BENGALURU: “Be a learner. Leverage Intelligence. And, get things done”is the mantra that student entrepreneurs follow at iB Hubs Startup School, a specially designed 4-week accelerator program that charges zero fees and equity. In just one week, startups were exposed to industry leaders, entrepreneurs. What’s more some even gained clients.
The sessions provided guidance for startups to shape their ideas into realizable goals. Instead of only creating solutions, they were being taught to build it with the consumer’s perspective in mind.
The first week at iB Hubs Startup School kickstarted with a session on ‘Vision Setting for Startup Founders’by Neerad Kumar, alumnus of IIT Madras and Director of iBuild Innovations. The session gave one-on-one mentoring on developing the right entrepreneurial attitude for their vision. It helped startups in prioritizing and focusing on their competencies. And the activities that followed helped them see where their startup will be in the next 3-5 years.
Future Startup Leaders Meet at iB Hubs
The open hall events organized for Hyderabad cohorts led to culmination of new ideas. It paved a way for peer learning among founders and took collective intelligence to a whole new level.
In addition to one-on-one mentoring by professionals, the program initiated ‘Get to Meet’ where the student entrepreneurs can meet, interact, and gain insights from successful entrepreneurs and industry leaders.
This week they had a guest talk with Rukmaji Ramanujan, Chairman of India CEO Network, on how to transform ideas into businesses. The young founders gained valuable insights in an Ask Me Anything session with Mr. Raj Parakh, Co-founder and CMO, Fabulyst. The founders of Make the World Wonderful, an NGO aiming for world harmony also shared their journey with the student entrepreneurs. The four teenage girls proved that age doesn’t matter to be entrepreneurs.
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Anuj Singhvi, an Alumnus of IIM Ahmedabad, trained the young founders on creating fail proof Business Model Canvases, distinguishing different market segments, and conducting robust Market Research helping them make smarter moves in their startup endeavors. With a lot of activities, the coming weeks at iB Hubs Startup School is going to re-energise and direct the founders.
To know more about iB Hubs Startup School, visit: http://ibhubs.co/startupschool/
(The writer is the Associate Vice President of Marketing, iB Hubs. The next week’s article would focus on mentors’ views of the startup ecosystem)