ELIXIR 2017

ELIXIR 2017 (Silver Jubilee)

The Future House

Chetana’s Institutes of Management & Research celebrated the Silver Jubilee of their heritage event Elixir on 13 September, 2017.  The theme for the 25th year of Elixir was ‘The Future House’ – referring to the factors that concern and ultimately affect the future of an organization and the impact on management as a whole. Elixir 2017 witnessed stalwarts from the industry who spoke on their intrapreneurial journey with respect to automation in their work area – the challenges and opportunities that come with it, the jugaad application of converting challenges into opportunities.

Chief Guest, Mr Sundarajan Srinivasan, Chief Mentor and Patron, India Now was welcomed by CEO, Dr Madhumita Patil and declared the event open. Mr. Sundarajan discussed how the holy scriptures provide the best management lessons and help in converting thoughts to words, words to deeds, deeds to habits, habits to character & character to destiny.

Guest of Honour, Mr. Apurva Mankad, CEO  & Founder, WebXpress & Logicloud, emphasized the role of technology in today’s world.

Mr. Vikas Sachdeva, CEO, ENAM Asset Management Company Pvt. Ltd. and Chetana’s senior alumni and the pioneer of the concept of Elixir 25 years ago deliberated on unconditional information sharing.

The panel discussion on ‘Startup Economy-Rising or Falling’ witnessed some veterans from the industry:

(From Left to Right) Mr Deepak Ananth, Co-Founder: ScoutMyTrip | Mr Parthajeet Sarma, Director, iDream Advisory Services Pvt. Ltd. | Mr Prasad Menon, CEO, CIBA | Mr Mandar Gupte, Founder, Bloom Business Consultants (Chetana’s Alumnus and Moderator for the discussion) | Mr Rahul Barkataky, Founder & Mentor, Sadhyaya Mr. Subhobroto Chakroborty, Founder & CDO, thedigitalfellow.com | Mr Siddharth Ladsariya, Manager, Everest Foods & Flavours (Also Venture Capitalist)

The discussion revolved around aspects such as statistics about the startups in India, approach used by young versus old generation entrepreneurs, investment decisions by a startup, reasons behind failure of startups, prerequisites as seen by VCs for funding, the role of banks, financial institutions & government in promoting startups, the qualities required by entrepreneurs, etc. Examples of OYO rooms, Dell, Mondelez, Reliance Jio were used. The discussion concluded with tips for the students which included right knowledge, not to give up, consistency, perseverance & patience. All members agreed that it is a good time for startups in India.

The concluding session on ‘Fortune at the bottom of the pyramid’ met all expectations, as Mr Mangesh Wange, COO, Swades Foundation spoke about building lives and livelihood. The performing arts shows and role plays added enjoyment to enrichment.

The historical journey of Elixir 2017 was captured in an alluring video for posterity.

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