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The Meaningful Entrepreneurs

It is possible for a single teacher to ignite the light of entrepreneurship in the youth of India. In this section we talk of such entrepreneurship ventures rolled out by graduating students in their late teens or early twenties.The most important takeaway is the diverse, socially responsible and creative business ideas that the students came up with. The teacher described in this section was a facilitator and all these projects were a part of internal evaluation for the subject of entrepreneurship which was one of the six subjects offered as a compulsory component to the final year students.

The education system in India has usually been all about academics and how much a student scores in the examinations. Dr. Mahalakshmi Sankar always felt the need to enlighten students on how other factors play an equally important role in shaping their career. She believes every student has the spirit of entrepreneurship & is a born creator. It is all about providing them with a perspective on how they can turn their imagination to something tangible.

Mentor for student entrepreneurship ventures:

More than a decade before the Atmanirbhar India concept was proposed and encouraged by the government of India as a teacher of the subject entrepreneurship management she had mentored students to carry out real business ventures covering a wide range of national and social concerns. She tried different pedagogical practices for developing competencies such as problem-solving, critical thinking, creativity, etc.


These 20 years old students contributed a small amount of money from their pocket brainstormed for the best business idea and went through the entire process of feasibility study, industry and environment analysis, laid out an operational plan, a marketing plan, worked out the risk and after successful implementation also made a presentation at the end of the six- month course. The entire initiative was curated and executed by her as a single point of contact for all their doubts as they went about starting their first business.


They were many more student groups that came together to start their own ventures like Consultancy work to placing skilled housemaids and cooks, Event management firm organizing parties, Preparing and selling branded Mehandi called “Shagun” in and around Kurla and Chembur, a Placement agency which works on a commission basis. Preparing and selling customized chocolates. Not only were the ideas out of the box they also reflected the responsible citizenship values inherent in the students.


The following projects were created & managed by students:

1. Khalel by Ms Tanvi Kotak and team 2009-2010


This venture was about educating the general public about the violence and torture that animals go through when many products are tested on them. They also started to sell Ahimshak products which were available in the market under the brand name Lark, Amar, Violina lipstick.

2. Carsh by Mr.Chandan and his teammates TYBMS 2008-09


They started a car washing business unit which tried to cater to the need of high-end cars which requires certain kind of wax polish and other accessories to maintain their initial shine and glitter. It was highly labour-intensive as well as required imported materials.

3. Greensmiths by Ms. Harsha and her teammates TYBMS 2008-09


This group of hard-working enterprising girls started a service firm that ventured into providing gardening and landscaping facilities to clients. They worked on a profit model of getting a percentage of the money that the client spends in getting the plants and other essentialities. Their first client was CIDCO in Navi Mumbai.

4. Social Entrepreneurship: Dhruv Agarwal and team TYBMS 2007-08 

By collecting a sum of Rs 5000/- as a donation from the residents of Sindhi society (a residential area in Mumbai) this group of 10 students set up feeding trays for stray dogs in Sindhi society. Five such places were identified and after taking the necessary permission from the BMC( the local governing body) these trays were built using concrete &cement by employing trained construction workers. The aim was to create isolated spots for feeding the dogs and not create nuance by leaving leftover food in all places of society. This group of students also intended to extend their social responsibility activity by getting the dogs in the area sterilized.

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