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Startups urged to overcome challenges for success

By STAFF REPORTER

GUWAHATI, Dec 8 - Startups, with their objective of innovating breakthrough solutions to crucial problems, have emerged as a developmental necessity of the 21st century. Nevertheless, the fact that they have to scale up faster with limited resources compared to the traditional businesses also pose critical challenges on the way. The startups often struggle to balance the emphasis between the greater goal of implementing a solution, building a competent team, mobilising resources, urgency of profit making and finding investors.

Keeping this in mind, a fireside chat on �Surviving the Startup Valley of Death� was organised recently at Assam Startup � The Nest, in association with IIM, Calcutta Innovation Park.

According to a report, around 90 per cent of the startups get stuck at various stages in the initial phases of starting up and fail to become sustainable and scalable businesses. The entrepreneurs need to overcome the challenges of a new venture and learn to navigate the valley of death, which typically spans from ideation to breakeven stage. The objective of the fireside chat was to delve into the various challenges and try to identify strategies to survive the startup valley of death.

The expert panel for the session included Srikant Sastri, Chairman, IIM Calcutta Innovation Park; Dr Subhrangshu Sanyal, CEO, IIM Calcutta Innovation Park; Vikram Duggal, Managing Partner, Ekcle Ventures & Ekcle Advisory Services; Devasis Gupta, Director, Binary Fusion International Pvt Ltd; and Bajrang Lohia, Managing Director, Lohia Group of Industries.

Addressing the 30 startups who had gathered at The Nest for the session, Srikant Sastri encouraged the startups to put their names down in history by innovating solutions for ushering in developmental changes in society.

�On an average, for every crore of capital deployed, a startup creates 10 to 15 jobs, which stands higher than the 0.68 jobs created against per crore by large companies. So, if India has to use its capital wealth in a sensible manner, money should be put into startups and small businesses,� he added.

Talking about startup failures, Dr Sanyal underlined the regularity of failure while implementing a solution. �When you are trying to implement a new solution, failure becomes more common than success. So, be prepared for failure. But remember that the people who have persevered after failure, because they are truly passionate about solving a problem, have shown higher rates of success,� he said.

Some of the key points emphasised during the session to overcome the possibilities of failure were the need for identifying crucial areas for best professional hiring, importance of working on customer feedback, making key decisions on selecting the right types of investment, among others.

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Startups urged to overcome challenges for success

GUWAHATI, Dec 8 - Startups, with their objective of innovating breakthrough solutions to crucial problems, have emerged as a developmental necessity of the 21st century. Nevertheless, the fact that they have to scale up faster with limited resources compared to the traditional businesses also pose critical challenges on the way. The startups often struggle to balance the emphasis between the greater goal of implementing a solution, building a competent team, mobilising resources, urgency of profit making and finding investors.

Keeping this in mind, a fireside chat on �Surviving the Startup Valley of Death� was organised recently at Assam Startup � The Nest, in association with IIM, Calcutta Innovation Park.

According to a report, around 90 per cent of the startups get stuck at various stages in the initial phases of starting up and fail to become sustainable and scalable businesses. The entrepreneurs need to overcome the challenges of a new venture and learn to navigate the valley of death, which typically spans from ideation to breakeven stage. The objective of the fireside chat was to delve into the various challenges and try to identify strategies to survive the startup valley of death.

The expert panel for the session included Srikant Sastri, Chairman, IIM Calcutta Innovation Park; Dr Subhrangshu Sanyal, CEO, IIM Calcutta Innovation Park; Vikram Duggal, Managing Partner, Ekcle Ventures & Ekcle Advisory Services; Devasis Gupta, Director, Binary Fusion International Pvt Ltd; and Bajrang Lohia, Managing Director, Lohia Group of Industries.

Addressing the 30 startups who had gathered at The Nest for the session, Srikant Sastri encouraged the startups to put their names down in history by innovating solutions for ushering in developmental changes in society.

�On an average, for every crore of capital deployed, a startup creates 10 to 15 jobs, which stands higher than the 0.68 jobs created against per crore by large companies. So, if India has to use its capital wealth in a sensible manner, money should be put into startups and small businesses,� he added.

Talking about startup failures, Dr Sanyal underlined the regularity of failure while implementing a solution. �When you are trying to implement a new solution, failure becomes more common than success. So, be prepared for failure. But remember that the people who have persevered after failure, because they are truly passionate about solving a problem, have shown higher rates of success,� he said.

Some of the key points emphasised during the session to overcome the possibilities of failure were the need for identifying crucial areas for best professional hiring, importance of working on customer feedback, making key decisions on selecting the right types of investment, among others.