IIM Bangalore's Eximius Attracts Authors, Filmmakers, CEOs and Over 5500 Participants

Nidhi Bahl updated on : 17 Aug 2015

IIMB’s annual innovation and entrepreneurial fest builds on the theme ‘Let’s Get Started’, with a variety of contests, workshops and guest lectures

From historian Ramachandra Guha to business leader Mahesh Murthy, from filmmaker Ketan Mehta to start-up stars Anjana Vivek and Rajiv Raghunandan, Eximius 2015 witnessed enthusiastic participation.

Hosted at IIM Bangalore, the three-day fest of ideas, competitions and panel discussions had over 5000 participants from management schools across the country.

In his keynote address, Ramachandra Guha, historian and author of several books, including ‘India after Gandhi’, said: “A good start-up needs good leaders who complement each other, just like Nehru and Patel complemented each other.” He advised entrepreneurs to remain undeterred by what people say and continue to do what they believe in.


Historian and author Ramachandra Guha has the audience riveted at Eximius 2015 at IIM Bangalore


“Copy-paste always fails, so be innovative and original,” said Mahesh Murthy, venture capitalist, founder of Pinstorm and founding partner of Seedfund, who went on to emphasize the need to have a great product so delightful that it would turn every customer into a “brand ambassador”.


Venture Capitalist and Founding Partner of Seedfund Mahesh Murthy shares tips with students during the entrepreneurship and innovation fest, Eximius, at IIMB

Founder-Director of VentureBean Consulting Anjana Vivek well-known consultant Rajiv Raghunandan led workshops on business planning and angel funding. Abhinav and Shreerang, from Oyo Rooms, shared their start-up experiences, emphasizing the need for entrepreneurs to set the right work culture in the organization and pay attention to detail.

Eximius had several quiz contests and the on-the-spot competitions Over 125 teams participated in Wipro Earthian’s sustainability challenge.

A panel discussion on MSME policies and entrepreneurship had participation from industry experts like AC Sahu (GM, SIDBI), Rajni Mishra (Chief GM, SBI) and Dr RS Deshpande (National Fellow, ICSSR). Dr Charan Singh, RBI Chair Professor of Economics, IIMB, moderated the panel.

On Friday (August 8), Padma Bhushan awardee and renowned danseuse Alarmel Valli inaugurated the fest with a special address on the ‘Role of Creativity in Innovation and Entrepreneurship’. Drawing upon her myriad life experiences as an internationally acclaimed Bharatanatyam dancer, she spoke about the importance of practice, perseverance and patience in the creative process. Students later released sky lanterns to mark the beginning of the fest.

Special invitee Mukesh Bansal, Founder, Myntra, addressed the students and advocated a pragmatic approach to business ventures, especially in the nascent stage. “Get your team right at every stage of development if you want to scale up,” he advised.

His talk was followed up by a panel discussion on ‘Taking Initiative’ with the team of the film, ‘Manjhi – The Mountain Man’. The film’s director Ketan Mehta along the actors Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Radhika Apte discussed the real-life challenges faced by the subject of the film, Dashrath Manjhi. The director and the cast narrated anecdotes from their lives to emphasize how entrepreneurship was not just about the web based start-ups but about setting goals and achieving them despite the odds.


(L-R)  Professor Vasanthi Srinivasan, Organizational Behaviour & Human Resources Management, IIMB; Team ‘Manjhi- The Mountain Main’ – actors Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Radhika Apte and director Ketan Mehta, during a panel discussion on ‘Taking Initiative: Doing it Yourself’ at Eximius

The evening also saw students thronging to ‘Catalysis’, a panel discussion on Housing and Real Estate, which brought together Founders and CXOs of companies like CommonFloor.com, Housing.com, IndiaProperty.com and Flatchat. Moderated by Professor R Srinivisan, Corporate Strategy and Policy area, IIMB, the discussion highlighted the different approaches taken by each of the four startups.


(L-R) Vikas Malpani, Co-Founder, CommonFloor.com, Professor R Srinivisan, Corporate Strategy and Policy area, IIMB, Ganesh Vasudevan, CEO, Indiaproperty.com, and Azeem Zainulbhai, CFO Housing.com, at a panel discussion on Housing and Real Estate, during Eximius, at IIMB

A variety of workshops were conducted during the three-day fest and they included those by CEOs Ankur Warikoo of Groupon and Arshdeep Sethi of RMZ Corp, who shared their experiences in starting up and sustaining business models. As many as 21 start-ups presented their ideas to potential customers and investors at a very popular event called ‘BootCamp’.

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