"Reliance encourages ordinary people to do extraordinary things"
Mr. Mukesh D. Ambani | Chairman & MD, Reliance Industries Limited
- April 2, 2018 – June 9, 2018 Welcome Summer Interns 2018 A warm welcome to our 2018 Summer Internship Program participants! In the eight-week program 'Reliance Summers', these 87 young and bright achievers, from top B-Schools from across India, will work in areas such as Human Resources, Finance, Operations, Marketing, Analytics and Petrochemicals, as well as in media at Network18.
- February 14, 2018 SCMHRD takes TUP 3.0 crown The winner of The Ultimate Pitch 3.0 (TUP 3.0) is Team Yoddhas the 2016-17 batch of SCMHRD Pune. Yoddhas winning pitch was ‘an offering called Poshan, which is a Ready to Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF) to treat Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM). They won INR 4 lakh cash, a LYF tablet, mentorship from ‘JioGenNext Innovation Hub’, visit to Jamnagar refinery and an opportunity to work with Reliance.
The Ultimate Pitch
The Ultimate Pitch (TUP) is a unique platform for Indian students to showcase their entrepreneurial skills. Students from top business schools across the country compete to present a viable business idea which is judged by a panel comprising members of senior leadership teams of Reliance Industries Limited. The winning teams have, apart from attractive career opportunities, rewards and recognition coming their way.
TUP 4.0 was conducted over a period of three months across 55 business schools and attracted 2,239 teams and 6,117 students, making this year's edition the biggest so far. The competition also garnered extensive social media attention. The reach #RelianceTUP was 1,67,200 on the finale, with the impression reaching close to 4,00,000.
This year, TUP 4.0's theme "Our Turf, Your Pitch" attracted the largest number of students since its inception and saw 23 teams present their business ideas to RIL's top leadership on February 14 and 15, 2019.
On February 14, the teams learnt about Reliance and its businesses and interacted with senior leaders including B Srinivasan and Ashwani Prashara. This was followed by an express one-minute pitch by the students to Hital R Meswani.
The students then received an immersive tour of the Jio Experience Centre, Reliance Retail, and some of Reliance's sustainable products, including RelWood TM and R|Elan TM. They further interacted with leaders from Jio GenNext to hone their business ideas. The day ended with a flash mob and a prize distribution ceremony to celebrate the hard work of the students.
February 15 was the day of the Grand Finale of TUP at the Jio Talks Auditorium in RCP. The teams pitched their innovative business solutions through short video presentations, following which they were quizzed by an eminent jury comprising Jalaj Dani, Rui Bastos, Sunil Dutt and Ashwani Prashara.
From sustainable alternatives to plastic packaging, to improving the livelihood of economically marginalised communities, the ideas of the contestants threw light on some of the most pressing issues of our times, while identifying market gaps that provided business opportunities.
The day ended with the winners being announced:
- • The Ultimate Winner was B-Players from IIM-Bangalore, whose product provided a feasible and sustainable alternative to the problem of non-biodegradable styrofoam packaging. Along with prize money, the team received pre-placement interview offers, JioGenNext mentorship and a chance to visit Jamnagar in a private jet.
- • The runner-up, Systematic Chaos from NITIE, Mumbai designed a unique sensor-based device which could be attached to the walking sticks of visually impaired persons, and thus assist them by sensing obstacles in front of them and sending a warning signal.
- • Two special awards were given to The Scavengers from IMT Ghaziabad, who proposed a business plan that could convert plastic waste into bricks and other construction material, and Hashtag from IIM-Shillong, whose lightweight bamboo bicycles could generate employment opportunities for economically marginalised local communities.
The Ultimate Pitch (TUP) 3.0 was a massive success! In the third season of TUP, 25 finalist teams from 40 top Business Schools in India showcased their entrepreneurial mind-set by presenting their most innovative ideas at the Grand Finale event at Reliance Corporate Park (RCP).
This hat trick journey of success began on December 8, 2017, with a series of “Startup2Success Sessions” organized at the B-schools followed by Campus Finals and culminating with the Grand Finale on February 13 and 14, 2018.
On February 13, the day began with an introduction to the RIL Way of Life and an immersive tour for the finalists across the RCP campus. They were taken around the various employee facilities and were given a showcase of the Jio GenNext Hub, Jio technologies, and Reliance Foundation. Following the tour, the teams participated in interactive sessions with our leaders B Srinivasan, Ashwani Prashara, Vipul Shah, Saurabh Sancheti, and Subramaniam V.
The next day, the finalists pitched their ideas to our TUP jury members comprising eminent industry stalwarts Aditi Pany, Gerard Denazelle, Ashwani Prashara and V Subramaniam, who are also part of the Reliance Leadership. The ideas pitched included those on augmented reality in the education sector, an aggregator for fulfilling short-term needs of borrowers, an analyst-driven sports platform connecting players with selectors and audiences, and an indoor countertop gardening system.
In what was the most significant experience during TUP, the finalists had an interaction with RIL Chairman and MD Mukesh D Ambani, who expressed his immense belief in the potential of India’s youth and shared his personal mantras of success as an entrepreneur. Hital R Meswani inspired participants to believe in the power of ideas to create change across diverse business and social challenges.
The day culminated with the announcement of the winners of the third season of TUP:
- • The first-place winner was Team Yoddhas from SCMHRD Pune, who pitched an offering called Poshan – a Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF) service to treat Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM).
- • At runner-up was Team Neuron from IIM Ahmedabad, who pitched the idea for machine learning and data analysis to customise a student’s learning process based on individual learning states.
- • Team AsaanGlow from NMIMS Mumbai won a special award for the idea of an indoor gardening system with a line of hydroponic countertop gardens.
The TUP 3.0 winners receive prize money, a chance to visit the world’s largest refinery, a mentorship opportunity with Reliance GenNext Hub and an opportunity to work at Reliance!
The second season of ‘The Ultimate Pitch’ TUP 2.0 began in November 2016 and saw participation from 30 top B-Schools of the country.
At the Grand Finale held on January 25, 2017, again had 12 finalist teams which delivered their pitches to an internal jury comprising members of senior leadership teams at Reliance.
A wide range of ideas came up… from operation-oriented ones in areas such as education, solar energy used to power cars, online tailoring services, food, mobile app, busflix entertainment, Vehicle Customization on Hybrid Platform, Mentoring for students, Foosball league, and many more.
The winner was team ‘Backyard Groove’ from XLRI Jamshedpur, represented by Shaurya Sharma, with a pitch for an app for live recording and reporting of unlawful incidents. The runner-up was Team ICCSP comprising Abhijeet Mishra, Apoorv Mittal, Vivek Kumar and Yellamati Rahul Sundeep, from IIM Indore whose pitch was for an integrated campus management platform.
The first season of TUP 1.0 began in January 2016 and saw 12 teams from 16 premiere B-Schools, including IIM Ahmedabad, SP Jain Institute of Management Research (SPJIMR), Mumbai, and National Institute of Industrial Engineering (NITIE), Mumbai to name a few, battle it out in the final round.
At the Grand Finale held at the Reliance Corporate Park in Navi Mumbai on March 4, 2016, the finalists competed for Rs 2.5 lakh in prize money, mentorship from ‘The Gennext Innovation Hub’, an opportunity to fly in a Reliance-owned private jet to RIL’s refinery at Jamnagar, apart from LYF smartphone devices.
The three-member team comprising Dhruvin Gosar, Naman Khanna and Kushal Agarwal from S P Jain, Mumbai, won TUP 1.0 for their pitch for ‘Doctor Next Door’ (DND). NITIE, Mumbai, team of Alekh Lambat and Gopal Sharma came a close second.
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Senior leaders of Reliance with TUP 4.0 winners, Team B-Players
The Reliance Group Chairman, Mukesh D Ambani with ‘The Ultimate Pitch’ Season 3 (TUP 3.0) participants and members of the Reliance team at the TUP 3.0 Grand Finale on February 14, 2018
The winners of TUP 3.0 team Yoddhas from SCMHRD Pune
What our Summer Interns have to say...
Having worked in the area of R&D before, I was excited to join the petrochemical R&D division of RIL. I work on digitization of various R&D processes – an area that excites me the most. The awe-inspiring breakthrough R&D technologies at Reliance provided the much-needed exposure that a summer intern could seek. The unwavering support of my mentor, team members and colleagues has been essential in facilitating my learning experience. The strong values that RIL stands for are clearly reflected in the way we work at Reliance and that is something that made me very proud, as a Reliance Summer Intern.
It was a pleasure to work for RIL. The internship was structured very well. I was clear about my role and learnt a lot about the business. I was given complete autonomy to configure my project in the way I wanted. I will not forget our visit to the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai to watch an IPL match, and the exciting trips to Jamnagar and Dahanu. These made my RIL experience even more memorable. The expectations I had before joining as an intern have exceeded. With so many happy memories and great experiences I would wish to continue my association with RIL in the years to come!
As a summer intern at Reliance, I had the opportunity to work with Network 18, the media arm of RIL. It was never a dull day at work and I learnt something new at every step. I enjoyed most, the RIL way of doing things – where I owned my project, shaped it the way I wanted, built it from ground up and always had team mates, managers and mentors to guide through the experience. It was all fun work, play and learning at the end of the day!
My decision to intern with Reliance, was strongly influenced by the launch of Jio, which has entirely changed the dynamics of telecom in India. I was very excited about my two month stint and wanted to see what went into the successful execution of a massive project like Jio. As expected, Reliance had given me umpteen opportunities on the field to understand strategic planning and what goes into providing the best in-class experience to our coveted customers. I could actually apply learnings from my MBA course in my project - which was the biggest takeaway for me. The support system was phenomenal, and it consistently helped me to deliver the best.
The Reliance Summer Internship was one of the most anticipated events in my B-school life. It has exceeded my expectations and over-delivered its promise of an unparalleled learning experience. The exciting journey began with an apt induction program, where we sunk into the depth and width of the RIL conglomerate. With helpful buddies at work, guiding mentors and supportive HRBPs, I steadily found my feet on a challenging project and was able to complete difficult tasks. These experiences helped me greatly as a budding Manager. I was encouraged to make my own headway through challenges, understand different perspectives of a problem, and think out of box to deliver unique solution. It was great to see that the most unique innovative ideas were taken into consideration by the business stalwarts. These experiences at RIL gave me an immense sense of ownership and responsibility. I can proudly say that it has been the Best Learning experience.