Job seekers can be job creators, and for that you don’t need any financial investment, but a brilliant idea. If you have that one idea, it can do wonders for you, and can make your entrepreneurial journey a smooth sail. To help entrepreneurs make the smooth transition – RoboChamps organized Entrepreneurship Vibes recently in “the city beautiful” – Chandigarh.
Its founder, Akshay Ahuja has been involved with the startup ecosystem in Chandigarh for a while now. At 19 he started RoboChamps and for the last four years has been trying to make practical education a reality for students across the country. Their reach among students is more than any other robotics academy in the country. Till date, they have conducted workshops in over 500 schools.
When asked about what he thought was the scenario in Chandigarh when it comes to the startup industry, he said, “I feel that the startup scene in Chandigarh is still in its nascent stage. There are a lot of entrepreneurs coming up with their startups, especially college students from a technical background. But there is still a significant amount of job seeking population who have what it takes to become job creators, but are reluctant to make the leap. It is necessary that people like these have some faith in themselves and start their ventures, only then will we see a vibrant startup culture in Chandigarh.I feel that the startup scene in Chandigarh is still in its nascent stage. There are a lot of entrepreneurs coming up with their startups, especially college students from a technical background. But there is still a significant amount of job seeking population who have what it takes to become job creators, but are reluctant to make the leap. It is necessary that people like these have some faith in themselves and start their ventures, only then will we see a vibrant startup culture in Chandigarh.”
He added that the purpose of this event was to provide a platform that will inspire college students to work on their ideas while studying simultaneously. It is to let them know that this time is right to .get started being in this era of internet. This is the time when they can work on their ideas without too much of monetary investment. They can pursue their dreams while they are young as many of successful entrepreneurs only wish if they had started earlier.
Prominent startups from Chandigarh and adjoining areas met with experts at the event for a free mentoring of aspiring entrepreneurs. Over 100 college and university students from the city and Punjab received lessons in the day-long workshop, held at Innov8, including students from Chitkara University, Chandigarh University and Panjab University to name a few.
Key speakers were Akshay Ahuja, Founder, RoboChamps, Ajay Deep, Founder, Chandigarh Metro, Divya Kothari & Heema Singla, Co-Founders, Techcronies, Manish Kumar, Founder, MobiProbe, Sulakshna Bramta, Media Strategist and Motivational Speaker. Vineet Khurana, VP, Operations at Chandigarh Angel Network (CAN) and Dr Madhuri Sharma, Associate Director at Chitkara University – Centre for Entrepreneurship Education and Development (CEED) were guest speakers and also held sessions with the students.
Akshay Ahuja, organizer of the event, while interacting with students said, “The Prime Minister Narendra Modi initiated Startup India, and we should take it forward by promoting the initiative and build a community of entrepreneurs. There is hexagonal topography, a study done by the World Bank shows that if we go back by 20 years, people were making use of products made in the US and this trend shifted to Made in China but the study further adds, it will shift to Made in India in the coming 2 to 3 years because 60 percent of population in India is youth and not as many jobs and the only way is to become entrepreneurs.”
One of the interesting talks delivered was from Divya Kothari who ssaid that for her entrepreneurship is completely dedicating oneself to creating something out of nothing. She stressed on the risk taking and big rewards. She asked students for believe in their potentials even if they haven’t seen the results. She added, “The whole point is to get started and work for yourself and make mistakes. Our mistakes are our experience. Working under some organized environment will not give you the exposure which you are going to get when you building something on your own.” She calls her own startup a result of a girl with a wi-fi, laptop and a whole lot of dreams.
Seeing the success of the event, when we asked Akshay what his motivation behind creating such an event was, he added, “My motivation for organizing ‘Entrepreneurship Vibes’ was precisely to initiate the building of a startup community in the city. As I said, there are a lot of people in the city who have ideas, all they need is motivation, inspiration and the knowledge that there are like minded people out there who can help them succeed. Guidance and inspiration, I feel, can go a long way in helping a budding entrepreneur take the next step in his career.”