YI INNOVEX (Youth India INNOVEX) is a 3 day event conducted in Bhubaneswar, targeted at entrepreneurs and other start up organizations. It is a part of the larger Make in Odisha conclave happening on the same day at the Janata Maidan in the city. It is conducted by Youth India and is supported by the Government of Odisha and the Startup India Mission. The motto of the event is to encourage the youth of the state to Inspire, Innovate, Educate and Connect. This is in keeping with the larger aim of the event and the entire conclave as a whole, which is to help the existing startups achieve success in their respective fields, as well as to encourage more people to found startups. Read more on Innovation
One look at the website design for the INNOVEX can tell you how much of an eye for detail the team behind this event has. The entire itinerary is beautifully presented in the website, and has a star ensemble to match the design! Founders of startups, such as explara.com, zivame.com, Reverie Language Technologies etc. are all talking about their own ventures and how they achieved their success. The event involves showcasing 5 multi-million dollar startups with roots in Odisha to encourage innovation amongst the startup community in Odisha. The startups include:
The success story of Richa Kar, founder of zivame.com and that of Arvind Pani, CEO of Reverie Language Systems, is also on show.
INNOVEX is not just a show on how existing entrepreneurs in Odisha survive and thrive. It also has stalls and other workshops on various entrepreneurship related things. On the first day, there is the Workshop Udyam, which is used to get common people involved in entrepreneurship. It is hosted by Shradha Patil from Mentorpreuners, Prof. DV Ramana from XIM Bhubaneswar and the members of YI Bhubaneswar. There is also a workshop on the second day, conducted for school and college students on making of gliders and other forms of flying objects. This is conducted by EduRade from Kolkata.
It is not all technical at INNOVEX. The organizers know the importance of the business side of a startup story and accordingly, have organized a discussion on the evolution of the entrepreneurial ecosystem. Various industrial stalwarts are scheduled to take appear, alongside an Odisha government official. This discussion is moderated by Dulal Pany, a serial entrepreneur, and can count illustrious names like Miten Mehta (Serial entrepreneur at Silicon Valley) and Karan Anand (Startup India) as participants.
Given that Odisha receives so little attention as compared to other states, not many would have expected the state of Odisha to be an entrepreneurial pioneer. But that is the case, and it doesn’t look like stopping anytime soon. Odisha’s recent history is littered with entrepreneurial adventures and the technological and business behemoths it has exported are now returning to the state to inspire the next wave of entrepreneurs, especially the youth, thanks to INNOVEX. With the local state government aggressively promoting entrepreneurship, the future looks bright indeed for Odisha. Read more on Startup News This article was contributed by Ravikiran Ramakrishnan, one among Indian CEO’s content writers.