“The Inaugural Program of the 14th Batch of IIM Lucknow’s One-year IPMX (2021-2022) was held online on 3rd May 2021. IPMX batch has a class strength of 114 students from diverse Industry backgrounds like Automobiles, Consumer Technology, Fashion, Real Estate, Space Research, Power, Oil & Gas; Fin-Tech, Consulting; Hospitality amongst others. Prof. Archana Shukla, Director, IIM Lucknow in her inaugural address stressed that the current batch, while starting in these trying times must prepare itself for adversity, but above everything else, try to be more humane and empathetic in life and as a leader. IPMX Founding batch alumni Mr. Pravin Borade, Associate Principal, eClerx, and Keynote speaker Mr. Manish Gupta, Senior Director, Dell Technologies spoke candidly about their IIM Lucknow days and gave insightful tips on the skill sets students must develop so as to get the best out of the rigorous and QS ranked IPMX program. Other dignitaries who spoke on the occasion were Dean Program, Professor Arunabha Mukhopadhyay, Dean Noida Campus, Prof Kaushik Bandhyopadhyay and Chairman IPMX Program, Prof Chandan Sharma.”
Diverse Student Profiles:
Mudit, 38, Social Worker and Oil Industry Professional
I have been involved in Social Work for more than a decade now. In this period, I have had an opportunity to work closely with many noted social workers and activists which broadened my horizon in public policy. I have worked towards slum relocation, building technology-enabled centers in villages to bring about transparency and accountability in policy implementation, getting admissions under RTE, teaching kids in slums, making short films to highlight pressing issues of people at the bottom of the socio-economic pyramid.
Currently I am working on a community-driven teleconsultation helpline specifically for Covid and providing medical assistance to those who can’t afford it.
I have done all this along with a full-time job. Social work and volunteering have left an indelible mark on me.
Padmanav, 34, Automotive Entrepreneur
Born and brought up in Asansol, a small town in West Bengal, I always fancied owning a four-wheeler of my own, but it was almost always out of reach. Growing up, statistics confirmed the same – India has an automobile penetration rate of 26 per 1000 people. Call it luck or sheer coincidence, over the last 3 years I have been able to help close to 1000 families achieve their aspirational dream of owning a car with my start-up Fidomotus, a journey I took after quitting a cushy job at SBI, where I had just received a double promotion after my probation. That’s my story!
S. Shivshankar, 30, Social entrepreneur /Foodprenuer and Operations manager
As a kid, I remember spending time at the restaurant my grandfather ran. The amount of planning and organization that he put into building and running the business triggered my passion towards entrepreneurship. Specifically, I wanted to be a social entrepreneur, where I would be able to make meaningful contributions to the society.
In 2013, I was able to start my own venture “Bread & Beyond” a concept sandwich shop in Chennai, where I was also able to employ people from the transgender community. Due to un-sustained profitability, I had to close the business. The entrepreneurial drive to learn from failure helped me grow as a leader, and with the same team, I built a scalable cloud kitchen venture called LunchPI in 2015- focused on kids and corporate meals.
The concept was successful, and we scaled to 4 kitchens and served 3000 meals a day. I was also able to increase my transgender staff representation to 40%. Working with them gave me new perspectives & made me realize they value support & encouragement over monetary assistance. I had a successful exit from LunchPI in 2018. Thus far, my entrepreneurial drive and professional experience have pushed me to look at the complete picture, learn, adapt, and scale through others. Most importantly, it enabled me to welcome diverse perspectives and empower others.
Ashwin M. Nair, 27 Motorsports professional
My Name is Ashwin M. Nair. I’m a mechanical engineering graduate from NIT Trichy and I’ve worked in the Oil & Gas industry and Motorsports industry, with a combined work experience of 5.5 years.
Upon my graduation, I was fortunate to receive an opportunity to build my professional career amongst world-class experts at Shell in an equipment maintenance role. Here I learned problem-solving techniques from industry leaders and even spent time in oil fields in African wilderness with multi-national team mates to identify and implement maintenance solutions. Being an avid racing enthusiast from childhood, by late 2017 I decided to take a break from the corporate environment and pursue a career in the field of motorsports. I participated in various national and international racing championships and winning multiple trophies.
In 2018 I joined an up-and-coming Motorsports team, in a techno-management role, where I worked on business development, managed overall operations of the team, and personally trained over 100+ racing aspirants. It is only when I completely immersed myself in the industry that I realized the huge financial burden that comes with having a dream of being a professional racer and I saw that that the field was mostly restricted to those with connections and financial resources.
My journey has inspired me to work towards eventually building my own motorsports company which will serve a truly diverse demographic of individuals – both as employees and clients – who may otherwise never have had access to pursue racing as a career.
Supriya Tripathi – Professional by nature, entrepreneur at heart
Supriya has close to 7 years of work experience across various roles in the IT industry in addition to being a passionate entrepreneur. An engineer by profession, she has run 2 startups – ‘Cake Symphony’ for designer cakes and ‘Get Gorgeous’ in the beauty and wellness industry. Naturally driven towards entrepreneurship, both her ventures were born truly out of her passion for doing something on her own.
She has been fearless in taking chances and believes in dreaming big. Her journey has helped her acquire numerous skills-building things from scratch, managing teams, and handling clients. Supriya learned that though it takes courage to start a business, it is equally important to know when to pivot and move on.
The primary challenge in her ventures was the ability to scale with profitability. To run a successful venture, knowing all paradigms of business management are important. Supriya’s short-term goal is to gain industry experience as a product manager, and ultimately, run a successful business of her own.
She is delighted to be a part of IPMX14. The course curriculum will help her excel in business management, decision making, and leadership skills – enabling her to develop a sharper business-oriented mind. Supriya feels confident that IPMX14 at IIM-Lucknow will propel her towards her professional goals.
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