India, poised on the threshold on becoming a superpower, is in a need of strong citizens with the ability to hold the helm and steer the nation towards a brighter tomorrow. Those with this ability and the will to lead are the entrepreneurs of tomorrow. Entrepreneurship Cell, IIT Kharagpur, hopes to play its part in realizing this vision.The Entrepreneurship Awareness Drive, one of the most massive flagship events undertaken by the Entrepreneurship Cell, IIT Kharagpur is a one of its kind initiative held in 24 cities across the nation in order to stimulate the spirit of entrepreneurship and encourage students to embrace the idea of starting their own venture. With its humble beginnings in 2009 with 10 cities, EAD has grown to insurmountable heights, with EAD being held in 23 cities in the last edition (2013) and an extensive footfall of over 15,000 students. Held in the first fortnight of October in a reputed college of the respective city, it consists of a series of guest lectures by distinguished local entrepreneurs, termed as Entrepreneurship Awareness Camps (EAC's) followed by a panel discussion or a workshop.This assists us in fulfilling our goal of reaching out to the youth of the nation and kindling in them the vigour to create their own enterprise and facing the challenges and obstacles offered by this journey, undeterred.
Some of the renowned guest speakers EAD has witnessed over the years are:
- Mr. Varun Agarwal, founder of Alma Mater
- Mr. Phanindra Sama, founder of redBus.in
- Mr. Arjun Malhotra, co-founder of HCL Technologies
- Mrs. Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, Chairman and MD of Biocon Ltd.
- Mr. Irfan Alam, Founder of the internationally acclaimed Sammaan Foundation
- Mr.Advitiya Sharma, Founder of Housing.com
- Mr.Anshu Gupta, Founder, Goonj
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