Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Recently, i was going through the World Economic Forum's Technology Pioneers 2007 list which has been published. This list is published every year recognizing the most innovative enterprises around the world. The list is very interesting and gives us an overview of the organization selected and the reason as to why the organization is listed.
I am very happy, impressed and also sad to see only 1 organization from India made it to the list - Drishtee. Now, what does Drishtee do and why are they different?
Dristee is a rural network for delivering information services to Villages, using an electronic information kiosk, known as Drishtee Soochnalaya. These kiosks are run by local entrepreneurs who charge residents for access.
Changing lives in rural India is no small Vision and it needs loads of dedication to be able to achieve it. Drishtee is very strong in its Vision and has gone past various milestones in the last Seven Years of inception.
What Does Drishtee do?
The organization has categorized itself into various aspects, but the punch-line is that it is concentrating in providing self-employment to rural entrepreneurs and also providing opportunity for the rural population to have access to the latest information.
Drishtee's initiation spreads into Education, HealthCare, Employment Generation, Women Empowerment and Micro-Finance.
Monday, November 26, 2007
Off-late, "Entrepreneurship" has received a lot of attention. Not that this was non-existent earlier, it is just getting the correct momentum in countries like India.
Recently, a young and self-motivated team has stepped up to create a platform for showcasing entrepreneurial ideas and promoting Entrepreneurship - KickStart.In
KickStart is a not-for-profit organization aimed at promoting Entrepreneurship. The team is young, energetic and comprised of Entrepreneurs, Professionals, Academicians and Entrepreneur-wannabe's.
What does KickStart do?
Interesting question - we search for ways and avenues to show-case entrepreneurship and provide as much support as we can, to help people with Entrepreneurial spirit show-case themselves to the world.
In this regard, KickStart is organizing HeadStart, a mega event on the 18th, 19th and 20th January 2008 at Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore in association with Association for Computing Machinery, (ACM) a world renowned organization.
Imagine this - you have a great idea and have been working on it for quite some time. You went around trying to get the best of the feedback before you put in your life time into it. Getting a genuine feedback and commendable recognition is the most difficult part. You have questions on the integrity of people whom you approach and also the knowledge they might have in understanding what you would want to do. You also would like to share your idea with people just incase if anyone would want to fund you in anyway to get your idea rolling.
All the above are thoughts of a entrepreneur in making and wishing for a miracle to happen. We went through all these in our lives (if not all, most of the team members) and do understand that there needs to be a honest platform which needs to be created. KickStart was born with this thought in mind. With our experiences, we wanted to at least help people around us and want to ensure that you do not go through the same pain again and again, instead work on refining your idea.
HeadStart is a three day conference where we are inviting Entrepreneurs, Academicians, Industry Leaders, Venture Capitalists and Students.
During the conference, you will have opportunity to showcase your "working model" and share your idea with people around.
How do you show-case your "working model"?
The process is easy - Visit our website - www.HeadStart.in, and Nominate Your Product; It's that simple. We have an eminent panel who are ready to share their valuable time to go through your nomination. The panel is the ultimate authority to short list nominations which will be allowed to show case during the event.
So, what are you waiting for? Go ahead and be part of HeadStart.
Wednesday, November 07, 2007
If you are an Entrepreneur, looking for Incubation, The National Entrepreneur Network (NEN) is providing you the flexibility to apply to 6 Incubation Cell's at one go. Visit the Apply for Business Incubation page on NEN website and submit your business plan.
This should be a good start... Good Luck
Here is a list of Incubation Centers in India. Hope this helps to give you a starting point if you intend to start your own company...
NS Raghavan Center for Entrepreneurship Learning (NSRCEL), IIM Bangalore.
Technology Business Incubator, Birla Institute of Technology, Pilani
Center for Innovation, Incubation and Entrepreneurship, IIM Ahmedabad
Entrepreneurship Cell, IIT Kharagpur
Center for Entrepreneurship, SP Jain Institute of Management & Research
C-TIDES, IIT Madras
TeNeT, IIT Madras
Society for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, IIT Bombay
SIDBI Innovation and Incubation Center, IIT Kanpur
Entrepreneurial Development Cell, IIT Guwahati
Entrepreneurship Development Cell, IIT Delhi
Entrepreneurship Cell, FMS Delhi
Abhiyan, IIM Lucknow
E-Cell, IIM Kozhikode
Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, IIM Calcutta
MICA Entrepreneurship Development Center, Ahmedabad
TIME IS, Delhi
Science & Technology Entrepreneurs Park, JSS Academy of Technical Education, NOIDA
Over a period of time, I will try to explore more into each of the above institutes and provide more information of their process.