Programme overview

The Graduate Certificate Programme in Entrepreneurship (GCPE) is a part of the Centre for Family Business & Entrepreneurship (CFBE) – one of SPJIMR’s four Centres of Practice. The Centre has played a pioneering role in fostering and nurturing entrepreneurship among family businesses and start-ups.

Designed especially for those with an entrepreneurial streak, the GCPE programme is a course aimed at fostering entrepreneurship that makes a difference amongst youth. This programme is specifically tailored and curated to help young, aspiring student entrepreneurs to get a head start in India’s booming start-up ecosystem.

The GCPE programme seeks to act as the catalyst in the transformation of youth through creating and nurturing an entrepreneurial mindset among them

Salient features

  • Hybrid mode: Conducted over three months during nine weekends on
  • Saturday evenings and Sundays without disturbing the undergraduate academic schedule
  • A curated “language of entrepreneurship” put together by experts in the entrepreneurship space
  • Led by practitioner faculty with hands-on experience at entrepreneurship
  • Curriculum and pedagogy designed to foster and nurture entrepreneurial intent and a business creation mindset
  • Interact with a team of entrepreneurially-oriented “You”s
  • Deliver at the end of 9 weeks: “The Most Terrific Business Idea” to solve “The Wickedest Problems that India faces”
  • Mentoring hours for the Final Presentation
  • A SPark Tank to evaluate the in-house ‘sparks’ on the business idea

Skills you acquire from GCPE

  • Leadership and Team-building skills
  • Creative Thinking skills
  • Risk-Taking skills
  • Networking skills
  • Critical Thinking skills
  • Problem-Solving skills
  • Financial skills
  • Time Management skills
  • Business Management skills
  • Presentation & Communication skills

Programme structure

Duration & fees

  • Conducted over three months during nine weekends on Saturday evenings and Sundays
  • Timings – Saturday – 2:30 PM to 5:30 PM & Sunday – 9:30 AM to 1:00 PM
  • Program fee – INR 60,000 + GST

Eligibility criteria

An undergraduate (from any stream) enrolled in any college, with an entrepreneurial streak, and is comfortable with English and good academic record with extracurricular or co-curricular activities pertaining to innovation, entrepreneurship, hobbies, designing/developing unique products and solutions through projects, etc. is desirable.

Commencement dates

December 2022

4, 11, 17 & 18

January 2023

7, 8, 21, 22 & 29

February 2023

4, 5, 12 & 19

Modules to be covered

  • What is it to be an entrepreneur?
  • Identifying opportunities
  • Move from an idea to a prototype
  • Go through the cornerstones of creating a successful business
  • Evaluating the business idea using the Business Model Canvas

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

  • Who is this programme designed for?

    This programme is open to Undergraduate students/fresh graduates/students appearing for final year exams awaiting results, belonging to all educational streams. This programme is a course to foster entrepreneurship that makes a difference amongst youth.

  • What are the eligibility criteria for this programme?

    Any undergraduate (from any stream)/ fresh graduate enrolled in educational institutions of repute, with an entrepreneurial streak and is comfortable with English language.

  • How is the programme being conducted?

    The programme is conducted over three months during nine weekends on Saturday evenings and Sundays in a hybrid mode.

  • What is the course curriculum?

    The course curriculum includes the following modules: What is it to be an entrepreneur? Identifying opportunities Move from an idea to a prototype Go through the cornerstones of creating a successful business Evaluating the business idea using the Business Model Canvas

  • How will this programme benefit my future career plans?

    This programme will benefit your future career plans by fostering and nurturing entrepreneurial intent and a business creation mindset within you.

  • I have regular classes on Saturdays, will the GCPE schedule clash with my regular academic classes?

    The programme is curated in such a way that it will not disturb and clash with the regular classes. The programme will be conducted on select Saturday evenings from 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm and Sunday mornings from 9:30 am to 1:00 pm.

  • What if I miss the sessions due to some unavoidable circumstances?

    Session recordings would be available for a limited time, on a case by case basis, post internal approvals.

  • What are the post programme benefits?

    Post the programme, you will have an opportunity to build networks with like minded individuals and the community of entrepreneurs associated with SPJIMR. You can look forward to upskilling opportunities to start your own business. You also have the Opportunity to differentiate your CV for better career prospects including higher education.

  • What is the last date for application?

    We accept applications on a continuous basis; hence there are no last days for applying for the GCPE programme. We however, advise you to apply at the earliest considering the limited seats available for the programme.

  • What is the selection procedure?

    The selection is made on the basis of information provided in the application form. We may contact you for more information if required. We seek sincere and committed participants who look for upskilling opportunities to start their own business.

  • Can I get a refund of money in case I am not able to join the current batch?

    We do not have a refund policy.

  • I still have some queries, whom to contact?

    In case of any queries, please write to entrepreneurship@spjimr.org

What you gain from GCPE?

  • An opportunity to unleash a new “you”
  • Build networks with like-minded individuals and the community of entrepreneurs associated with SPJIMR
  • Upskilling opportunities to start your own business
  • Certificate of Participation from India’s premier B-school
  • Opportunity to differentiate your CV for better career prospects including higher education
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