Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS) Pilani organized a Young Entrepreneurs Bootcamp (YEB), a six-day immersion program for school students of classes IX to XII to help them experience technology-based innovation and the entrepreneurial ecosystem. and understand the mentality. A collection of an entrepreneur through interaction with successful startup founders at their campus in Pilani. 51 students were selected for the boot camp from applicants across the country.
During the bootcamp, students interacted with eminent industry veterans, startup founders and BITS Pilani alumni, according to an official release. The students also interacted with Kumar Mangalam Birla, Chairman of BITS Pilani, Chairman of the Aditya Birla Group.
For an entrepreneur, it is important to operate at the intersection of passion, purpose, and problem. If an entrepreneur operates at this intersection, he can create magic. This means being clear about what your purpose is, what you’re passionate about, and what problem you want to solve. In an India brimming with entrepreneurial energy, there is no better time than now to be young and qualified, and institutions like BITS Pilani are at the center of this entrepreneurial movement in India.
Social Entrepreneur and Innovator Sonam Wangchuk was the Chief Guest of the Bootcamp. He spoke to the students about his journey and encouraged them to find contextual solutions to problems. He said: The importance of education and especially innovation should be aimed at solving other people’s problems.
Additionally, author, entrepreneur, and author of books on entrepreneurship, Rashmi Bansal shared her success stories of people who built successful startups by thinking outside the box and following their passion against all odds. He talked about the importance of silencing the “inner critic” and believing in yourself.
Other startup founders and BITS alumni who shared their entrepreneurial journey with the students were Lohit Sahu, Founder, CEO, Edzok; Sanskrit Doval, CEO, Co-Founder of Tinkerbell Labs. Aditya Roya, founder of Beco; Alok Mathur, co-founder of EnCore Mindseek and Sumit Nandedkar, former CEO of Microtek International.
These interactions aimed to give students a sneak preview of the feeling of creating a startup, what to expect in the life of an entrepreneur, how to define and solve problems from the customer’s point of view, and work on a business plan. Students learned more about emerging opportunities in drone theory and biotechnology innovations and disruptive trends in technology such as the Internet of Things (IoT) and its applications, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML), and design thinking tools.
On the last day of the boot camp, an innovation competition was held to test students’ creative problem solving skills. After completing the six-day bootcamp, the students received certificates of appreciation for their participation and contribution. The next edition of the Young Entrepreneurs Bootcamp is scheduled at the BITS Hyderabad campus in December 2022.
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