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Think new to reach pinnacle of success: Sisodia to budding entrepreneurs

Think new to reach pinnacle of success: Sisodia to budding entrepreneurs

NEW DELHI: Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia urged the budding entrepreneurs to think new and innovate constantly in order to reach the pinnacle of success. He was addressing the students at the Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology Delhi (IIIT-Delhi). The insitiutte organised Pitch Cafe 2.0 with the aim to foster the spirit of entrepreneurship amongst young innovators, budding start-ups and bring them closer to fulfilling their dreams. The event saw participation from 14 institutes/colleges from all over the country including IIT-Delhi and BITS Pilani.

Addressing the students, Sisodia emphasised on the need to have a zeal to learn. He said, "Today the major challenge for the educators is not to teach what is already discovered, but to teach which is still to be invented. We have to teach our students to think new, think innovated every time. There are three types of start-ups today, one who think in the box, one who thinks out of the box and one who does not care where the box is. So decide where you are and work accordingly".

He also added, "all the budding entrepreneurs face challenges and failures, but it is up to them whether they want to keep the failure as a burden on their head or convert them into learnings and step upon them. Courage to float against the odds is what is required for the entrepreneurship".

Director, IIIT-Delhi, Prof. Ranjan Bose also addressed the teams and said that "entrepreneurship is not a skill; it doesn't have a switch off and switch on button, it is a lifestyle".

He also added that "it is not easy to live this lifestyle, but all of you have done so. It is not easy to do a startup. You have to get everything together, and you have to do everything yourself. In the end, you may have the best idea in the world, and it may turn out not to fly. And then you just have to say 'sorry, it didn't work, I will try again".

Top 7 teams presented their products to a panel consisting of incubators, industrialists, startup owners and mentors. Apart from the seven teams of IIIT-Delhi, IIT Delhi; BITS Pilani (Pilani); IIM Ahmedabad; Vellore Institute of Technology (Chennai); Indira Gandhi Delhi Technical University for Women; National Institute of Food Technology Entrepreneurship and Management (Sonipat); and many other institutes from NCR and other parts of the country came with their ideas.

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