Report By Dr. Ananthapadhmanabha Achar
Justice K.S. Hegde Institute of Management (JKSHIM), NITTE and Karnataka Bank Limited (KBL) came together, along with the members of the MSME Industry to celebrate the best of MSMEs at the NITTE-KBL MSME Conclave & Business Awards 2018, at Hotel Ocean Pearl on November 3rd.
The starry event was inaugurated by Mr. Mahabaleshwara MS, MD & CEO, Karnataka Bank, alongwith Mr. Vishal Hegde, Pro-Chancellor, Nitte, Mr. Suresh K Rao, Chief General Manager (Materials), MRPL, Mr. Sreekanth K A, Co-MD, DXC Technologies, Dr. K. Sankaran, Director, JKSHIM and Dr. A. P. Achar, Dean – Corporate Programmes, JKSHIM.
The Conclave experienced five panel sessions on digitization of MSMEs and its implementation towards business growth. The industry leaders addressed the MSMEs, who participated wholeheartedly and, in vibrant colours. Also, the investment firms (VC/Angels) met select MSMEs to assess the feasibility of investment options in the promising enterprises.
The evening witnessed a wholesome of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) bagging honours across various award categories, such as the functional excellence awards, outstanding skills awards, jury recognition awards and the special category awards.
“It was a dream come true project for me – providing a recognition platform to the determined, focused and accomplished MSMEs in the region”, said Dr. A. P. Achar, Dean Corporate Programmes, JKSHIM
The pleasure of seeing the accomplished MSME owner walk up the stage, hold the award trophy and deliver a heartwarming acceptance speech is a feeling that only a fellow MSME can understand. The NITTE-KBL Business Awards 2018 saw a plenty of that on Saturday evening in Mangalore! While the presence of the who’s who of the industry, academia and industry bodies/ associations including Mr. Balachandra Y.V. (GM & CFO, Karnataka Bank), Mr. Moodithaya (Pro-Chancellor, NITTE), Mr. K. E. Raghunathan (President, AIMO), Mr. S. S. Nayak (Practicing Chartered Accountant), Mr. Siraj Ahamed (MD, Inland Developers), Mr. Ravichander (MD, Diya Systems), Mr. Poojary (MD, Shivsagar Foods & Resorts) and many others made it a very grand event, what made it even more memorable were some of the speeches that these MSME winners made.
“I am very delighted to see the energy and determination of these young entrepreneurs and extremely happy to see the motivation platform given by NITTE-KBL via this business awards event”, Mr. Ravichandran, CEO, Diya Systems
The evening at the NITTE-KBL Business Awards 2018 was marked with some amazing memorable moments. The awards accounted for some emotional moments of euphoria and gratitude from the winners, and the entertainment performances evoked a sense of wonder and oomph into the proceedings.
Industry veteran and practicing Chartered Accountant, Mr. S. S. Nayak received the Lifetime Achievement Award. He said “I want to thank JKSHIM, NITTE and Karnataka Bank for bringing this event to Mangalore. Such coveted events are much needed to motivate the young entrepreneurs and recognize the talent that will grow to new leaps and bounds”.
The entire event was immaculately conceptualized, managed and executed by our Event Partner, INFINIQE Elite Solutions.