This year (2016) The Goa Project features a separate track on Entrepreneurship.
Any form of Entrepreneurship is not easy. But there are specific sectors that are more challenging than the others. If you are trying to build a sustainable organization in a difficult and / or unglamorous market, this is a great opportunity to show case it to the world. Please come and share your success stories, failures, learnings and experiences.
Some examples (but not limited to) are:
Creative entrepreneurs in design / performing arts / social impact space
Consumer facing business that is self-sustainable and profitable
Sectors like infrastructure, waste management, renewable energy, engineering, agri-food..
The tragedy of the commons
Useful technologies that require behavioural change / have poor adoption curves..
Developing markets outside India
Difficult to monetize sectors such as music or entertainment
Any thing else and more..
The emphasis is not really on the sector or even the problem-opportunity-solution. Tell us how you are cracking the challenges of adoption, sustainability and scalability. Even if it is Work in Progress, there is a lot we can all learn from you.
Bootstrapping & Fund raising
To share an inspirational journey of keep going through the startup journey and focus on bootstrapping than focusing on finding investors only.
Many entreprenuers start their entreprneeurial dreams on concept of someone funding the same and bootstrapping as a concept seems to be dying art. The talk analyses both the sides of the coin and helps entreprneeurs reflect on their decisions of sources of investments
I am a parallel entrepreneur, corporate and entrepreneurship coach. I am founder director of Tradexces.com, an exclusive B2B platform for organization to buy/sell their excess inventory. I teach entrepreneurship at CIIE IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Indore, IIT Mumbai & Kharagpur, NIT Arunachal Pradesh, SRM Chennai, Symbiosis campuses Pune and other management/engineering institutes where I guide students to select entrepreneurship as a career option. I have a decade of work experience which includes heading institutional sales for Asian Paints Karnataka, as Business partner at Wonder Bath- one of the largest construction materials distributor in Pune, marketing head for TalentBridge Technologies and cofounder at Sparkpluggers Innovation Lab. My voluntary experience comprises of being evangelist for CIIE- IIM Ahmedabad and iWeekend India for their entrepreneurial activities. I have organized over 350 business and social events and I am an active member of entrepreneurship forums in India. I have done my graduation from Pune University in commerce and post-graduation from Symbiosis Pune.