IDEATHON 3.0 at Kalinga University

Raipur (thestates.news) | On January 6, 2024, IDEATHON 3.0, business plan competition organized by the Faculty of Commerce and Management at Kalinga University, Raipur, CG, concluded successfully. This flagship event has been an annual tradition since 2021 and it took place in a hybrid mode this year on January 5th and 6 th 2024.
The jury for this prestigious business competition included prominent entrepreneurs from
Chhattisgarh including Ms. Namrata Yadu (Director, Chhattisgarh Mushroom), Mr. Amandeep Singh
Bhatia (Founder of Gift Kya De), Ms. Namrata Tatiya (Founder of Acculegal), Mr. Abhijeet Sharma
(Business Manager, IGKV RKVY), Mr. Atul Pradhan (Founder of SAAR Agrivate Consultancy), Mr.
Somesh Sharma (Co-Founder of Augtech Nextwelth IT Services Ltd), Mrs. B Shirisha (Quality Head,
Augtech Nextwelth IT Services Ltd), and Mr. Rajat Jain (Automation Lead, Augtech Nextwelth IT
Services Ltd). The internal judges from Kalinga University were Dr. R Shridhar, Vice Chancellor, and
Dr. Byju John, Director General.
On January 5th, the program began with the lighting of the lamp and a warm welcome to all guests.
The Guests of Honor, Ms. Namrata Yadu and Mr. Amandeep Singh, shared their perspectives with
the participants. The Vice-Chancellor and Director General of Kalinga University also shared their
perspectives on entrepreneurship. Teams presented their business ideas over the next two days.
The competition was held in two categories: School and College, with cash rewards of Rs. 25,000 and Rs. 15,000 for winners and runners-up, and Rs 10,000 and Rs 5,000 for 2nd and 3rd runners-up in each category. Fifty-five teams from prestigious institutions and schools across India presented their innovative business ideas.
In the Valedictory Ceremony, Mr. Somesh Sharma, the Guest of Honor, shared his valuable thoughts,
and guest speakers Abhijit Sharma and Mr. Atul Pradhan provided insights into the technicalities of
the business plan competition. The winners of the competition in the School category were: Team
Algorithm Alchemist (St. Francis School, New Delhi) won the 1 st prize and Team Inno Vision (KPS
Naya Raipur) won the 2 nd prize. In the College category, the winners were: Team VacSaver (Trinity
College, Pune) secured the winning prize as Winner, Team Pip Install (St. Joseph College, Chennai)
was 1 st Runner Up, Mr. Partha Majumdar (Kalinga University) was 2 nd Runner Up and Team Stylin (NIT Agartala) was 3 rd Runner Up.
During the Valedictory Ceremony, Mr. Somesh Sharma, the Honorary Guest, shared his valuable
thoughts, while Mr. Atul Pradhan and Mr. Abhijit Sharma gave insights into the intricacies of the
business plan competition.
Mr. Ram Girdhar, the event’s Co-convenor, presented the overall IDEATHON 3.0 report, while
Ms. Shinki K Pandey, the event’s Convenor and Head of the Faculty of Commerce and Management,
expressed gratitude and officially concluded the event. Mr. Tushar Barik, Mr. Satvik Jain, Ms.
Shivangi Makade, Ms. Nishtha Sharma, Dr. Nidhi Goenka, Ms. Deepti Patnaik, and Ms. Dharna
Agrawal led the team in organizing this significant event.
Kalinga University is a reputed educational institution in Central India. For providing innovation and quality education, the university has been granted B+ recognition by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC). It is the only private university in Chhattisgarh, which is included in the NIRF Ranking in the year 2022 and 2023 in the band of top 1011-50 Universities. The students are trained through high-quality multidisciplinary research-focused education and skill development programs to inculcate innovation in the students as per the global benchmarks to develop a sense of responsible citizens with the development of leadership power.