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A Kerala Conundrum

What are the conditions that will enable the entrepreneur inside many of us to find expression? C Balagopal’s book, ‘Below the Radar – The untold story of how modern manufacturing grew by stealth in Kerala’, explores this question and provokes thought in the reader, writes G. Sabarinathan, PhD1  Well before Vasco da Gama set out for Kerala in 1498, this littoral strip of land in Southwestern India had been in touch with the Greeks and then the Romans and the Arabs, writes Manu Pillai, the young sensation among historians, in…

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Elective Story

An elective, in a B-school, resembles a living organism to the extent that it needs to adapt itself to the emerging environment if it has to survive. The number of mutations that his elective – New Enterprise Financing (NEF) – has been through, over 21 years, is an example of such adaptation, writes G. Sabarinathan1 A few weeks ago, I wrote a post on the last edition of my elective, New Enterprise Financing2, that I had taught at Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB).  The comments on the post and…

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Sibling revelry helps foster culture connect Three sisters who are passionate about their cultural heritage launch ‘Waves of Bharat’ and credit NSRCEL at IIMB with helping them scale their venture

Waves of Bharat is a platform where culture conservation meets earth optimism. This social venture connects the dots of ecology, culture and people through awareness workshops, cultural events, Go green celebrations at ‘goshalas’, structured learning programmes, and sale of eco products — the proceeds from which are used to support its various eco-initiatives. The vision of the venture is to build a greener and compassionate world by connecting the present with the past. The founders are three sisters who are passionate about their cultural heritage and promote earth optimism as…

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Making universal healthcare affordable Through her venture, in the GS-NSRCEL 10K Women program, Dr Sumona Karjee Mishra brings self-monitoring devices in healthcare to all

Prantae Solutions Pvt. Ltd. is a healthcare device and diagnostic startup from Bhubaneswar, Odisha. It was founded in June 2015. Winner of the CII-IPR award for the last four years, they pride themselves on their R&D capabilities and have a DSIR-recognized R&D facility.  Prantae has received grants from DBT-BIRAC, DST, MeitY, Tata Trust, Millennium Alliance, Grand Challenge Exploration-India for product development.  During the pandemic, Prantae developed three diagnostic solutions and two of them were validated by ICMR for SARS-CoV2 detection. Their team comprises 12 young engineers and two scientists. Prantae’s…

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Auditing homes for buyers

‘Nemmadi’, incubated at NSRCEL, empowers home buyers and here’s how… ‘Nemmadi’, which translates to “peace of mind”, helps homebuyers by conducting a technical audit of their homes using a proprietary app in conjunction with other advanced tools.  As part of the process, Nemmadi checks for workmanship in civil engineering, plumbing, electrical engineering and safety-related aspects. They also perform an analysis for any dampness that may be present using thermographic cameras. They measure carpet area of the apartment/villa as mandated by RERA.   One of the Co-Founders, A N Prakash, has over…

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Responsible hobby craft Made from natural materials like clay, sticks and stones, products from Kattoos, a start-up incubated under WSP 3.0 at NSRCEL, seek to redefine the hobby space

Kattoos, a start-up that works with women from rural areas, is incubated under NSRCEL’s Women Start-up Program (WSP) at IIM Bangalore and offers a range of green DIY hobby resources created for hobbyists of all ages. Made from natural materials like clay, sticks and stones, products from Kattoos seek to redefine the hobby space, by reducing carbon footprint, while enabling everyone to give vent to their creativity. The first Kattoos product was miniature terracotta bricks, launched in November 2019. The bricks come in five shapes and can be stuck together…

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Frisbee fun!

The ‘Campus Ultimate’ team from IIMB participated in ‘Sakkath’, a three-day Ultimate Frisbee tournament, held on Aug 18th-20th 2023, in Bangalore. Teams from different parts of the country participated in the tournament. The IIMB team comprised students, alumni, faculty and campus residents. The month leading up to the tournament was exciting, with non-team members from the PGP cohort and campus residents joining the training sessions and practice matches. It was a wonderful opportunity to rekindle bonding and community building at IIMB. admin

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Golden Jubilee Committee at IIMB hosts ‘The Prophet & The Poet’ Directed by founding faculty of IIMB Prof. Vijay Padaki and starring PGP alumnus Karan Singh, the play reveals rare facets of the friendship between the Mahatma and Gurudev, through a gripping exchange of letters

Independence Day celebrations at IIMB turned a tad more special with the performance of the play, ‘The Prophet & The Poet’, at the IIMB auditorium on Tuesday evening.  Designed and directed by Prof. Vijay Padaki, the play, offers rare glimpses of the exchange of correspondence, spanning 25 years, between Gandhiji and Rabindranath Tagore, and takes the audience through the heart and mind of the stalwarts, their triumphs and tribulations, their glory and grief, their dreams and dilemmas, and their delight and despair. Poetry meets philosophy meets practical wisdom, in powerful…

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Say goodbye to range anxiety and air pollution with Electripetal

Electripetal Technologies Private Limited is a technology company set up in 2019, which develops safe, reliable and accessible EV charging infrastructure to reduce range anxiety of electric vehicle users. Co-founder and COO Shahbaz Pasha says that the firm keeps innovation and creativity at the heart of everything it does. “Our main goal is to work towards safety and to improve green technology for household as well as commercial purposes.” Shahbaz Pasha earned his degree in Mechanical Engineering from ATME College of Engineering and started working on green mobility since 2019.…

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Learning Matters: Enhancing learning outcomes with tech tools and AI

Learning Matters is an ed-tech organization headquartered in Bangalore. The firm was founded by Ramamoorthy G (Moorthy), Gowri Mahesh and Saraswathy Ramamoorthy. Gowri, Saras and Moorthy are from the education and technology domains in which they have worked for about 20 years each. The Founders share that they focus on one of the largest problems faced by the Indian education sector – falling quality of learning outcomes in the majority of students. “We use tech tools and AI to solve this systemic problem and to scale the solution effectively, for…

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