Trivandrum: Taking forward its commitment to innovation and entrepreneurship to India’s next generation of leaders, the Tata Group today announced the second edition of ‘Tata First Dot powered by NEN’, India’s definitive platform for student entrepreneurship, supporting and accelerating high-potential entrepreneurship across the country. Adding five new cities, including Trivandrum, to the initiative, Tata First Dot will travel across a total of 15 cities this year.
Announcing the initiative, Atul Agrawal, VP – Corporate Affairs, Tata Services, said, “We are proud to announce the second phase of the Tata First Dot and delighted to be associated with young promising business minds in today’s India. The Tata Group, known for supporting innovative leadership endeavours is pleased to promote the spirit of entrepreneurship amongst the youth through this initiative.”
K Srikrishna, Executive Director of National Entrepreneurship Network (NEN), said, “As seen by the success of last year’s programme, our partnership with TATA has brought student entrepreneurs centre stage. We continue to build on the past success with an enhanced program of support including workshops across more cities, for a longer period culminating in the January conference and showcase. We are looking forward to mentoring, supporting and showcasing even more student start-ups.”
Regional Workshops for the Tata First Dot 2012 have commenced from October 6, 2012. These workshops are designed to help student entrepreneurs refine their business models, connect with peers, and interact with experts.
Nominations for the second component of the programme – the Tata First Dot National Competition for best Student Start-ups is also open now. Five winners will be selected by an eminent panel of business leaders, investors and entrepreneurs.
Tata First Dot 2011 achieved a benchmark when it received a diverse set of entries from start-ups that specialize in hand decorated clothing to IT and mobile services, from manufacturing to event management. 2012 promises to witness many more exciting and enterprising student start-ups from across cities, student groups and academic specializations.
Kerala IT News