These stories keep on coming. India entrepreneurship will be/is a force to be reckoned with!
With increased enthusiasm and interest among young Indians to take up entrepreneurship, Nurture Talent Academy and BITS Pilani’s Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership have come together to guide, mentor and train startups during Conquest 2011. Conquest 2011, an international business challenge and entrepreneurship conclave brings together members of the startup ecosystem together including venture capitalists, media, angel investors, successful entrepreneurs and mentors.
While there are several business plan competitions that take place round the year for students, Conquest 2011 has build a unique positioning by focusing on the entrepreneur and his venture, rather than the merely judging the idea. As a part of the selection process, over 500 entries were screened. Out of these, 38 were mentored by seasoned entrepreneurs all over the country, by listening to their problems and giving them one to one guidance. As next step in the process, each selected finalist team will go through an extensive training session by Amit Grover, CEO and Founder, Nurture Talent Academy. The startups will be going through exercises on marketing, business models, scaling up, mistakes in current business setup and raising venture capital as a part of the training session.
“We at BITS Pilani have been pioneers in fostering entrepreneurship. This year we decided to give more value and exposure to our participating startups by not focusing on redundant business plans but on developing startups through extensive face-to-face mentoring sessions all over the country and Nurture Talent Academy was a natural fit as they have shown the commitment towards young ventures right from the start.”, said Saurabh Gupta, Coordinator for Conquest 2011.