Entrepreneurship Cell, IIT Kharagpur is a non-profit student organization established with the aim of fostering the spirit of entrepreneurship among college students in India. We are one of the most successful entrepreneurial organizations in the country with over 50 start-ups incubated within 10 years of our inception.

Entrepreneurship Cell, IIT Kharagpur is proud to present The Entrepreneurship Awareness Drive (EAD), one of our major flagship events. With its initiation back in 2009, EAD has now grown to cover 22 cities in 22 days. You learn when you see, with this basic idea, EAD consists of a series of guest lectures and workshops, wherein students get to learn from the ‘achievers’ of society.

This year the esteemed presence of Mr. Pawan Gupta, the Co-founder, and CEO of Curofy, who is also featured in Forbes 30 under 30 list of 2018, will surely encourage the students to start their own enterprise and fill them with zeal. We will also have the benign presence of Mr. Akshat Khare, Founder, and Director of Nessa Illuminations, Mr. Jatin Chaudhary, Co-founder and Salesman of eChai, Ms. Anupama Panchal, Co-founder and CTO of Griddle, Mr. Neeraj Harlalka, Co-founder of Jolly Food Fellow, etc. The students would get to know as to what path they must choose to live their dream and turn their out-of-the-box ideas into reality.


Entrepreneurship Awareness Drive 2018, Ahmedabad was held in Silver Oak College of Engineering and Technology on 24th October 2018. A four-hour event, the EAD-Ahmedabad, consist of Guest Lectures which surely add to students’ knowledge and provide an insight into what all things happen after they ‘start-up’.  

30,000 students, 24 cities, these are numbers witnessed by the previous edition of EAD 2017, and we look forward to even bigger numbers. Ms. Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, Founder of Biocon, Phanindra Sama, CEO of Redbus.in, Arjun Malhotra, co-founder of HCL Technologies and many such distinguished personalities have presided over the event.


The Entrepreneurship Awareness Drive also coincides with the launch of our regular round registrations of our International Business Model Competition: Empresario. Empresario is our Annual Business Model competition where business ideas in all fields ranging from Product and Service to Social, get equal opportunity to win the prize and incubation opportunities to the tune of INR 2.5 crore. The prizes and services for the winners as per the last year are worth 25 lacs INR.

This year, Entrepreneurship Cell IIT Kharagpur is proud to present Empresario 2019 in association with International Business Model Competition (IBMC). The best entries will get an opportunity to participate directly in the quarter-final rounds of IBMC 2019, which will be conducted abroad.

About 25% of the entries in our Business Model Competition- Empresario were from participants of EAD, which underlines the impact of this unique initiative towards motivating young minds towards entrepreneurial thought and action. 158 colleges participated in EAD 2017, with 24 colleges associating with us to conduct the EAD in their respective campus. During the drive, many colleges expressed their interest in setting up entrepreneurship promoting bodies for the benefit of the students.


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