Startup Funding

After successfully launching your business idea, the very next step is to scale it, and that happens only when you are able to convince those mighty brains sitting on the other side of the table, who are going to fund your business idea (only if it makes a lot of sense to them).

Last year in 2014, India’s IT hub ‘Bangalore’ was ranked 5th globally, after San Francisco, Beijing, New York & Palo Alto in terms of attracting maximum funds from venture capitalists. Technology startups these days are getting a lot of momentum, reason being the current generation is digitally evolving by leaps & bounds.

Moreover, the startup culture is prevalent very much amongst youngsters due to its unique attribute of having work autonomy & decision making processes, unlike in jobs these days.

They say – if you are looking for ‎funding then never ever send your ‎business plan to any investor before you speak to them in person. When you get their interest, only then is the right time to do so. Irrespective of the nature of business they are in, every startup has one thing on mind that is to get funded by big houses (i.e. venture capitalists, angel investors, etc.)

There are various terms in fundraising which everyone of us get wrong or use it interchangeably, knowingly or unknowingly. We try here to explain it to you one by one:

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1) Seed Money: The initial money that you need, just to check if your business has the wings to fly or not. Generally not so large money is involved in it & it is used for basic pilot project or research job.

2) Startup Capital: The money needed to finance a proven business idea, which is already in application. It carries a low risk attached to it in comparison to seed money.

3) Later-round financing: Few businesses raise money in phases i.e. for setting up manufacturing facilities, for developing marketing channels, for infrastructure etc.

4) Bridge Capital: The money required to run the business, before it goes public. As generally, it takes a lot of time for completing the formalities to launch an IPO.

VCs tend to invest in companies which showcase fast growth, having ability to pay back their money in short period & those that are going to be acquired by giants in near future.

Do you have anything insightful to share about startup funding? Please do comment and let us know.

 

Why Entrepreneurship courses are gaining momentum

The reason behind the sudden shift in policy making with respect to small & medium enterprises in country is a thoughtfully taken decision by government to nurture a long term & robust growth plan for the country. As India predominantly is a country dependent majorly on entrepreneurs & small business houses for employment generation, which has evolved significantly with support from IT industry & latest technological advancement.

This shift in policy making is supported by entrepreneurship & post graduate oriented courses in India to enhance the talent & skill development further. In a recent study by ‘Small Enterprise’ magazine it has been observed that Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India, Ahmedabad features amongst the few prominent institutes in this area.

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In view of Shyam Sekar, Chief Mentor & Strategist at Startup Xperts (which supports startups & SMEs in India & abroad), ‘’Entrepreneurship is not about having higher IQ. It is about taking right step, failing early, standing up quickly, and moving forward’’. He also says that to succeed entrepreneurs must have following skill set

-Situational leadership

-Negotiation skills

-Effective communication

-Presentation skills &

-Strong execution skills

Mr. Shyam list down the ‘Ivy League’ institutes throughout the world, which offers course on entrepreneurship. EDI, Ahmedabad is the dedicated college in India that offers the full time courses on Business Management, which is designed for entrepreneur & entrepreneurship managers.

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Over a period of time several private institutes have come up offering courses on entrepreneurship but the quality & deliverables promised is always questionable. However, EDI, Ahmedabad on the other hand is consistently fuelling the growth story of several enterprises through its dedicated efforts of over 3 decades. It has stood by its core value of promoting entrepreneurship amongst the youth of country.

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What are your views about EDI? Tell us.

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PGDM-BE at EDI, 2015-2017

Entrepreneurship as a profession is surely going to fetch high momentum in coming years as the government too is focusing on it,  with its ‘Make in India’ program inviting entrepreneurs & innovators to contribute in the growth story of India.

Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India is among the few prominent institutions of India that caters to the talent grooming of future entrepreneurs with its unique 2 year programme of Post Graduate Diploma in Management – Business Entrepreneurship (PGDM-BE).

The course objective is very much dynamic in its approach & application to groom entrepreneurs to:

  • Develop skills in successfully initiating, expanding and diversifying a business enterprise in new, up-coming areas.
  • Create entrepreneurial  managers for corporate
  • Develop family business successors as enterprising and knowledgeable owners of the business of their predecessors

 

To achieve the above said objectives, the students are imparted rigorous training & mentoring by industry experts & leaders. The students at EDI get trained in a systematic manner, right from their day one on campus.

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The unique feature of PGDM-BE programme is that it also caters sector specific courses for students, to which they are inclined to. These are known as ‘Seminar Courses’ and covers wide domains/areas from the industry, which gives a fair glimpse & first hand experiences to the students.

  1. Agri-business
  2.  Automobiles and Ancillaries
  3. Communication and Media
  4. Design and Fashion
  5. Education and Training
  6. Electricals and Electronics
  7. Mechanical Engineering
  8. Entertainment
  9. Environment and Green Business
  10. Financial Services
  11. Food Processing
  12. Healthcare and Life-sciences
  13. Information Technology Enabled Services
  14. Infrastructure
  15. Logistics and Supply Chain
  16. Plastics and Chemicals
  17. Real Estate and Construction
  18. SME Consultancy
  19. Textiles and Garments
  20. Tourism and Hospitality

While the students enter into the 2nd year of their course study at EDI, they are now trained on the business policies & strategies which are common to all the businesses at par in India. They are offered dual electives in Entrepreneurship i.e New Enterprise Creation (NEC) & Family Business Management (FBM) and & specialization in Functional Areas  to pursue i.e Finance, International Business, Marketing, Human Resource Management, Information System and Language & Communication.

Experimental Learning also forms a major part of EDI’s grooming process, which give the students a live on industry exposure through Summer Training, Projects: DPR/FYPP, Independent Study, Business Simulation, Entrepreneur Interactions & Industry Visit.

For further information on the course, kindly visit: http://bit.ly/1xwP1w4

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EDI in News

EDI received a lot of media coverage recently. We are happy to share them all with you.

Find a compilation below:

1. An Alumna of EDI, now a known face in the jewellery industry was featured in Ahmedabad Mirror for her achievement.

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2. Any student who have studied at EDI can ever forget him. Shilu Tewari, the maggi wala who stands outside our campus has a story behind him. He recently got featured in TOI who shared his inspiring story.

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3. Carpool – The newer version of telling ‘Sharing is Caring’. Four of EDI students, Deesha Bakshi, Abhishek Acharya, Rahul Gonsalves & Harshvardhan Subrewal got featured inAhmedabad Mirror for carpooling 50 Kms every day which helps them save Rs. 3,500/- each.

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EDI hopes to give out more creative minds to the world in the coming years.

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Make 2015 an Entrepreneurial year: Things to look forward to the coming year

1. Keep yourself happy. Do not let stress or failures get to you. Keep your calm and stay positive.

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2. Focus more. Try and focus on a niche. Become an expert in your own field. Research and meet new people who can guide you well.

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3. Make networking your priority. More people you meet, more knowledge you get. Make it a point to meet 2 new people every day. See your business network grow.

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4. Ditch the internet once in a week. Spend quality time with family and friends. Share new things that you have learnt. Strike an interesting conversation with people around you. Reserve one day of your week just for yourself.

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5. Be passionate towards your goals. Give your 100% and put in all your efforts. Concentrate well and make all the possible moves to achieve it.

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6. Keep earning money as your least priority. Don’t work to earn; work to make a difference.

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7. Always follow the ethics. Never break a rule to get your work done easily. Achieve it with hard work and you will go home happy.

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8. Keep that famous saying in mind – “Entrepreneurship is a journey, not a destination.” So stop looking for the end of it and just enjoy every part of your entrepreneurial trip.

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9. Read more books. Not only related to your field but also other fields. Read magazines and newspapers regularly to keep a tab about the world. Never limit yourself to a specific kind of book. Switch between self-help books, novels, fictional and non-fictional books.

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10. Most importantly, be patient and learn to forgive. Entrepreneurship comes with a lot of challenges and being patient will only help you grow and be a better human personally and professionally.

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Family Business Entrepreneurship     

Entrepreneurship by definition is the setting up or owning of an ‘independent’ business started by a single/group of individuals. The term of family business entrepreneurship seems to sound like an oxymoron. But the reality remains that in India and many other nations there are 3rd or 4th generation of businessmen emerging who wish to handle their family heirloom in the 21st century way, which is quite different and more innovative than their forefathers. However, in most cases the entrepreneurship is not encouraged and even frowned upon as the primary job of the posterity on family business is to maintain and grow the inherited legacy.

But in today’s competitive times, family businesses have little of a choice but to promote entrepreneurship inside and outside the business. Managers inside your core business who think like entrepreneurs (we call them intrapreneurs) can identify opportunities that move your family company into new lines of business, rejuvenate the founder’s legacy, and put the enterprise on a new growth path. Entrepreneurs (typically family members) working outside the business but with family financial support can keep talented kin inside a broader “family enterprise,” diversify business activities and build assets (Forbes,2014).

The entrepreneur/founder has to understand and accept that planning for succession is necessity for survival. In case of small businesses, probably it would make better sense to have one person with general management skills and few others for special skills. Whatever is the case, advance action in selecting and grooming management successor is necessary. Once successor is identified, the succession plan has to be developed keeping in view the specifics of the firm, implemented and monitored carefully with scope for necessary changes.

The entrepreneurial qualities of risk-taking, lean operations and seeing trends and opportunities can be utilized by the family businesses to adapt and change according to the prevailing and ready themselves for the future as well through entrepreneurial insights.

There are plenty of examples of family business entrepreneurs in India like the Ambani, Birla or the Wagh Bakri family as well who have managed to stay relevant today. The education of the generations from the correct institute is imperative and can do wonders to take their family businesses to another level.

The below infographic explains the family business topography in the Indian subcontinent, about its spread, economic activities in the various sectors that they are involved in. It also tells us about the ownership, percentage and the age of the family business in India.

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Courtesy: http://www.squamble.com/ , Infographic: Campden FB

EDI’s PGDM BE provides Family Business Management specialization where students learn how to leverage the strengths of family business management and successfully implement practices that drive high performance, shareholder loyalty and healthy family relationships. Here the issues, problems and concerns of the family business are dealt with great details so that students have an ambitious growth plan for their family business.

Interested students can now apply online for the programme here :http://bit.ly/1zDi5aF | Download brochure here : http://bit.ly/1dSP5fT | Visit our website for more info : http://bit.ly/1HJJ43P

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Entrepreneurship As A Career Choice In India

Times are changing rapidly among the youth of today, gone are the days of the daily 9-5 grind and taking insults of your boss for not meeting your tight deadlines. Today more and more youngsters are adopting entrepreneurship as a career. Most interestingly, a sizeable number actually start their ventures much before they complete their formal education.

According to a study conducted by International School of Entrepreneurship Education and Development (ISEED), revealed that more than 87% students surveyed aspire to become an entrepreneur at one point of time in life, while about 90% believe that the country is full of entrepreneurship opportunities. And, about 22% want to start immediately after completing studies, while 32% want to start within five years of completion of their studies. About 12% have already started their ventures during their student life in the areas related to education, entertainment and mobile apps, the study revealed.

Today , with the unstable and precarious circumstances under which the professionals with degrees are hired and fired every day is a frightening figure indeed, hence the youth understand that nothing is promised in the professional world of today , no matter how qualified you actually are. Therefore it is much easier to go after their wildest dreams and aspirations by starting out on their own. Notable examples of Indian and global entrepreneurs like Sachin and Binny Bansal of Flipkart, Mukesh Bansal of Myntra, Kunal Bahl of Snapdeal and Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook continue to fuel their ambitions.

 

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The study — ISEED-Indian Students Entrepreneurship Aspirations Survey was conducted among 1117 students in more than 50 cities across the country. Of them, 1,029 respondents were validated. It also stated that only 53% of girls would like to start their own ventures within five years of completion of their studies, as compared with 72% of the boys. There are also very select institutes in the country that offer the time tested and respected courses for entrepreneurship in the country.

The Entrepreneurship Development Institute Of India is well known to nurture and educate the budding entrepreneurs and propel them to launching their own individual businesses.

EDI offers PGDM-BE program for those who aspire to be successful in their future ventures and emerge as quality entrepreneurs.

For more information on the course and enrollment details log on to: http://www.ediindia.ac.in/PGDM-BE.asp

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Annual Alumni Reunion, 2014

Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India is organizing the Annual Alumni Meet from 19th-21st December, 2014. The institute aims of fostering a lasting relationship with you and to facilitate you in strengthening your association with your Alma matter

Our guest speakers, Atika Dhandhia and Mr. Prasad M. Kumar will address the students.

Profile of guests is as follows:

Atika Dhandhia

A jeweller and Image Consultant by profession, Atika is a graduate from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), Santa Monica. After GIA, she went to Tokyo to study the Japanese jewellery market. While in Japan, she was offered a chance to work for the prestigious Radio Japan as a News Broadcaster for their Foreign Services. She became actively involved with the broadcasting services and anchored two live radio programs, which became highly popular.

Atika has been a constant source of inspiration to the thousands of youth and adults across the world. Apart from the workshops at Art of Living She has hosted several programs nationally and internationally on enhancing ones outer Image through grooming, etiquettes, communication skills and Dressing up right according to ones roles and goals. A fitness and travel freak, one can frequently spot her at a Pilate’s session or on a demanding Yoga class.
She has travelled all across the world conducting various sessions as a Life coach, an Image Consultant and a soft skill Corporate Trainer. A bookstore can easily pass as a second home for the intellectual in her, while her artistic bent makes her appreciate arts and paintings. Also, whenever free, she loves to catch up on the latest movies.

For the last 15 years, Atika has also been closely associated with the world’s largest volunteer based NGO, The Art of Living Foundation, which is engaged in stress management and service initiatives. This NGO through its breathing techniques, yoga and meditation has reached out to 3 million people across 152 countries.

Atika is the Director – Training for The Art of Living Foundation and has been conducting workshops globally to train the future trainers of this NGO through the Teachers Training Course. She has conducted AOL programs for varied sections of the society – from the reigning Bollywood Stars to the Naxals in the remote areas of India helping them to join mainstream.

Few of her accomplishments:

– Board Member – World Youth Forum for Ethics in Business, their last conference was held at the European Parliament, Brussels 2013.

– Key Note speaker at the ‘World Peace Youth Summit’ 2005, where 4000+ youth congregated to make way for peaceful conflict resolution.

-Trained 3000+ trainees in countries such as Argentina, China, Germany, South East Asia and Russia.

– Has trained and empowered 50,000+ youth through the Youth Empowerment & Skills workshop across 15 countries and in prestigious educational institutes such as the IITs and the IIMs.

– Conducted Leadership training program for youth representing 123 countries at the World Youth Forum at the European Parliament, Brussels, 2011

– Recipient of the Vishalakshi award, felicitated by the Art of Living for excellence in teaching.

– Speaker at various TEDx forums

Mr. Prasad M. Kumar

Business Chairman – Institution Building & Governance, GMR Group

-A Post Graduate in Management, Prasad M Kumar brings over 40 years of experience in several leading and diverse organizations in senior leadership and consulting positions.

-He specializes in Family Business, Organization Development, Institution Building and Organization Behaviour. He holds key international accreditations in Process Facilitation.

-As Business Chairman – Institution Building & Governance and Member of the GMR Group Holding Board, he is responsible for providing Strategic direction to Institution Building, Corporate Governance, Human Resources, Information Technology, Corporate Communications, Homeland Security, Sustainability and the Family Office.

-Prior to his current role, Mr. Prasad M Kumar served as the Business Chairman Emerging business & Governance.

Reunion Agenda

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A brief on the topic Family Business Management:

This session will be taken by Mr. Prasad M. Kumar on 20th Dec’2014 from 10.00 am to 1.00 pm at the Auditorium, EDI Campus.

Family and partnership businesses are run with core competence, traditional wisdom and available resources. The pace, temperament, views, managing styles and the risk appetite among individuals active in business vary greatly and difference in opinions many a times result in disharmony or discord. The association among the members active in business, sees various phases from failure to flourishing. For the growth, the harmony and cordial relations are essential and need to be restored.

An enterprise passes through various stages and experiences crisis of leadership, autonomy, control, red tape and innovation. For the enterprise to grow consistently there could be a pressing need to introduce some practices which are adopted by other successful businesses.

All businesses, whether partnership or family run, must have their constitution written so that the governance become smooth and the business runs irrespective of individual opinions.

 

We, cordially invite you to use this as an opportunity to catch up with old friends, share your business experience and motivate the current batch students.

You can register your presence here : https://docs.google.com/a/digitalupstarts.com/forms/d/1kpb2a2m7-oV9zl6mlYae4eXv4mMCEKU-kKq_cL38YIo/viewform

Looking forward for your presence.

 

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Tips and Techniques to Overcome Marketing Hurdles

unnamedFor new and growing businesses, an effective marketing strategy can many a time make the difference between success and failure. Keeping this in mind, NEN and IBM have partnered to organize a four-hour, expert-led learning-cum-networking session to address some of the most critical marketing hurdles entrepreneurs face. We invite you to apply at the earliest as seats for the session are limited and available on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understanding the customer and assessing the market opportunity
  • Building inexpensive approaches to marketing
  • Developing communication channels to micro-market
  • Building market-share
  • Implementing, measuring and monitoring marketing plans
  • Tips for winning large contracts and B2B sales
  • Online resource center for your startup: IBM SME Toolkit

Application Process:

We strongly encourage highly motivated entrepreneurs who are actively running their businesses to attend this session. Participation costs for all selected applicants will be fully subsidized by NEN, Wadhwani Foundation and IBM. Apply here.

Workshop Expert: Gurudas Nulkar

unnamed (1)As a first-generation entrepreneur,Prof. Gurudas Nulkar started Prostick Adhesive Tapes in 1994, trading in industrial adhesive tapes, along with a partner. In 2000, Prostick acquired a supplier’s manufacturing unit producing speciality tapes in Pune and with that, started manufacturing and converting speciality tapes for the automotive industry. New products were launched for the Indian market and within a short time Prostick grew to be one of the largest special tape converter in India. In 2006, Gurudas decided to enter into a JV with Stokvis Tapes BV, the largest tape converters in the world, to gain access to new technology and new markets. In June 2008, Stokvis Prostick was acquired by ITW Inc USA (Illinois Tool Works Inc), which has over 59,000 employees worldwide and is a Fortune 500 listed company. Gurudas Nulkar was the Managing Director of the Indian arm before he decided on an early retirement from business. Since June 2009, Gurudas is teaching MBA students at Symbiosis Centre for Management and HRD. He also heads the Corporate Training Centre here. He is currently the Program Director for the MBA executive education for working professionals.

Contact Info:

For queries regarding the workshop and application, please contact our representative Aswani Yatheendran at aswani.yatheendran@nenglobal.org or call at +91 99865 16871.

This session will take place on 6th December, 2014 at the EDI campus.

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TALEXPO – Website to showcase young talent

It all started with a love for prose. Hetansh, Parth and Jay Kotak, 22, are childhood friends who turned their passion into a website that encouraged others to showcase their talent.

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Parth Mehta (sitting left in the image) is a current student of EDI.

A couple of years ago, they began a literary blog and contributed regularly to it. Realising that people take pride in their creativity even if it is `just a few lines’, the trio launched a talent website to provide a platform for others to express themselves. TALEXPO appreciates all kinds of talents -be it cooking, designing, sketching, or dancing. Individuals can upload their audiovideo on the website where others can access and post comments. This also brings them in contact with others like who share similar talents or appreciate it.

Jay, who got his BBA degree from a Mumbai university, is currently helping his father handle the family business in Rajkot. Hetansh is a fourth year student of Liberal Arts at Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University while Parth is a 25-year-old MBA student at Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India.

Though studies consume a lot of time, the three ensure the website is well-maintained. “We conduct talent competitions which attracts a larger audience and gives participants more exposure,“ says Hetansh.

Parth says, “The website has taught a lot about management and patience. It is not easy handling so many talents, personalities and hosting competitions.We have learnt to manage time so that our studies do not suffer. We are becoming good at multitasking and know that we have to be patient for the website to bring in money.“

(Source : Article from Ahmedabad Mirror; 18th November, 2014)

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