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Six lakh people from 30 cities attended six days of entrepreneurial activities led by 70,000 students of E Cells (Entrepreneurship Cells) from 512 member institutes of the National Entrepreneurship Network as part of Entrepreneurship Week India.

The week-long campaign that advocated support for entrepreneurship concluded on 13th February with a Championship Awards Ceremony and launch of NEN E Clubs at the Jyoti Nivas College auditorium, Bangalore.
Harkesh Kumar Mittal, Advisor & Head, National Science & Technology Entrepreneurship Development Board (NSTEDB), Department of Science and Technology, Government of India; Prof. S. Sadagopan, Founder Director, International Institute of Information Technology – Bangalore (IIIT-B) and NEN Advisory Board member along with Madan Padaki, Co-founder and CEO, MeritTrac, addressed students, captains of industry, faculty from member institutes, mentors and members of over 30 organisations that support entrepreneurship.

Laura A. Parkin, Executive Director, NEN and Wadhwani Foundation, which supports E Week, said, “E Week this year has far exceeded our expectations in terms of outreach and impact – we saw double the number activities as well as the number of participants over last year. The high involvement of member institutes and the focus of their activities on the very significant E Week theme ‘India: Opportunities Within’, reflects the earnest interest among young people in solving the many daunting challenges the country faces across various sectors, through entrepreneurial ventures. E Week 2010 definitely has sown the seeds for this change.”

Nilima Rovshen Creativity and Innovation Award and award for most effective public awareness campaign were bestowed upon National Insitute of Engineering, Mysore and Heritage institute of Technology, Kolkata, respectively. Championship Awards were awarded to seven institutes: IPS Academy (Indore), Heritage Institute Of Technology (Kolkata), Sri Bhagwan Mahaveer Jain College (Bangalore), Padmashree Dr. D.Y. Patil University, Department of Business Management (Mumbai), IEM (Kolkata), Bengal college of Engineering and Technology (Durgapur) and MCC (Bangalore).
At the Ceremony, in continuation of NEN’s campus initiatives, alumni of the student E Cells from across the country launched the ‘NEN E Clubs’ (Entrepreneurship Clubs). Ms. Parkin said, “The NEN E Clubs will ensure aspiring entrepreneurs continue to have the support of the NEN community even after they graduate and need to continue building their skills, knowledge, networks and support before they eventually venture out on their own. The E Clubs will be think tanks, conduct workshops and courses, mentor E Cells at alma maters, and provide a platform for knowledge sharing and business networking.”

During E Week, keeping with this years theme ‘India: Opportunities Within’ member institutes showcased entrepreneurial opportunities in rural innovation, hydro-power, sports, hybrid transportation, microbial nutrients, conversion of waste, composting commercial kitchen waste, health foods, alternative energy, sustainable technologies, women entrepreneurship, as well as avenues for marginalised people and thousands of other activities, including documentary screens, talk shows, panel discussion, biz bazzars, awareness campaigns, and on pollutants such as arsenic poisoning in water, business plans, skills-building workshops.

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