Day1-Panel Discussion

April 2,2017

The success of an economy depends on a number of social, economical and political conditions prevalent in the country.
The first Panel discussion was hosted by ENTREPERNEUR’S MEET’17 on APRIL 2, 2017. The topic of the discussion was “IS SIKKIM READY FOR START-UPS?”

The discussion was aimed at bringing in experts from different areas related to entrepreneurship on a common platform. The panel consisted of the following members:

  • 1. P.D. Rai, MP Sikkim
  • 2. Anjana Lama, GM , NABARD
  • 3. Gopal Lama, District Manager, Lead Bank
  • 4. William Wilson Tigga, AGM, Sikkim
  • 5. Pankaj Thakar, Founder, Pad Up Ventures
  • 6. Karma Bhutia, Founder, ISHIPPO
  • 7. Diwakar Basnet ,Writer and Entrepreneur
  • 8. H.P. Kharel, GM, SIDICO

It was an interactive session where students from SMIT and outside gained the opportunity to learn and explore. The panelists, known for their contributions in the respective domains, talked about how the business scenario in India has evolved in the last decades. The Panel Discussion focused on the recent wave of consolidation among new-age companies in the entrepreneurial ecosystem wherein with the funding drying up has resulted in over a dozen buyouts of young start-ups .The panel also discussed about how the ideas of start-ups are increasing in India. How the young minds are innovating into business and how the investors should come forward to help them. Question like “the start-up bubble” were taken and justified with solid answers but the panel clarified that there are no soft landings in entrepreneurship.

“Start-ups are not about ideas, they are all about making the ideas happen”.

The panel discussion ended with an enlightening effect on the future of the start-up India initiative and the intricacies involved. They also focused on the opportunities and loopholes in the upcoming start-up ecosystem of India.The final advice given by the panel to the students was “Start-ups are not about ideas, they are all about making the ideas happen”.


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