September 20, 2017

If Opportunity doesn’t knock, build a Door

Chase the vision, not the money. The money will end up following you.

Running a business is difficult. Starting a business from scratch is even harder. The entrepreneurial journey is a rollercoaster, and in the beginning you’ll probably face more downs than ups.  The days of the “job work” mentality are thankfully waning, with more people looking to get satisfaction by making the world a better place, rather than just tolerating brain-numbing work to fund enjoyment elsewhere.

It was a second-wave dot-com boom that lasted five to six years, when money was so readily available that it felt like anybody could get in on the “become-an-entrepreneur” game. People believed that raising several millions of dollars for a business meant that they were a successful entrepreneur.

It all looks so easy, doesn’t it? Well, let me tell you, it can actually be really hard, stressful and exhausting. But, being an entrepreneur can also be incredibly liberating, exhilarating and unbelievably rewarding.

In the recent times people have started assuming that billion dollar start- ups are accidental and it is easy to think of success as more of a product of luck rather than hard work and tenaciousness. As it is rightly said “Rome wasn’t built in a day”, analogy to this is that it takes sheer patience, determination, and will to be an entrepreneur.

We often think entrepreneurs as larger than life-than-life characters. They take risks, they have their own rules, most important of all they innovate and experiment, summing up all they think out of the box. It seems as if entrepreneurs are a breed apart. But they are not. All of us are born with the ability to take risks and think creatively.

OK, so tell me how many of you have played Angry birds?? It is allegedly rumored that angry birds was an overnight success but actually it took 51 attempts before the developer, Rovio, could make it work. It is just a matter of having a good idea and more importantly believing in your passion to reach the pinnacle of achievement. And as hokey it sounds we all can do it.

So far, the article talked about the life of an entrepreneur and the challenges an entrepreneur faces, but now we talk about the institutions that provide entrepreneurial learning in India.

The startup ecosystem has long been criticized for lack of support. While aspirants continue to look for support, there are opportunities available, especially institutional supports, through educational institutions. Apart from the Entrepreneurship Cells present in colleges, there are several educational institutions in India that are offer various programs /courses to support entrepreneurial learning.

  • Amity Business School (Noida) – M.B.A in Entrepreneurship
  • D Y Patil, Mumbai University (Mumbai) – M.B.A in Entrepreneurship Management
  • Delhi Business School (Delhi) – specialization in Entrepreneurship & Business
  • Deshpande Foundation (Hubli) – Master of Social Entrepreneurship
  • EMPI’s centre for Global Business Entrepreneurship & Research (Delhi) – specialization in Global Business & Entrepreneurship
  • Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India (Gandhinagar) – specialization in Business Entrepreneurship
  • Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India (Gandhinagar) – specialization in Development Sector and Social Entrepreneurship
  • Entrerprise Development Institute (Kolkata) – Diploma in Entrepreneurship
  • European Management Institute (Delhi) – MBA in Entrepreneurship Development
  • IIM Bangalore (NSRCEL) – specialization in Entrepreneurs & Family Businesses
  • IIM Bangalore (NSRCEL) – specialization in Women Entrepreneurs
  • IIM Indore – specialization in Family owned Businesses & Entrepreneurship
  • IIPM (Delhi) – B.B.A/M.B.A in Planning and Entrepreneurship
  • Indraprastha College of Management & Technology (Jodhpur) – specialization in Entrepreneurship & Business Management
  • Infinity Business School (Gurgoan) – specialization in Entrepreneurship
  • Institute of Marketing and Management (Delhi) – specialization in Entrepreneurship
  • International College of Fashion (Delhi) – M.B.A in Entrepreneurship (Fashion)
  • ISB (Goldman Sachs – Hyderabad) – Certificate course in Women Entrepreneurs
  • ISB(Wadhwani Foundation – Hyderabad) – specialization in Global Growth Entrepreneurship
  • JGI Group (Bangalore) – specialization in Entrepreneurship, Entre & Mgt,
  • KIIT School of Management (Bhubaneshwar) – M.B.A in Entrepreneurship
  • Kohinoor Business School (Pune) – M.B.A in Entrepreneurship
  • L.N. Welingkar (Mumbai) – specialization in Family Managed Business
  • Lal Bahadur Sastri Institute of Management – specialization in Entrepreneurship
  • Master School of Management (Meerut) – specialization in Entrepreneurship
  • Mudra Institute of Communication (Ahmedabad) – specialization in Communications, Management & Entrepreneurship
  • Nirma Institute of Management (Ahmedabad) – M.B.A in Family Business and Entrepreneurship
  • NMIMS (Mumbai) – M.B.A in Social Entrepreneurship
  • Rai Business School (Delhi) – specialization in Planning and Entrepreneurship
  • SPJIMR (Mumbai) – specialization in Family Managed Business
  • Tata Institute of Social Sciences (Mumbai) – M.A in Social Entrepreneurship
  • Xavier Institute of Management & Entrepreneurship (Bangalore) – specialization in Entrepreneurship Development
  • XLRI (Jamshedpur) – Certificate in Entrepreneurship Management

We have put together an exhaustive list of the different courses/programs offered by a good mix of well-established institutions.

The image of an entrepreneur is at an all-time high, so why would you continue to work in a job that you hate, or provides no satisfaction? Step into a new entrepreneur era where the definition of “work” is something you love. It’s not too late to start.

An article on entrepreneurship by Sarthak Dhamija @sarthak_dhamija 

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