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> E Week India 2008: Building on Success
> E Week India 2008 theme: Industry and Academia, Connecting for a better India.
> Public Awareness Campaign: Pledge for a better India
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Entrepreneurship Week India is a week-long awareness campaign that celebrates the opportunities in today's India, and engages people in improving the entrepreneurial ecosystem. By focusing public attention on entrepreneurship, E Week serves to engage more people in accelerating India's economic growth.
E Week 2008 builds on the resounding success of the first India E Week, run in 2007 at the initiation of the non-profit National Entrepreneurship Network (NEN).
In 2007, for India's first ever E Week, over 150 NEN member academic institutes across 30 cities mobilized more than 1,00,000 students to participate in a wide range of entrepreneurship activities during the week. This effort brought a large wave of new students into entrepreneurship activities. Over 1,20,000 people took the E Week Pledge to join in creating a better entrepreneurial ecosystem.
Major associations engaged in furthering entrepreneurship, including TiE and IVCA, spread the word to their members. Several corporate partners, including HSBC, Himalaya Drugs, M&M, Microland, PVR and Symphony Services ran E Week activities to raise awareness within their organizations and beyond.
Press coverage served to bring the message to a wider audience, and included over 15 comprehensive national pieces of coverage, and 65 regional stories.
This year, E Week has emerged as the joint platform for groups supporting entrepreneurs and helping create a great ecosystem for entrepreneurship in India.
In 2008, co-hosts of E Week India include NEN, Wadhwani Foundation, TiE, IVCA, Indian Angel Network, Cyber Media's DARE magazine, and Proto.in.
With the expanded roles and number of co-hosts, and with NEN's membership having almost doubled since 2007, we expect to significantly increase the number of people participating. The target is over 1,50,000 individuals, with students from more than 250 institutes across the country participating.
This year the co-hosts have agreed that E Week should rally people around a specific theme, in order to sharpen the focus, enable immediate action, and keep the ideas for E Week fresh and relevant.
The theme "connecting industry and academia" applies across a wide spectrum of involvement. Increased interaction between the sectors would enable more discoveries to transition from labs to benefit society; ensure a better qualified work force by integrating students and faculty with entrepreneurs and professionals; and provide required exposure for inspiring and educating new entrepreneurs.
E Week India 2008's public awareness campaign is built around the theme, and calls for individuals from different sectors to spend a "Day in the Life" of someone from a different sector. For example, students and faculty will shadow entrepreneurs for a day; entrepreneurs and professionals will spend time on campus, teaching and interacting with students and faculty.
The plan is to bring at least 5 of the top entrepreneurs in each city to campuses for a day, as well as to engage with large numbers of others.
E Week India 2008 Pledge would also center on this theme, with people pledging "We can. We will connect to build a better India." Those who take the Pledge receive a button or sticker, "We Can. We Will."
> Take the pledge online > View signatures
Partners will be running their own activities during the week, including over 250 NEN member campuses that will be running multiple events. In addition, the E Week co-hosts would plan and execute some joint activities.
These events and activities include competitions, games, panel discussions entrepreneur lectures, and entrepreneurship festivals and Summits.
Judging by the drive and creative energies that the students invested last year, this year's E Week activities promise to be dynamic and exciting!
> View calendar of events > Post an e-week event
E Week Stories share what's happening from around the country, enabling us all to get a sense of the scope and scale of E Week India. These stories and photos will be available on the E Week website, starting February 2nd.
After all, what is happening on an individual campus is critical - but letting the world know what is happening helps shape a National Movement that furthers the impact much beyond the institute borders.
We are encouraging each and every co-host and participant to share their story and photos through the E Week India website, so that all of us may see and feel how India's entrepreneurial future is being forged.
In addition, NEN will be sending a dedicated NEN Team member to various cities for the sole purpose of capturing stories, blogging on them on the E Week site, taking photos. But with over 270 participating institutes, that will be a drop in the bucket.
A special request to NEN member institutes:
Please would you assign 2 members of your e-cell to communicate what you are doing to the outside world? One to take photos. One to write/blog on the E Week site.
Please share with us your NEN community, and with the world, what you are doing to build an entrepreneurial India!
> Tell your story & share your photos > Read E Week Stories > Images of E Week