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NextGen

Become a successful entrepreneur

The NEN Program christened as ‘NextGen’ is an experiential and immersive digital learning program (in English, Spanish, Portuguese & Arabic) providing skills, tools, and knowledge to transform ideas of youth into real ventures and become a successful entrepreneur.

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

Wadhwani 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
Wadhwani 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

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 the NEN NextGen Program?

Young people with the willingness to learn and the vision to bring positive change to the world

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Early and advanced semester graduate program students, post-graduate students and working professionals

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A passionate team of 2 to 3 members

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An idea or an early-stage project to solve a meaningful problem

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Ready to take their first step as an entrepreneur

What do we look for in a team?

For being selected to the NEN NextGen 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

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

Here is what we mean by a Validated Idea:

  • You have identified a problem that is critical for the customer to have a solution
  • You have validated this problem with a ‘sizable’ set of customers
  • There is a ‘considerable’ number of customers that are looking for this solution to make the venture financially viable and feasible
  • There are no apparent existing solutions which can solve the customer problem
  • May have started working on a website to showcase
  • May have worked on prototype
  • May have early traction