BANGALORE: Mentoring for becoming an entrepreneur is almost unheard of in Bhutan, said Pema Chodin Tenzin, CEO of a Bhutan-based women’s magazine.
Tenzin was in the city to attend the South Asian Young Entrepreneur Summit, organised by the United States Consulate General and The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE), at Infosys and Indian Institute of Management. Delegates from India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Maldives, Bhutan and Nepal attended the two-day summit, aimed at fostering regional economic connectivity in South Asia
Tenzin said the programme has helped her immensely, especially about finances. “Now, with all the inputs I have received here, I will scale up my business further,” she said.
Thaabit Ifthicaar Ahmed, a football coach from Sri Lanka, said he quit school and set up a football academy with just five students,” he said.
Now, after six years, he employs other coaches who train up to 100 students. As he had no business education, attending this programme helped him learn strategy, planning and scaling up a business, he said.
The candidates for the event were selected based on nominations filed with US consulates in the countries that participated in the programme.
US Consulate’s public affairs officer Ariel Pollock, K J Suresh from the Department of Industries and Commerce, TiE Bangalore president Naganand Doreswamy, and others were present.