Technological innovation and entrepreneurship has been the backbone of societal development even before the words themselves were invented. Given the inherently curiosity of humans and the several challenges posted by nature herself which hampered survival of the whole species has enabled constant innovation. Celebrating this very nature of humans, KJ Somaiya College of Engineering (KJSCE), based in Mumbai organises its annual techno-biz competition named ‘Ennovate’. This competition is a well sought after among technology and entrepreneurship enthusiasts and receives admission from a large number of aspirants. Organised by the Entrepreneurship Cell of KJSCE, Bloombox, has aptly given the competition the tagline -- “Make your work knows its worth!” Aspirants from varying educational backgrounds participate in one of its kind competitions which effortlessly blend components of entrepreneurship, innovation and technology to encourage participants to mould their ideas and build realistic solutions to real-world problems. The competition requires participants who can participate in groups to build a technical prototype of the product and also provide the business plan for the same. This competition can be largely broken down into two levels. In the first level participants are required to submit the problem statement or the objective of their product. Post the first level, about 20 teams make the cut to the final stage where teams have to present the prototype and the business plan. This year’s Ennovate event was different from last years since due to lockdown, the participants had to give their final round, held on April 5, presentation over Zoom conference calls.
The prices for the winning candidates were pretty exciting too. It included:
1. Cash prizes of INR 35,000.
2. Certificates to the winning teams.
3. Data Analytics Course coupons worth INR 5,000 to all participants
4. Mentorship opportunities with Ycenters global leadership team and Internship opportunities from 10+ renowned companies.
5. An opportunity to network with our judges and mentors and get insightful knowledge about the industry.