Viraasat celebrates family businesses in India with Shri Nitin Gadkari as Chief Guest

April 8, 2023

Viraasat, the marquee event hosted by SPJIMR Centre for Family Business & Entrepreneurship (CFBE), was successfully held at Taj, Santacruz. Viraasat was a celebration of the success of family businesses in India and brought together members of the ecosystem to exchange knowledge and strengthen networks.

The event was graced by the Hon’ble Minister of Road Transport & Highways, Government of India, Shri. Nitin Gadkari, who delivered the inaugural address. Mr. Deepak Parekh, Chairman HDFC Ltd and Chairman, SPJIMR Board of Governors, delivered the chairman’s address. The event was attended by Guest of Honour Mr. Anant Singhania – CEO, JK Enterprises and President, Indian Merchants’ Chamber (IMC), as well as dignitaries Mr. Jagdish Lakhani- Joint Executive Secretary, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, and Mr. Yogi Sriram -Advisor to CEO & MD Group HR, L&T.

The plenary session, FMB Trailblazers, featured panel members discussing the latest trends affecting global and Indian industry, while Session 1, Changing Gears: Innovating Disruptions to Zoom Ahead, featured panel members discussing innovations in disruptions. Session 2, A Tête-à-tête with Family Business Entrepreneurs, had guest speakers sharing their experiences and insights. The winners of the Beta Start event also presented their innovative startup ideas.

The event also featured the vRddhi Pitch Fest, where fund seekers and investors came together to connect and explore opportunities. Session 3, Attracting Growth Capital, featured panel members discussing ways to attract growth capital. The event concluded with a Fireside Chat with Startup Trailblazers.

“Innovation and entrepreneurship are the future of India, and we must focus on creating wealth and employment using futuristic technology and reducing imports,” said Shri. Nitin Gadkari, Hon’ble Minister of Road Transport & Highways, Government of India. “SPJIMR is playing an important role in shaping the future of India’s family businesses through CFBE and its various programmes and initiatives.”

“This event aligns with our mission to influence practice and promote value-based growth through pioneering programmes and pedagogical innovations,” said Dean Varun Nagaraj, SPJIMR. “We are proud to host Viraasat and to provide a platform for family businesses to learn about the latest trends affecting global and Indian industry and to help them get future-ready.”

Prof. Tulsi Jayakumar, Executive Director – Center for Family Business & Entrepreneurship,
Chairperson – Post Graduate Programme in Family Managed Business, and Professor
Finance & Economics said, “Viraasat is not just a celebration of the success of family businesses, but also a platform to learn, network and prepare for the future. We believe that family businesses are the backbone of the Indian economy, and it is important to provide them with the support and resources they need to thrive in a rapidly changing business environment.”

S. P. Jain Institute of Management and Research (SPJIMR), a constituent of the eminent education trust Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan (BVB), is consistently ranked among the top ten business schools in India. With its unique and distinctive approach to management education, SPJIMR aims to influence practice and promote value-based growth through pioneering programs and pedagogical innovations. For media inquiries, please contact

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