Welingkar Juggernaut at Eximius, IIM-B

Aug 18, 2011 | Posted by admin in Student Achievements   10 Comments »

Keeping up with the tradition of excellence, Welingkarites blitzkrieged   into the bastion of Eximius at  IIM-B as they  pulled off a clean sweep of trophies at the host institution. Teams of two each bagged the first and second position at the Cinepolis sponsored Hazaar ka Bazaar ‘under the umbrella event ‘Eximius-11’ held on 13th-14th of August.

Eximius is an annual event that attracts and tests the marketing potential of its participants spread over 150 colleges across the nation. This time the focus was on breakthrough start-ups with the theme ‘Unconventional entrepreneurship’, the contestants had to market two products in a rural market. The event by the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Cell of the Indian Institute of Management in Bangalore (IIM-B) happens to be the Institute’s flagship entrepreneurship summit.

Each contestant was asked to conceptualize two products or service for the rural areas. This was to be explained in the form of a skit, a prototype, diagrams etc. The product/service was evaluated based on originality, market effectiveness, marketing channel and convincing the consumer.

The first position went to Gaurab Ganguly and Mayank Shah, both from PGDM (Business Design-2011-13). Their off the beaten track ideas spoke of  ‘Jal – Hindola’ – A merry-go-round that would pump water to a central overhead tank from where it could be distributed to the entire  village.  The ‘Jal-Hindola’ would be located in schools and playgrounds wherein children playing around it would put the pump in motion for pushing the ground water to the tank. This would save the efforts of hand pumping or carrying water for long distances. The judges were swept off their feet by the judicious mix of fun and pragmatism as the team gave a diagrammatic presentation of the concept.

Their second idea unfolded the concept of ‘ Mitti – Cool’, a cooling unit made of baked clay for keeping  food stuffs cool over a period of time. It has a two layered wall with water in between, having the same principle  as the traditional clay utensils that are used to cool water.

The other duo, Navin Kamath ( PGDM E -Biz (Marketing) and Parikshit  Loke (Finance) which bagged the second position, had an equally interesting set of ideas up their sleeve. They had come up with the idea of Solar powered LED Lamps for rural areas and explained it with a skit. The idea was to install a large solar panel in the village and provide light through LED lamps using pay per use model,in a  cost effective and affordable manner for the people in the rural areas.

In the   second round the team offered the  idea  of providing toll free services to the rural masses particularly to the farmers to help them with information to sell their crops at a  place where they can reap maximum profit. This included tie-ups with corporates and other organizations to install server and service centers in the villages.

The third position went to the team from IIM B.

Winners were felicitated by Ms.Valerie Rozycki ,CEO of Zipdial.com on the last day of the Summit , Sunday 14, August, 2011

The winners got prizes that included cash, gift vouchers as well as certificates .The winners expressed their gratitude to Prof. Shekar Prabhakar Associate Professor – Marketing for all the support they got from him for making this achievement possible.

WeSchool congratulates the winning teams!


10 Responses to “Welingkar Juggernaut at Eximius, IIM-B”

  1. Parikshit says:

    very well articulated. we didn’t know there was no prize was coming 3rd lucky to come 2nd well that day it was LUCK combined with courage which helped us

    • Parikshit says:

      * some punctuation errors again from myside as usual. we were lucky on that day to come 2nd becoz there was no prize for coming 3rd. Let me also tell u one incident when the results were gettking announced we knew for sure thet BD juniors would win but i was nervous whether we would come 2nd or 3rd. at that point navin my team mate said tension mat le re we would do it and one butterfly passed through there near me incidentally which spelled luck. Really from cracking that one hell of marketing exam and then coming 2nd on IIMB platform was all destined. Only we had to work hard to achieve it. Some say it was an easy event But i say to them opportunity was there for everyone equally. WE grabbed it
      hats off to BD juniors!!!

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