E-Cell of IIM Shillong aims to augment the entrepreneurial spirit of the students and tap on their immense potential of innovative and futuristic ideas by mentoring and supporting them. Interview with eminent personalities, workshops, conclaves, nation-wide competitions are some of the mechanisms we follow to enable the spirit of entrepreneurship potential.

About the Club

E-Cell of IIM Shillong aims to promote entrepreneurial spirit among the student fraternity and beyond. We serve as the bridge between enthusiasts and professionals in this field so that former can learn from their experiences, knowledge and expertise through initiatives like interviews, speaker sessions, competitions, conclaves and others. Being one of the premier B-school and the only one among the north-eastern part of our country, we proudly take the onus upon us to promote, support, boost and carry forward the immense pool of talent and ideas of this part of the country nation-wide. Some of our functions and activities are:

  • Organizing activities to promote entrepreneurial spirit in the participants.
  • Providing help and support to local entrepreneurs for issues they face in their ventures.
  • Coordinating and providing live project opportunities for the participants to provide them with industry interface.
  • Facilitating the setup of a full-fledged incubation centre in the institute to incubate budding start up from the region


Ideas shape the course of history. An idea is the essence of a start-up and entrepreneurship. With this thought, E-Cell of IIM Shillong, organises “Pratyay – Ideas that Inspire,” conceptualized to celebrate the spirit of entrepreneurship. The event consists of case study competitions, speaker sessions, Model Investor Summits, in their shoes and cultural evenings.


Emerge, the Entrepreneurship summit of IIM Shillong, organized yearly by E-Cell of IIM Shillong, is one of the most premier events of the region.

The two-day summit is an initiative to recognize and felicitate the aspiring entrepreneurs of our country for their contributions and accomplishments in their respective fields. Speakers from across the country, B- plan competitions, workshops, technical and entertainment conclaves are some of the activities happening in EMERGE.

Other Events

  • Online article competition - A quarterly event to felicitate the best articles written on entrepreneurship spirit.
  • Online competitions - Quizzes, and B-plan competitions that garner attention across the country.
  • I-connect interviews - A platform where industry leading entrepreneurs comes forward and interviews with us to share their experiences and views throughout their journey so far.
  • Live projects - A first hand, industry experience for the students to learn from.

Snapshot of Events

EmergE 2020

The Entrepreneurship cell of IIM Shillong hosted the 8th edition of its flagship Entrepreneurship summit, ‘Emerge 2020’, aon 22nd and 23rd November 2020. The two-day summit comprised of numerous expert talks, panel discussions, and workshops.

EmergE 2020 invited participants to dare and go beyond the ordinary, Beyond 1.0.

The event was conducted over two days; the highlights of each day were as follows:

The day started with a power-packed speech by the Director of IIM Shillong, Prof DP Goyal, highlighting the imperativeness of a B-School producing talented entrepreneurs and, in turn, invoking the students to embark on entrepreneurship journeys of their own. The inauguration was followed by the first panel discussion of the day- THE YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS.

PANEL 1: The Young Entrepreneurs

Moderated by the evergreen, lively, and youngster at heart, Mrs Neelam Rani, the discussion saw entrepreneurs sharing their experiences and insights. The students got a fresh perspective of things and were inspired to think differently. The young panellists took the students through the highs and lows of starting up and how they tackled their problems. The panel also encouraged the students of IIM Shillong to take the plunge towards entrepreneurship.

LIST OF SPEAKERS FOR PANEL 1: The Young Entrepreneurs

  • Gursakhi Lugani: CEO Nakhrewaali
  • Riddhinil Roy: CEO, NE8X
  • Vandeep Singh: CFO, GBKC Fashions
  • Amit Gautam: CEO and Founder at Pasito Industries

After a sumptuous lunch, and informal interaction with the members of both the panels, the students moved ahead for the second-panel discussion- The HOSPITALITY LANDSCAPE IN THE NORTH-EAST.

PANEL 2: The Hospitality Landscape in the North-East.

Moderated by the dynamic and students' favourite Professor Rohit Joshi, the panel boasted some of the hospitality industry's heavyweights. From references of Narcos by Mr. Prashanth Rao Aroor to the mercurial footballing and entrepreneurial journey of Mr. Larsing Ming Sawyan, from the Hatke idea that inspired Ms. Saumya Dutta to take the plunge, to the moment which inspired Mr. Girish Ahirwar to dropout of IIT Roorkee, the livewire panel discussion was a heart winner.

The panel enlightened and sensitized IIM Shillong students about the real possibilities and opportunities that exist in the north-east for entrepreneurship in the hospitality sector. It also threw light on the challenges on the road to fast-tracked growth and how an institution like IIM Shillong could be the guiding light in the much-needed collaboration between internal and external stakeholders.

LIST OF SPEAKERS FOR PANEL 2: The Hospitality Landscape in the North-East

  • Prashant Rao Aroor: Managing Director and CEO IntelliStay Hotels.
  • Larsing Ming Sawyan: Managing Director, The Centre Point Group and VP AIFF and President North-East Football Development Council.
  • Soumya Dutta: Founder at HatkeStays.
  • Girish Ahirwar: Serial Entrepreneur and CEO of Maxtron.io and Tagbin.in.

Post these illustrious discussions; a workshop was organized for the students to help them widen the scope of their learnings. The ‘Essentials for Entrepreneurial Success’ workshop, conducted by the National Award-Winning entrepreneur, Mr. Gunajit Brahma, saw the students learn how to formulate a business plan, a skill that would be key for acing corporate competitions.

Day 2 (23rdFeb 2020)

For the very first time on our campus, “The Best Manager Competition” was conducted. The Best Manager had several strenuous rounds that stretched across a broad spectrum and encompassed all aspects of a manager’s job and duties. The event required competence, dexterity, and a quick wit. The perplexity involved was unparalleled and was experienced first-hand by the participants through the challenging situations and diverse problems presented before them.

Inspiring speech by Prof. DP Goyal at the inauguration ceremony

The power-packed duo of Larsing Ming and Prashanth Rao Aroor

The auditorium packed with PGP students

PGP participants

The panel for the Hospitality Landscape in the Northeast

The panel for the Young Entrepreneurs

A soothing flute performance at the inauguration by PGP-19 participant Amit Kumar Bhattacharya

(from the left) Director DP Goyal with Prof Neelam Rani and Mr. Hemango Kishore Dutta

Mr. Hemango Kishore Dutta with Mr. Prashanth Rao Aroor, the CEO of Mango Hotels

Prof. Rohit Joshi conducting the panel discussion on the Hospitality landscape in the North-East

Larsing Ming Sawyan, Managing Director, The Centre Point Group and VP AIFF and President North-East Football Development Council

Contact Us

Official Email ID: ecell@iimshillong.ac.in

Sourabh Das - sourabh.pgp20@iimshillong.ac.in, +91 8013270039
Hijal Chatterjee - hijal.pgp20@iimshillong.ac.in, +91 9804383459
Atreyee Mitra - atreyee.pgp20@iimshillong.ac.in, +91 8240956416