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About E Week
What is E Week?
For one week, lakhs of people across the country will come together to celebrate Entrepreneurship Week India. Designed to build public awareness and support for entrepreneurship, E Week India focuses public attention on today's biggest opportunities and encourages participants to reflect on their role as leaders and innovators. The campaign is led by the National Entrepreneurship Network and supported by the Wadhwani Foundation.
By far the largest entrepreneurship activity in the country, E Week's dramatic results in the past - building support for entrepreneurs - is encouraging ever more participation. This year's E Week is set to engage over 6,00,000 participants. The campaign will see active involvement of more than 30 organizations that support entrepreneurship; corporate entities; industry captains, experts, non-profits, and faculty leaders to inspire, encourage, and guide students.
E Week India 2012 Theme: Invent the Future
The theme of E Week 2012 ‘Invent the future’ hopes to inspire all into donning the lens of an intrepid entrepreneur and delving into local issues and fundamental challenges of water scarcity, garbage, traffic problems, power, pollution, etc. Can we think of solutions that address these issues?
The world has enough people running restaurants or building software for gamers and stock markets; enough entrepreneurs wanting to create the next technology giant to cater to the markets of the developed economies. Now is the time to look within, to work from the inside out.
Solving these problems will require us to Invent the Future and the successful entrepreneur of this future would have started work from today.
“The largest entrepreneurial opportunities are found while addressing the biggest challenges”.
That said, let’s not be overwhelmed into thinking that we HAVE to invent something grand. Here are three simple ways to get started on inventing the future:
CREATE – What product?
Do you have a secret green invention that can reduce the carbon footprint of your college? Now is the time to showcase it.
USE – How to use existing solutions?
There are already many solutions to the issues and challenges we are facing today. For instance, Daily Dump helps manage household waste and convert it to high-quality compost. Clearly, many don’t even know about them. Can an entrepreneur smell an opportunity here?
CHANGE – Change behaviour
Our homes can do their bit to reduce carbon footprint by simply switching off the electronics and gadgets. Yet, how many do it? Can we think of ways that will help them change their behaviour?
Great inventions and beginnings are often rooted in visionary ideas and a passion to jumpstart the world we want to create. We want this reactionary journey to start now, and we’d like you to join us as fellow passengers, on this yellow brick road to an inclusive and convenient future.
During E Week, participants on and off campuses across the country – students, entrepreneurs, faculty members, industry leaders and key members of the community – will take the E Week Pledge and engage in thousands of events. These include competitions, expositions, educational movie screenings, leadership and motivation talks with successful entrepreneurs, panel discussions, business plan and skill-building workshops, business and tech bazaars, awareness campaigns and more. In addition, participants can sign up on the E Week website to share their experiences, view events information, and connect with the larger NEN community.
E Week will culminate on 18th February, 2012 with a gala Awards Ceremony in Bangalore. NEN member academic institutes will be chosen for the E Week India 2012 Championship Awards as well as three Special Awards:
1) E Week @ School Award
2) Nilima Rovshen Creativity and Innovation Award
3) Most Effective Public Awareness Campaign Award.
Student representatives of the Award winners will be flown to Bangalore for the Awards Ceremony attended by students from various institutes, eminent people from the industry and the government.
Join the celebration: Help create a stronger, entrepreneurial India!