The Entrepreneurship Development Cell of St. Xavier’s College (Autonomous), Kolkata was established in (year) with the aim of instilling an entrepreneurial spirit among individuals. With immense enthusiasm, we work towards bringing forward the concealed potential held by today’s youth for the betterment of society. We operate on our goal by bridging the network gap that exists in the entrepreneurial ecosystem. By creating an efficient channel comprising students, entrepreneurs, investors, mentors, venture capital firms and industry experts, we aspire to break all barriers hindering growth in India’s startup sector. In addition, we strive to create an avenue for students to sharpen their business acumen and skills through competitions and interactive speaker sessions.
The Entrepreneurship Development Cell of St. Xavier’s College (Autonomous), Kolkata seeks to transform how entrepreneurship is perceived in society. We firmly believe that entrepreneurship is the key to fostering innovation in India and promoting the values surrounding entrepreneurship will result in attainment of the full capacity of the youth’s aptitude. We hope to create a future where the youth views entrepreneurs as statues of inspiration and entrepreneurship as a viable career option.
The Entrepreneurship Development Cell of St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata envisions to revolutionise innovation and entrepreneurship in the country through its students thus has started a new non commercial initiative called the St. Xavier’s Entrepreneurship Development Fund, the first of its kind in Eastern India, which serves as a building block among young Xaverian’s both former and current entrepreneurial journey and connects them to a pool of mentors, investors, and industry experts whilst giving them a chance to gain unconditional monetary support helping these budding entrepreneurs with their startups.
With this belief, we aim to help in the development of India’s entrepreneurial ecosystem by enabling easy and efficient interaction between its major components spanning students, working professionals, aspiring and existing entrepreneurs, mentors, angel investors, venture capital firms and corporate officials through initiatives like interactive sessions, competitions, conferences and panel discussions.
The Startup and Innovation Unit aims to help students and alumni of the St. Xavier’s College (Autonomous), Kolkata in materializing the dream of having their entrepreneurial ideas turn into reality. Our mission is to support the development of tomorrow’s leaders by cultivating the entrepreneurial spirit among all Xaverians and bringing India’s vision of self-sufficiency to fruition. We strive to support entrepreneurs, build a robust startup ecosystem and transform India into a country of job creators instead of job seekers.
We have also established an Institution’s Innovation Council in the campus with the blessings of Rev Dr. Dominic Savio SJ and as per norms of Innovation Cell, Ministry of Education, Govt. of India to create a vibrant local innovation ecosystem. Its primary objective is to nurture, develop, and stimulate young students by giving them the tools they need to experiment with new concepts and turn them into working prototypes during their formative years. We move to promote holistic development of all Xaverians and ensure the amalgamation of both science and commerce disciplines.
‘The hardest part of starting up is starting out’. At Entrepreneurship Awareness Camp, you will be immersed in the ideal environment for startup magic to happen. Surrounded by smart, passionate people and with the best tools and approaches at your disposal, you will get the opportunity to take giant leaps towards creating a business and connecting with the right people. With a vision to revolutionize innovation by inculcating a culture of spirit-driven entrepreneurship in the country, EAC is the flagship event of Entrepreneurship Development Cell which aims to bridge the gap between entrepreneurs and the resources they yearn for; through building connections with mentors and investors from an experienced, varied and distinguished pool of professionals from all over the country. With the help of Entrepreneurship Awareness Camp we seek to empower young and budding entrepreneurs through a 3 day curriculum involving a series of workshops by industry experts providing competency in the strategic decision processes of a start-up, panel discussions and a platform to pitch their startups to eminent investors followed by an opportunity of networking to mobilize their feedback and guidance. We aim at creating a synergy between creativity and implementation by providing invaluable guidance crucial for the start-ups in their embryonic stage.
The Entrepreneurship Development Cell in collaboration with the Placement Cell brings enormous opportunities to students of St. Xavier’s College (Autonomous), Kolkata with Initium: The Internship Exposition. It gives aspiring students an opportunity to work as interns in rising startups and established companies across the country. It opens up doors for first-hand learning, professional training and getting a taste of the startup culture before stepping into it.
Initium is the ultimate embodiment of learning by doing! It helps the young minds in learning how to interact with professionals in a work environment, gaining technical knowledge and developing essential soft skills.
Entreprise is an extensive, exhilarating and elaborate inter-college Entrepreneurial Simulation and Business Conclave- a battlefield of acumen and intelligence that will inspire you to prepare, persevere and prosper. Amongst corporate war and cut-throat competition, it is an enthralling event which perfectly simulates the journey of an entrepreneur. From product development to a billion-dollar exit, Entreprise is an event unlike any other, which seeks to prepare you for the real world of entrepreneurship by giving you a glimpse into the incredible journey of entrepreneurs.Entreprise is an event that will help you take the first step to break free of the four walls of your comfort zone. This first-of-a-kind inter-college simulation event will take you through a process entailing enthralling experiences and lessons, which will bring out the risk-taking entrepreneur within you. Entreprise consists of a series of rigorous rounds and tasks testing the business acumen, vision and critical thinking of the young budding entrepreneurs. The event specializes in helping the participants learn more and more about how to handle daily business operations and crises, making them much more familiar with the real corporate world.
Prism is a one-of-a-kind 2-day corporate simulation event organized especially for the first years of our college to showcase their competency while contending against those who are driven to reach the pinnacle. It aims to test the business acumen of the participants, challenge their management skills and help them imbibe corporate insights that pave their future with greater victories to conquer. Serving as a platform to exhibit their potential and challenge the conventional, Prism tests their stride in the various realms of management. Being one of the largest intra-college events at St. Xavier’s College, it makes the participants exhaust their skills in order to prove victorious in highly competitive tasks and introduces them to the harsh and grueling corporate world. Moreover, we host highly enriching speaker sessions at Prism which not only serve as an eye-opener to the ever-adapting youth but are also filled with invaluable life lessons and enlightening insights that succour in the development of the business leaders of tomorrow.
“The ability to ask for something extraordinary will get you far.”
Extraordinary has a very broad perception and to us it means the knowledge of people who have left their marks in the sands of time. ‘360°’ is the first event of its kind where young budding entrepreneurs get an opportunity to be a part of enlightening and engaging virtual sessions with company experts from various sectors of the corporate world. The society has started a new non-commercial initiative fund called the Entrepreneurship Development Fund which finances and promotes investable startups of entrepreneurs from the Xavierian family. This virtual interactive workshop is the highlight of the non-commercial initiative fund started by the cell and is exclusive for a small group of selective students, the most eager and inquisitive minds set out on a marathon to learn from the very best in the country. The workshops serve as an eye-opener for the college-bound youth and provide a one-of-a-kind experience filled with crucial life lessons, invaluable insights and an abundance of learning. With a spirit of grooming young minds and accelerating their entrance into the competitive world, it helps imbibe corporate insights.
Elevator: The Idea Expo is a one of a kind opportunity to present your raw business plans, polish them, to meet distinguished mentors, investors, angel investors, venture capitalists, incubation centers and established entrepreneurs and even receive funding from them.
Elevator is an attempt to bridge the gap between novice start-ups, budding entrepreneurs and undergraduate students by conducting various programs and providing them with a platform to interact and learn from such accomplished personalities. It gives them a glimpse into the right attitude needed for successful leadership and entrepreneurship, the spirit of taking initiatives and solving the problems and needs of the society.
REV. DR. DOMINIC SAVIO SJ
ARUP KUMAR MITRA
Dr. SOUVIK ROY
VICE DEPUTY PRESIDENT, ENTREPRENEURSHIP DEVELOPMENT CELL
STARTUP AND INNOVATION CO-ORDINATOR
EM & OPERATIONS HEADS
MARKETING & CREATIVE HEADS
PUBLIC RELATIONS HEADS
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