Forum: Entrepreneurship Forum
Speaker: Mr. Paul D'Souza
VIA-Lemon Ideas initiative ‘GURUKUL’ inaugurated
The Entrepreneurship Forum of Vidarbha Industries Association in association with Lemon Ideas established a mentoring setup for start-ups and aspiring Entrepreneurs named ‘GURUKUL’. The aim of this helpdesk is to guide aspiring Entrepreneurs having business ideas in launching their start-up / business venture. It also intends to help established / seasoned start-ups in diversification of their business ventures. ‘GURUKUL’ will also serve as an innovation / technology enabler for start-ups and entrepreneurs. ‘GURUKUL’ aims to adopt a pedagogy approach and offer one to one and group mentoring.
Speaking at the inauguration, Chairman of Entrepreneurship Forum, Akash Agrawal stated that it has always been the endeavour of the Entrepreneurship Forum of VIA to seriously promote entrepreneurship in and around Vidarbha with an aim to curb the brain drain of local entrepreneurial talent. According to him Nagpur can become a Smart City only if local entrepreneurial talent rise and shine.
Dr Suhas Buddhe, Secretary – VIA in his welcome address assured that VIA will extend all possible support to make ‘GURUKUL’ a grand success.
On the occasion of the inauguration function, Deepak Menaria, Chief Idea Farmer of Lemon Ideas highlighted the salient features of ‘GURUKUL’. He state that ‘GURUKUL’ will function on every fourth of the month from 5 to 7 pm at VIA office. Entrepreneurs, who wish to avail mentoring session will have to register either at VIA or Lemon helpdesk. According to him the mentoring will be offered by the best in the field. The entire exercise will be done free of cost, as the aim is to promote entrepreneurship in VIdarbha.
In the ‘GURUKUL’ inauguration, Hong Kong based Entrepreneurship consultant, Paul D’Souza was the keynote speaker. D’Souza also firmly believed that to stop migration of entrepreneurs, strong steps like the establishment of ‘GURUKUL’ has to be taken. According to him entrepreneurship should be taught at school level. According to him one needs to develop a sustainable business plan which does not need too much of borrowed funds initially. According to him there is a great scope for Indians wanting to enter the overseas business, but for this they have to keep aside their ‘jugadu’ and ‘chalta hai attitude’ and instead focus on delivering promise, delivering quality, delivering service and delivering trust and transparency. According today India is in a position of strength and the eyes of the whole world is fixed on India. He said that Indians must try to get out of their ‘I win-you lose’ attitude and shift to the win-win attitude because this is the anthem of the international market. According to him most of the western countries are in the downhill stage while India has an emerging market and the next 25 years India will be on the upswing provided the people change themselves and operate transparent business.
At the outset, the speaker was introduced by Nitin Gujarathi, Chief Technology Mentor of Lemon Ideas. Dr Suhas Buddhe and Akash Agrawal welcomed the guests. The program was conducted and the vote of thanks was proposed by Anita Rao, Convenor, Entrepreneur Forum of VIA.
A large number of Start-ups, Entrepreneurs, students and other interested person were seen attending the program in rapt attention.
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