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Entrepreneurship in India

This is a selection of resources on entrepreneurship available from the NLB catalogue or the Internet and is not meant to be an exhaustive list. If you know of or come across more useful resources, please drop us a note so that we can share them with our readers.

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Womentrepreneurs: Inspiring stories of success

The successes and tribulations of 10 women entrepreneurs from all walks of life are covered in this collection. Based on personal interview, the book shows that motivation for starting entrepreneurial ventures no longer need to arise from the need to supplement income but increasingly from fulfilling a need for creative expression and individual growth.

All rights reserved, New Delhi: SAGE, 2016.

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Entrepreneurship, innovations and start-ups in India

India declared the years 2010 to 2020 to be the “Decade of Innovation”, with an emphasis on the importance to synergise science, technology and innovation. This book presents a broad overview of policies and programmes for the development of entrepreneurship and innovations in India in conjunction with the flagship initiative Start-up India.

All rights reserved, New Delhi: New Century Publications, 2017.

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Social entrepreneurship

Social entrepreneurship is the art of creating a socially responsible business with the objective of generating profit while also solving social and environmental problems. Comprising 16 papers, this publication provides deep insights into the social and ethical aspects of modern business practices. Chapters 8 and 11 elaborate on the social entrepreneurship perspective in India and the challenges faced by social entrepreneurs in India respectively.

 All rights reserved, New Delhi, India: New Century Publications, 2016.

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Building winning partnerships: A ringside view

In 1998, Xerox India launched the Out Source Service Agents Programme which saw the transformation of a group of service technicians with no business backgrounds into successful entrepreneurs. Find out about their challenges as they embarked on an unfamiliar journey and gradually learned the ropes with some encountering setbacks while others enjoyed success.

All rights reserved, Bloomington, Indiana: Partridge, a Penguin Random House Company, 2014.

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The Z Factor: My journey as the wrong man at the right time

Subhash Chandra, the promoter of Essel/ Zee Group, is an unlikely mogul. Hailing from a small town in Haryana, a North Indian state where his family ran grain mills, he started work as a teen to pay off family debts. With gumption, sheer hard work and luck, he made a fortune in rice exports to the USSR. He went on to broadcasting and now focuses on infrastructure and smart cities. Read this candid memoir of a true self-made businessman who came to Delhi at age 20 with 17 rupees in his pocket.

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Vij: A chef’s one-way ticket to Canada with Indian spices in his suitcase

Vikram Vij, one of Canada’s great chefs, shares his story of the trials and triumphs in building a world-renowned food empire. He shares a rags-to-riches tale of a college dropout from northern India who made it to Europe’’ temples of high cuisine, then with a one-way ticket bound for Canada, found fame serving some of the world’s most transcendent Indian cuisine.

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Entrepreneurship: A journey in self discovery

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