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Chandu Nair advises entrepreneurs and enterprises about creating and building their business.
He has direct experience in angel, venture capital and strategic investor funding. Over the last three decades, he has made a name for himself in industry, consultancy, media and information services.
Nair is on the advisory boards of the Chennai-based private equity firm Fulcrum and the social impact fund, Menterra. He's an independent director on the board of India's first retail building products company, Shankara Building Products Limited.
He was the co-founder of Scope e-Knowledge Center, a pioneering knowledge process outsourcing company, as well as the co-founder of a business-to-business e-commerce venture, both of which he successfully exited.... more
Balamurugan Question by Balamurugan on Nov 23, 2023Hindi
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Hi sir, I'm 23 yrs old Pharma student. I'm really eager to begin a startup in the same field but I've no prior work experience. I'm worried that, if I go to work I'll lose my startup interest and I'll be stuck in it.I never know that I'll be able to do it in older age. What should I do now sir?

Ans: There are some who are able to identify a start-up idea during their studies. You have not been able to do that. I would suggest that you get into an area of the pharma/ healthcare industry that interests you, work there for a period of time (3-5 years at least), get a hang of how it works, what problems are there, how are they being tackled, gaps that you can identify etc. This experience will also help you build a network of contacts and add to your expertise.
Tap into your alumni network and see if there are start-up entrepreneurs who can act as your mentors.
Also plug into existing entrepreneur networks and associations so that you can find out how different people came up with ideas and converted them into businesses. There are several such bodies now across India.
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