The Start Your Business (SYB) Programme is a part of the Centre for Family Business & Entrepreneurship (CFBE) – one of SPJIMR’s four Centres of Practice. The Centre has been a pioneer in fostering and nurturing entrepreneurship among family businesses and startups. The Start Your Business (SYB) Programme is a programme directed towards aspiring entrepreneurs and early-stage start-ups and seeks to provide knowledge and skills and instil in them the right attitude, which would help them create a sustainable venture. Crafted especially for those with an entrepreneurial streak, the SYB programme is a hands-on, practical course designed to give you a head start within 4 months.


  • Understand what it takes to be an entrepreneur
  • Test the credibility of your idea and whether it could become a sustainable opportunity
  • Develop a business plan with help from mentors
  • Work out a checklist for getting started on your business

Why SYB?

  • Conducted over 9 weekends in hybrid mode.
  • A Business Plan Presentation at the end of the 13th week.
  • A well-designed curriculum especially for start-ups with an intent to scale
  • Start-up relevant themes, sequenced in a manner so as to facilitate coming up with a Business Plan
  • Concepts, tools, and techniques explained from a startup perspective
  • Sessions/ Activities designed to foster an entrepreneurial and business creation mindset
  • Inputs from SPJIMR’s top faculty, industry experts, investors, and entrepreneurs
  • Access to mentoring and funding networks through vRddhi-a unique venture accelerator platform launched by CFBE
  • Mentors are assigned to each participant, with up to four half-hour mentoring sessions to help them prepare their Business Plan
  • Business Plan presented and vetted by a panel of mentors and experts
  • Opportunity to network with entrepreneurs from the startup eco-system and family business ecosystem.
  • Opportunity to earn SPJIMR’s Executive Alumni Status after successful completion of the programme

What SYB participants can expect

  • A programme that walks participants through every step of “Starting your business”
  • Acquire an entrepreneurial and business creation mindset
  • Develop the ability to identify critical success factors for starting and running your business
  • Mentor Sessions offered to every participant
  • Opportunity to interact with mentors/entrepreneurs for guidance on strengthening business proposition
  • Present your business plan to a panel that has a mix of Venture capitalists/Investors/Faculty/Mentors
  • Learn about all functions from Sales & Marketing, Digital Marketing, Funding & Valuation to Pitching skills
  • Learn operations and develop a go-to-market strategy
  • Qualify for SYB entrepreneur-alumni membership, attend networking events
  • Receive a Start Your Business programme certificate having met all programme requirements.
  • Opportunity to earn SPJIMR’s Executive Alumni Status after successful completion of the programme

SPJIMR advantage

  • SPJIMR, a top ten B-School in India, has pioneered the MBA programme for Family Managed Businesses for over 25 years.
  • SPJIMR is among five founding members of the National Entrepreneurship Network initiated by the US-based Wadhwani Foundation to promote entrepreneurship in India.
  • SPJIMR’s faculty is a mix of accomplished academicians with extensive industry exposure and includes teaching entrepreneurs from small and medium enterprises.

Participants' profile

The SYB programme over 15 years has witnessed participants from educational backgrounds, skill sets, professional experiences but with one common vision to start their own business. The average age profile of the participants ranges from 20-40years+ with educational background from degree to postgraduate, doctorate, engineers, lawyers, commerce background, doctors, etc, and from various parts of the country. A glimpse of the sectors SYB entrepreneurs belong to is as follows:

  • Manufacturing
  • Engineering
  • Chemical
  • Packaging
  • Furniture
  • Jewellery
  • Lifestyle Products
  • Pharma
  • Tea
  • Coaching
  • Consultancy
  • HR Services
  • Investment Banking
  • E-Commerce
  • Technology
  • Bio-tech
  • Education
  • Fintech
  • Food
  • Event Management
  • Health
  • Lifestyle
  • Wellness
  • Pet Services
  • Real Estate
  • Trading
  • Printing & Publishing
  • Hospitality
  • Software.

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