Startup Charcha 2022

SDMIMD organized the Annual Event - Startup Charcha on February 25, 2022, on a virtual mode. Startup Charcha is a major one among various entrepreneurship activities undertaken by Swayam - E cell of SDMIMD students and is in line with the current focus and thrust on startups with a conducive policy environment. SDMIMD’s E-cell had initiated entrepreneurship activities such as Cerebra, E-quest, etc., to give conceptual insights to students on Entrepreneurship. The E-cell of SDMIMD students has undertaken many activities since 2013. Many alumni of SDMIMD have also established successful startups.

The Startup Charcha event held for the eighth year in succession had a Panel Discussion on Entrepreneurship: Dimensions, Emerging Issues, and Way Forward.  The discussion was moderated by Dr. M R Suresh, Professor-Marketing and Faculty Coordinator of E-Cell at SDMIMD. The Distinguished Panellists were Mr. Rajesh G, an alumnus of SDMIMD, Founder- Highway Delite; Mr. Rajeev Koyal, an alumnus of SDMIMD, Founder-Avurtana Learning and currently Regional Head, Karnataka, NASSCOM 10000 startups; Mr. Subrahmanya Rao, an alumnus of SDMIMD, Founder- Discover Dollar, Ms. Smitha Bopanna, SDMIMD Alumna and Co-Founder- Noesys Software Pvt Ltd and Dr. Riyaz Ahmed, Faculty Member- Finance Area, SDMIMD.
In the opening address to the audience, Dr. N R Parasuraman, Director, SDMIMD, highlighted that entrepreneurship development activities in SDMIMD were in keeping with the global trends in management education and the importance of understanding Startup issues by students at business schools. 
Dr. M R Suresh, Professor – Marketing and Faculty Coordinator of E-cell at SDMIMD, who moderated the panel discussion, indicated that the focus of entrepreneurship activities at SDMIMD has been on creating awareness, development of entrepreneurship skills among students, providing conceptual insights on different categories of entrepreneurship and learning on entrepreneurship need not be only in the classroom but also through fora such as panel discussions with experts.  As the moderator, he raised questions about the link between startups and employment growth. The distinguished panellists expressed that it would be difficult for corporate firms to generate jobs to accommodate all the students graduating from academic institutions.