27th June, 2015
The historic day for Bengal and especially for Bengali entrepreneurs. The 3rd meet of Bong entrepreneurs and same yielded good numbers. The journey kicked off almost a year back while couple of us formed a small whatsapp group to chitchat among us named “Bong Connection”. Later the group grew and continued communicating in our own way.
Start-ups in Bengal run by Bengalis are having immense challenges as I had also highlighted in my several posts specially manpower. But few of us kept on meeting, sharing our pains, successes and exchanged capabilities to grow together. Entrepreneurs are alone in nature. All of our problems we may not even share to our families and only fellow entrepreneurs can understand the philosophy and the journey. On the way we kept on feeling like converting informal handshaking in a formation and that produced yesterday’s meet.
The members in the Whatsapp group first met in Park Street almost one month back (8/9 members) followed by the second meet and finally the third meet with 20plus members. Interestingly majority of them arrived well before schedule (who says Bengalis can never meet timelines!).
The audience was from diversified domains like data centre, infrastructure, security, IT integrations, ERP, Customized Applications, Data Visualizations, HR, Skill Development, Echo Tourism, Finance, Procurement, Game Development, Animation, Solar Energy, Analytics, CRM, SEO/SMM, healthcare and others.
The “Bong Entrepreneurs” formed as a trust and few of us (fellow entrepreneurs) being the founding members, envisioned this Forum/Community to be meant for business where the bong members can exchange business opportunities, exchange domain knowledge, get associated to create new products/services, mentor startups, arrange several needs of the echo system partners starting from funding, incubation, legal, accounting, mentoring support etc.
We aspire to reach across the globe as we have already received several requests from Bengali Entrepreneurs in India and abroad requesting to open a chapter there.
We dreamt for a change which might bring revolutions and we are on our journey to create a conglomerate global Bengali business community. We are farm believer of Sunshine which is waiting for us at the end of this dark night.
We welcome you all be party to this movement and be the part of the history.
To touch the spirit of Bong Entrepreneur Forum, a small Bengali poem was written today morning. However, I am trying to translate the same for the larger audience.
“I may join in, but why should I?”
Shakti Chattopadhyay left us way back,
Many of us might not have read one of his famous poem;
Or lost it in our minds.
But unfortunately the slogan has become integral part of Bengali life and mind,
May be unknowingly.
We kept on seeking help when in trouble,
But no one came forward.
Coz I did not raise hands while others needed,
Rather preferred to be hidden in peace.
We kept on avoiding responsibility with the strings of “Not happening” and “not possible”.
People were spontaneous in Train – bus for blame game,
Complaints were spot on over Tea;
We kept on escaping from Bengal and Bengalis.
We could not get out of tiny profits and losses,
Our fears kept on following our shadows.
Bengal and Bengalis lost its glory in due course.
We never tried to face the obstacles and solve the problem,
Instead we were more comfortable in finger pointing.
We used to term ourselves “Crab” in critics,
But was not motivated in joining hands.
Bengal, our motherland, got doomed in effect.
As a consequence we are pushed back to wall.
But for how long we can afford to withstand it?
The time has come to bounce back, my friend,
Let us hold hands and fight for our existence.
It should be no more ” I may join in, but why should I “,
“We must go,” should be our spirit.
I am game, are you?