Urgent need for focused entrepreneurship courses

Meet hosted by ISEED to deliberate requirements of a focused entrepreneurship course curriculum

January 24, 2014 11:22 IST | India Infoline News Service
According to Sanjeeva Shivesh, CEO and Co-founder, ISEED, “ Our recently conducted Indian Students Entrepreneurship Aspirations Survey (I-SEAS) nationwide across more than 50 cities reveals that more than 87% students aspire to be entrepreneurs in life, though they list lack of entrepreneurship knowledge (30%), access to funds (28%) and mentors (22%) as the biggest obstacles to student entrepreneurship in India. “Sadly, entrepreneurship education in our country has been largely undertaken as a token exercise in MBA colleges till date. Our endeavor at ISEED is to provide students a supportive framework of a focused entrepreneurship course to help them convert ideas into real business ventures. We at ISEED are working actively with angel investors, entrepreneurs and industry experts to create an enriching learning experience for students coupled with seed capital funding opportunities for in-house entrepreneurial opportunities,” he further added.

The participants at the meet included DharmendraYashovarshan, Angel Investor; Preeti Singh; Director, National Entrepreneurship Network; Meenakshi Gupta, Co-founder, Goonj; DilipDugar, Entrepreneur, Founder, East West Apparels; Pranay Gupta, Co-founder, 91 Springboards Incubator; Avinash Raghav, CoFounder, Product Nation and iSpirit Foundation; Shafique Al Hasan, Founder, Sky Advertising; ShyamMalhotra, Chief Mentor, CyberMedia and Executive Coach; Vikram Gupta, Founder, Ivy Cap Ventures; EnayetKabir, Vice President, KSA Technopack; SombodhiGhosh, Co-Founder, Aakar Innovations; BVL Narayana, Fellow, IIM Ahmedabad and General Manager, RITES; Himanshu Gupta, Investment Banker and Founder, Clearview Advisors; KK Sharma, Dean, Ansal’s University; Sujay Sinha, Professor, GD Goenka University; Priyanka Agarwal, Professor, Pearl School of Fashion; E. P. Pradeep, Founder, Cyber Security; Sanjeev Asthana, Founder, iFarms; S SKapur, Entrepreneur and Founder, PAL Exports andArjunSen, Editor, International Finance Journal.

Recently, ISEED has also announced the results of the 2013 Indian Students Entrepreneurship Aspirations Survey (I-SEAS).The report presents the results of a nationwide survey across more than 50 cities to understand entrepreneurship aspirations in Indian students and a total of 1117 respondents were surveyed for the report. The survey results 12% students are already entrepreneurs - doing some sort of internet business related to education, entertainment, mobile apps. The survey further reveals that Tier III city students are ahead of Tier II, Tier I and Metros in wanting to become an entrepreneur immediately after their graduation. The propensity to take entrepreneurship within 5 years of graduation is higher for Tier 2 students (72%) as compared to Tier 1 students (65%). ISEED had also conducted the National Youth Ideas Challenge 2013where over 7500 students across 500 colleges of the country participated with ideas that have the potential to benefit humanity by making the common man’s life better, simpler and affordable.

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