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IIMA Creates National Platform for Start-ups and B-school Students

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Indian Institute of Management-Ahmedabad (IIM-A) created a national platform for start ups and B-School students to connect during its annual Entre Fair on Saturday. The institute went for webcasting of the presentations made by start ups which attracted audience from across Indian  B-Schools as well as from US, Malaysia, Thailand and UK.

“We organise Entre Fair annually for our students and made it open for all the B-School students last year so that the event can be a platform for start ups and students who want to work with such firms. However, it is not possible for all the interested students to visit IIM-A campus and therefore, we introduced online streaming of the presentations,” said Saral Mukherjee, former IIM-A placement committee chairperson.

Some 21 start ups from across the country participated in Entre Fair 2012 and offered summer internships to a number of students. Apart from students from IIM-A, over 200 students from 36 management institutes from all over India participated in the fair. Students from colleges across the country such as Amrut Mody School of Management, EDI Gandhinagar, MICA, XIM Bhubaneshwar, Sydenham College, Great Lakes Institute of Management (Chennai), IIT KharagpurGoa Institute of Management attended the Entre Fair by travelling to IIM-A.

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“We set up our venture in July 2012 and we will offer summer internship to 3-4 students here. We have already made offers to IIM-Kozhikode students,” said Siddharth Shah, an IIM-A alumnus and founder and CEO of Dialhealth, a company which provides an electronic health platform.

Kirti Sharda, Placement Chairperson at IIM Ahmedabad, said “Entre Fair 2012 is a significant milestone. For the first time, a national platform has been created for students to explore internship opportunities with startups and look at entrepreneurship as a credible career option.”

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