Sharda University's Launchpad Collaborates with Harvard Business School to Boost Start-up Eco-System at the University

By SiliconIndia  |   Tuesday, 26 March 2019, 09:54 Hrs
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Sharda University's Launchpad Collaborates with Harvard Business School to Boost Start-up Eco-Syst


Sharda University, one of the leading educational institutions in India has collaborated with Harvard Business School through Harvard Business Online, Amazon Web Services and Digital Vidya for an initiative called ‘LaunchPad’ that will focus on ‘Powering Youth Entrepreneurial Dreams’ in the University and across the region. ‘LaunchPad’ will bring together Entrepreneurial & Industry Experts, Angel Investors, and prospective students to boost the start-up Eco-system at the University. The course offered by Harvard Business Online is especially curated and mentored by William A. Sahlman, Distinguished Faculty, Harvard Business School Online.

On this occasion, Prashant Gupta, Executive Director, Sharda University, comments, “New fields of studies have been introduced while industry and business people are showing great deal of interest in higher education. The next generation of entrepreneurs is already exploring opportunities of doing business while still at school. We feel proud by initiating our new programme Sharda LaunchPad by which we can provide our students with the right environment needed for an idea to grow and be successful”.



‘LaunchPad’ aims to promote innovation and R&D to develop solutions using cutting-edge technologies, industry mentorship, expert guidance and incubation. The programmes are accredited by NIESBUD, an autonomous institute under Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Govt. of India. The spectrum of eight programmes offered under Sharda LaunchPad includes An Insight into Markets for Founders and Innovators, Entrepreneurial Finance, Recognizing and shaping opportunities-Customer centric approach, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, From Ideation to Execution- convert the idea into a successful business and Digital marketing for Entrepreneurs in Collaboration with Digital Vidya.



“Sharda LaunchPad is an initiative to nurture and flourish entrepreneurial spirit in the entrepreneurial ecosystem. It serves as a bridge between entrepreneurial experts and the prospective students so that they can learn from their experiences, knowledge and expertise through short-term program, speaker session, industry interface, mentoring and other initiatives. It gives me immense pleasure to say that in a very short span of time, Sharda LaunchPad has helped student entrepreneurs make waves with their start-up plans and convert their idea into a successful Business Venture”, says, Prof. Suman Sarkar, Director, Sharda Launchpad.



Established in 1996, Sharda University is one of the leading educational institutions in India that provides high-quality education with a prime focus on holistic learning and imbibing competitive abilities in students. It has 20,000+ students from 80+ countries and 1200+ faculty strength. The University has more than 130 tie-ups with global universities such as, Middlesex University, London, King’s Western University, Canada, Missouri State University, Sacred Heart University, Ural Federal University, and University of Ljubljana which are beneficial for both students and the faculty.



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