Arise, Awake: The Inspiring Stories of 10 Young Entrepreneurs Who Graduated from College into a Business of Their Own
Arise, Awake is the story of young entrepreneurs who started a business while studying in college, or right after graduation. turning their backs on lucrative placements, to pursue dreams of their own. The ability to start a business is not defined by age or education. It takes energy and passion, an idea and an internet connection. Your first ‘office’ could be your very own hostel room.
impress, he added, “The only college in India with its own private beach.” Truth be told, I was impressed. Years later, when I visited the campus, I physically verified this fact. I can also verify the fact that NIT Surathkal continues to produce intelligent eccentrics like Shashank N D and Abhinav Lal. “Back in 2005, when we joined college, nobody had heard of the term ‘entrepreneurship’. NIT-K was one of the first colleges in India to start an E-Cell.” As Shashank and Abhinav
Bhukkad outlet in NLS have gone up by 15–20%. But, surprisingly, sales have increased by 30%. All thanks to innovations in the menu such as the ‘Asian Green Salad’ (beans, cauliflower and lettuce with a sweet-lime and honey dressing, and roasted peanuts sprinkled on top). “We have customers who ‘book’ it in advance! Another popular item is the ‘Mexican Bean Sandwich’ made with in-house salsa, rajma and jalapenos.” These innovations are a result of daily experiments in the kitchen where
time, students need to have some fun.” Apart from weekends, birthday celebrations can be a nuisance to other residents. So Anurag maintains a list of birthdays and makes sure he is there until the cake is cut at midnight. “Somehow, I have to maintain that balance,” he smiles. “I should thank that uncle who did not refund my ₹48,000 hostel fee. Uska mujhe gussa tha and see how far it took me!” Out of a batch of 240 students, 150 have joined Ganpati Facilities. 50 are with the
got a grant of ₹1.5 lakh.” This helped the young entrepreneurs to refine their crude prototype. They roped in a friend – Anirudh Nath – who was an electronics whiz. “He used to do only two things in life – sleep and tinker with gadgets!” “If a software goes wrong, you can just do backspace and ‘delete’, but with hardware you have to junk the piece and start all over again.” “I knew Eshwar won’t feel good if his partner is sitting for placement. That means he is not
discover and e-publish budding authors. She is also a motivational speaker and mentor to students and young entrepreneurs. Rashmi is an economics graduate from Sophia College, Mumbai, and an MBA from IIM Ahmedabad. She can be reached at: www.facebook.com/rashmibansal, www.twitter.com/rashmibansal or email@example.com