India has a robust startup ecosystem, filled with budding entrepreneurs ready to take on the world. Amongst them are students who fearlessly and ambitiously stake their claim to a piece of the startup ecosystem pie.
India’s fifth-largest private sector bank, YES BANK, has awarded 30 such students, with the YES ASPIRE to Innovate scholarship. Launched in 2015, the programme is aimed at grooming future leaders and entrepreneurs, who are likely to lead India into the next wave of socio-economic growth. This thought leadership initiative rewards 30 exceptional scholars every year for their entrepreneurial vision, leadership qualities, and holistic academic performance.
The third edition saw a very enthusiastic response with as many as 1,871 registrations. Open to all first-year students, the programme offers a prize of Rs 200,000, a pre-placement interview opportunity and a year-long mentorship by the Yes Bank senior leadership to each of the 30 scholars chosen from 15 select B-schools across the country.
Speaking about the programme, Mr. Rana Kapoor, Managing Director and CEO of YES BANK said, “At YES BANK, it is our constant endeavour to interact with the youth and channelize their entrepreneurial spirit in the right direction. I believe today’s young and aspiring leaders are creating a tectonic shift in the entrepreneurship ecosystem in India through Design Thinking, Innovation and Creativity. In line with YES BANK’s ethos of Professional Entrepreneurship, the YES ASPIRE scholarships aim to nurture the dreams and aspirations of India’s budding business minds and be the wind beneath their wings.”
The Grand Finale of YES ASPIRE hosted on March 24 for felicitating these 30 scholars also witnessed a Fireside chat, aptly titled, “At the Crossroads: Blue Chip Job vs. Bootstrapped Startup” in order to give these aspiring young minds a perspective of working in a corporate organization as against a startup. Abhay Pandey, MD, Sequoia Capital, Anant Goenka, Executive Director, The Indian Express Group and Prabir Jha, Global Chief People Officer, Cipla shared their insights with these young budding entrepreneurs.
The students were shortlisted after four rounds of rigorous evaluations on the basis of their academic scores and other parameters.
Here are the winners:
Nilambari Rathi - IIM Ahmedabad
Udit Ahuja - IIM Ahmedabad
Mantri Megha Rameshchandra - IIM Bangalore
Aayush Singhal - IIM Bangalore
Rahul Kumar - IIM Calcutta
Bhawna Setia - IIM Calcutta
Beena Nareshbhai Patel - IIM Udaipur
Rishabh Nagaich - IIM Udaipur
Sankeerth Bondugula - IIM Shillong
Raghav Dhanuka - IIM Shillong
Lal Chand Poonia - IIM Indore
Shruti Aran - IIM Indore
Eeti Jain - IIM Rohtak
Akshat Modi - IIM Rohtak
Prathmesh Kalubarme - IIM Kozhikode
Devesh Prasad Mishra - IIM Kozhikode
Preetham Krishna Mittapalli - IIM Lucknow
Snehal Chauhan - IIM Lucknow
Rajput Gopalsinh Vaghsinh - IRMA
Pooja Mohankumar Khatri - IRMA
Nakul Birla - SCMHRD
Varsha Bhardwaj - SCMHRD
Bharadwaj Kanamarlapudi - NMIMS
Pooja Ghosh Dastidar - NMIMS
Pulkit Aggarwal - XLRI
Harshit Kumar Agarwal - XLRI
Vidur Thakral - FMS
Neha Singhal - FMS
Aabha Kapoor - NITIE
Ritwiz Shukla - NITIE