Since 2013, LEMON has slowly evolved as a self-sustaining start-up ecosystem for aspiring entrepreneurs, business owners as well as early stage start-ups for complete end to end support at various stages of their journey including training, mentoring, ideation, validation, launch, execution, growth as well as fund raising. Lemon is among very few truly entrepreneurial start-up enabler supporting and nurturing job creators in India. The ecosystem has become very fertile for idea seeds to get sprouted and become sustainable ventures. The magic of co-creation and peer learning are instrumental for the transformation of entrepreneurs at Lemon. Lemon is a recognized startup by DIPP, Govt. of India and proudly supports Startup India movement.
Lemon Ideas is on a mission “Innovation by EveryONE” and is working towards empowering talented individuals to convert their Ideas into Reality (Business Ventures). With 50+ startups incubated & supported, and more than 500+ entrepreneurs nurtured, Lemon Ideas has become a known name in startup and entrepreneurship ecosystem over the years. At Lemon Ideas we believe and follow a unique pedagogy and experimentation approach for real-life entrepreneurs. Lemon offers incubation and various mentoring programs for startups and seasoned entrepreneurs with innovation and technology as key drivers. Lemon is on a mission to nurture 1000 entrepreneurs and be part of 100 ventures creations by 2020 with a greater focus on building the ecosystem in tier 2 and 3 cities.
Lemon School of Entrepreneurship (LSE) is a unique, new age Gurukul with a vision to support, mentor and train budding as well as early stage entrepreneurs. The pedagogy being Learning by Doing, Learn through reflections and real life experimentation, LSE is neither affiliated to any University / Governing Body nor provides any recognised degree or diploma. We believe that creation of work portfolio through experiential learning and pre-incubation training is vital for entrepreneurship. We offer entrepreneurship training program and business training workshops. We also work with colleges and universities to build robust ‘Innovation & Entrepreneurship’ ecosystem (includes pre-Incubation consulting & experiential workshops).
India is a country with a huge number of like-minded people to make a change. India has emerged as one the largest developing economies of the world, still, it lacks somewhere in taking the disruptive ideas or concepts to a colossal extent. To bridge this gap, the need of this hour is to promote and support the start-ups for collaboratively rectifying the issues which hinder them from becoming a giant. Immediate need is to hunt for core problems and hunt for right solutions for better tomorrow.
INNOPRENEURS is a yearly startup contest hosted by Lemon Ideas. It is much more than a conventional B-plan contest. It is a national level platform that encourages individuals/ students/ professionals to bring ideas, innovations to the platter for others to devour and earn mentoring, funding and network support. Since 2014, Innopreneurs has become a prominent platform for entrepreneurs with over 250 registrations received every year.
Lemon Gurukul is a social initiative by Lemon where we provide mentoring to budding and needy Entrepreneurs. Lemon conducts the ‘Lemon Gurukul mentoring sessions’ with the aim to serve aspiring entrepreneurs and early stage as well as seasoned start-ups. These sessions are open and free for anybody who wants to take benefit of expertise and support from Lemon mentors.
Under this program we conduct a group mentoring session on regular basis where budding entrepreneurs can come with their queries and our experienced mentors guide them and help them. Entrepreneurs who are facing challenges, who are confused, want to diversify their existing venture or are on look out to bring on innovation through technology would be benefited through the ‘Gurukul’.
Lemon Ideas in association with Vidarbha Industries Association (VIA) conducts ‘Lemon Gurukul Helpdesk’ sessions at the Udyog Bhawan in Nagpur every month where mentoring is provided by the best in the field to needy participants. The entire exercise is free of cost as the aim is to promote entrepreneurship.
Financial assistance is extended to needy entrepreneurs, exceptional talent and woman entrepreneurs through Scholarships and grants under Gurukul program at LEMON. This financial assistance is towards training, mentoring, incubation as well as taking care of living expenses for entrepreneurs during their initial struggle period.