Empowering Students for Self-Employability: INNOVATRACE-2023 Ideathon Unveils a Wave of Entrepreneurial Spirit

Mysuru, October 19, 2023: In a resounding call to action, Mr. Shivashankar B, Chief Executive of SJCE-STEP, underscored the paramount importance of cultivating an ‘Inbox thinking’ mindset and unwavering enthusiasm for success in any endeavor. This motivational address was delivered during the Ideathon for Startups INNOVATRACE-2023, a G20 Jan Bhagidari event organized by the Startup Cell under the auspices of IQAC program. The event took place at JSS College of Arts, Commerce, and Science, Ooty Road, Mysuru, on October 19, 2023.

Mr. Shivashankar exhorted students and researchers to view problems as challenges and to stand prepared to confront obstacles in their careers with resilience, all while gleaning lessons from past missteps.

Prof. B V Sambashivaiah, Chief Executive of the college, delivered an enlightening presidential address, highlighting India’s abundant resources and opportunities. He emphasized the increasing role of technology and industry in the country’s trajectory, noting that the Government of India, UGC, and State Governments have implemented numerous schemes to nurture entrepreneurship among college students, significantly bolstering the nation’s economic advancement. Prof. B V Sambashivaiah stressed the imperative for students to translate theoretical ideas into practical projects, underscoring the pivotal role of the Start-up Cell as a platform for cultivating entrepreneurial talent.

Dr. S. Prathibha, Principal of JSS College, extended a warm welcome to the attendees. Dr. Shiva Kumar, Assistant Professor, PG Department of Kannada, presided as the program host. Dr. Rekha. N. D, Assistant Professor, PG Department of Bio-Technology, extended the vote of thanks. Kum. M. C Pooja of III B.Sc. rendered the invocation.

A total of 35 teams from various colleges participated in the event, presenting their innovative startup ideas. The first prize was claimed by Pallabi Ghosh and team from JSS College of Pharmacy, with the second prize secured by Hamsini and team from the college. The third prize was jointly awarded to two teams, Jashmitha and team from JSSAHER, and Shreesharan B. and team from the college.

The INNOVATRACE-2023 Ideathon stands as a testament to the vibrant entrepreneurial spirit among students, poised to be a driving force in India’s economic landscape.