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M.O.P. BAZAAR GETS A BUZZ GOING

10,033 visitors, 89 shops and 400 budding student entrepreneurs

The young businesswomen came up with unique business plans and marketing ideas, and the market responded with appreciation, resulting in large, enthusiastic crowds at this year’s M.O.P. Bazaar, the annual student entrepreneur market held by M.O.P. Vaishnav College for Women.

M.O.P. Bazaar 2017 was held on Dec. 16 and 17 at the college premises, and was inaugurated by Mrs. Srikanta Jhaver, former president, FICCI FLO.

This year, the Bazaar was laid out in the form of five distinct streets to give the visitors the benefit of having a variety of goods at competitive prices. The streets were Rue De La Mode (Fashion Street), Anjaan Sadak (Surprise Street, offering gifting solutions), Bela Voja (Accessories Street), Aattam Kondattam (Fun Street) and Khao Galli (Food Street).

"This year there’s a huge crowd! I really didn't expect this kind of response, especially for my photo booth. I’m so glad that I've put up a stall this year,” said Ms. Krithikaa, a stall holder from the BBA department.

The Food Street had a spacious food court, where visitors could savour a variety of cuisines while witnessing an array of interesting entrepreneurship themed-programmes, including three mime shows on start-up entrepreneurship, performed by students of the college; a standup comedy show performed by Mr. Abhishek Kumar; a short-oratory competition on the topic ‘Are Entrepreneurs Born or Made?’ (with an extempore round for visitors); and a quiz for visitors on entrepreneurship and businesses on campus.

In order to motivate and inspire the stall holders, awards were given away in eight categories: best stall name, best retail display, most innovative products, most innovative packaging, best dressed stall holders, most eco-friendly stall, best promotion announcement and people’s choice award (most likes received on social media). These awards were judged by young entrepreneurs Ms. Kamalikka of Old Madras Baking Company and Ms. Pranavi Bisani of Vivek’s Retail, media personalities Mr. Daniel Pope and Mr. Kanna Ravi, and Principal of the college Dr. Lalitha Balakrishnan.

 

The Bazaar this year stood apart from those that have gone before, particularly because of the variety of programmes that had been planned to entertain visitors, Ms. Bisani, an alumna of the college, and a successful entrepreneur, said.

M.O.P. Vaishnav College for Women believes in holistic development of its students by encouraging not just academic achievement but also providing opportunities to nurture their economic independence.

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