2016 batch of India’s first Experiential Entrepreneurship Education Programme at Lemon School of Entrepreneurship (LSE) kick off on 12th September 16’ in Nagpur at Lemon campus, Harihar Nagar, Besa. Unique in many ways and a first-of-its-kind model, the programme will address various aspects of ideation, validation and venture creation.
The launch witnessed eminent personalities from in & around Nagpur and director of Plasto Tanks – Mr. Vishal Agarwal as the Chief Guest. In Keynote address by Vishal Agrawal, he shared 2 decades of Entrepreneurial Journey and how he augmented the brand of Plasto. The pedagogy employed is ‘Real Life Learnings’ and the mentors are neither professors nor white-collared academicians; instead they are all people who have been entrepreneurs themselves at some point of time. Among others were Dr. Prabodh Yelne, Sanjay Arora, Uday Wankawala, Sourav Mukherji, Nupur Mukherji, Shatanand Pandit and Mukesh Ashar.
Sanjay Arora who Chairs Entrepreneurial Marketing at LSE left young and aspiring minds on a high note, ‘Failures are part of the start-up; if you’re not failing, then you’re not learning’. With mix bag of entrepreneurs taking admission this year, not only we paradigm shift in applications from metros to 2nd tier cities but more admissions too. Mr. Deepak Menaria, Chair – Idea farmer at LSE said, “application of 600 aspirants and 40 plus interviews to select a batch of 16 participants for this 6-month Idea to Reality Journey. For this, 10 plus events across India by meeting and interacting with prospective entrepreneurs over the last 120 days”.
Mr. Mukesh Ashar made the welcoming remark and followed by the introduction and small talks by each mentor. Startups from last batch and their founders were also there for the guidance and support to new cohort. Founders of Flying Penguins – Vishal & Amit, Founders of BuzzingaLabs – Quais, Kishore & Gaurav and Founder of CreatiFox – Sanket shared their entrepreneurial journey and how ecosystem helped them in business development.
Maitri (Nagpur), a young entrepreneurial mind who took admission in 2016 cohort said, “Positive feeling and a well-structured approach. LSE is radically different and unique in more than many ways.” Sai Pavan (Hyderabad), a graduate with 6 past businesses in college is all set to start his business with probably a co-founder from Lemon ecosystem itself. He said, “the day was exciting and looking forward to learnt a lot in coming days.”
Idea to Reality journey has just begun for 16 aspiring entrepreneurs and it is going to be full of ‘Do It Yourself (DIY) projects, experiential learning, real life experimentation, outbound yatras and activities, self- exercises, team assignments, real business tasks and internships among others.’
We wish them all the very best for their entrepreneurial journey and for the next generation of job creators. A big push on entrepreneurship to provide employment and services to the ever increasing population.