‘Creative thinking, capitalisation of research make startups successful’

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 04 Nov 2018 09:14:48


Staff Reporter,

Maharashtra leg of Startup India Yatra concludes in city

“Creative thinking clubbed with market research can yield a new entrepreneurial idea. But, it is capitalisation of such an idea and research that makes startups successful. Government is willing to extend all co-operation to lend strength to such ventures,” said Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways.

Gadkari was speaking at the grand finale and prize distribution ceremony of Maharashtra leg of Startup India Yatra, at Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology (VNIT) here on Saturday. Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Guardian Minister of district; Aseem Gupta, Secretary (Skill Development); Vishram Jamdar, Chairman of VNIT’s Board of Governors; Prof Pramod Padole, Director of VNIT, also shared the dais on this occasion. Maharashtra State Innovation Society (MSInS) had organised Maharashtra leg of Startup India Yatra in collaboration with Startup India and Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DiPP), Government of India.

In his speech, Gadkari encouraged the youngsters to come up with creative ideas. “If the products of such ideas have market potential, they are bound to be successful. Innovative idea, knowledge, spirit of entrepreneurship, science and market together create conditions that decide the price of a product,” he said. He also quoted various examples including production of amino acids, use of bio-CNG as option to petrol and diesel etc. In future, he added, Bamboo could yield fuel that could be used in buses. He appealed to VNIT to become a research hub so that maximum students could become entrepreneurs.

Aseem Gupta, Vishram Jamdar, and Prof Pramod Padole also spoke on the occasion. Renuka Deshkar compered the programme and Amit Kothawade proposed a vote of thanks.  A video-message of Suresh Prabhu, Union Minister for Commerce and Industry,  also was shown during the programme.

Gadkari and other dignitaries presented various awards to youngsters who participated in Startup India Yatra’s Maharashtra leg. Abhinandan Patil was honoured as ‘Startup Hero of the State’ with a cheque of Rs 1 lakh. Arjun Deorankar, Mukesh Bisne, Surendra Kalbande, Deepak Sawant, Priyanka Patil, Hansraj Pardhi, Dr Vaishali Kulkarni, Nikesh Ingle, Vaibhav Madhekar, Swagata Kaoley, Madhur Rathi, Yogesh Bhandari, Ashish Chandwadkar, Amit Mahore, Mithilesh Hinge got the first, second and third prizes in various categories.

Mayuri Sawant, Puja Bhadmikar, Priyanka Sarwade also were honoured with special prize for women entrepreneurs.
Around 100 researcher-participants also were honoured with certificates. Amit Kothawade, Amey Harkare, Sahil Lohde, Mohit Soni, Umesh Balwani, Ruchi Singhania, Neel Lalka, Devendra Nagale made the event successful.