Between 2006 and 2016, the mean number of new firms registered per year per 1000 workers was 0.10 whereas it was 12.22 and 12.12 for UK and US respectively. A natural question that flows from such documentation is what factors contribute to such abysmally low numbers of entrepreneurial activity when the government of India is taking initiatives like “Startup India”.
Distribution is one of the major stumbling blocks for Indian entrepreneurs emanating from the dearth of access to basic physical infrastructure. For instance, take the Indian road network which is second only to the US but despite that 30% of the population lacks access to all–weather roads, translating into lower quality of work and increased costs to the distributor.
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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.
THE ANIMAL-HUMAN CONFLICT
RAJESH MENON is a wildlife photographer and environmental conservationist living in North India. Here he shares some ideas for solutions to the animalhuman conflicts that are apparent in all regions of the world today.
Passion and Love for Community
Dr. Prakash Tyagi is the executive director of Gramin Vikas Vigyan Samiti (GRAVIS), an NGO dedicated to working in impoverished rural regions of India, including the Thar desert, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, and Bundelkhand. In part 2 of this interview with Kashish Kalwani, he speaks about how things have changed due to the pandemic and the importance of passion and love for community.
MEGHAN'S BIG WIN!
Meghan’s estranged father leaked the letter, written after he skipped her 2018 wedding.
Modern Vinyasa FOR THE MASSES
Teacher Calvin Corzine brings a functional yet challenging approach to yoga with an emphasis on making everyday movement easier.
How I Wrote... "I Love Rock 'N' Roll"
The late Alan Merrill recalled how his flop became Joan Jett's runaway hit.
India Is on a Tear
Massive modernization presents opportunities for investors.
In Search of A Greener Mask
Expanded use during the pandemic has companies racing to develop biodegradable face coverings
Love, Non-violence, and Truth
DR. PRAKASH TYAGI is the Executive Director of Gramin Vikas Vigyan Samiti (GRAVIS), an NGO dedicated to working in impoverished rural regions of India, including the Thar Desert, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, and Bundelkhand. In part 1 of this interview with KASHISH KALWANI, he speaks about applying the Gandhian principles of love, non-violence, and truth to support communities in need.
WISDOM FROM MY FATHER
The tempo 1 was ready to depart. It was a short 30-minute journey from Bhatkal to Uppunda, a sleepy village in coastal Karnataka, India. My father, sister, and I were traveling together.
GM's Exit From India Hits a Roadblock
The long-delayed sale of its plants to a Chinese company faces local labor and political opposition