Indus Net Technologies was present at the first-ever TiE F&B Entrepreneurship Summit & Awards 2017, which was recently held in Kolkata at The Park. Indus Net Technologies was the digital partner of the event.
The event was organized to understand the challenges and opportunities in the food and beverage industry, mostly in the eastern part of India and also fostered entrepreneurial spirit. It was a “meeting ground” for the top business leaders, investors, chefs, start-ups and entrepreneurs who discussed anything and everything related to food. An award ceremony was also held to recognize the pioneering vision and innovative growth among F&B entrepreneurs in the state.
Our CEO Abhishek Rungta, who is a charter member of TiE Kolkata, too shared his experience as an entrepreneur and encouraged more young blood to enter the F&B industry.
“F&B sector is undergoing a sea-change in the digital world. This is a great platform for those who are interested in the F&B industry to come under one roof and discuss the future possibilities. I really appreciate the efforts of TiE Kolkata for providing such a novel platform to motivate entrepreneurs,” said Rungta, who has a long-time association with TiE Kolkata, a non-profit organization promoting entrepreneurs.
S Radhakrishnan, president of TiE Kolkata and Bikram Dasgupta, director of BDG Global inaugurated the event along with other F&B business leaders. Sagar Daryani CEO and Co-Founder of Wow! Momo, who was the convenor of the event, was also present at the event.
It was an eventful evening for team Indus Net Technologies. We were present at the event at our stall and interacted with business leaders and entrepreneurs on how a digital presence is necessary for today’s F&B outlet and how digital marketing can bring about a change in the F&B sector.
Nishant Pabrai of Pabrai’s Fresh & Naturelle Ice Creams, which is known for doling out the famous nolen gurer ice cream, enjoyed being part of the event and spoke highly about the need for digital marketing in the F&B sector.
Aditya Ladsaria of Chai Break informed how difficult it is for stand-alone eateries to operate in the delivery market owing to the raging popularity of Swiggy and Zomato. He, also, spoke at length how digital marketing is changing the way we eat. “Today, if your business does not have a digital presence, then you lose out on customer and business too,” said Ladsaria.
Several seminars and discussions on key topics related to F&B industry were discussed. It was interesting to hear observations from restaurateurs’ such as Aninda Palit, founder-director of Savourites Hospitality, which runs 6 Ballygunge Place, Kewpie’s Rakhi Purnima Dasgupta and Siddhartha Chatterjee of Bhojohori Manna Restaurants who discussed how local cuisine is gaining popularity and winning hearts worldwide.
At a time when the entire country is discussing GST (Goods and Service Tax), a special seminar was also held to discuss GST and its impact on the food and beverage industry.
The last session, titled innovation driving growth in the F&B industry, found more audience in the young entrepreneurs, who were bustling with enthusiasm and energy to take on the business world.