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Globally benchmarked - Dr Balachandran, flounder of Great Lakes

Great Lakes ‘B-Plan For You’ to sharpen startup skills

By leveraging emerging technologies

Entrepreneurship education contributes to nation’s growth, says Dr. Bala V Balachandran, Founder, Chairman & Dean (Emeritus), Great Lakes

MUMBAI, July 16 (The CONNECT) – AIC-Great Lakes Balachandran Incubator (AGBI) today announced the launch of a one-of-its-kind B-Plan for You programme for young and aspiring entrepreneurs, including their alumni and current students. 
Through the Atal Great Lakes Balachandran Incubator (AGBI) and the unique B-Plan for You programme, the management institute aspires to create global-born, de-risked, investable ventures that address the severe bottlenecks identified in the entrepreneurial ecosystem in India, namely opportunity start-up, internationalisation, high-growth, product innovation and start-up skills. The programme is also aimed at mid-senior level managers (intrapreneurs), looking at creating a strong impact in their organisations. 
Supported by the Atal Innovation Mission, NITI Aayog and Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai, the programme will prepare and assist participants in developing a unique enterprise based on design thinking, lean start-up and agile methodologies. The programme’s goal is to empower aspiring entrepreneurs to leverage emerging technologies like Augmented and Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things, Machine Learning, Algorithmic Analytics, and Block Chain to drive platform-revolution and inclusive businesses. 
Dr. Bala V Balachandran, Founder, Chairman & Dean (Emeritus), Great Lakes and Director - AGBI said, “Entrepreneurship education has been proven to aid in the economic prosperity of our country. Through the launch of a unique program like B-Plan for You, the AGBI team looks forward to presenting and equipping the young entrepreneurs with intrapreneurship skills for an accelerated career at organisations that value innovation. We hope to guide and train young minds of our society who aim to start their own venture as a side hustle during such uncertain times while exceling at their current roles.”
Candidates in the programme will have the opportunity to learn from global leaders, entrepreneurs, start-ups, and investors, as well as use practical toolkits to transform their ideas from concepts to client-favourite businesses. They will also receive one-on-one mentoring to be pitch ready in just eight weeks. 
The programme will commence from August9  and will have about 120 participants.
Great Lakes offers One Year full time MBA (PGPM) for experienced professionals, Two-year MBA (PGDM), Part Time Executive MBA for senior managers, and Weekend Executive MBA Program. Great Lakes alumni currently numbering 8800+, work at world renowned organizations both in India and overseas across 30 countries.