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Avish Hakani

Emergence of Students in Startups and Entrepreneurship in India

Avish Hakani

A student entrepreneur at its core is the one who is an ignited individual who is at a state of learning in school, college, institute, university, etc. And at the outset on a mission of gathering definitive knowledge that includes examination, participation and recognition. A student takes initiative in self education and implementation. The student builds up a mindset and initiates actions to create, organize, implement, manage, grow and run a business venture with an ambition of growth and profit.

This era of early beginning has changed the perceptions of the society towards entrepreneurship in a big way along with that it has been able to create a lot of startup ecosystems and business support systems which have been connecting the senior and experienced entrepreneurs to the startup entrepreneurs to help them not only to become better at what they are doing but taking them to the level where they contribute in changing the way most of us live all over the country and the world.

One such encouraging part of the Indian startup and entrepreneurship ecosystem is Nurture Talent Academy founded by an IIT Delhi as well as IIM Indore graduate Amit Grover, an individual passionate about entrepreneurship. He has worked with Infosys, Asian Paints and Onida, before starting Nurture Talent Academy, India’s 1st institute for training entrepreneurs, in January, 2010, with the objective of training and mentoring startups. The objective of Nurture Talent is to enable 1000 ventures to start in next 3-5 years, which will generate 20000 jobs.

Over the course of last 4 years Nurture has trained and shaped over 30000 students for better entrepreneurship in 125+ cities across 450+ colleges all over India. Nurture talent Conducts trainings and mentoring programs for students related to entrepreneurship, business plan, mobile apps, web technologies and digital marketing for students which encourages them to take the right steps and learn the know hows of entrepreneurial actions towards their startups and ventures.

 Since its beginning till so far the Nurture Talent has been doing terrific in their endeavors and recently has associated with Confluence, IIM Ahmedabad. Nurture Talent will be conducting zonal city workshops for engineering, science, commerce, arts, math, MBA, PhD students across India in leading colleges. Participating students will be trained in idea generation, making a feasible business plan, raising funds, technology innovations and will learn the nuances of management and business. Nurture Talent and Confluence, IIMA will be issuing joint certificates to students, faculty and college.

Confluence is IIM Ahmedabad’s International Management Symposium now in its 16th year. Its vision is to become the largest management symposium in the Asia-Pacific region that adds value to the major stakeholders of a country’s economy – corporate, government, people, students and academia as they come together to ideate, collaborate and innovate. Masterplan 2014 is IIM Ahmedabad’s flagship international business plan contest. It has prize money of Rs 5 lakhs, with opportunities for students to get face to face with leading venture capitalists, angel investors and industry experts.

.Recently Nurture Talent Academy has partnered with Crazzy Ventures, a group of Companies Passionate about making an Inspiring change founded by 4 young entrepreneurs Shivam Mishra, Chirag Dodiya, Nishant Sharma and Avish Hakani to welcome all Colleges and students aspiring entrepreneurship and develop a successful career path for their lives to be a part of the entrepreneurial revolution. Nurture Talent and Crazzy Ventures have also launched the Crazzy-Nurture Internship program. This has encouraged the enablement of students around the India to get a lot of opportunities of turning their potential ideas in reality and bring about a positive change in the society.

Entrepreneurship education in India needs to gain unshakeable ground to change the face of the Indian economy. It is only under such a scenario that we would witness a longer queue of job providers than job seekers. And the efforts of such initiatives and Platforms like Nurture Talent, Confluence IIM Ahmedabad, Crazzy Ventures would sure show us productive and efficient youth, par excellence.

To make your college as zonal center for Confluence IIMA + Nurture Talent Academy workshop - please send email to

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