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DSBA hosts the Bespoke Show

 The Bespoke Show was organised at DSBA on 25th January 2020 between 11 am and 1 pm, at the IV floor hall, B Block. Students from final year BBA, BCA and BCom attended the panel discussion.

Ms Pooja D N from 3rd year BBA anchored the show and welcomed Ms. Asha Sampath and Mr. Sid Baliga-the hosts, the Panellists; Dr Veena K N, Dean; Prof Nikitha Sreekantha, HOD , faculty and DSBA students.

 Bespoke is defined as something that is custom-made. The Bespoke Show (TBS) is an initiative conceptualized to live up to this dictionary definition. It is neither another me too inspirational talk nor is it a platform to share larger than life personal stories. TBS is a forum for candid discussion on topics of interest covering conventional and non-conventional sectors; mainstream and offbeat careers; art and literature; media and entertainment; and even international affairs.

Ms Pooja invited Ms. Asha Sampath and Mr. Sid Baliga, the hosts of the show to occupy seats on the dais.

Ms.Asha Sampath is the founder director of Brand horizon, a brand management and consulting based in Bangalore. She is the former managing director of Indeka ceramics limited. Ms. Asha is an independent director on the board of Toyota Financial Services India Limited and is also a part of advisory council for EFI.

Mr. Sid Baliga is an educationist by profession and an author by passion. He has published in The Times of India, The Assam Tribune (north-east highest circulated English diary) and the periodicals of the ICFAI University press. Deccan Herald quoted Mr. Sid for his expertise in International SOP and resume development. He advocates fundamental rights and has funded a campaign, title ‘Bihar ki beti’ twice on Milaap, first in 2017 for a 5-year-old child from Begusarai Bihar and second in 2019 for a victim of human trafficking from Bihar.

The days discussion was on The Un-Accidental Entrepreneur; wherein, audience heard three perspectives from three seasoned leaders who have years of expertise in the entrepreneurship eco system.     

Mr.Aakarsh Naidu, Founder CEO, Startupreneur was the first guest to grace the dais. Mr.Aakarsh is an alumnus of London School of Economics and is a former Research Associate, ISB Hyderabad and former Start-Up Ecosystem Engagement Lead at NSRCEL-IIM Bangalore, He has presented on platforms such as Asia Pacific Week, NITI Aayog (AIM), NASSCOM, IIMB, XIMB, IEEE, Startup Asia Berlin, British Council, Total Group and Bosch to name a few. He has been covered in Financial Times, International Finance, Business Because, Les Echos France, Bangalore Mirror, Times of India, Hindu Business Line, Silicon India and Berlin Senates Newsletter.

The next guest who occupied a seat on the dais was Mr.Amarendra Singh, Chief Involvement Officer CIO Association of India. He is an Alumnus of Delhi Institute of Technology (Now NSIT) and FMS, Delhi University. His specialties cover starting initiatives grounds up and nurturing engagements to next scale. He is a fast learner, has an ability to wear many hats and getting it all wrong at times.

Next, Mr.Vijetha Shastry, Executive Director, TiE BANGALORE was invited to the dais. He possesses 25 years of handling challenging assignments in the service industry- hospitality, retail, travel, and coworking. His recent assignment was with Nasscom CoE as Lead- Open innovation.

To cater to the eco-friendly mission each event attendee was provided with a potted plant. Dr Veena welcomed Mr Aakarsh Naidu Prof Nikitha Sreekantha welcomed Mr.Amarendra Singh and Prof Meera Seshanna welcomed Mr.Vijetha Shastry.

The panel discussion began.

The host led the show by asking students whether they were keen on being entrepreneurs and then introduced the topic and the panellists gave the audience, insights into incubator cell-role of mentors, E-cell and Accelerators -its importance, start-up eco system, entrepreneurship journey and when to begin, identifying the mentors, funding from investors, inspirational experiences, challenges, opportunities and competitors, fear of losing out, un accidental and planned entrepreneurship, unsuccessful entrepreneurs and risk management.

 Ms Asha Sampath concluded the session.

  This was followed by a question and answer segment and ten minutes were allotted for questions from the audience. The panellists cleared student&rsquos doubts, offered suggestions and advice. As a token of appreciation, Ms. Asha handed over mementoes to the panellists- Mr Aakarsh Naidu, Mr.Amarendra Singh and Mr.Vijetha Shastry.

Ms Pooja D N proposed the vote of thanks and thanked Ms Asha and Mr Sid for hosting the panel discussion at DSBA campus as it immensely benefitted those students who are envisioning being entrepreneurs.