Failure often shatters us and makes us feel like everything is over, but remember, it’s just a feeling. A failed situation is an opportunity to make one stronger and wiser. It is certain that entrepreneurs are bound to face failures, big or small, at some point while setting up or running their business
The death of VG Siddhartha Hegde, owner of the popular coffee chain, Café Coffee Day (CCD) is questioning the choice of entrepreneurship. He was declared dead on 31st July 2019 after his body was found in the Nethravati River in Mangaluru. According to a document that has been considered to be his suicide note, VG Siddhartha has apologized to his CCD staff for failing them. The note also mentions that he was unable to handle the extreme pressure from the income tax officials and money lenders, which forced him to take this grave step. Sadly, in the past, financial strains in entrepreneurship has led several established entrepreneurs like Vineet Whig (Encyclopaedia Britannica’s Chief Operating Officer), Lalit Sheth (India’s leading travel service provider Raj Travels’ owner) and Angad Paul (CEO of Caparo Industries) to end their lives.
In contrast to entrepreneurs who ended their lives on facing failures, there are entrepreneurs who survived such situations and have been role models to showcase sheer strength, determination and positive thinking. Narayan Murthy, fondly known as the father of the Indian IT sector, founded Infosys, after the failure of his first venture named Softronics. Gautam Adani, the Founder and Chairman of Adani Group, faced several difficulties before experiencing success, and Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, overcame several challenges over the years to make Biocon one of India’s leading biopharmaceutical company.
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Job Creation: Startups Starting Up!
Do startups create jobs? This could unarguably be one of the most sought after questions in recent times. While it is out and clear that startups make way for employment opportunities, the discussion boils down to the importance of startups in creating jobs. The startup ecosystem indeed plays a major role in job creation and is touted as an economic panacea.
Importance Of Technology For SMEs
We, humans, by nature, tend to be lazy. We always try to make tools, machines, gadgets, etc., to save us time and energy and give us satisfactory results. Technology is the charisma that kept changing our way of living and our style of doing things drastically. Our way of conducting business is also not spared by the Tsunami of technology.
Importance Of Digital Economy
Economic activities that result from billions of interactions between individuals, businesses, data, devices, and processes constitute a digital economy and India is well on its path to becoming a digitally advanced economy. Driven by cheap data cost, faster connectivity, and affordable smartphones, India had over 1,160 million internet subscribers in February 2020, as per the Telecom Regulatory authority of India (TRAI), second only to China.
India's Economic Growth – Can The Startups Redefine?
Recent years showed a considerable rise in the startups of India. During globalization, MNCs or Multi-National Companies had a massive role in India’s economic growth. Now, it seems that startups are revolutionizing the Indian economy. These startups are amplifying the revenue generation and enriching the GDP.
ENTREPRENEURSHIP EDUCATION FOR BUDDING MINDS
In the present economic situation, having knowledge of an academic subject is no longer sufficient for a new graduate. Students are increasingly required to have skills and abilities which will increase their employability, such as: the retrieval and handling of information; communication and presentation; planning and problem solving; and social development and interaction.
CHALLENGES OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP DEVELOPMENT IN INDIA
The Economic survey in 2019-20 using World Bank’s data on entrepreneurship stated that India ranks third in the number of new firms created. However, India ranks significantly lower in terms of intensity when compared with countries like UK and US.
HOW INNOVATION PLAYS AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN THE PERFORMANCE OF SMEs? WHAT ARE SOME INNOVATION FACTORS TO FOLLOW?
Innovation in a business must respect the business strategy in terms of the SME's long-term missions, visions, and goals and is systematic implementation procedures and changes to improve the products and services your company offers. The innovation implementation ensures an appropriate response in terms of increased sales and enhanced customer satisfaction. The image strengthening of your firm will lead to better customer relations with your company and at the same time provide financial stability for the company.
ECONOMIC REFORMS THAT CAN CHANGE THE ENTREPRENEURIAL ECOSYSTEM
The year 2021 marked 30 years since economic liberalisation surfaced in India and writing on this occasion, the richest man of India; Mukesh Ambani said that bold economic reforms such as ending the license –quota raj, liberalisation of trade and industrial policies, freeing up capital markets and financial sector helped our GDP grow ten folds since 1991 and India transformed from an economy of scarcity in 1991 to an economy of sufficiency in 2021.
ROLE OF WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS IN INDIA – THEN AND NOW
As per the 2019-20 annual report of the MSME ministry, among 63.3 million MSMEs that India has, women–owned 20.4% of them up from 13.72 % in 2013-14. This data supports the fact that there has been growing acceptance of women in entrepreneurial roles but it hasn’t always been the case.
TECHNOLOGY AN ENABLER FOR SMALL BUSINESSES
Today times are such that firms operate in a dynamic environment and they must act dynamically too, at least firms should keep an eye on obsolete processes and technologies and replace them with updated versions to stay competitively ahead.