The Bangalore Business Literature Fest which is known to be India’s first business literature festival was launched for the first time in 2015, and is indeed one of a kind.
As the name suggests, this festival was born keeping in mind the need for deeper discussions and meaningful conversations on business books, which in today’s world occupy a dynamic space in the literature universe.
What’s it about?
The main idea of organizing an event like this is to provide opportunity and exposure to hundreds of authors from around the country, who had written books on subjects like business, entrepreneurship, and management.
BBLF, in its seven editions so far, has hosted 200 authors and speakers and introduced them to thousands of readers worldwide. The business literature fest consists of various sessions that include talk shows, panel discussions, author interviews, and book launches by authors, economists, corporate leaders, and start-up founders.
A few topics that will be addressed in the eighth edition of BBLF are the Adani juggernaut, less-known mega-corporate scandals, the meltdown of big brands, such as Café Coffee Day, Jet Airways, Kingfisher Airlines, the future of money, data half-truths, and start-up literature.
This edition will focus on trending topics that will test the ability of India to emerge as an inclusive economic superpower before 2030.
What’s new this time?
The spirit of this edition will be resilience and how it will help businesses and entrepreneurs to get back on track and grow from the setbacks of the pandemic and economic slowdown. One major attraction of this literature fest is the BBLF CK Prahalad Best Business Book Award which is given annually to the best Indian Business Book. Queeristan: LGBTQ Inclusion in the Indian Workplace by Parmesh Shahani (2021), Big Billion Startup: The Untold Flipkart Story by Mihir Dalal (2020), and Why I stopped wearing my Socks by Alok Kejriwal (2019), just to name a few books that had been presented with this prestigious award.
The BBLF has a unique methodology to tell interesting stories centered on business and business writing.
The festival was held in a proper offline mode for the last time in 2019, since then it is being conducted online and this year the five-day event will take place in a hybrid mode adhering to all the Covid 19 Safety Measures.
Dates– The 8th edition of Business Literature Fest will be featuring 20 sessions starting from September 13 to September 17 in both online as well as offline modes.
Timings– From September 13-16, there will be a total of three engaging sessions conducted online for two hours each between 5 pm to 7 pm.
- The inaugural ceremony at 4:30 pm on 13th September, after which the following sessions will be conducted (virtually).
- New Age Literature– Content in all its forms- 5.00 pm- 5.30 pm
- The Westland Saga from Tatas to Amazon to Pratilippi- 5.30 pm- 6.00 pm
- Mining real data, navigating convenient untruths- 6.00 pm- 6.45 p.m.
The Shark Tank tales- 5.00 pm- 5.30 pm
How to build a prosperous India- 5.30 pm- 6.00 pm
An insider’s lens into the Indian Corporate Frauds- 6.00 pm- 6.30 p.m
From highfliers to fallen angels- Stories of CCD, Reliance (ADAG), Jet Airways, Kingfisher Airlines- 6.30 pm- 7.00 pm
Indian CSR 2.0- 5.00 pm- 5.30 pm
Embracing the man-machine tango- 5.30 pm- 6.00 pm
The future of Money- 6.00 pm- 6.30 p.m
India’s Energy Future and the built environment- 6.30 pm- 7.00 pm
Behavioral economics decoded for Business- 5.00 pm- 5.40 pm
How to be comfortable with technology- 5.40 pm=6.00 pm
The social purpose of Business- 6.20 pm- 7.00 pm
One important aspect that is the main highlight of this year’s event is Startup Literature and a full day i.e., 17th September is dedicated to it. The sessions on this day will be exclusively focused on the startup books that prove useful & knowledgeable for entrepreneurs starting from 11 am to 4 pm.
The introductory session of the day will be ‘What is the Most enduring question of Business Literature Fest’ starting at 10.30 a.m., followed by-
- Chronicling the Startup Life- 11.00 am-11.45 am
- How to Make Business Schools Startup- Friendly- 11.45 am- 12.00 pm
- Success Secrets of 15 Entrepreneurs- 12.00 pm- 12.30 pm
- What makes Social Startup Tick- 12.45 pm-1.15 pm
- Stories of Resilience during Pandemic- 1.15 pm- 1.45 pm
- Investing in Student Startups- 1.45 pm -2.45 pm
- And a Live music concert and Networking lunch followed by Book launches will be conducted after that.
The 2022 winner of the BBLF CK Prahalad Best Business Book Award will also be announced on the 17th of September, 3.30 pm – 4.00 pm, and it will carry a cash prize of Rs.1 Lakh. The jury includes Rishikesha Krishnan, Director, IIMB, Jessie Paul, thought leader marketing, and Malavika Harita, branding guru.
Location– This year, the starting five days of the festival will be conducted online in the fireside chat mode and the final day event of 17th September will take place in a hybrid mode at Bangalore International Center, Domlur.
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Where to stay?
If you are a start-up or business owner or entrepreneur or just an aspiring business tycoon, you definitely can’t miss this splendid opportunity to learn many important things from business leaders and professionals and gain proper knowledge and insights to establish your dream business.
So, attend the greatest Business fest of India this September with your friends or family at Bangalore International Center, (BIC) Domlur, and to add more comfort and leisure to your trip to Bangalore, you can stay at Treebo Hotels near the venue. Book now for amazing prices and the best accommodation with great facilities. Have an amazing experience.
Key speakers– There will be 30 key speakers at this edition of BB Literature Fest including Benedict Paramanand, co-founder, Bangalore Business Literature Festival, Ankur Warikoo, author of Do Epic Shit, Ranjeet Pratap Singh, co-founder/ CEO of Pratlipi, Shankar P, Editor at Knowledge at Wharton, Former Resident Editor, The Economic Times, V Raghunathan, Chair – Bangalore Business Literature Fest, Shoaib Ahmed, Founder – Catalyster and many more great authors and personalities to acknowledge people around the globe
We highly recommend taking out time from your schedule for this most-awaited Business Literature Fest, After all, there are very few to check out. Bangalore being a city of businesses & tech will definitely give you an enriching experience and you’ll get to meet numerous people from the business world. We insist, if you get to read this – you should not miss this chance!
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