There were a few among the many, who decided to take up the odds, and challenge the rest. ‘TATA First Dot Powered by NEN’ is an annual competition that brings together a commitment and TATA’s vast expertise across most industries, with NEN’s leadership in entrepreneurship education and support for the youth leaders of the country. Entrepreneurship is not easy, and that often some expert advice, access to resources, and a great network will make the difference.
This competition helps hold these young entrepreneurs up as role models, and creates opportunities to increase their knowledge, resources and networks to enable them to succeed in their entrepreneurial journey – either growing their student ventures, or by launching them into larger opportunities after graduation.This competition helps hold these young entrepreneurs up as role models, and creates opportunities to increase their knowledge, resources and networks to enable them to succeed in their entrepreneurial journey – either growing their student ventures, or by launching them into larger opportunities after graduation. They provide current and aspiring student entrepreneurs, a mix of business support, industry networking, and of course national recognition through Start Up bootcamps, expert mentoring and National conferences.
Tata First Dot has 4 Nominees from R.V. College of Engineering.
This year, the event attracted students from R.V. College of Engineering, and from among the 4 nominees, we came across one of the students of R.V. College of Engineering, Akash Agarwal, currently in his 7th semester, who is one of the nominees of TFD 2015. Akash Agarwal, the founder of CampuStop.in, with a team of 5 students from the same college aims at simplifying the process of getting important notes or study materials for exams. He says he had faced a lot of hurdles whenever he’d wanted to contact any teacher to get his queries resolved or whenever he was in need of some study material.
Akash Agarwal had this idea of a ‘CampusMarket’, where students can become self-sustainable for the rest of the month until their parents credit their accounts. They can sell their second hand products, not needed anymore by them to other students who might find it useful. They aim at making lives on campus easier for everyone. In short, it is indeed a ‘One Stop Solution to all students’ needs’. Students can sell their product that they are done using, be it a lab coat, CAED instruments, mobiles, vehicles, etc. to the other fellow students, without having to spend money in logistics and making deals with strangers by selling on OLX or Quikr.
CampuStop.in has received a good response as the students are very encouraging and enthusiastic about having something so simple yet helpful in their campus. The CampusMarket is still developing but they are really looking forward to catching a good pace.
Akash says, they are going to evaluate the response of students and teachers on this portal, and if they manage to reduce the efforts of both the parties significantly, they can think of expanding to other colleges in the city too.