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10th Edition of Wadhwani Foundation’s ‘NEN E Week 2018’

After a highly intense E Week campaign covering 45 cities, 5000 events and 8,00,000 participants, the 10th Edition of Asia’s biggest entrepreneurship event, E Week 2018 today culminated into a mega finale and awards ceremony at Siri Fort Auditorium, New Delhi. The gathering of 1000 odd participants at the ceremony comprised of students, faculty, mentors, E-Cell members, E-Leaders, other representatives of the entrepreneurial community, and the media.

The theme ofE-Week 2018 was “Live your Entrepreneurial Dream >> Break Barriers.Create Wealth. Change India”, reflecting the entrepreneurial spirit to nevergive up, go after dreams and nothing swaying the focus to change the world forthe better, and challenging aspiring entrepreneurs to look within andwithout, dig deep into the wells of creativity, put on the hats of reason tosolve country’s problem that seems insurmountable and in turn give themselvesthe opportunity to create wealth and become job creators. E Week 2018,therefore, calls on all dreamers, doers, innovators and entrepreneurs to livetheir entrepreneurial dream. If you have an idea to start a venture, NOW is thetime to start. If you have ideas to scale your venture, NOW is the time to act.

The eventwas marked by two keynotes, one by Dr. Romesh Wadhwani, Silicon Valley basedentrepreneur and Founder & Chairman of the Wadhwani Foundation, and theother by Mr. Amitabh Kant, CEO, Niti Aayog.

Two highpowered panel discussions on “ACCELERATING STARTUP AND SME GROWTH THROUGHENTREPRENEURIAL ECOSYSTEMS” and “ENABLING LARGE SCALE CREATION OF STARTUPS ININDIA” moderated by Lakshmi Pratury, Founder, INK Talks enthralled the audiencewith rich insights and meaningful exchange between Dr. Romesh Wadhwani, Founder& Chairman, Wadhwani Foundation, Amitabh Kant, CEO, Niti Aayog, G VRavishankar, MD, Sequoia Capital, Sanjeev Bikhchandani, Co-founder,, Prof. V. Ramgopal Rao, Director-IIT Delhi and Kunal Upadhyay,CEO, Centre for Innovation, Incubation and Entrepreneurship (CIIE) –IIMAhmedabad.

Whilereflecting on a successful 10th edition of E-Week 2018, Dr AjayKela, President and CEO, Wadhwani Foundation said, “With overa million-youth entering the workforce every month, India needs thousands ofour brightest youth to become job creators rather than job seekers. We needbold entrepreneurs now more than ever. It isn’t enough to start just anotherventure but to widen the reach of our ambition and try to solve tough problemsand scale companies. E week 2018 has successfully instilled this sentiment. Weare elated with the overwhelming response and participation witnessedthroughout the journey of this event”.

The E Weekconsists of activities like competitions, expositions, educational moviescreenings, and leadership and motivation talks with successful entrepreneurs,panel discussions, business plan and skill-building workshops,business and tech bazaars, awareness campaigns and much more. The week-longefforts culminate into awards. This being the 10th edition of EWeek, there were ‘decade awards’ too.

NEN Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Awards

· NEN Mentor of the Decade: Mr. Deepak Khaitan, Kolkata

· NEN Faculty of the Decade: Prof. Atul Bharat, Acropolis North Campus and Dr AbhaRishi, BIMTEC, Noida

· NEN Startups of the Decade:

o Shashank N D, Co-founder & CEO, Practo Technologies Pvt. Ltd.

o Swati Bondia, CLAP (previously Om Shanti Traders)

o Subrat Kar, Vidooly Media Tech Pvt Ltd

o Abhishek Humbad & Richa Bajpai, Goodera (Previously NextGen)

o Santosh Palavesh, Founder, UMM Studios

o Eshwar Vikas, Mukunda Foods

NEN E-Week Awards

· NEN E-Cell of the Year Award: Prof. Avijit Bose, Institute of Engineering &Management (Engineering Campus), Kolkata

· NEN E-Leader of the Year Award: Abdul Aziz Talib, Muffakham Jah College ofEngineering & Technology, Hyderabad

· NEN E-Week Star Awards

o Acropolis North Campus, Indore

o Vasavi College of Engineering, Hyderabad

o Muffakham Jah College of Engineering & Technology, Hyderabad

o Institute of Engineering & Management (Engineering Campus), Kolkata