As a joint effort by the IIT Alumni Association and IC-IMPACTS, the inaugural professional event titled “Cracking the Code: Entrepreneurship in Canada” was held at UBC on Saturday, 28th September 2019. The event was quite successful with a turnout of more than 60 attendees, who were interested to understand the tips and tricks of becoming successful entrepreneurs in Canada.
The panel was an even mix of genders, consisting of 4 speakers –
Raju Goteti [Vice President, Co-Innovation Network Tata Consultancy Services]
Puneet Sandhar [Managing Partner, Sanghera Sandhar Law Group]
Anita Huberman [CEO, Surrey Board of Trade]
Vinod Jhamb [Ex-President, Clarity Opticals]
The event was moderated by Dr. Nemy Banthia [Professor and Canada Research Chair, Civil Engineering, UBC | CEO and Scientific Director, IC-IMPACTS]. The organizing team consisted of Parveen Goel, Ash Abhyankar, Bhushan Gopaluni, Akash Behl, and Fuhar Dixit. As active proponents of entrepreneurship in the world, the IIT Alumni groups across nations have been involved in pushing boundaries and propagating the spirit of entrepreneurship among professionals and students. Continuing the legacy, the IIT alumni group of BC kick-started the professional series of events with a momentous reception.
The theme of the event revolved around an interactive question-answer session preceded by the summary of life experience as an entrepreneur from each panelist. All of them shared inspirational stories of how, as new immigrants, they established a strong foothold in a new country. From discussing the importance of partners to support the lonely journey of an entrepreneur to satisfying an actual need of the customer, there were numerous motivational moments. With an even mix of attendees, from a group of successful entrepreneurs to curious students, the interactions were very lively and informative. Also, the diversity in experiences of the speakers helped provide a broad spectrum of perspectives to the aspiring entrepreneurs.
Organizing Committee: Ash Abhyankar, Ferya Moayedi, Bhushan Gopaluni, Fuhar Dixit, Parveen Goel, Akash Behl, and Nemy Banthia
Panelists and Organizers: Nemy Banthia, Anita Huberman, Vinod Jhamb, Parveen Goel, Puneet Sandhar, and Raju Goteti