Indore College wins E Week India 2011 Special Award

The unique EWeek@Schools program, in which college students of NEN E Cells reached out to over 400 schools in various parts of the country, proved to be hugely successful,

Online PR News – 19-February-2011 – – The IPS Academy won the Special Awards Winner for the E Week India 2011 - the largest entrepreneurship activity in the country, concluded in a grand Awards Ceremony at Jyoti Nivas College auditorium, Bangalore. The award ceremony was graced by the presence of Kiran Mazumdar Shaw of Biocon, Dr. Romesh Wadhwani of Wadhwani Foundation and Laura Parkin, Executive Director, NEN, who gave away the awards to the winning colleges. During E Week, celebrated from the 5th to the 12th February 2011, is run by the NEN Trust, supported by the Wadhwani Foundation and led by student Entrepreneurship Cells (E Cells) from over 500 NEN member academic institutes conducted over 5,000 events engaging 6,00,000 participants.

The unique EWeek@Schools program, in which college students of NEN E Cells reached out to over 400 schools in various parts of the country, proved to be hugely successful, engaging over 55,000 highly enthusiastic school students, seeding the idea of entrepreneurship through a business exercise specifically adapted for this purpose.

Laura Parkin, Chief Executive Officer, National Entrepreneurship Network, said, “In addition to dramatically growing in strength each year, the E Week theme - ‘Ideas for India’ has captured the imagination of young, aspiring entrepreneurs to seek solutions to the daunting challenges we face in various areas such as education, health, water, energy, waste management, etc. There are immense opportunities for the next generation of high-potential entrepreneurs, in providing solutions to these problems.”

On the response to EWeek@Schools Ms.Parkin added, “We wanted to get school age kids to experience the thrills and possibilities of entrepreneurship. The unique EWeek@Schools program introduced this year generated an overwhelming response from school managements and school students, reflecting the huge potential and interest.”

Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, Chairman and Managing Director, Biocon Limited led the E Week Pledge joined by thousands of students congregated from across the country, for the E Week Awards. The Pledge was a call for support, for entrepreneurship. Ananya Bubna, Managing Director, Groupon India address the gathering, shared his experiences on his entrepreneurial journey with the students. A host of dignitaries distributed the EWeek Awards:

Three Special Awards
- The Nilima Rovshen Creativity and Innovation Award and was awarded to D. Y. Patil College of Engineering, Mumbai for resourceful design and implementation of E Week program.
- The Special Award for the Most Effective Public Awareness Campaign, was awarded to the National Institute of Engineering, Mysore for taking the EWeek campaign to a cross section of society.
- IPS, Indore received the E Week@School Award. engages the highest number of school students

Institutes also received the Championship Awards for their contribution to increasing awareness and support for entrepreneurs by best demonstrating the spirit of E Week and providing the extraordinary leadership required to make E Week India a success.
- National Institute of Engineering, Mysore;
- Acharya Institute of Management and Sciences, Bangalore;
- Jyothi Nivas College, Bangalore;
- Vidya Vardhaka College of Engineering (VVCE), Mysore;
- SSN College of Engineering, Chennai;
- Padmashree Dr. D.Y. Patil University, Department of Business Management.

Jaipuria Institute of Management, Delhi was awarded Small Institute Champion while Sri Krishna Institute of Management, Coimbatore and Rayat Bahra Group of Institutes, Mohali received the Debut Championship Awards for first time institutes.

About Wadhwani Foundation
Launched in 2000, the Wadhwani Foundation is the philanthropic foundation of Dr. Romesh Wadhwani, Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Symphony Technology Group. Our mission is to accelerate economic growth in India and other emerging economies by launching and supporting high-impact initiatives at national scale in entrepreneurship, innovation, and targeted job creation. The Foundation’s first major initiative is the National Entrepreneurship Network. The Foundation recently launched 3 non-profit initiatives: the Wadhwani Foundation-Opportunity Network for Disabled; the Wadhwani Research Centre in Biosciences and Bioengineering and the Wadhwani Next Generation Employment College Initiative in addition to promoting collaborative economic growth policy for which it has funded the first Indo-US Chair at the Center for Strategic Washington DC and a companion policy program at ICRIER.