Archives: May 2016

Seed Capital Support – EDII Ahmedabad

Seed Capital Support - EDII Ahmedabad

Since the year 2009-10, EDII has created a special pool of resources in the name, ‘Students’ Resource Fund’ for providing Seed Capital support to needy students from financially and socially challenged background of PGDM-Business Entrepreneurship Programme on Merit-cum-Need basis.

EDII has broadened this fellowship / grant support to provide small financial assistance to the students of PGDM-Business Entrepreneurship for enabling them initiating/starting own ventures. Such support will be given to students having viable and feasible business ideas, and as recommended by the fellowship committee (consisting of faculty, bankers and other experts).

A Bankable Detailed Project Report (DPR) needs to be prepared by the participants with regard to their ventures after conducting a thorough market research and secondary data based research along with IT based applications. At the conclusion of the field study, students delivers a written business plan for a new venture or expansion of current business, which will include analysis of the market and industry in which the business will compete, a viable financial and organizational structure, risk assessment, a marketing strategy and as appropriate, explanation of an underlying technology, manufacturing process and service delivery system. The final project report is prepared in a competitive format and is assessed by panel of experts comprising of faculty, industry experts and bankers.

Students working on their DPRs can register their names for seed capital support once the information is announced from PGP office.

The steps required to be followed are:

• Student should be ready with business project and basic business snapshot.
• The submitted business projects will be analysed by panel of faculty members and then it will be recommended for seed capital support
• EDII will provide counselling, support and services related to market survey, creating prototype, financial forecasting, interaction with bankers etc.

Primary sector focuses are software/IT, web/e-commerce, service sector, agribusiness, manufacturing/textile, food processing, renewable/clean-tech energy, chemical/fertilizer, power/electricity, electrical/electronic etc.

Startup by EDII Students to Revolutionize the Indian Ceramic Tile Industry

Tilebazzar – Organizing The Ceramic Industry On A Virtual Space
Co-founder – Nikita Maheshwari & Shikhar Maheshwari

In last 5 years, we all have grown up experiencing e-commerce and tech-enability making convenience a form of lifestyle. Everything is just a click (and these days rather a fingertap away).

Food, clothing and now housing (the quintessential Roti, Kapda aur Makkan) have all found their way to the 5-inch platform. Amongst all the others having your own Makaan is everyone’s lifelong dream. However, despite several platforms coming up on the ‘buy, sell and rent’ model there was a visible gap in the home décor, beauty and aesthetics segment in the construction industry. One can definitely buy, sell and rent houses but what about homes? Here is where me and my brother saw a window of opportunity.

We decided to venture into coverings and tiling. The idea was even more workable due the proximity of Morbi to Ahmedabad. This small town houses an industry size of USD10 Billion within the periphery of 50 Km. having almost 1500 manufacturing units for tiles, sanitary ware and other coverings. However, the biggest challenge was that the market having huge potential is highly unorganized making it inaccessible to the the right customer at the right time.

Thus, Tilebazzar was born. We wanted to bridge the gap between the manufacturing industry and the consumer and in turn helping the industry to organize itself on the virtual space. We wanted to provide every stakeholder a levelled platform to reach out to the masses across the country. We at Tilebazzar aim at providing a variety of choices at affordable price under one roof and also to provide end-to-end solutions within budget to beautify houses for customers and also provide greater exposure to the small and medium enterprises at Morbi to to come on board and showcase their products.

To make Tilebazzar a reality and covert the idea into right product, it was very important that the stakeholders understood the concept and tell us their problems. Thus, we created a beta website and conducted our market research for 6 long months formulating different services that would assist everyone- Manufacturer, Builders, Architects, Dealers, Developers and the Government as well. Our moto stands simple – Every Covering @ Every Price.

We are planning to launch Tilebazzar by the third week of May. We are proud to be first of its kind platform which shall not only provide you coverings but also provide creative solutions so that you get your dream house in just the way you imagined it to be.

Tilebazzar plans to do two things in future – Firstly, bring a behavioral change in the way our county perceives aesthetics in Building & Construction Industry. Secondly, we also want to make Morbi the epicenter of Ceramic/Vitrified Tiles, Sanitary and other coverings for the world in next 5-7 years. Myself and Shikhar want to make this town as Ceramic “Silicon” Valley because we understand our true success does not only lie in our personal achievements but also in the success of each and every stakeholder involved in the process right from the grass root level.

P.s. To every woman entrepreneur out there- if you are taking a chance to enter a male dominated industry, don’t back down, you will find your place give it time. But walk tall and stay strong.