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SPJIMR's SYB and GYB Alumni-entrepreneurs Come Together on Campus for a Grand Reunion and an Awards Night

MUMBAI, November 10, 2016 /PRNewswire/ —

Alumni of SPJIMR’s pioneering entrepreneurship programmes, Start Your Business (SYB) and Grow Your Business (GYB) will be back on campus this weekend for an evening of networking and celebrations to honour the winners of the first ever alumni entrepreneurship awards.

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The event this Saturday (November 12), billed as ‘Connect, Collaborate & Co-create’ will bring together over 200 alumni from various GYB and SYB programme batches conducted over the last several years by SPJIMR, making it one of the largest collection of entrepreneurs on campus.

Prof. M. Suresh Rao, Chairperson of the SPJIMR Centre for Entrepreneurship, which runs the SYB and GYB programmes said, “Traditionally, entrepreneurship has been the preserve of the business community. It is only recently that we are seeing the emergence of first generation entrepreneurs from non-business communities. SPJIMR’s SYB and GYB programmes are designed to provide the knowledge, the skills, the attitude and the eco-system for these first generation entrepreneurs to create sustainable ventures.”

The SYB programme (http://spjimr.org/syb/aboutsyb) for aspiring entrepreneurs was launched in 2005 and stands out as one of India’s longest running independent entrepreneurship programmes housed at SPJIMR, a top ranked school of management.

The GYB programme (http://spjimr.org/gyb/aboutgyb) is tailored for entrepreneurs looking to accelerate their growth, was launched in 2011. The GYB programme is uniquely structured for entrepreneurs, founders or key decision makers of small businesses.  

Between them, SYB and GYB have built an alumni eco-system that comprises 400 young entrepreneurs rich with exciting ideas and eager to learn from each other, supported by experts, mentors and investors. SPJIMR is equipped to add value beyond the programme through activities like start-up mentoring, workshops, facilitating co-working among alumni and providing access to funding through its newly minted incubation centre.

At the alumni meet, SPJIMR will recognise alumni who have achieved significant growth in their business after participating in GYB or SYB programmes. Faculty will be recognised for their excellent academic contribution and commitment to the programmes over the years.

The Dean of SPJIMR, Dr. Rajan Banerjee will address the gathering and give away the awards.

Alumni have warmed up to the idea of an on-campus meet to reconnect, celebrate their journeys and build on their work. Reacting to the highlight of the agenda, a structured business networking session among alumni, a participating alumni entrepreneur, Priyesh Shah said, “I am excited at the opportunity to professionally network with fellow alumni for mutual benefit.”

Alumni can register for the meet by writing to cera2@spjimr.org or cera3@spjimr.org

About SPJIMR:  

S.P. Jain Institute of Management and Research (SPJIMR) (http://www.spjimr.org) is a constituent of the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan and is ranked among the top ten business schools of India. As a premier school of management, SPJIMR is noted for pedagogic innovations and pioneering programmes which have helped the institute stand out for its unique and distinctive path in management education. The philosophical pillars upon which rests the edifice of SPJIMR’s educational pedagogy and development are ‘influencing practice’ and ‘promoting value-based growth’. SPJIMR sits on a sprawling 45 acre campus in the western suburbs of Andheri in Mumbai. Its oldest programme is the two year Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM). SPJIMR runs a highly successful Post Graduate Family Managed Business (PGFMB) programme, the 15 month Post Graduate Programme in Management (PGPM), the Post Graduate Executive Management Programme (PGEMP), the Global Management Programme (GMP – formerly known as PGCIM), the Post Graduate Programme in Development Management (PGPDM) programme. The institute runs several shorter term programmes like the PMP Preparatory Programme, the Post Graduate Certificate in Advanced Project Management, Doing Business in India (DBI), Start Your Business (SYB) and Grow Your Business (GYB). SPJIMR has launched two new programmes this year, the Post Graduate Management Programme for Women (PG-MPW), a management programme for women aspiring to return to the workforce, and the Fellow Programme in Management (FPM).

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