Kick-Starting Ventures

Kick-Starting Ventures

Course Overview
Course Objectives
Course Structure
Course Faculty
Recognition and Certification
Date and Locations
Who Should Apply

How to apply
Course Fee
Scholarships
Contact Information 

 

Course Overview
In Kick-Starting Ventures, participants learn how to mentor start-up ventures. During the intense, hands-on course, participants gain a solid understanding of many of the vital issues in starting a high-potential startup, including: assessing opportunities, testing business plans, and understanding organizational requirements for early stage of company growth. Through case studies, working with entrepreneurs and hands-on exercises, participants will build their ability to coach new entrepreneurs through the hazards in deciding whether to start the venture, developing an approach, and actually launching the business. During the course faculty members will work with entrepreneur participants in developing an action plan to apply the tools and techniques learned in the workshop to the entrepreneurs’ starting up challenges. The course is developed in partnership with the London Business School, under the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women Program.

Course Objectives

Graduates of the program will be able to mentor and run short-duration courses for entrepreneurs on the critical issues in starting a new venture. Topics covered in Kick-Starting Ventures include:

  • Assessing opportunities and Case Learning
  • Analyzing business ideas – why will or won’t your idea work
  • Examining and testing business plans and understanding the journey to Plan B
  • Assembling resources and sharing equity
  • Understanding organizational practices for different phases of growth
  • Discovering core purpose, core values of business

Course Structure

The Mentor Development Courses are the most intense courses offered in entrepreneurship education. They are designed specifically to help participants learn to work effectively with entrepreneurs, and to produce concrete results. Courses therefore include much more than classroom work, and cover several modules. A vital component of the Kick-Starting Ventures program is the apprenticeship, during which faculty will have an opportunity to mentor startups alongside seasoned mentors.

Module 1: Kick-starting Ventures, classroom work, 3 days

Module 2: On ground support by NEN Consultants, to help execute apprenticeship (3 months)

Module 3: Active Mentoring: Faculty will find or be matched with a raw-startup-stage entrepreneur. They will mentor this start-up for a minimum of three months and will have debriefing sessions with seasoned mentors.
3 structured mentoring sessions: Faculty will partner with seasoned mentors to work with 3 different teams on each of 3 monthly sessions. The sessions will also have a group discussion, during which the faculty will be exposed to 9 different startup teams.

Module 4: Resource Bureau will provide access to industry and other experts to supplement the mentoring process.

Kick-starting Ventures culminates in debrief and evaluation with the Seasoned Mentor and the start-up they have been mentoring.

Course Faculty

John W Mullins

Associate Professor of Management Practice in Entrepreneurship, London Business School
Professor John Mullins brings to his teaching and research 20 years of executive experience in high-growth firms. He founded two ventures, one of which he took public. His two defining books for entrepreneurs, The New Business Road Test and Getting to Plan B, have received rave reviews in the international business press: INC, America’s top entrepreneurship magazine, recently listed Getting to Plan B as one of the best books for business owners in 2009.

Prof. Mullins’s research has won him national and international awards from the Young Presidents’ Organization, Marketing Science Institute, the American Marketing Association, and the Richard D. Irwin Foundation. He earned his MBA at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and his PhD in Marketing from the University of Minnesota.

Murray B Low

Associate Professor and Director, Eugene M. Lang Center for Entrepreneurship, Columbia Business School
Professor Low is an experienced entrepreneur and a leading authority on entrepreneurship in independent, corporate and not-for-profit settings. Starting businesses in several industries led him to study how the entrepreneurial process differs by context. His current research examines the dynamics of entrepreneurial careers. As the founder of the Columbia Entrepreneurship Program, he has worked to make entrepreneurship a viable career option for MBA graduates. Low consults to both small and large companies, family businesses and not-for-profits. He teaches executive seminars in the areas of entrepreneurship and strategic management and makes frequent presentations to academic and industry groups. He has published widely in academic and practitioner journals and is a regular commentator in the media.

Recognition and Certification

On completion of the course and the specified requirements, successful graduates will be awarded Certification in ‘Kick-Starting Ventures’ by NEN, London Business School and the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women Program. Certified Mentors will be showcased in the mentoring section of the NEN 360 Portal, reaching more than 2,20,000 members of the NEN Community.

Graduates of the program are eligible to for certification as “NEN Mentors”. An independent panel of experts will review applications. Certified NEN Mentors will be eligible to be promoted by NEN to entrepreneurs and investors seeking strategic coaching and input.

Date and Location
Module 1: January 18 - 21, Bangalore

Who Should Apply

Applicants should be already mentoring or concretely planning to work with early stage entrepreneurs, be passionate about entrepreneurship, and have a strong desire to nurture the next generation of entrepreneurs. Successful applicants will have demonstrated track records of developing and teaching effective entrepreneurship courses or in-depth workshops. It is highly recommended that applicants should have successfully completed the course, Tools for Growth.

How to apply
To apply for the course, please download the Course Application Form. If you’re unable to access the forms, please contact us at +91 80 4168 9195. Please print, fill out, and send the forms to us either via mail, e-mail or fax.

For Faculty please download the Course Application Form from here
For Entrepreneur please download the Course Application Form from here

Mailing address for applications:
National Entrepreneurship Network
Ground Floor,
Villa No. 2, Regent Place
Thubarahalli, Varthur Main Road
Bangalore 560 066
E-Mail:
Fax: +91 80 4168 9195
Deadline to submit application: December 15, 2010

Course Fee

Cost of program: Rs. 1,20,000 per participant
Scholarship: Successful applicants will be awarded full scholarships from Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women's program for course fees. (Participants are responsible for travel and lodging.)

Advance Preparation
The course will have required advance reading and possibly other additional advance work. The advance preparation allows for the participant to extract much more value from the course, and for richer classroom interaction and a better experience for all. Once we receive your confirmation and your payment of course fees, you will receive emails notifying you of the advanced preparation requirements, and sent a link to any materials which you will be able to download. In addition, we will be in contact to help you make any travel and accommodation arrangements.

Course Cancellation Policy
Program dates, course fees and teaching faculty may be subject to change. Please check the NEN website for updates before applying. If a program is cancelled by NEN, the participants’ total course fees will be refunded. If for any reason, the course can’t be held on the scheduled dates – reasons could include bandhs, weather or other problems – NEN will work with the teaching faculty to reschedule the course, and the participants’ fees will be applied to the course on the new dates. NEN will not be responsible for travel, accommodation or other costs that may have been incurred by the participant.

Scholarships
Successful applicants to this course will be awarded full scholarships through NEN Trust from Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women's program for course fees. However, all participants are responsible for travel and lodging.

Successful applicants who qualify for the scholarship will be expected to confirm their attendance by making a fully-refundable deposit payment of INR 5000 along with their course participation confirmation. The payment will be refunded immediately upon successful completion of the course. This refundable deposit is to ensure minimum last minute drop outs for the course. However, please note, in case you are drop out for any reason before 5 days of the course, the above mentioned amount will not be refunded. This is to cover the administrative cost involved in the process.

The a/c payee cheque should be prepared in favor of "National Entrepreneurship Network" payable in Bangalore

Contact Information
Please contact the NEN Education team at:
National Entrepreneurship Network
Ground Floor,
Villa No. 2, Regent Place
Thubarahalli, Varthur Main Road
Bangalore 560 066
E-Mail:
Tel: +91 80 4168 9195


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