Business chamber to promote startup ecosystem
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It had started its journey when East India Company began winding up from India and 73 years down the road, Eastern Chamber of Commerce (ECC), has set out on a new journey of branching out to other eastern and north-eastern states. That’s not all. ECC, founded in 1945, is also coming up with an innovative start-up lab to promote the startup ecosystem across the eastern and north-eastern states.

The whole idea of this startup lab is to bring entrepreneurs together in a creative, results-driven environment, which in turn would drive growth, increase service quality of the startups and let the startups realize greater efficiencies and improve the work environment of the future and deliver a superior customer experience, said Subir Dutta, president, Eastern Chamber of Commerce. The Startup Lab is being initially supported and backed by Srei Foundation.

“Our endeavour aims at helping and fostering startup ideas- going down up to students’ level. We will work with early stage startups and students to create an environment that provides innovative feedback and guidance for their pursuit of specific entrepreneurial endeavours. We would welcome a new collaborative cohort into our initiative and guide aspiring entrepreneurs to success through workshops, close mentorship and social events. It would be dedicated to fostering entrepreneurial spirit and engagement and with our resources and network of successful entrepreneurs and investors, the startup lab aims at growing ideas into reality,” said Subhojit Roy, secretary, Eastern Chamber of Commerce. Startup Lab will cover concepts of idea generation, basic finance, market analysis, along with other entrepreneurial topics necessary to drive innovation and entrepreneurial growth. Besides, members will have access to an array of resources and guidance, and be able to network with a group of like-minded entrepreneurs, he added.

ECC has also lined up plans to branch out beyond Bengal, marking its footprint on other eastern and north-eastern states.

ECC, meanwhile, instituted the Goldspear ECC Leadership Excellence Awards and in its maiden edition conferred Lifetime Achievement Award on HP Kanoria, chairman, Srei Foundation, Entrepreneur of the Year on Santosh Sharma, founder, M’ma Dairy Farm, SME of the Year on Yogesh Gupta & Mr. Shankar Ramalingam, directors, Megaa Moda, Shepreneur of the Year to Manashi Roy Choudhury, director, Techno India Group Public School, Young Entrepreneur of the Year to Anirban Aditya, chairman, Aditya Group, Start-up Initiative of the Year to Hindol Goswami.

Columnist: 
Ritwik Mukherjee