Building Technology Ventures

Course Overview
Course Objectives
Course Faculty
Recognition and Certification
Date and Locations
Who Should Apply
How to apply
Application Review Process
Course Fee
Withdrawal Policy
Contact Information

Course Overview

Apps and mobile technologies are hottest trends in the market today. It’s little wonder that technology startups are coming of age in India. This spirit of innovation is also spreading like wildfire in the technology campuses of India. Building Technology Ventures addresses the challenges by helping engineering and technology faculty like you to integrate entrepreneurship with engineering education on your campus.

The course equips you to enable your students to translate an idea into a fundable technology business. It focuses on realizing the commercial value of innovations which otherwise might remain as prototypes. The emphasis is on building the capacity of a technology entrepreneur, assessing demand opportunity, developing a marketable product, patenting and licensing, building the right team, raising money and creating value for the customer and the venture. It addresses the challenge of combining management and product building which is a common road block for technology entrepreneurs. Essentially, it highlights how to overcome the technology myopia.

As a key element of the course, you will work together with a small and diverse team on an idea/concept for a new technology venture chosen by yourself. You will be exposed to experiential activities, expert insights and best practices from leading academic institutions around the world to nurture innovation driven entrepreneurship.


The course aims to help participants understand how to:

  • Integrate entrepreneurship with engineering education
  • Successfully commercialize innovations
  • Build business models that turn ideas into products
  • Fund technology based ventures
  • Capture value from knowledge by protecting Intellectual Property Rights
  • Build high-impact teams for knowledge businesses


Module 1:

  • Demand driven innovation
  • Technological innovation & entrepreneurship, demand opportunity analysis, creativity and innovation for deciphering customer needs, product solution and market needs, understanding competition and role of teams


  • Commercializing innovations
  • Prototyping to product development, effective business models that deliver customer value, protecting IP – student IP best practices, patenting and licensing, importance of human capital


  • Gathering resources for technology ventures
  • Cost effective marketing in technology ventures, raising money for technology based ventures, communicating your idea – writing fundable business plans, designing and delivering a techno-venture course on campus

Course Faculty

Vasanti Venugopal, Educator, NEN

 Vasanti Venugopal, recipient of National Award for ‘Best Entrepreneurship Educator 2008’ has trained over 1,000 faculty members in Entrepreneurship across India. With over 25 years in academics, she has hands-on experience in building entrepreneurship program on campus including campus companies. Vasanti has been certified with honors in the NEN-Stanford-IIMB Entrepreneurship Educators’ Course (EEC) and EEDC from Indian School of Business, Hyderabad.

Rajendra Bhat, Chief Mentor, NEN

Rajendra Bhat has over 18 years of experience in entrepreneurship. Having started his career with one of India’s top IT firms, Raj went on to launch his own enterprise in the area of Web development while the Internet was still a fledgling business opportunity. Having led the startup through the boom and bust of the Internet age, he has successfully transitioned to the role of entrepreneurship educator and mentor. He has delivered several courses for entrepreneurs and helped turnaround businesses. Currently, he is the Chief Mentor at NEN Mentor Platform. Raj secured a post-graduate degree in Business Management from the University of Mumbai.

Prof. C. Amarnath, Professor, Department  of Mechanical Engineering & Head - SINE, IIT Bombay

Prof. Amarnath is presently heading  SINE the Entrepreneurship Unit of IIT Bombay and has been designated Chair Professor of IITB. He has also won the “Excellence in Teaching” award at IITB.He has established the Robotics Lab, Textile Lab and the Innovation Centre at IITB. He is a consultant  to several leading industries  and has delivered several advanced  products  like a walking machine  (BARC) and a remotely operated  robot (Army). He has been instrumental in initiating several technology competitions  in the country.He has over the years taken keen interest  in promoting “innovation” and “entrepreneurship” amongst  students at IITB.

Who Should Apply

This course is designed for interested and passionate faculty members who are serious about implementing programs that help young people develop a solid foundation of entrepreneurial skills and knowledge.

Recognition and Certification

In order to be certified, graduates of the program must implement their learning on campus and fulfill additional specific requirements. Upon successful completion, faculty members will be recognized as ‘NEN Entrepreneurship Educators’, and receive Certification from NEN, in association with the Wadhwani Foundation and the National Science and Technology Entrepreneurship Development Board, Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India.

Duration: 3 Days

Date and Locations:

- August 3-5: Mumbai
- August 16-18: Chennai
- August 23-25: Jaipur
- Sepember 6-8: Delhi

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 9193. Please print, fill out, and send the forms to us either via mail, e-mail or fax. Kindly go through the Enrolling Process Instructions   carefully before you register.

Mailing address for applications:

National Entrepreneurship Network
113/1B, Benaka Tech Park,
Block II, Third Floor, ITPL Main Road,
Kundalahalli, Bangalore - 563 037
Karnataka, India
Fax: +91 80 4168 9195

Deadline to submit application:

For course in Mumbai: July 5, 2012
For course in Chennai: July 19, 2012
For course in Jaipur: July 25, 2012
For course in Delhi: August 08, 2012

Application Review Process:

With the growing number and sophistication of entrepreneurship educators in India, the demand for the entrepreneurship Courses, in particular, is strong, and we cannot guarantee space for all applicants. During the week following the application deadline, applications for the course will be reviewed by the Course Admissions Committee. The Course Admissions Committee will include members of NEN Trust, and may include the course Teaching Faculty, topic experts, and other senior NEN Faculty Leaders. We may follow up with you for clarifications post their meeting.

Admission is based on the applicant’s demonstrated passion, execution track-record, ability and commitment to make a difference in building entrepreneurship programs for their students, or in supporting entrepreneurs.

Notification of Application Status

You will be notified by email of your application status 1 week after the application deadline, which is 5 weeks before the course begins. If you have any questions about the status of your application, please call us at the office, or email us at .

Course Fee:

NEN institutional members: INR 11, 236 (including service tax of 12.36%)
Non-institutional members: INR 22,472 (including service tax of 12.36%)

The course fees cover tuition, course materials including cases, and most meals. Travel and lodging costs must be borne by the candidate or their sponsoring institution. The NEN Education team will assist selected candidates in identifying and arranging affordable accommodation close to the program venue.

Course Fee Due Date:

Along with the acceptance notification, successful applicants will receive a course invoice and payment instructions. Late or missing payments can result in the applicant’s place being given to another candidate.

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. You will also receive links to any materials which you will be able to download. In addition, we will contact you to assist with making any travel and accommodation arrangements.

Withdrawal Policy

We do understand that last minute problems do occasionally arise, and that it is sometimes necessary to withdraw from a course at the last minute. In this case, we will refund most of the course fee, subtracting Rs. 3000 to cover the NEN Trust administrative costs associated with the participant.

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’ fee 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 are available to cover the entire course fees for NEN Faculty Leaders. Scholarships are intended for NEN Faculty Leaders from institutes that are unable to afford the subsidized course fees. Scholarships are not guaranteed, and they are not awarded on a first-come-first-serve basis. Scholarships are awarded based on a combination of demonstrated merit and need. If you are interested in applying for a scholarship, please download the Scholarship Application Form on our website, and send it to us, duly filled along with your course application.

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 from the course. However, please note, in case you drop out for any reason within 5 days of the course, you will be eligible only for a partial refund of Rs.2000. This is to cover the administrative costs involved in the process.

For more information, please contact the NEN Education team at:

National Entrepreneurship Network
113/1B, Benaka Tech Park,
Block II, Third Floor, ITPL Main Road,
Kundalahalli, Bangalore - 563 037
Karnataka, India

Tel: +91 80 4168 9193