With a view to encourage entrepreneurship in the country, the Government of India launched the Startup India Hub in 2016. The organisation that supports and provides resources for emerging business enterprises has come to the spotlight with the success of its newly-launched learning and development module for start-ups.
Since its launch this January, the Startup India Learning Programme has drawn the attention of start-ups, with over 31,000 users signing up in the first month.
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The L&D module is a free online programme launched in collaboration with UpGrad and developed by Invest India. The four-week long programme aims to introduce entrepreneurs to the fundamental concepts of running their own business. The programme is available in English and Hindi, and covers a plethora of areas, from finance and legal issues to pitching and funding.
The mentors for the programme are founders or leaders of successful startups themselves, including the likes of Richa Kar, founder of Zivame, Bhavish Aggarwal, founder of Ola Cabs, and Deep Kalra, founder of Make My Trip. Film producer and founder of UpGrad, Ronnie Screwvala, is also part of the initiative
“With the objective that India must become a nation of job creators instead of being a nation of job seekers, we launched the StartUp India initiative in January, 2016. This initiative aims at fostering entrepreneurship and promoting innovation by creating an ecosystem that is conducive for the growth of Start-ups,” said Ramesh Abhishek, DIPP secretary. “”We hope that many budding entrepreneurs of India will benefit from this programme and get the right learning to start their dream ventures.”
Users who have signed up for the programme also get the opportunity to interact with industry experts and each other. The digital model makes the learning experience accessible to a bigger user base; according to Inc42, over 800 applicants were reported to have completed the course in February.
The Startup India Hub responds to queries from entrepreneurs via telephone, email and social media—in December 2016, the organisation’s status report claimed that they handled about 25,000 queries from startups across the country.
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