On 29 October 2022, E-Cell Jamia Millia Islamia, hosted the university’s first-ever Founders’ Meet. Several entrepreneurs-cum-alumni attended the event to inspire and foster the entrepreneurial spirit among the students. Over 100 startup founders and entrepreneurs joined the Founders’ Meet to network, learn, and discuss the various problems and solutions in the industry. The Jamia Review collaborated with E-Cell as their media partner to bring the concepts of startups and entrepreneurship to a wider audience.
E-Cell JMI is a student organization that strives to educate people about startups and entrepreneurship. The primary goal of the organization is to nurture an entrepreneurial mindset among the students through a variety of activities, professional guest lectures, and workshops.
The Founders’ Meet took place on 29 October 2022 at 2:00 pm, at the CIE Co-Working space, wherein three successful business owners were honored as the chief guests. Other investors, founders, and small-business present at the event used the opportunity to learn, grow, and explore all the concerns and doubts on their minds.
The guest delegate included Dr. Ruha Shadab, founder of the Led By Foundation; Atyab Mohammad, co-founder of Wigzo Technologies, a comprehensive Al-powered marketing automation tech suite for e-commerce brands; Ambuj Saxena, the co-founder of Social Buzz; Mubashir Naseer, co-founder of Quilt Comfort. Mr. Atyab, Mr. Ambuj as well as Mr. Mubashir are the alumni of Jamia Millia Islamia.
Entrepreneurs from Jamia were able to interact with a huge number of founders and business owners at the event and network with them. The entrepreneurs introduced themselves and shared their professional experiences to start the session.
Dr. Ruha Shadab, who founded the Led By Foundation, India’s first incubator to promote leadership and professional development among Indian Muslim women, also engaged in insightful discussions with female business owners who were eager to start their entrepreneurial journeys.
Students were also presented with the opportunity to pitch their startup ideas to the leaders of the industry and get wise counsel from them. In total, around 173 people attended the Founders’ Meet, with over 80 entrepreneurs and 30 investors present among them.
Along with the Founders’ Talk, the event also included Pod Discussions, High Networking Opportunities, and Question & Answer Sessions.
Following their incisive speeches, the speakers engaged in one-on-one Pod discussions with the audience. Founders in the Pod exchanged ideas and solutions for the difficulties that many entrepreneurs were facing.
An interactive “Chai pe Charcha” session was hosted thereafter, giving a valuable space for business owners to speak with all four chief guests. The interactive session brought the event to a close.
In the end, the attendees were invited to leave messages as their feedback on the event, garnering a positive response from them.
With the collective efforts of all the members of E-Cell, presenters, attendees, and guests, the event proved to be a huge success.
Report by: Moneera Aiman for TJR.