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.
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:
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.
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.
John W Mullins
Associate Professor of Management Practice in Entrepreneurship, London Business School
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
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.
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
For Faculty please download the Course Application Form from here
Mailing address for applications:
Cost of program: Rs. 1,20,000 per participant
Course Cancellation Policy
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