Indian Muslim Entrepreneurs Forum holds Second Conference in Pune

IEMF Pune pixPUNE: (Press Release) The second IMEF conference was recently held on July 23rd 2016 at Hotel Aurora Towers, Pune India. IMEF is a new initiative aimed at driving Muslim involvement in India’s startup and technology economy. Tausif Malik & Anees Kutty organized the Second Indian Muslim Entrepreneurs Forum (IMEF) conference, both of them have a long history of involvement in business, technology, and community organizing.

The event’s theme was “Be an Entrepreneur…Be a Value Creator”, expressing the duio’s vision of the country’s Muslim community becoming more involved in stimulating the business sector and developing opportunities for the next generation.

The event started Networking Breakfast, where attendees interacted with each other and exchanged business ideas and business cards.

The opening ceremony of the event started with recitation Holy Quran by Sunni Maulana Omer Saheb and Shia Maulana Mirza Saheb and followed by Indian National Anthem by Children.

Chicago based Tausif Malik founder, IMEF welcomed the everyone and highlighted that Islam promotes entrepreneurship and contribution to motherland.

He also said that the event is to align with the policies announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modiji of “Startup India and Startup India” Digital India, Skill India and Make in India.

He then introduced co-founder Anees Kutty.

Tausif Malik, founder of IMEF was the Host for the conference and introduced the event itinerary. Keynote Speakers were invited to the podium the

Keynote Speakers

1.Zafar Sareshwala, Businessman & Government representative

2.H. E.Erdal Sabri Ergen, Consul General Turkey for India

3.H.H Maulana Sayyed Mohammad Fayyaz Baqir- Renowned Islamic Scholar

5.Shehzad Poonawala – Businessman & Politician

4.Bharat Daga, Businessman

  1. E.Erdal Sabri Ergen, Consul General Turkey for India spoke about the business & tourism opportunities available in Turkey and invited the attendees to connect with the Turkish Embassy and Consulate for the same. He highlighted the long friendship, history with India and Turkey.

Bharat Daga, Businessman talked about importance of business networking for scaling up business.

Shehzad Poonawala – Businessman & Politician spoke about Islam and business, he gave references from the Holy Quran & Hadith. He said “ We need to go back to IIM…Islamic Institute of Management as Islam talks about business and upliftment of the society.

Zafar Sareshwala, Businessman & close associate of the Narendrabhai Modi, Prime Minister of India talked about Islam, entrepreneurship and business. He gave a reference of Islamic banking system by giving reference of Hazrat Khadija (R.A) as an investor and Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) as business partner. He also gave a brief account about his relationship with Narendrabhai Modi, Prime Minister of India and how Muslims should connect and benefit from the policies of government of India.

H.H Maulana Sayyed Mohammad Fayyaz Baqir- Renowned Islamic Scholar gave a talk about one UMMAH and how Muslims should contribute back to the motherland through business & education.

This was followed by Lunch and Afternoon prayers (Zuhr Salat). During the Lunch the attendees didn’t leave a minute to interact with other attendees.

Post lunch session started with Second session of Speakers.


5.Prof.Asad Zafir Hassan- renowned professor of Finance & Accounts.

Talked about “Importance of Finance” and how critical it is for business operation

6.Zamir Khan Kagadi- Politician, Agriculturalist and Social Entrepreneur

Talked about “Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Poultry Business ”. He also highlighted about Hydroponics a new cost effective way of growing vegetable produce

7.Uzma Naheed- Social Entrepreneur & Founder IIWA empowering 3000 plus women to be self reliant.

Talked about “Women Empowerment through Entrepreneurship ”. She also launched her new range of products.

8.Dr.Mohammed Sayeed, USA founder of World’s first Miswak Toothbrush.

Talked about “Creating innovative products based on Sunnah & Islam”. He shared his journey of developing and launching Dr.Sayeed’s Miswak Toothbrush

9.Danish Reyaz Founder & Publisher

Talked about “Ethics of Business”. He shared his journey of developing and launching his popular news portal.

10.Shamim Shaikh, Founder & Principal At Taqwa International School

Talked about “Business opportunities & Islamic School ”.

11.Shekar Agarkar – Business Consultant

Talked about “Business opportunities & Strategy”.

12.Benazir Baig, Founder Raza Foundation. Talked about “Corporate Social Responsibility”.

The attendees came back to participate at the Startup Showcase, this was the First ever Startup Showcase competition by Muslim Startups.

The Startup Showcase opened with a brief lecture about the Government of India policies about Startup India and Standup India and vision of the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modiji and how Muslim community can be part of this new intiative to make India innovation and knowledge hub by Amit Rawat- Business Consultant, Mentor and organizer of Headstart Network

Tausif Malik than introduced the Finalists of Startup Showcase

1.Semat is a startup for startups, trying to solve the puzzle of startup hiring. Semat is also backward integrated with a training support where we have courses on various IT technology like apps and server development, Business Analysis, Digital Marketing and most importantly Sales training.

2.iKLET Gifting Solutions is a manufacturer of corporate gifts, based in Mumbai, India. We offer a wide range of gifts for your staffs and clients. We specialize in manufacturing and supplying Personal gifts, Luggage, Electronic Items, Desktop Items and Festive Gifts.

3.Silhouettez is leading player in Mechanical Engineering Design consulting offering solutions for discreet manufacturing industry. Silhouettez helps organizations addressing their engineering needs and challenges through a wide range of engineering design solutions and services.

4.Aaidah Lifesciences, is manufacture of products made out of Black Seed ‘Kalooji’. The product wide range of products such as supplements, oil and seeds.

5.Zuber Shaikh Noorul Islam developed a Carbon Cutter Machine, patent pending. This device reduces pollution from automotive vehicles, its one of its kind device. It is not a filter device but a connected device independent of the exhaust. This device collects carbon particles in vehicles running position and collects carbon particles in separate box.

The event was sponsored by Muslim Spelling Bee, Anees Classes, Exhicon Group, Excellence Group Pune, SAS Academy, At Taqwa School,,  ADA Creations, Muslim Hall of Fame & VTP Group.

Supported by: Headstart Network, Pune Open Coffee Club, Entrepreneurs Association of India, Bihar Startup Yatra, Bihar Entrepreneurs Assocation, Imamia Chamber of Commerce, Entrepreneurship Cell JIH & Poona College of Arts.

Media Sponsors: Asianlite, Maeeshat, Indian Muslim Observer, Ummid, Trade Fair TV, Channel 14.

The event concluded with Award ceremony, Appreciation of the team and participations & Dua.


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