Atharva tests business acumen with realistic competitions2 min read
Manipal: T. A. Pai Management Insititute (TAPMI) inaugurated its annual three-day Business fest, “Atharva” on January 18. The fest continues till January 20 in the TAPMI campus and other venues in and around Manipal.
The first day saw the Financial Management event, ‘Infinity’ with Prof. Vishwanath S. P. who let the participants battle it out by supplying live case studies to work on along with case studies from the Harvard Business Review. The fest also hosted the Young Business Leader competition to find that one true businessman who excelled in all facets of the job by putting them through rigorous sessions of marketing, financial and operational strategies, press rounds to check their quick wit and also a Quiz in the Dark, which was literally that.
The fest managed to invite prominent venture capitalists across the country to judge and give feedback on different business plans the participants had come up with. Every competition was based on live case studies and the judges also planned to fund any business plan that appealed to them in the business plan competition.
Preetha. S, II PGDM student and a co-convener in the fest said, “Atharva is a platform for all the budding entrepreneurs to showcase their skills and it comes with the excellent reward of good feedback and possible funding from some of the most successful people in the country.”
Atharva also arranged, an ‘Informals’ set of competitions for the participants and students which ranged from mind games, to treasure hunts and dance competitions to musical bingo.
One of the highlights of the fest was the dance competition ‘Vibes’, which brought everyone out cheering for their favourite team as four teams from different institutes of Manipal University (MU) battled it out in three different rounds, starting with an impromptu performance to a duet round, ‘Two to Tango’ and ending with the group street dance performances. The MIT based danced group, Blitzkrieg stole the show and inevitably won the competition.
Ashwati K. P., a student of Manipal School of Architecture and Planning (MSAP) said, “It was a change to watch something laid-back as a dance competition after seeing participants being grilled on various business plans and ventures all day.”
Sub-edited by Bhavani Seetharaman