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Activate / Ignite

Become a successful entrepreneur

A golden opportunity for aspiring startups/entrepreneurs to win an all-expense-paid trip to Silicon Valley and get a dream exposure to the famed entrepreneurial ecosystem by networking with entrepreneurs, getting mentored by the very best, and pitching to investors.

All you have to do is enrol in the Wadhwani NEN’s pro bono, immersive and experiential entrepreneurship programs in a team format (min. 2 members), complete the course and get top certification by an international jury. So, hurry! Rush your team’s nomination.

The NEN Program is an experiential and immersive digital learning program providing skills, tools, and knowledge to transform ideas of youth into real ventures and become a successful entrepreneur.

The program has designed customized entrepreneurship courses for two types of audiences:

NEN Activate
  • You may be in the early years of your graduate program
  • You have an idea you want to experiment with
  • You want to experience entrepreneurship and add the experience to your resume
NEN Ignite
  • You may be in the later years of the graduate program, post graduate student, working professional or pre-incubatee
  • You have a validated idea and you want to launch your venture with an investible pitch deck
Are you an Institute?
If you’re an institute, you can enrol for Wadhwani NEN Entrepreneurship course and your students can be eligible for Wadhwani TakeOff.

Program

  • 14 weeks of engagement and learning journey
  • A global vision of a process for productivity improvement, innovation, and technology dissemination.
  • Pitch Simulators & Pitch Days
  • Time & Effort investment at no monetary cost
  • 360° community and support
  • ~35 hours of content, sessions, and additional material for reference
  • A global or local community of young enthusiastic teams, mentors & evaluators
  • Global and local experts

Who is eligible for Wadhwani Takeoff?

The Silicon Valley trip will apply to:

  • Participants who have enrolled into and successfully completed NEN Entrepreneurship Courses across India/SEA, Latin America, Africa/MENA regions
  • Participants with a commercially viable idea/venture which gets top certification by an independent global jury 
  • Wadhwani NEN course enrolments in the below two phases:
    • Participants enrolled in the period Jan to June ’22 and certified by a global jury in July’22 (for the 1st trip planned in Aug/Sept ’22)
    • Participants enrolled in the period July to Dec ’22 and certified by a global jury in Jan’23 (for the 2nd trip planned in Feb/Mar ’23)
  • Participants who are enrolled in NEN courses at their respective institutes (they will be automatically enrolled and need not apply)

What do we look for in a team?

For being selected to the NEN Program, teams should have the following attributes:

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Aptitude & Attitude

We want empathetic, enthusiastic, bold, and committed participants that can conclude the program till the end.

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Teamwork & Shared Leadership

Can their teams lead this project toward its goals? Do they have unique skills and experiences that will help them succeed?

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Purpose & Passion

We want people that can care deeply about meaningful issues and their communities.

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Resilience

Demonstrate how they foresee challenges, and avoid or bounce back from them.

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Ability to Attract Resources

Show us that they can attract money, people, and other resources to their venture.

Program Benefits to Participants

NEN Activate

Intangible Rewards And Recognition

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Create a unique differentiator to showcase your startup journey
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Startup Internship Opportunities
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Validated MVP endorsed through a Global Jury
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Validated MVP endorsed through a Global Jury
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Pitching Opportunities
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Pitching Opportunities
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Global Community – Asia, Africa, LATAM
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Access to Mentors

Tangible Rewards And Recognition

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Shoutout on Social Media
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Payment Gateway Free Credit
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AWS Credit Worth $5000
NEN Ignite

Intangible Rewards And Recognition

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Venture Launch in 10 Weeks​
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Access to Incubators / Accelerators​
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Validated Investor Pitch endorsed through a Global Jury
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Validated MVP endorsed through a Global Jury
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Pitching Opportunities
Pitching Opportunities to potential Investors​
Global Community – Asia, Africa, LATAM
Access to Mentors

Tangible Rewards And Recognition

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E Certificate
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Shoutout on Social Media
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Payment Gateway Free Credit
AWS Logo
AWS Credit Worth $5000

Tangible Rewards And Recognition

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E Certificate
social-media-2.png
Shoutout on Social Media
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Payment Gateway Free Credit
AWS Logo
AWS Credit Worth $5000

Details About the Program

Milestone 1: Explore

Week 1

Introduction

Introduction to Entrepreneurship

Week 1

Empathize

Problem worth solving and assumptions validation

Week 2

Understand

Problem worth solving and assumptions validation

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Milestone 2: Discover

Week 3

Ideate

Product & lovable solution

Week 4

Generate

Competitive advantage

Week 5

Customise

Market validation

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Milestone 4: Activate & Ignite

Week 9

Launch

Skills for entrepreneurship

Milestone 3: Go-to-market

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Week 8

Enhance

Investability, legal

Week 7

Refine

Finance & Metrics

Tools

Business model & sustainability

Week 6

Test

Marketing sales & partnerships

Mode of delivery

Direct to Student: Wadhwani Foundation faculty conducts the program directly for those students on campus who would like to take it an elective/additional course

Masterclasses by marquee entrepreneurs and industry experts

Testimonials

FAQ

Here is what we mean by a Validated Idea:

  • You have identified a ‘customer type’ that you are dealing with.
  • You have identified a problem that is critical for the that customer type
  • You have validated this problem with a ‘sizable’ set of customers so you know that it is a ‘real problem’
  • Your research and customer discussions shows that There is a large enough number of customers that are looking for a solution to this particular problem, and the venture can be financially viable and feasible
  • There are no apparent existing solutions or good enough solutions that are serving your customer type at this time for the problem
  • May have started working on a website/facebook/Instagram page to get customer reactions
  • May have worked on a prototype solution already
  • May have early traction with some customers