MUMBAI: SPJIMR, a constituent of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan and a leading school of management, will welcome over 400 guests to ‘FMB Connect ’18’, its annual Family Managed Business (FMB) awards and conclave scheduled in Mumbai on April 21 at the Taj Santa Cruz Airport hotel. The theme of the event is ‘Dare to Dream’.
The conclave and awards night is billed as a gala event that will see the coming together of some of India’s leading family managed businesses to celebrate achievement and reconnect with SPJIMR, which is a pioneer in management education for FMBs.
‘FMB Connect ’18’ will recognise the contribution made to the India growth story by family businesses, which together drive a significant share of India’s GDP and are known to be the largest employment generators.
The awards night will be hosted by SPJIMR’s Centre for Family Managed Business, which runs the premier 18 month PG-FMB programme, apart from a range of value added programmes for the family managed businesses. These programmes are: Owner Management Programme (OMP), Women Management Programme (WMP) and a host of executive education programmes tailored to meet the operational and strategic needs of FMBs.
The awards night is a platform for the alumni of SPJIMR’s FMB programme to showcase their contribution and share their success stories. It will offer FMB alumni leaders an opportunity to network, connect with seniors from the FMB space, other business leaders and faculty members. Awards will be given out under the following categories: Business of the Year, Business person of the Year, Woman Business Leader, Young Entrepreneur, Innovative Company, Socially Responsible Company/Leader.
This year SPJIMR will also recognise institutions and entities in India who have contributed to their growth and success of FMBs. The Maharashtra Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture (MACCIA) will be awarded as the ‘Institution Championing the Cause of Family Managed Business’. Bombay Stock Exchange’s SME Exchange will be recognised for its contribution in transforming FMBs and will be awarded as the ‘FMB Change Agent of the Year’.
The event would also witness the felicitation of FMB legend Padmashri Rameshwarlalji Kabra, founder of the RR Group, which is known for its electrical industry brand, RR Kabel.
The awards night will come after daylong events that include an industry networking session, workshops and master classes featuring Dr. Ajit Ranade, Chief Economist, Aditya Birla Group, and Mr. Arun Gupta, Serial Entrepreneur, Private Equity Guru and advisor to growth stage businesses.
The event will also see a conversation between Dr. Ranjan Banerjee, Dean SPJIMR, and Mr. R. Gopalakrishnan, a leading author, corporate leader and SPJIMR Executive-in-Residence on the topic of ‘Mindset for Dreaming Big’, moderated by the FMB Programme Head Dr. Tulsi Jayakumar.
Mr. Ashok Goel, Chairman & Managing Director, Essel Propack Ltd., will be the Chief Guest and deliver the keynote address.
Dean Dr. Ranjan Banerjee said: “Our alumni are the custodians of our brand. The FMB Awards showcases the achievements of leading family businesses, and brings our alumni together to meet, celebrate, learn and grow and create stronger companies, thereby building a stronger India.”
The Head of the Centre for Family Managed Business, Mr. Vijay Sampath said: “SPJIMR’s Family Managed Business Alumni are a shining example of India’s entrepreneurial spirit. Celebrating the diversity and depth of their achievements is a celebration of India’s business potential.”
Dr. Tulsi Jayakumar, Head of the FMB programme said: “The awards celebrate the achievements of our alumni, as also those in the family business eco-system, who have given their best to their businesses, their employees, customers, the community and other stakeholders. They inspire through their action. We look forward to this flagship event of the Centre for FMB becoming the most prestigious awards ceremony for family businesses in India.”