Alumni Meet- November 12, 2016 | SPJIMR

Alumni Meet- November 12, 2016

Saturday, November 12, 2016

SPJIMR’s Start Your Business (SYB) and Grow Your Business (GYB), the twin entrepreneurship programmes run by the Centre for Entrepreneurship, have received enthusiastic endorsements from a wide range of alumni who reconnected recently at an alumni meet and awards night.

The meet on the SPJIMR campus was the second such celebration exclusively for the alumni of the SYB and GYB, which together constitute the oldest and longest running entrepreneurship programmes offered by a top rated school of management.

The meet came just as admissions opened for what will be the 19th batch of the GYB programme scheduled to launch on January 21, 2017. Admissions for the batch, which will take a maximum of 25 participants, are ongoing. The admissions process is on the GYB website at ( The GYB programme is conducted over seven weekends.

The 22nd batch of SYB ( is scheduled to commence on April 22, 2017. SPJIMR’s SYB is conducted over 10 weekends. 

Participants of the programmes over the years gathered for the alumni meet on November 12, 2016. It was the single largest gathering of entrepreneurs on the SPJIMR campus, bringing together over 100 SYB and GYB alumni, and offering opportunities to network, exchange ideas and to honour leaders and learn from their success stories.

Alumni spoke about how they have innovated, scaled up and grown their ventures since the completion of the programme. 

Apart from the star performers, the meet also honoured faculty members who with their individual competence and knowledge have significantly contributed to the programme content. 

Said Ulhas Phatak, who completed the GYB programme in  August 2011 and now is Chairman and Managing Director of NCS Logistics Pvt Ltd, which is in the business of offering Logistics solutions to large corporates and SMEs said: “It  was  a  refreshing  experience  for  someone  like me  to  be  around  with  so many young  startup entrepreneurs  and soak  in  to their  enthusiasm.  I enjoyed the session.  The mix of new and established  entrepreneurs  added  more value  to  the experience of the alumni meet.”

Said Mr Nishir Gordhandas, Chief Executive Officer at NWDCo Software Solutions LLP "Thank you SPJIMR for conducting such an awesome even, Look forward to many more engagements."

The SPJIMR platform offers structured support  for the alumni of GYB and SYB, notably  through SPJIMR’s virtual Incubation Center which has developed a powerful eco-system of mentors, investors and domain experts.

Said Prof. Suresh Rao, Chairman of the Centre for Entrepreneurship and Head of the GYB and SYB programmes: “Over five years, the GYB programme has evolved to embrace newer profiles of entrepreneurs and the emerging sectors they operate in. We have also taken up the delivery of programmes targeted at vendors and distributors of corporates. The core of the programme remains constant - management in a nutshell for growth.”

The Head of SPJIMR’s Incubation Center, Mr Shirish Kotmire told the participants that the incubation centre's services complement the learning process of the SYB and GYB programme. He said SPJIMR would act as their thought partners to help drive faster innovation and growth. 

The Incubation Centre is equipped to help participants start, run and grow their business. Members can leverage our external network for not just in the initial stages but also for accelerated growth.  He also explained the process of qualifying for the incubation activities.

SPJIMR’s GYB programme is designed to help entrepreneurs differentiate meaningfully from competition to help drive higher sales and profitability. It enables entrepreneurs redefine their customers, reposition the product proposition, redefine the business model, and also covers areas like HR practices, digital marketing and effective financial planning and MIS systems.

The SYB programme is designed to help entrepreneurs generate new business lines, disrupt the traditional business model, successfully pivot the product offering to differentiate and generate higher profits and create a sustainable venture in a challenging sector. The programme covers business innovation, development of a technology platform and adding on of new revenue streams.

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