Lucknow | Jaipuria Institute of Management Lucknow on Tuesday launched its four-day entrepreneurial fest and its annual startup fair E-week 2023 and organized Reema memorial Women Achievers Awards 2023 in association with Small Industries Manufacturing Association (SIMA). The chief guests of the program were Shri Rakesh Sachan Hon’ble Cabinet Minister- Micro Small and Medium Enterprises, Khadi and Villages Industries, Sericulture Industries, Handloom and Textile, Govt. of Uttar Pradesh; and Smt. Sanyukta Bhatia, Mayor Lucknow. The Guest of Honor for the event was Sudhanshu Mani, Innovator & Freelance Rail Consultant, and creator of Train 18, Vande Bharat express.
This year’s E-Week will witness a wide range of startup-related events like Genesis, Udyam, Fire-side Discussions, Ideation Meet, Shark Swamp (Start-ups Only), E-Week, Metamorphosis, Brand Folk, SOS, Why They Failed, Cultural Night, and Prize Distribution.
Shri Rakesh Sachan said “today is the day we celebrate the vigour, strength, and zeal of a great woman named REEMA – who with her persistent efforts established new heights. She started her journey from the grounds but her life is a story of uncommon success and is a story to learn from. She provided education to all the female kids of the people who worked in her factories as well as took care of their necessities. She became an icon for women who with their maternal and humanitarian instincts continue to cater to society’s needs”.
“SIMA is playing an important role in the development of small-scale industries. Jaipuria Institute is also continuously trying to support startups through its incubation centre. Today, we are supporting and guiding many businesses through our incubation centre for which we are thankful to the government of Uttar Pradesh”, said Dr.Kavita Pathak.
Ms. Sanyukta Bhatia said, “the honorable Prime Minister has done the work of promoting small industries so that the young generation can cooperate in making the dream of building a new India a reality. This is a great learning platform for the students present on this occasion”. Ms. Samyukta Bhatia talked about the upcoming Investors Meet and the opportunities arising out of it.
“The objective of E-Week is to foster a culture of Innovation and Entrepreneurship among various age groups and sections of society. This objective is aligned with the thrust area of the startup India programme to make India a self-dependent economy by promoting new and innovative business ideas, creation of commercially viable intellectual property, and encouraging employment opportunities among the various sections of society”, said Professor Deepak Singh, Chair – Incubation Centre at Jaipuria Institute of Management Lucknow.
Shailendra Srivastava (President, Small Industries Manufacturing Association) said, “Modern India is evolving these days. In today’s times, no country could function without the contribution of farmers and businesses, they act as the backbone of the system. The leader of SIMA has an experience of the past 30 years in the field. A lot of organizations are constantly doing innovation and I request the youth of India to come and joinin these organizations and be a part of the development progression in India”.
Recipients of the Reema memorial Women Achievers Award:
- Ms. Sanyukta Bhatia, Mayor (Lucknow)
- Ms. Tulika Banerjee, Vice President, CIMSME
- Ms. Vinita Prakash, Principal, Isabella Thoburn college
- Ms. VarshaVerma, Founder, “EkKoshishAisiBhi” NGO
- Dr.Kavita Pathak, Director, Jaipuria Institute of Management Lucknow
- Ms. Sarah Fatima, Founder & CEO – Sarah Fatima Designs & COO – kairree.com
- Ms. ShilpiChaturvedi, Founder & MD, J.K.M. Group of Companies
- Ms. Nancy Gupta, Assistant Professor, SRMU
Recipients of Special Award:
- Shri Rakesh Sachan Hon’ble Cabinet Minister- Micro Small and Medium Enterprises, Khadi and Villages Industries, Sericulture Industries, Handloom and Textile, Govt. of Uttar Pradesh
- Shri Sudhanshu Mani, Innovator & Freelance Rail Consultant, and creator of Train 18, Vande Bharat express.
“Today no organization can progress if it doesn’t know how to respect women as equals, whether it’s a field of entrepreneurship or a simple worker in a factory. We made a gang of 29 women aged 23 to 57 headed by a woman supervisor and a woman officer they got together and today make up an entire railway coach entirely on their own. That shows their spirit, and I was told that it was equal if not better than the men who were doing this job for years”, said Sudhanshu Mani.
Moving forward with the event, five scholarships were given to the education of the girl child associated with the Swapna Foundation. The scholarship awards were presented to the children by Shri Sudhanshu Mani.