Ten short films that will narrate the success stories of “home-bred entrepreneurs” from Gujarat, who started their respective businesses as MSME units will be showcased at the seventh edition of the Vibrant Gujarat Global Investors’ Summit to be held in Gandhinagar in the second week of January 2015.
MSMEs in Gujarat will be one of the key themes of this year’s Vibrant Gujarat summit. “We wanted to tell the world about the success stories of home-bred MSMEs from Gujarat. So we selected about 10 companies who started as small units and went on to make a mark in their respective areas of operations. Some of these are about 20-30 years old firms, while some are start-ups launched by young entrepreneurs from Gujarat,” said a senior official of the Gujarat government who did not wish to be named.
The films on these entrepreneurs from different parts of Gujarat will be about 90 seconds long and will be part of the MSME convention that will be held during the summit on January 12, 2015. The tales of these entrepreneurs will be showcased to visitors from across the globe at the summit when the NDA government is aggressively promoting the “Make in India” campaign.
“These companies have been selected after detailed consultation process with the industry and various associations. They have been selected from various sectors including diamonds, auto-ancillaries, chemicals, manufacturing, etc. They are case studies of entrepreneurial brilliance that exists in Gujarat, in the areas of marketing, technology transfers, patents, employee retentions and others,” the official told The Indian Express while refusing the divulge the names of the companies on whom these films are being made.
Apart from showcasing these short-films, the entrepreneurs will also get a few minutes to talk about his or her venture to the audience in a language of their choice. There will also be an open house to allow exchange of ideas and opinions.
“These films are part of a different format of presentation that we thought would help highlight Gujarat-based MSMEs. These short-films will be an entertaining case-study analysis of how the entrepreneurs in the state have managed to churn out successful enterprises,” the official added.
Gujarat currently has over 1.80 lakh MSME units. According to state government figures, Surat with about 75,000 units is the biggest hub of MSME units in the state, followed by Ahmedabad (47,000 units), Rajkot (14,000) and Vadodara (8,000). The maximum number of registered MSME units — about 46,000 units — are those involved in manufacturing of textiles, apparel, dressing and dyeing of fur. Manufacture of machinery and equipment (13,000 units), chemical and chemical products (7,000), Wholesale trade and commission trade (13,000) and manufacture of fabricated metal products (7,500) are some of the areas of operations of the MSME sector.