Manipal Academy of Higher Education celebrates World Entrepreneurs Day

 Manipal Academy of Higher Education celebrates World Entrepreneurs Day
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Manipal, Aug 25, 2022: With an aim to create awareness on Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Leadership, Manipal group of Institutions and Incubators celebrated World Entrepreneurs’ Day (WED) on Aug 23. The theme for this year is Women Entrepreneurship.

Speaking on the occasion founder and CEO of  Colossa Ventures, Ashu Suyash said that Women are redefining India’s growth trajectory and closing the gender gap. They can fast track India’s ambition of becoming the $5 trillian economy.”

Clossa Ventures has set up a fund for investing in women first businesses. The fund will be invested in women founded companies, and male founded companies whose key beneficiaries are women. Vandana Rajyadhyaksha, Founder and Co-head was also present in the panel.

In his address Lt. Gen. (Dr.) M D Venkatesh, Vice Chancellor, Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE), appreciated the efforts of founders of Colossa Ventures in empowering women.

“Entrepreneurs are the backbone of the economy. They create opportunity for others in the society”. Through our 4 incubators at the Manipal Group Universities, we have supported more than 150 startups, which include startups of women, faculty, students, alumni and others,” he said.

He asked the entrepreneurs to follow the footsteps of founder of modern Manipal Dr. TMA Pai.

As part of reach and involvement of community represented by local entrepreneurs, an experience sharing session was organized jointly with Platform for Women Entrepreneurs (POWER), Udupi and Zone IV of Rotary District 3182. Women entrepreneurs of POWER shared various challenges faced by women entrepreneurs in service, manufacturing and food sector. Rotary members highlighted the need for women empowerment in line with this year’s theme of Rotary.  

Dignitaries like Dr. Venkatraya Prabhu, Pro Vice Chancellor (Health Sciences), MAHE, Shruti Pai, Creative Director, MEMG, Harinarayan Sharma, Sr. Vice President, MEMG, Poonam Shetty, President, POWER, Ramachandra Upadhyaya, Asst. Governor, Zone IV, Rotary District 3182, Dr. Raviraja N S, Director, Corporate Relations, MAHE, Dr. Y Shrihari Upadhyaya, CEO, MUTBI and Dr. Manesh Thomas, CEO, Manipal-Gov. of Karnataka Bioincubator, were present during the interactive session.

The program was coordinated by Dr. Shruthi Acharya, Associate Professor, Manipal College of Dental Sciences, Manipal and Ms. Supriya Nickam, Entrepreneur.  The program was jointly organized by Manipal Education and Medical Group (MEMG) with MAHE, Sikkim Manipal University (SMU), Manipal University Jaipur (MUJ) and its associated incubators- Manipal Universal Technology Business Incubator (MUTBI), Manipal-Govt. of Karnataka Bioincubator, Atal Incubation Center (AIC)-MUJ and AIC-SMU TBI.

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