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About Maha-Intrapreneur

Who is an Intraprenuer?

The term ‘Intrapreneur’ was coined almost two decades ago. However, it has not received the same recognition as ‘Entrepreneur’.

Intrapreneurs are those managers who are result-oriented, ambitious, rational, competitive, with high risk taking ability and questioning. They are challenged by innovation at the same time have an understanding of their organization and a belief in their colleagues.

Intrapreneurs are comfortable with change, have clarity of direction, thoroughness, a participative management style and an understanding that they needs to work with others to achieve their goals.

Entrepreneurship within existing organizations can be called as 'Corporate Entrepreneurship' or 'Intrapreneurship'. An 'Intrapreneur' is an individual charged with pushing through innovations within an organization, in an entrepreneurial fashion.

'Intrapreneurship' is an entrepreneurial way of thinking, acting and feeling of a work community. Intrapreneurs are students of circumstances and look for ways to increase business or improve the business they have. They seek alternatives and work towards innovation which is an integral part of Intrapreneurship. They have a stake in shaping the organization and know how to present it to customers with confidence, pride and assurance. Intrapreneurs have the motivations and execution skills to make "the big idea" come true, thereby fostering transformation and growth within the organization they are associated with.

The Concept of Maha-Intrapreneur

Praj believes that the innovative contribution of entrepreneurs is really supported by intrapreneurs, to a great extent, and together it becomes a successful organization. To promote the practice of intrapreneurship, the Company, as part of its Silver Jubilee celebrations in 2008, invited successful intrapreneurs under the banner of Maha-Intrapreneur. These practicing intrapreneurs shared their experiences and achievements so as to establish a source code for prospective intrapreneurs.

Inception of the Awards

At the onset of its Silver Jubilee year, Praj organized a one day program called the Maha-Intrapreneur on December 20, 2008. It was a workshop on Intrapreneurship where eminent professionals from various fields, spoke about the transformation from the 'employee-manager' approach towards a more 'entrepreneur-manager' approach in their careers. Eminent professionals like Mr. Kishor Chaukar, MD, Tata Industries, Milind Sarwate, Chief of HR and Strategy, Marico, Vikas Shirodkar, VP-HR, Johnson & Johnson; Gautam Nagvekar, Chief Operating Officer, Mahindra & Mahindra; Ravi Deshpande, Chairman & Chief Creative Officer, Contract Advertising and Yashashree Gurjar, General Manager (CSR), BILT were invited to share their experiences with around 200 professionals from various industries & institutes.

About Praj Industries Ltd.

Praj is a global process solutions company driven by innovation and integration capabilities, offering solutions to add significant value to bio-ethanol facilities, brewery plants, water & wastewater treatment systems, critical process equipment & systems, HiPurity solutions and bio-products.

Over the past 3 decades, Praj has focused on environment, energy and agri process led applications. Praj has a reference base spread in over 60 countries across five continents Solutions offered by Praj are backed by its state of the art R&D Center - Praj Matrix. Led by an accomplished and caring leadership, Praj is socially responsible corporate citizen.

About Symbiosis International University(SIU), Pune

Symbiosis International University (SIU) was set up in 2002 by Padma Bhushan Dr. S.B. Mujumdar who is the Chancellor. Presently, the University has 9 campuses and 28 institutes affiliated to it. There are more than 500 faculty members teaching under the 7 faculties - law, management, computer studies, health and bio-medical sciences, media communications and design, humanities and social sciences, and engineering. SIU has been awarded the prestigious 'A' Grade by NAAC accreditation body constituted by the Government of India. The Principal Director Dr. Vidya Yeravdekar and the Vice-Chancellor Dr. Rajani Gupte have ensured that SIU has consistently promoted academic excellence in all its disciplines through focus on research and teaching.