful if he/she has ability to take huge risks. In addition to the risk taking ability, one must also possess remarkable determination and faith in themselves. Mr. Barot ended his session by advising the students to be diligent and take risks in their ventures in the coming future.

Speaker 2: Mr. Hiranya Vyas (Entrepreneurship expert) :

Mr. Hiranya Vyas is a BSc. LB from Gujarat University. He has more than 30 years of experience as an Entrepreneurship trainer. He has worked with Centre for Entrepreneurship Development (CED) and Entrepreneurship Development Institute (EDI). Mr. Vyas has alsoworked with Cadilla labs in the past and hence he also has enough corporate experience. Currently he is a trainer at Indian Society for Training & Development (ISTD). Mr. Hiranya Vyas conducted a very engaging session by a detailed powerpoint presentation. He explained about the nuances of Business planning and feasibility assessment by giving
simple examples. He stated that a it is extremely important to prepare a full-proof business plan before plunging into a business venture. He added that it is inevitable to study the market, identify the target audience, demand of the market and thereby assess feasibility of the plan. He asked several questions to the participants and kept them engaged throughout the session.

The second session was on the topic “Schemes and assistance to new entrepreneur”. Mr. Vyas gave a detailed explanation about various Government schemes which aid entrepreneurs in their ventures. He talked about a wing of government called “MSME” i.e. Micro Small and Medium Enterprises. He gave a list of several other entities like GVFL, Indextb, GITCO etc. which help the innovative entrepreneurs financially as well as technically. Students were surprises and delighted to know that such bodies exist for facilitating start-ups and Government plays an active role in fostering them.

Day 3
Speaker: Mr. Chandramauli Pathak (Entrepreneurship Expert) :
Session 1: Industrial visit

The third day of the EAC started with Industrial visit to Windsor Industries in Chattral, Ahmedabad. The students were very excited to visit the industry, they were taken to show all the units of the production department right from welding to paint workshop to the manufacturing. The students enjoyed their visit and also asked several questions to the coordinators about machines.

Session 2: “Achievement Motivation”

The second session of the day was conducted at Oakbrook Business School by Mr. Chandramauli Pathak. Each of the students were divided into groups and given newspapers and other waste items to make apparel or accessory. They were then asked to present and market their products. The students soon got engaged in creating some creatively unique products from Newspapers, straws, pins, glue sticks and other available stationery. Each of the groups presented their products and two best groups were chosen as winners according to their marketing and presentation skills.At the end of the day, the students were asked to give feedback of the camp and they stated that they learntnew things each day and would be eager to attend such program in the future.

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Speaker: Mr. Chandramauli Pathak (Entrepreneurship Expert):

The third day of the EAC started with Industrial visit to Windsor Industries in Chattral, Ahmedabad. The students were very excited to visit the industry, they were taken to show all the units of the production department right from welding to paint workshop to the manufacturing. The students enjoyed their visit and also asked several questions to the coordinators about machines. The second session of the day was conducted at Oakbrook Business School by Mr. Chandramauli Pathak. Each of the students were divided into groups and given newspapers and other waste items to make apparel or accessory. They were then asked to present and market their products. The students soon got engaged in creating some creatively unique products from Newspapers, straws, pins, glue sticks and other available stationery. Each of the groups presented their products and two best groups were chosen as winners according to their marketing and presentation skills. At the end of the day, the students were asked to give feedback of the camp and they stated that they learnt new things each day and would be eager to attend such program in the future.