RISING STAR CHALLENGE
HONOURING FUTURE LEADERS
This year, The IRF Rising Star Challenge’s theme was: ‘Digitally Reimagine an Existing Indian Retail Business Through A Clear Digital Strategy’
Retail entrepreneurship is not only about making money; it is about doing something bigger than yourself, something that influences the larger ecosystem and challenges traditionally held beliefs. IRF, over the years, has been honouring students who have the makings of becoming smart, successful retail entrepreneurs with its IRF Rising
The incredible transformation in Indian consumer markets over the past two decades has been stunning in many respects. And for much of that period –14 years to be precise – India Retail Forum (IRF) has chronicled and even catalysed ahead-of-the-curve innovations in consumer experiences and fashioning India’s consumption story, whether it be food, fashion, lifestyle, home and living, leisure and entertainment, and retail spaces. This year, over 300 of the brightest minds from India’s finest B-schools competed to present the smartest ideas in retail at the IRF Rising Star Challenge 2017. Some of India’s leading retail business heads including Rohiet Singh, COO, Tommy Hilfiger (India); Mukesh Kumar, Sr. Vice President, Infiniti Mall, Harmeet Bajaj, Partner, Impresario Entertainment & Hospitality Pvt Ltd; and Ankur Joshi, Co-founder & COO, Ambab Infotech & Pretr experienced – and judged – the energy of these young thinkers as they brought in fresh perspectives and potentially reinvented traditional thought. The theme of the IRF Rising Star Challenge was ‘Digitally Reimagine an Existing Indian Retail Business Through A Clear Digital Strategy’.