Aspiring entrepreneurs received some valuable advice from start-up founders in the city at a workshop held at Innov8, a co-working space for start-ups in the Industrial Area Phase I, on Saturday. The aim of the workshop was to provide a platform that will inspire college students
to work on their ideas while studying.
The workshop included sessions on entrepreneurship, how to launch a start-up, when to scale your start-up, team building, and mastering networking. The module was designed for students and professionals to help them take the next step into their entrepreneurial journey.
More than 100 students from the city and Punjab, including Chitkara University, Chandigarh University, Panjab University and GGDSD College, Sector 32, and some colleges in Ludhiana attended the workshop. All the participants were given certificates.
Key speakers were Akshay Ahuja, founder, RoboChamps; Divya Kothari and Heema Singla, co-founders, Techcronies; Palak Saboo of Misfits; Manish Kumar, founder, MobiProbe; Sulakshna Bramta, media strategist and motivational speaker.
“There is hexagonal topography, a study done by the World Bank shows that if we go back by 20 years, people were making use of products made in the US and this trend shifted to Made in China, but the study further adds, it will shift to Made in India in the coming two to three years because 60 per cent of the population in India is youth and there not as many jobs and the only way is to become entrepreneurs,” said Akshay Ahuja, founder, RoboChamps India.
For Divya Kothari, entrepreneurship is dedicating one to create something out of nothing. “It’s taking risks, making mistakes, and believing in your potential,” said Kothari, whose startup Techcronies is a result of two girls with a Wi-Fi, a laptop and a dream. Heema Singla stressed on the power of Internet and power of entrepreneurship, and added how ‘being from a small city is immaterial in a world connected on the net’. “For me, entrepreneurship is all about the
5 Ps – passion, performance, positivity, parents, partner,” added Singla.
Vineet Khurana, VP operations, Chandigarh Angel Network and Dr Madhuri Sharma, associate director at Chitkara University – Centre for Entrepreneurship Education and Development were the guest speakers and also held sessions with the students.