The National Entrepreneurship Network (NEN) is Wadhwani Foundation’s flagship initiative in India. It was established in 2003 with a mission to create and support high growth entrepreneurs, driving job-creation and economic growth in India. Co-founded by IIT-Bombay, IIM-Ahmedabad, BITS-Pilani, SP Jain Institute of Management & Research-Mumbai and Institute of Bioinformatics and Applied Biotechnology –Bangalore, NEN is primarily supported by the Wadhwani Foundation. Today, NEN is India’s largest and most dynamic community of new and future high-growth entrepreneurs, with over 70,000 members in 30 cities and 470 top-tier academic institutes in India as partners. It provides support to start-ups and early-stage entrepreneurs through:
- High-impact entrepreneurship education
- Access to mentors, experts and advanced pedagogy
- Fast-track access to incubation
- Funding learning tools and materials
NEN is playing a key role in developing a vibrant entrepreneurship eco-system in the country by building institutional capacity and inspiring, educating & supporting high potential entrepreneurs to create high-value jobs.
NEN represents Asia’s largest and most dynamic community of young and future entrepreneurs.
For more details, visit: www.nenonline.org
The economic greatness of a country is fueled by the strength and vitality of its entrepreneurs.
Dr. Romesh Wadhwani, Founder & Chairman, Wadhwani Foundation
Dr. Romesh Wadhwani on NEN, its objectives and impact
NEN’s model for advancing entrepreneurship rests firmly on its partnership approach, making it both scalable and effective. Rather than deliver support directly, NEN partners with academic institutes to help them build an effective and a vibrant entrepreneurship eco-system on campus to develop and support entrepreneurs. Institutes that NEN partners with are those that are already motivated to provide entrepreneurship programmes to their students and who appreciate the investment NEN makes towards enhancing their ability to do so.
In addition, NEN uses a group-purchasing model to aggregate support for institutes, members and entrepreneurs. Support includes a bank of volunteers for speaking and mentoring opportunities; corporations eager to support innovation; fast-track access to funding and incubation; learning tools and materials.
NEN builds the entrepreneurial eco-system in 2 specific ways:
- Build capacity for ‘creating’ new entrepreneurs – get students inspired, impart knowledge, develop skills and build networks to enable them to pursue entrepreneurial careers.
- Build / strengthen eco-system for ‘supporting’ existing start-ups – increase their access to experts who can provide relevant, high quality knowledge & skill-building programs, mentoring & networks for funding and hiring.
At the heart of NEN lies:
- Know-how & content
- Resource experts – educators & mentors
- Programmatic infrastructure
India needs to generate more than 10 million jobs a year for the next decade if we are to truly tap into the demographic dividend. These jobs are most likely to get created by high potential start-ups capable of fast growth.
Dr. Ajay Kela, President & CEO, Wadhwani Foundation
NEN has demonstrated spectacular success in creating institutional capacity in the educational eco-system by developing entrepreneurs and job-creators, alongside of job-seekers. Building on this strong platform, NEN is now extending its value propositions to early and early-growth stage entrepreneurs. This ‘Entrepreneur Support’ service is in keeping with NEN’s role in developing sustainable institutional capacity & scalable models for entrepreneur creation and support.
Accordingly, we consolidate best practices alongside of providing services to entrepreneurs. ‘Entrepreneur Support’ services encompass knowledge and skill-building services, and personalised support such as ‘Mentoring’. These services are provided both face-to-face and via online modules. NEN currently offers the following services for entrepreneurs:
- Training & skill-building workshops
- Mentoring services
- Online mentor clinics
- Online library of short videos
NEN works very closely with entrepreneur educators, start-up coaches and mentors. We believe that these educators, coaches and mentors are key to the delivery of entrepreneur support services. Substantial investments are made in delivering tools, frameworks and conceptual models to this community. Our scale-up models are based on ‘enabling the enablers’.
Thus, we offer online content as a more efficient and accessible means to deliver knowledge and skills and to supplement and complement our workshop series. These programmes also ensure that entrepreneurs can be ready for mentoring – saving mentor time and increasing the efficiency and success rate of the mentoring programme.
NEN entrepreneur support programmes are continuously reviewed, refreshed and guided by the active participation of our Educator Panel and Mentor Panel – which are made of entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship practitioners. This ensures that our content and methodologies remain fresh and relevant.
In the initial phase of NEN Entrepreneur Support – we will seek to identify best practices in mentoring and entrepreneurship skill development. Through partnership with our sponsors – such as SAP, IBM and the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE), we are piloting various support models and consolidating the insights gained.
Thus, NEN Entrepreneur Support is engaged in action research in entrepreneurship support services.
The mentor platform provides aspiring, early and growing entrepreneurs with mentoring help from established entrepreneurs, professionals and investors, enabling them to take their ventures to the next level through varied offerings. NEN plays the critical role of understanding the entrepreneur need and matching it with a suitable expert. NEN as a neutral, not-for-profit organization has been playing the role of a trusted advisor in the entrepreneurial eco-system for almost a decade.
Some of the major formats of mentoring @ NEN are:
One-on-one face time meeting sessions with industry leaders and domain experts as mentors. The mentees in the program get a chance to spar their ideas with these professionals. It helps them clear a lot of issues and gets them to focus on the immediate task on hand.
As part of our ongoing Entrepreneur Support program, NEN has launched online mentoring clinics to help early and growth stage entrepreneurs. The mentoring clinics are intense, hands-on and are personalized. The format has two entrepreneurs presenting their business, to three expert panelists, usually experienced entrepreneurs and investors in their domain. The format allows in-depth discussion of specific issues that the participating entrepreneurs face.
SAP Emerging Entrepreneurs Mentoring Program : A brief overview
NEN and SAP have partnered in a mentoring program aimed to create large number of high value jobs in India by developing and supporting high-potential entrepreneurs. As a first step, this program has created a core set of skilled mentors towards strengthening the entrepreneurial eco-system in India. The program builds on NEN’s proven capability of mentor development and SAP’s demonstrated support of CSR activities and lays the groundwork for a deeper engagement between the two organizations.
Mentoring Support for TFD
‘TATA First Dot, powered by NEN’ is India’s first national mentoring and recognition platform for student start-ups. A unique initiative that promotes, mentors and showcases India’s most dynamic and young entrepreneurs.
NEN mentor platform connects the student start-ups to expert mentors for a structured 120 day mentoring program, during which the mentor systematically supports the entrepreneur in overcoming growth challenges.
Criteria for Identifying and matching mentors to mentees
- Preferably based in the same city
- Stage of mentees’ venture/business – ideation/prototype/startup/growth
- Generally for students in ideation stage, we connect them to our faculty mentors based in the same city
- The more mature the mentee is (in terms of stage of venture), mentor needs to more experienced/established
- Need to be established entrepreneurs/investors – at least 8 to 10 years industry experience
- Need not be great speakers/orators
- Need to have the right attitude and patience to listen and guide mentees
- Some entrepreneurs/aspiring entrepreneurs write/call us directly & sometimes consultants connect them to us. First step is to get them to fill in the ‘mentor request form’
- Based on criteria mentioned above, shortlist 2 or 3 mentors; approach the mentor first and check their interest in mentoring the entrepreneur giving a brief background of the entrepreneur/mentee. If the mentor is unavailable or not interested, approach 2nd or 3rd shortlisted mentor
- If the mentor is okay to mentor, make an email connect introducing mentor and mentee, sharing contact information of both
NEN-SAP Emerging Entrepreneurs Mentoring Program (EEMP)
National Entrepreneurship Network (NEN) and global software services leader SAP have entered into a partnership with the objective to create large number of high value jobs in India by creating and supporting high-potential entrepreneurs.
The partnership delivers three programmes:
- Mentoring support to emerging entrepreneurs via a nationwide platform of NEN-trained business mentors
- Specific 1-1 coaching and technical and strategic advice for a select set of high-growth entrepreneurs, by SAP leaders
- A volunteering programme for SAP employees
Over 10 years of working in the entrepreneurial space, NEN has identified some of the critical requirements for enabling effective mentoring programmes for entrepreneurs. Appropriate training and follow-up are seen to have a positive influence on the skill, ability and effectiveness of mentors.
The process of mentor development starts with identifying high-potential individuals with defined behavioural traits and experiences and facilitating effective direct learning experiences to enable the development & practice of required skills.
Mentor profile and selection criteria
Mentor participants to the program are seasoned entrepreneurs, professionals, entrepreneurship faculty and investors.
Mentors may also include:
- Entrepreneur consultants who are working with full-fledged entrepreneurs
- Those with demonstrated ability in advancing entrepreneurship among students, in an academic environment where entrepreneurship has been firmly established as an alternative to conventional careers
Profile of the Mentees
In line with the defined target group for this programme, mentees are likely to be educated, and starting or operating high potential businesses. These entrepreneurs maybe at seed, start-up or growth stage.
In addition, the mentees satisfy the following requirements: making profits, scalable by technology and serving unserved/underserved market.
Invitation-based selection process
Making sure the entrepreneurs/mentees are assigned to appropriate mentors based on their industry and challenges is a critical part of the support provided by NEN. NEN Trust team members spend considerable amount of time helping entrepreneurs articulate the specific challenges they face and subsequently match them with appropriate mentors with either problem-specific or domain specific experience and expertise.
Following up each mentoring assignment with structured feedback forms, and addressing concerns of both mentors and mentees in the position of a neutral facilitator is an important part of the service that NEN provides. NEN is in regular touch with both the Mentor and the mentee in a transparent and arms-length manner.
FAQ’s on EEMP
This program mainly targets growth stage entrepreneurs who are serving an underserved market and have earned sizeable revenue through their venture. Also, their venture should be technologically scalable. However, NEN maintains a level of tolerance in these criteria and encourages entrepreneurs to apply for this program.
Mentors in the program are seasoned entrepreneurs, industry professionals, entrepreneurship faculty and investors with an average of about 18 years of experience in the entrepreneurial ecosystem. Additional criteria for selection includes:-
- Entrepreneur consultants who are working with full-fledged entrepreneurs
- Have the right attitude and commitment to mentor entrepreneurs
For Faculty members
- Demonstrated ability to work effectively with entrepreneurial students, and/or are running entrepreneurship programs/courses on campus (may or may not already have started working with entrepreneurs directly)
- Highly motivated to mentor and run courses for entrepreneurs
- Have support of their Institution to work with entrepreneurs
NEN is a not-for-profit organization, and as such we expect no payment from your side, monetary or otherwise. The mentors enrolled under this program are doing it on a pro-bono basis.
NEN runs a matching process based on certain criteria including location, type of industry and key challenges being faced, as shared by the mentee. The mentor is selected from a rich pool of seasoned entrepreneurs, professionals and faculty members. These matches have been highly commended by previous SAP mentees. In the case of a mismatch, as experienced by mentor or mentee, NEN will intervene to find a better fit.
NEN takes monthly feedback from mentees and mentors, on their progress. If you are not satisfied for some reason with the mentor assigned to you, you can mention so in the feedback, along with the reason. NEN will seek to establish the underlying issue and take the necessary steps to arrange an alternative fit.
Feedback is expected at least once a month, so as to know if the mentoring process is going on smoothly and if any immediate progress in your venture is seen.
We suggest you met your mentor face to face for the first time. This will help break ice and know each other better. After that, you can communicate with each other through any medium as agreed between you two.
Your mentor is not mandated to help you raise fund or find you customers. Rather he will work with you and enable you with all necessary skills, so that you are geared up to do these on your own. However there are no constraints, if your mentor agrees to help you raise funds, gets customers or agrees to help you in any other way.
There is no cutoff date to enroll for this program, however we can accommodate a limited number of entrepreneurs, registration is on first come first serve basis and meeting the eligibility criteria for the program.
You should connect with your mentor at-least twice in a month to report back on the progress made by you in the venture. You may also connect with your mentor more than twice, if your mentor agrees to it.
For more information on EEMP, please contact
The Entrepreneur Academy (www.nenonline.tv) is an initiative of Wadhwani Foundation and National Entrepreneurship Network (NEN). The Academy offers video lessons from seasoned entrepreneurs built around topics based on the life-cycle of a venture.
Entrepreneur Academy helps start-ups to grow with lessons from experienced entrepreneurs, angels, VCs and mentors. A key element of the academy is video component, where we hope to educate and also inspire. While the Academy and our blog carry inspirational video pieces, our core focus is to help impact specific skills and knowledge.
This falls into two categories:
Courses: Consist of content that NEN already offers as offline workshops. The content has been optimized for online consumption by converting them into short video capsules. A typical video capsule is 5-7 minutes long while a course consists of such multiples capsules. Some examples are:
- Identifying a new business idea
- Launching a winning product
- Financial management for start-ups
Short Videos: These short videos provide answers to specific questions that entrepreneurs have & enable entrepreneurs to leverage expertise available in the community and not to re-invent the wheel. Some examples are:
- How to build the right culture at your start-up?
- How to hire for your start-up?
- Five things investors look for in a start-up
The Academy currently has 10,000+ subscribers and hosts about 100+ short videos, 8 courses and a number of articles enabling self-driven entrepreneur education and expert interactions.
The NEN Entrepreneur Workshops are designed to cover the key business concepts of the venture life cycle. The programs are in-depth 1 or 2 day workshops led by entrepreneurship educators and industry experts, with world class content on topics especially designed for practicing entrepreneurs. These are extremely hands-on and framework based so that entrepreneurs can easily apply them to their businesses.
These workshops are designed with four fundamental ingredients to ensure effectiveness and these are:
- Conceptual framework and knowledge provided by the NEN entrepreneurship educator
- Information on specific issues and varied insights shared by industry experts & experienced practitioners
- Informative and inspirational talk by seasoned entrepreneurs
- Networking with peers
Some samples include:
- Tools for growing business
- Understanding and developing Business Model
- Getting to Market, acquiring customers
- Raising money
- Managing cash for growth
- Key legal procedures for start-ups
- Brand building for start-ups
Webinars are run for one hour every alternate Wednesday from 3 pm – 4 pm. They are led by established entrepreneurs industry experts. The webinar topics cover different aspects of venture, issues and current trends. It has proved to be extremely effective as participating entrepreneurs around the world can get their queries answered by renowned experts. Few of the topics covered are on starting up, finance, marketing, teams, strategy and growth.
Some samples include:
- Raising money for start-ups: Insights from angels
- Social Media marketing
- How to distribute equity between co-founders
- Raising the first round of venture capital investment
- Key legal and regulatory procedures for starting up in India
- Building an A team
- 5 essential things to know before starting up
The Women Entrepreneur Development Program, “Dream to Destination” aims at helping women entrepreneurs achieve their business goals, especially in terms of fundability, scalability and revenue growth.
Needs & Potential Assessment (NAPA): NEN will organize mentoring-cum-workshops (mentor-shops) for women entrepreneurs at different cities across India. The mentor-shops will equip them with tools to grow their businesses and assess their needs and then draw up a development plan for each. Entrepreneurs whose growth goals fall into the three categories of revenue growth, scalabilty & fundability, will be shortlisted for more detailed support.
Customised Development Program (CDP): NEN mentors & educators will support the entrepreneurs to develop tailored programs that fit their needs and potential for scale-up.
Focused preparation: Individual entrepreneurs will be staged through the final steps of their development program.
Culmination: Entrepreneurs will be assisted to achieve their key milestones.
Participants’ Eligibility Profile
In Business: Women entrepreneur in business i.e. practicing entrepreneur and NOT in aspiring or ideation stage.
Women Owned: The venture has to be legally owned and run by the women entrepreneur. They may have partners. Read more…
Applicants will be selected on the basis of best fit with the programme objectives of delivering growth to women entrepreneurs. While all efforts will be made to enable the entrepreneur to grow, there is no assurance that desired growth will be achieved, as it is dependent upon many factors. This programme seeks to identify the growth enablers.
Jan 2014 to Oct 2014
Workshop location and dates
Exact dates to be confirmed. Locations may change subject to availability of suitable candidates.
RegisterLast date for registration: January 31, 2014
This program is subsidised by The Wadhwani Foundation and ANDE (Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs) and is brought to you by NEN (National Entrepreneurship Network).
Institutional Capacity Programs
NEN trains and certifies faculty to produce entrepreneurship educators & mentors who can design and run high-impact entrepreneurship programs on campus. As part of institution capacity building, institutional infrastructure like e-cells, campus companies, innovation centers and incubators are developed. It includes a Resource Bureau comprising experienced volunteers of more than 3000 entrepreneurs, professional experts, angels and venture capitalists. In addition, NEN facilitates an on-ground consulting practice and more importantly training the faculty through the NEN Faculty Development Courses to equip them with practice-oriented methods of teaching.
NEN offers a range of faculty development programs to build a result-oriented entrepreneurial eco-system on campus. Courses offered range from essentials like practice-teaching to advanced topics such as building organizations, raising capital, go to market, mentor development and high-impact infrastructure design.
NEN’s Mentor Platform enables structured mentoring in a variety of formats (suite of offline and online programs) with experienced entrepreneurs, mentors and professionals. This includes skilled matching of wide variety of coaches, incubators, entrepreneurs, faculty in NEN network, mentors and other domain experts with the needs of entrepreneurs. A tracking system is also in place reporting on-ground successes.
NEN is building relevant entrepreneurship teaching content for India and other emerging markets. NEN Press actively sources high-quality entrepreneurship teaching content and reviews, edits & packages the material for entrepreneurship programme organizers and new entrepreneurs. These courses are designed and delivered by leading international and Indian faculty in entrepreneurship, including from IIT Kanpur, IIM Calcutta, Stanford’s STVP, London Business School, NEN and Columbia University. NEN Press makes the material available through CDs and NEN Online. CDs of the newest entrepreneurship teaching tools and content is peer-reviewed and tailored to the Indian context.
It is an experiential learning program (in the form of enterprises) run by students within academic institutions. The program is aimed at providing students with knowledge of enterprise building gained from first-hand experience of ideating, planning, setting up and running a business. These students are mentored by faculty and entrepreneurs and are witness to the benefits such as:
- Knowledge, skills and practical experience in starting & running an enterprise
- Practicing setting up a venture with limited risks in a protected environment
- Increased confidence levels, facilitating independent ventures soon after graduation
- Highly effective & experiential pedagogy on campuses that support entrepreneurship
- Interaction with industry, integrated into classroom learning platforms, enhancing entrepreneurship knowledge of faculty members
- Probability of turning a college lab research into a practical application that benefits other businesses
- Better research mindset and a confidence booster to students
NEN E Leader programme offers leadership workshops, programmes, events and recognition to students heading campus-based entrepreneurship cells. NEN E Cell Workshops, held regularly for new batches of e-cell coordinators and their Faculty Advisors, help connect students from different institutes; introduce them to the ways to organize e-cells while managing events / activities more successfully; and help them understand and use NEN resources effectively.
Targeted at student community at large and student entrepreneurs in particular, NEN runs ‘Entrepreneurship Week India’, the country’s largest & globally one of the biggest entrepreneurship awareness campaigns.
‘Tata First Dot’ is India’s first National mentoring and recognition platform for student start-ups.
NEN is networked to a wide variety of coaches, incubators, entrepreneurs, NEN faculty and other domain experts. It has access to 3000+ experts across varied domains. Institute programme organizers can draw on these experts and enlist the help of the NEN team in making the right match for their programmes.
NEN offers its member institutes a guidance to qualify, prepare & apply successfully for funding from government and non-government sources. The All India Council for Technical Education Entrepreneurship Development Cell (AICTE EDC) program, the Department of Science & Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship Development Centre (DST IEDC) and Incubator programs are examples of such funding sources. For instance, for an IEDC funding application, NEN will help institutes run Innovative Ideas Competition, have the ideas shortlisted by a panel of experts, run a technical entrepreneurship course for projects including industry interaction, patent search workshops and shortlist projects by an expert panel. NEN also enables the creation of effective and relevant project proposals per funder guidelines and the preparation of the final presentation, which is critical to get funding.
Faculty Advisory Board
Faculty Advisory Board (FAB) is an NEN “Knowledge Development” initiative. FAB comprises of some of the experienced & reputed educator and innovation-centric minds to help shape & refine NEN’s strategy and build faculty resource & entrepreneurship programs for institutional development. The board members come from founding institutes as also from international institutions and each of them has a long and passionate relationship with NEN.
FAB members meet annually along with the leadership team at NEN to debate the development and outcome of current initiatives as also to strategize and share wisdom on upcoming needs and potential opportunities. This is also an opportunity for FAB members to commit their time and work closely with NEN on important focus areas like Directors’ meets, case writing fellowships, incubator support structures & resources, start-up jobs, content design, clustering of institutes around specific programs etc.
NEN represents India’s largest and most vibrant entrepreneurial community. The backbone of this community is formed by member academic institutes wherein lie myriad success stories across entrepreneurs, student start-ups/ campus companies and faculty/mentoring platforms.
There are plethora of such success stories. Our attempt is to give you a preview of few of these, across all 3 categories.
For one week, lakhs of people across the country come together to celebrate Entrepreneurship Week India (E Week India), by far the largest entrepreneurship activity in the country. Designed to build public awareness and support for entrepreneurship, E Week India focuses public attention on today’s biggest entrepreneurship opportunities & encourages participants to reflect on their role as leaders and innovators.
E Week India is all about innovation & project driven events like competitions, expositions and educational movie screenings. Entrepreneurship skills are honed by leadership & motivation talks with successful entrepreneurs, panel discussions, business planning insights, skill-building workshops, business and tech bazaars, awareness campaigns & much more. By launching student ventures & campus companies and uniting E Cells across the country, NEN E Week connects lakhs of young students across more than 30 cities.
NEN E Week India 2014 – Highlights
- 1 week, 30 cities, 5000 events, 7 lakh participants
- E Week continues to be the largest awareness campaign in India to create public support for entrepreneurship
- 7 member Institutes in were in different stages of setting up Technology Business Incubators (TBIs) - a big leap for academic institutes
- Over 1071 graduating students & alumni started more than 630 companies
- These new companies created nearly 11,000 jobs
- Over 900 faculty got trained and in turn these faculty supported over 6340 entrepreneurs
- NEN strategic partnerships with global corporates and agencies such as ANDE, GIZ, SAP, IBM and TATA Sons, strengthening our capacity building initiatives in member institutes through mentor development, entrepreneur training & support, and student entrepreneur recognition and showcase
- E week @ School Award (Rs.50/- exercise) covered over 5000 schools with nearly 6 lakh students participating
- NEN-EDII Launchpad competition on Innovation saw more than 300 entries
- NEN E Week India 2014 is significant in terms of a shift from centralized NEN trust activation for a multi-regional format with 4 regional finals being held simultaneously in Jaipur, Indore, Calcutta and Coimbatore – signifying a maturity in the network to be self-sustainable and a paradigm shift from advocacy to impact platform
- NEN E Week India 2014 was the first year where winners were judged based on the whole year’s activities rather than just a week’s performance
‘TATA First Dot, powered by NEN’ is India’s first national mentoring and recognition platform for student start-ups. A unique initiative that promotes, mentors and showcases India’s most dynamic and youngest entrepreneurs, TATA First Dot is run by the collaborative efforts of TATA Group and NEN Trust.The TATA Group’s commitment to innovation, entrepreneurship and India’s next generation of leaders is well known. ‘TATA First Dot, powered by NEN’ brings together this commitment and TATA’s vast expertise across most industries, with NEN’s leadership in entrepreneurship education and support for the youth leaders of the country. ‘TATA First Dot, powered by NEN’ program has five segments:
- National judges’ choice competition
- People’s choice competition
- Two-day National conference & awards ceremony
- Mentoring for top 30 finalists
The TATA First Dot workshops are designed to build knowledge of student & aspiring entrepreneurs through:
- Demystifying business models
- Learning to create a business plan
- Understanding business plan templates and choosing the right one
- Gaining insights into investor evaluation of a start-up
TATA First Dot workshop students are shortlisted as per a pre-defined criteria i.e. they should:
- Be running their own ventures or
- Be running campus companies or
- Have strong business ideas/plans & would like to start their ventures
For more details, visit: www.tatafirstdot.com
NEN E Leader Programmes and E Cell WorkshopsNEN E Leader programme offers leadership workshops, programmes, events and recognition to students heading campus-based entrepreneurship cells. NEN E Cell Workshops, held regularly for new batches of e-cell coordinators and their faculty advisors, help connect students from different institutes; introduce them to ways & means of organizing e-cells and providing guidance towards managing events / activities & NEN resources more successfully and effectively.
Resources for Community Members
NEN members can avail an array of resources tailored to support entrepreneurship right from starting of the venture to staying connected and leveraging the power of the entire NEN community – entrepreneurs, experts, faculty leaders, students and professionals.
To make it easier for identifying & accessing resources best suited to a community member, we have categorized them based on your role in the community. Click on the resource link to enrich your entrepreneurship journey:
Over a decade, NEN has successfully created an eco-system that has seen entrepreneurs created, supported and launched. There has been a spurt in activity from first generation entrepreneurs and some innovative start-ups that have emerged as hot businesses today. These start-up ventures have attracted others to take the plunge & starting a new venture. Since 2003, NEN has accomplished the following:
- 325+ entrepreneurs launched
- 3,100 future entrepreneurs created
- 13,900 entrepreneurs supported
- Membership growth:
- 385 NEN member institutes
- 1,000 NEN faculty
- 70,000 NEN member students
This wholesome, high magnitude impact has been the result of sustained efforts year-on-year.
- 7 lakh participants engage in advocacy activities and National platforms
- 64,000 students from over 400 campuses actively participate in entrepreneurship
- 4,500 entrepreneurs, investors & professionals act as start-up resources
- 1,175 educators support entrepreneurs on campuses & communities
- 200 conferences, courses, workshops & webinars are conducted
- 5,050 entrepreneurs supported
- 705 new entrepreneurs created
- 500 student start-ups formed
Since 2009, over 400 campuses have had active E Cells, with 80-120 members on an average. Here, between 45,000 − 60,000 students engage in entrepreneurial activities each year representing a rapidly increasing number of NEN graduates who are starting ventures – from technology to communications & healthcare to education. NEN has responded by establishing new programs to directly support these young entrepreneurs. Programs include the NEN E Club which provides networking and skill development support to over 2,200 members in seven cities.
TATA First Dot, powered by NEN
This highly successful programme for 3 consecutive years has established ‘Student Entrepreneurs’ as a pinnacle of ‘Youth Entrepreneurship’ in India, created new role models and fostered a culture that encourages & supports student entrepreneurship. Today, ‘TATA First Dot, powered by NEN’ is seen as a definitive platform for student entrepreneurs in India with a high value proposition and a sticky community that is growing year-on-year. TATA First Dot (2012-13) saw a participation of over 400 student entrepreneurs, over 700 attendees in 15 workshops, 70,000+ direct hits on the website and a congregation of 800 students at the National conference.
For more details, visit: www.tatafirstdot.com
NEN E Week India
E Week’s dramatic results in building support for entrepreneurs is encouraging ever increasing participation (of over 6,00,000) with active involvement of more than 30 organizations that support entrepreneurship – corporate entities, industry captains, experts, non-profits & faculty leaders who encourage, guide and inspire students to take action.
With more than 4,000 entrepreneurship activities led by 70,000 E Cell members from over 500 institutes across 30 cities, NEN E Week India is by far the biggest entrepreneurship activity in Asia.
Today, the E Week India Championship Awards given to NEN member academic institutes (E Week@School Award, Nilima Rovshen Creativity and Innovation Award and Most Effective Public Awareness Campaign Award) are most prestigious & sought after. These awards are igniting a competitive spirit towards a stronger, entrepreneurial India.
For more details, visit: www.eweekindia.org
Social Media Reach
NEN’s Facebook page (73K+ Likes) and Twitter (2K+ Followers) offer an extensive network of entrepreneurs, educators, faculty, student and industry experts to NEN member institutes for promoting their initiatives and events.