Startup Mentorship Program

Become a successful Entrepreneur

Learn to build impactful products and
services that your customers will love.

Recent Gallup research suggests that 60% of Indians aspire to start their own startups, however, almost 75% of these aspirants are fearful. Many are not sure of where and how to start; others have an idea but not sure how to make it work and for many others.

Startup mentorship program is developed by combining the craft of Design and the grit of Entrepreneurship, specifically for those who want to experience the nuts and bolts of launching a startup and also for those who want to grow or drive their startups towards success.

“Its not about ideas, its about
making ideas happen”

– Scott Belsky

Role of “design” in creating successful entrepreneurs.

The world is changing faster than we can imagine. The future of entrepreneurial space will have challenges that the traditional approach cannot cope up with. Next-Gen Startups like Airbnb, Dropbox, Uber have adopted a Design-Driven approach to creating sustained growth and outperformed their competition.

Design Driven approach to Entrepreneurship provides a unique perspective to aspiring entrepreneurs to think creatively about their business model, create delightful products and services and develop effective teams and resilient organization.

Course Journey

12 week workshop that guides you from idea stage to a detailed business pitch.


Introduction to Leadership


Empathic Research


Identifying Opportunity


Product Ecosystem Map


Marketing Basics


Finance and Law


Innovation Models


Service Design


UX Design methods


Startup Pitch


Demo Day


Persuasion Strategies

What you will Learn

12 week workshop that guides you from idea stage to a detailed business pitch.

Validate your ideas through prototyping and iterative design cycle

Test innovation models to innovate your products/services to succeed in the game

Build, manage and effectively lead great teams

Analyze, track and scale your marketing strategies to drive new revenue

Understand the basics of UX and system design to apply it to solve complex problems

Develop successful business models for startup

The IfDE Experience

Immerse yourself into foundational principles of entrepreneurship. This workshop consists
of presentations, case studies, in-class assignments, pre-readings, and discussions.


Learn the nuts & bolts of building a successful startup from experts with 20+ years of industry experience.


Unique framework focuses on learning by doing through practical experience of solving real-world entrepreneurship problems.


Next-gen learning management system with 24×7 online access to course content, assignments andfeedback from coaches.

Learn from the Experts

IfDE’s faculty includes practising industry experts with 20+ years of an individual experience of working with some of the biggest fortune 500 companies around the world, innovating and developing global solutions.

Dr Girish Prabhu

Girish is an expert in strategic design, innovation & designing for business. Worked at Wipro, Kirloskar, Kodak, HP, Intel & Srishti. He has 16 US patents and has created 3 new businesses using design-driven entrepreneurship approach.

Beena Prabhu

Beena currently leads research for the APAC region at PayPal. She brings 20+ years of experience in helping organizations understand the people they create products for and translate this understanding to compelling and sustainable products and services.


Sreekumar is Gallup certified strength coach. He is an ardent believer in heart-centred servant leadership and studies organisations that are epitomes of excellence with an inspiring culture that make a positive impact in society.

Dr Nikhil Varude

Dr Nikhil is the lead strategist at Circadian Comm & Analytics. He specializes in implementing growth-oriented marketing techniques that steers startup growth.

Samir Chabukswar

Samir is the Founder of YUJ Designs, UX Design Studio & UX Veteran with 20+ years of experience. His expertise is in defining systems, design processes, man-machine interactions & user experience.

Atul Saraf

Atul is the Founder of DesignFold Consulting. He brings in 20 years of experience in creating strategic UX and delightful IXD. Atul helps students envision and create next-generation digital products and interfaces for web and mobile.

Startup Mentorship Program


12 Weeks

9:30am to 4:30pm


Sat & Sunday

Koregoan Park, Pune


Start date: 2nd May

Apply Before: 1st April


Rupees 24,000

Inclusive of GST

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