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Entrepreneurship Network

About NEN

Wadhwani Foundation’s National Entrepreneur Network (NEN) runs a practitioner’s course on entrepreneurship for master’s and graduating students, and professionals.

The students and professionals are encouraged to start a Practice Venture (PV) where they implement what they learn in theory, thus empowering them with real-world entrepreneurship skills through:

  • Activate / Ignite
  • Foundational Course
  • Advanced Course

We strongly believe that entrepreneurship is a life skill encouraging intrapreneurship, driving long-term entrepreneurship and enhancing job prospects.

Students from India, Philippines, Indonesia, Egypt, South-East-West Africa and Latin America are currently taking NEN courses.


Wadhwani NEN enables you to establish your own venture right at the college-level through Practice Ventures (PVs) which progress into Real Ventures (RVs).

  • Cultivates an entrepreneurial mindset & skills
  • Develops the ability to ideate and innovate
  • Provides real-world, experiential learning
  • Works with experienced entrepreneurship educators
  • Enables exposure to ecosystem connects – entrepreneurs, mentors, industry experts
  • Provides 360° student transformation through its college entrepreneurship program
  • Fosters ‘learn by doing’ pedagogy through curriculum-focused videos, activities, assignments and mock pitches

NEN Approach

Learning By Doing
Video-Based Learning
Lean Methodology

'Practice Venture' Launch

Fortnightly Entrepreneur Sessions
Working Woman
Internships and Corporate Challenges
Global Community Building

NEN Offerings

Wadhwani NEN offers an entrepreneurship program aimed to ready students and professionals into successful entrepreneurs with ventures that are potentially fundable.

Activate / Ignite

Demystify complex entrepreneurial concepts. Build your idea
from scratch and unleash your creativity.

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Foundational Course

The aim of this course is to equip students to develop an entrepreneurial mindset and become future entrepreneurs.

Advanced Course

This course aims to teach the necessary skills to develop ventures beyond the idea/prototype stage.

NEN Benefits



NEN Beneficiaries’ Speak

We have worked across the globe to build, grow, and invest in exceptional ideas.
"The Wadhwani NEN Boot Camp gave us two key learnings --building a startup pitch deck and presenting sophisticated topics in a short & simple manner"
Shailesh Kumar Sahu
Student Venture: DAWN, IIT Kharagpur
“The entrepreneurial boot camp by Wadhwani NEN turned out to be a starting point of my journey as an entrepreneur and helped me transform my idea into a real venture”
Sukesh JR
CEO & Co-Founder, Chef@Home
“WF NEN program is being offered to all students as a free package to enhance their abilities and to become self-reliant at the close of their campus life.”
Prof. Stanley Waudo
The Vice Chancellor - Mount Kenya University

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