Regardless of who you are - gender, social status or educational qualifications - given the choice, you would always opt to shape your own destiny. Fear stops you from taking the plunge and rightly so.
The Mumbai Entrepreneurship Mentoring Group is where you come after you have made the decision to start off on your own. It makes sense to meet - when you have come up with couple of ideas on your own that you have toyed around with for some time and started the process of building a 'business case'.
Our role and value-add in your life comes in only after you have put the thoughts tumbling in your Mind onto paper. We can't teach you on how to generate ideas, nor can we help you in arriving at the decision to go solo.
It's your responsibility to convert the thoughts flitting through your Mind into commercially feasible and viable ideas. There are no short-cuts and no one else can do this for you. You have to do this on your own - whether you like it or not, its your job. Take ownership - its your idea and you put in the required time and efforts to make it work. Don't go around trying to find someone who can do it for you.
Our role is in guiding you from the next stage of the process when ideas evolve into concepts, concepts into a business plan, from there to building a prototype and finally implementing the 'Go-to-Market' strategy.
We meet - when we have a few members who have a presentation to make of their business case. Constructive exchange of thoughts and engagement takes place from this point onwards.
Its important to understand what is implied here. We DO NOT have sessions and workshops that will tell you or teach you the merits of why you should launch off on your own and why you should choose to be an Entrepreneur. This is something you need to sort out for yourself, we have no role to play in this.
The implied meaning of seeking membership to this Group is that you need guidance on a journey you wish to do at some stage in your life, but you don't have an idea on how to go about planning. Its not necessary to get this guidance only in a classroom setting. When you join this Group, it is your responsibility to ask questions, to push for answers, to build a strategy. If you are expecting to be invited for a 'workshop' where you need to attend a lecture on what Entrepreneurship is all about - that does not happen here.
Members are requested to communicate their thoughts via e-mail. We have posted material on the site that can help in guiding you to bring some sense to the chaos in the Mind.
Our objective is to streamline the thought-process to achieve some basic goals - what are you going to go to the market with - a product or service? How many sales orders will bring you an earning of Rs 1 lakh per month? How many phone calls and how many appointments will translate into one order? Is the model scalable? When will you begin earning and how much time and money would you have spent to reach your first target of a minimum of Rs 1 lakh per month?
Women face challenges of a totally different nature. Whether married or single - to do something on your own requires a very strong determination and outlook. The 'preparation' you need is of a totally different kind. You need to sensitize yourself and learn on how to deal with your male peers. How do you stay positive and focused in the face of miscued perception?
Whether you are a Man or a Woman - you have to prepare yourself for a journey where you need to surmount unimaginable odds & challenges, taking direct hits to your Mind, Body & Soul.
Reaching the brink of throwing in the towel , still resolving to rise above all the negativity that surrounds you within and without and still having the will to succeed - that is what Entrepreneurship is all about.