What will a management degree bring to you at this stage of your career?

My short-term goal is to raise series-A funding and take “Boriya Bistar”, the venture I am leading for last 5 years to all the major metropolitan cities of the country, such as Mumbai and Hyderabad. I want to add new verticals such as furniture rental and co-living spaces for the blue-collared workers. I have built and nurtured a strong leadership team who can proactively run the operations in a sustainable and profitable way, and even scale in my absence. I need a support system and a larger platform to evangelize the value proposition and gain the necessary functional skills. Hence, I think it is the perfect time for me to upskill myself for my next phase of entrepreneurial journey.

In the long-term, with a more nuanced understanding of the markets, and the society at large, I would like to give back to the start-up ecosystem of India. I envision setting up a platform and a VC Fund, which will empower start-ups from Tier-2 and Tier-3 cities, to scale to world-class levels. The idea is to provide these ventures with all the business needs, capital requirements and other ancillary services, mandatory for their successful operation in the primary stages. I will contribute in developing a new generation of entrepreneurs who will be fully-equipped to tackle the challenges of the modern world.

I now need a deeper knowledge of building a sustainable enterprise, running modern supply chains and operations, and creating a strong brand presence.  I want to master team dynamics, to transform into a leader with a global vision. Courses like Production and Quantitative Methods, taught by Prof. Diptesh Ghosh, will equip me with the necessary tools and techniques to develop these skills. They will also enable me to take evidence-and-fact-based decisions to improve business efficiency, in the modern data-driven world.

Elective courses like Strategic Marketing, taught by Prof. Arindam Banerjee, and Neuroscience and Consumer Behavior, taught by Prof. Arvind Sahay, will help me establish realistic goals and objectives, consistent with the start-up mission. The case-based teaching methodology, where we will work on and learn from real-life problems, will sharpen my problem-solving skills.

The International Exchange Programs will help me acquire a better understanding of various business challenges and opportunities in the global start-up ecosystem. It will enable me to mold my global entrepreneurial aspirations, accordingly. Moreover, the 1500+ stellar alumni network will be my source of constant mentorship and talent.  

My entrepreneurial journey, over the last five years, has been no less than a rollercoaster ride, both personally and professionally. I have experienced a lot of ups and downs, and have never been more aware of how much I don’t know. At the same time, I’ve never learned a lot in a very short time. It is my ability to learn from my mistakes and move forward, that has significantly contributed to my entrepreneurial accomplishments. This remarkable experience is what I will love to share with my cohort, to support and motivate them into beginning their own ambitious start-ups.

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