Early Entrepreneur Bootcamp

Its a Gym, Not a School.

Our Partners

We work with accelerators, universities and co-working space in multiple cities across the world.

Why iKenStartup?

A bootcamp aimed at folks planning a start-up or in the early stages of the startup.

The Origin

Many of us having gone through one cycle of entrepreneurship were familiar with struggles entrepreneurs face. Being part of the entrepreneurial ecosystem at multiple places, we had a ringside view of the both successes and failures of the entrepreneurs. Then a workshop with Prof Saras on effectuation explained the patterns we were all too familiar with and not had a framework to describe it. The first thought that crossed many of our minds is if only someone had taught us this before we began our first companies. So three of us along with Sharad Sharma and Prof Saras herself set out to create a program for the folks planning a startup. Over long meetings with IVC (Idli vada Coffee) we created a framework and content of what we think would help first time entrepreneurs to manage themselves.
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Graduates from iKen bootcamp.

What I loved about iKen is the way it made me push my boundaries, to make the transition from the corporate world to life as an entrepreneur. At iKen, each assignment forces you to dig deep and think about why you are doing what you are doing. In the process, you equip yourself with skills that are essential for an entrepreneur and learn a framework for decision-making that is valid at every step of your journey. Also, you gain a wonderful support system as a bonus! Read my blog post for more details!

Tanuka Dutaa

There are a few things that amaze me about Iken ( I'm midway through the course) . I've had a few years experience with a start up before I pursued a venture of my own - but I was not really ready for what entrepreneurship had in store . Iken is great in codifying commonsensical steps and enabling continual learning. There is no place I know otherwise where a group of amazing, selfless people enable your business achieve its truest potential .

Vinay Prashant

Joining iKen I realized none of my 13yrs of corporate experience could help me become an entrepreneur! Infact I struggled through out the bootcamp learning the skills to become an entrepreneur and eventually launch my start-up successfully.

Check out my blog on how iKen changed my life.
Thank you iKen!

Prabhu Stavarmath

Coming from frosty corporate world, every session of iKEN revitalises with means to overcome imaginary & real blocks that I had in becoming entrepreneur (discovered that good number of them were actually imaginary). Process of learning by practice individually and from others, is not just an eye opener but also drives to look at means to overcome the next block. Having started the journey within my means one-step-at-a-time, now it’s part of life!

Dheemanth ChallaEvangelist - Tally Software

If you are looking to startup on own and need to learn life-skills needed for an entrepreneurial journey, iKEN is the place. You not only learn principles of Effectuation by Prof. Saras but also practice them for 10 weeks.
The environment is quite informal, encouraging and provides great mentorship to do a business feasibility of your idea through practical assignments. Thank you iKen Team.

Teju Vijay

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