Mangaluru Entrepreneur's Day - IGNITE 2023

March 4, 2023

In a new initiative to give impetus to entrepreneurship in Mangaluru, the city based Manel Srinivas Nayak Institute of Management (MSNIM) along with the Atal Incubation Centre, Nitte launched its first edition of Mangaluru Entrepreneurs’ Day on Saturday, March 4, at Hotel Ocean Pearl.

Sarvotham Pejavar, founder & CEO of Zecomy, Bengaluru and Vittaldas Leeladhar, former deputy governor of the Reserve Bank of India, were the chief guests for the inaugural ceremony, which took place at 9.30 am. Manel Annappa Nayak, president of the Women's National Education Society (WNES), presided. The event commemorates the 110th birth anniversary of Manel Srinivas Nayak, a pioneer educationist and former-MLA, after whom the MSNIM is named.

In his address, Sarvotham Pejavar observed that having an entrepreneurial mindset is the most important requirement for venturing into business. “Entrepreneurial mindset is about leading change, creating value and taking calculated risks. Self belief is important for this journey. India’s domestic market is huge and India is the final destination for all the countries of the world. In the next 25 years, India will beat every other country and become No.1. There are opportunities emerging in every sector. Everything is available. You only need to unlock yourself,” he said.

Vittaldas Leeladhar paid rich tributes to the institution’s founder, Manel Srinivas Nayak. Dr GV Shenoy, the first director of the institute traced the institution’s journey from its inception. Dr A P Achar, CEO of Nitte AIC introduced the event and promised to start an incubation Centre at MSNIM soon.

Mangaluru Entrepreneurs’ Day aims to inspire budding entrepreneurs, provide networking opportunities and bring together business owners, investors and other stakeholders to exchange ideas and build partnerships. The ultimate goal is to promote entrepreneurship and encourage people to start and grow their businesses in Mangaluru, which will result in job creation and the economic growth of the region.

The programme comprised four sessions. The first session, ‘Road Map for Development of Entrepreneurship in Mangaluru,' was moderated by Dr AP Achar, CEO of AIC Nitte Incubation Centre.

Ratheesh R GM, Union Bank of India, prof A M Khan, professor and chairman of department of electronics, Mangalore University and M Ganesh Kamath, president, KCCI, were the speakers.