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Transforming dreams into reality…!!

December 7, 2010

Be prepared for the long haul. Results may take a long time coming.”

Say Apurva Sacheti & Subhobrata Sengupta, two young entrepreneurs, who have just started their first venture “Krostini”. It’s a fast-food restaurant, serving veg and egg-based preparations. Both from Start Your Business- Classroom Learning Program, batch-07, feel that the course made them more efficient at calculating risks and keeping a plan B at the back of their minds. Also, the course helped them get the mental strength through association with like-minded people.

In a tete-a-tete, they share their experience of dreaming to be an entrepreneur to becoming one. Check out what they have to say:

What is your qualification?

Apurva: I graduated in Electronics Engineering from BIT MESRA (2009), and was then working with Dial 1298 for Ambulance.

Subhobrata: I have done my PGDM from SPJIMR (2004) and was then pursuing a sales and marketing career, looking after the Branded Retail channel for eastern India at Nokia.

How did you go about starting your venture?

Apurva & Subhobrata: Joining SPJIMR’s Start Your Business- Classroom Learning Program was the first step which we took to transform our dreams into reality. That’s the place where we both met & our wavelength matched and we decided to start our own venture post the completion of the course.

After the course got over, we did a small consumer research and also looked at the pros and cons of starting our restaurant project in Mumbai & Pune. We decided upon the latter and moved in to Pune. Then we looked at real estate options across several areas that had a sizable population of our target consumers. Finally, we engaged a hospitality consultant after securing the property and started working on the project. We took about six and a half months from the completion of the Start Your Business course to get the project off the ground.

What is your message to aspiring entrepreneurs?

Apurva & Subhobrata: Be prepared for the long haul. Results may take a long coming. Mobilize your resources accordingly. Plan for delays, cost escalations and failed sales targets. Be prepared for a lot of sacrifices, especially in your lifestyle and work-life balance. And never let disappointments demotivate you. You may not be lucky enough to get too many external sources of strength and motivation. The core strength should come from you.

Why do you think an aspiring entrepreneur should join this course?

I think an aspiring entrepreneur should join this course for a the network of entrepreneurs and mentors it introduces you to. It also helps you take certain crucial decisions about starting off in a better manner and for developing a more entrepreneurial bent of mind.

Do you too want to transform your dream into reality? Know more about the Start Your Business Program here


One Comment leave one →
  1. puram ravi shanakar permalink
    December 11, 2010 6:32 pm

    very intresting lines in each 10 qualities of budding entrepreneur massages
    the ten points are ten commandments for the new soldier/entreprenuer entering the battle
    feild of this competitive market,every step makes a sensable move

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