Mr.Perses Billimoria, Founder CEO of Earthsoul India Pvt. Ltd and Mr. Vivek Matthai, Consultant and former CMO of TATA Global Beverages Ltd. gave insights on ‘Social Entrepreneurship’ and ‘Leadership’ to the students of IIM Raipur. Prof. B.S. Sahay, Director IIM Raipur, welcomed the guests and gave the students a brief introduction about them.
Mr.Billimoria presented his ideas on the inherent giving back attitude present in the Indian society and discussed its importance with the students. He showcased two innovative start-ups mentored by him.
The first one being ‘Aakar Innovations – low cost sanitary napkins’ and the second one being ‘Thrive Solar’, with the initiative of ‘One Child One Light Campaign’ providing small low cost solar lights to students. Citing these examples, he motivated students to take plunge into social entrepreneurship.
He cautioned them again many hardships and also about taking calculated risks. He noticed that one must have a strong urge and come up with out of box brilliant innovations. He expressed his concern about the inequality of wealth distribution in our country and urged the students to take up social entrepreneurship to help bridge the gap.
Mr.Vivek Matthai having worked with premier brands like Amul, Bisleri, TATA Global Beverages Ltd. gave the students his ideas on the topic of Leadership. He gave a few examples on ITC training ‘intrepreneurs’ to build organisations from within and how TATA’s went ahead with Jaguar.
He explained the customer focussed approach on leadership which is developed on teams and process improvement. He also told the students that leadership could be functional, strategic and as a coach.
After the mindful session, the Director mentioned about a few proposals that IIM Raipur plans to take up. Firstly he proposed an incubation cell for the budding entrepreneurs to give them the required atmosphere conducive to their growth. Secondly he proposed a coaching centre for the socially and economically under privileged of Chhattisgarh to prepare them for various management entrance exams.