Durga Puja, Kolkata’s signature festival, which has been recognized as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO is being celebrated with a twist this year. Presented by Team Tauras and organized by Freeflow Ventures and New Town Sarbojanin (NTS), this year introduce DurgaPreneur, slated for the 21st October to the 23 October, 2023 at the City Square, New Town, Kolkata, marking the 7″, 8″ and 9th day of the celebrating the rise and victory of Goddess Durga over evil.
DurgaPreneur is an effort to make Kolkata the inward diffusion capital of all activities and the element of exciting the native innovator, changemaker, and entrepreneur to participate, network, and excel in front of national contemporaries. The initiative aims to offer CSR fund support to changemakers and social entrepreneurs, guidance to early-stage innovations, and make capital more accessible to young startups.
Debashish Sen, Managing Director of HIDCO said, “Durga Preneur is indeed a very innovative initiate, I fully support this initiative of helping women startups move ahead in the backdrop of Durga Puja. This being organized on the sidelines of the festival of Durga Puja makes great sense since Durga is the epitome of strength and the culmination of power for the world.”
The 3 event days will focus on different versions of the “DurgaPreneur on each day. Day One will focus on Women Changemakers, the Modern Kaalratris. Day Two is dedicated to the Young Innovators, the Modern Mahagauris. The third day celebrates women entrepreneurs, Modern Siddhidatri.
According to Aaquib Hussain, Co-Founder of FreeFlow Ventures “The palette to how we perceive Durga needs a modern turnaround, it’s not just a day, it’s a movement – and DurgaPreneur is the grand establishment of a sense and spirit around it. Wishing a solid fostering of many interventions, future IPs and growth of the India Ecosystem of, by and for women first change via Bengal’s first iteration of Durga Preneur”.
Pijush Ranjan Ghosh, Delivery Executive at IBM highlighted that, “Change starts within, as GLS Newtown Sarbojanin is dedicated to revolutionizing Durga Puja celebrations, merging tradition with a futuristic vision through DurgaPreneur, uniting and empowering women-led startups and young innovators, and transforming Newtown Sarbojanin into a global hub for witnessing Durga Puja and innovation is our first step towards empowering the next generation of women led startups.”
Samresh Das, Chairman of White Oak Hospitality Pvt Ltd said “Durga Preneur is the only platform where businesses and culture will complement each other. Durga Puja is a time when the entire Bengal shows its spirit of culture and positivity, which is the foremost need for a business growth. We want to showcase Bengal to the world of business during Durga Puja only to change the way Bengal is perceived when it comes to business”.
CEO of Team Taurus, Amitabh Roy said, “Empowered women empowering the world! In the pursuit of your dreams, rise as an entrepreneur and light the path for generations to come. This Puja let the Durga in you unleash your brilliance, courage and resilience across Bengal and beyond as you create a legacy of your own”..
The event is slated to feature some of the biggest VCs, CXOs, and Fund Houses who will be assessing the businesses. There will be an opportunity to connect with Policy Makers for growth propositions and to explore future collaborations. The event also aims to create a pipeline for the access of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Funds. DurgaPreneur is expected to act as a platform to grow one’s business network nationwide.