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Scaling-Up | ASCENT Huddle Session

Scaling-Up  ASCENT Huddle Session with Harsh Mariwala Founder, ASCENT Foundation and Anjali Bansal, former global Partner and MD with TPG Private Equity and a strategy consultant with McKinsey & Company in New York and Mumbai. The Session was moderated by ASCENT member, Nikunj Jhaveri, Founder and Chairman, System+ Key Learnings An entrepreneur must have a complete understanding of an enterprise’s strategy, […]
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Essentials to understand your industry better and become a ‘Veteran Novice’

The term business encompasses everything- failures, success, hard work, opportunities and the list goes on. Every entrepreneur has their share of experiences to add to the journey and no matter how anyone describes it; the essence remains the same for all. Either you are a Veteran in the field or a complete Novice or struggling […]
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Best Marketing Practices For Entrepreneurs

Starting a venture is all about courage, dreaming of your passion and believing in ones abilities for the longest times. Accepting the risk and turning that into a prudent one is not everyone’s cup of tea. Entrepreneurs do a lot to reach a point that gives them the boost to work further and in this […]
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Sharing Experiences – Valuable Feedback

ASCENT is a foundation that believes in an eco-system which is ‘growth ready’ for entrepreneurs. Team ASCENT reached out to two member entrepreneurs to get ‘real feedback’. The first question revolved around their experience for the first Trust Group Meeting. According to Dr. Nilesh Amritkar: It was an incredible experience and I felt fortunate to […]
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Best HR practices for entrepreneurs

Being an entrepreneur comes with its own share of highs and lows. The set of responsibilities is huge and one has to play a lot of roles at one go. The biggest and the most important part of being an entrepreneur is to handle a team that gives you best of the best results and […]
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HOW TO NOT LET SUCCESS SWEEP YOU OFF YOUR FEET

When it comes to facing challenges, not all of us can do it. The ones who face it and overcome hurdles are remarkable. It is quite fascinating to see the growth graph and how one maintains it. Success is a subjective term, but maintaining it is not an easy affair. A successful entrepreneur has the […]
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How to Start, Run and Grow your own business?

Starting your own business is like raising your child. Seems an easy task at first, but takes out all the efforts and is a path of uncertainties. There are new possibilities cropping up every now and then but you have to decide which works in your favour and which doesn’t. Here are some essentials for […]
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LIFE OF A BUSINESSMAN- the commitments and the sacrifices

This is the era of entrepreneurship and most of us connect to the concept. As per a recent study, 99% of us are born to work under someone while the rest 1% have courage to take their instincts to another level. Times are changing and the numbers of enterprises are growing exponentially. Starting your own […]
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ROLE OF EXECUTION IN STRATEGY PLANNING

Execution: Good execution requires a well built IT Management system, an organisational culture with the involvement of associates like the vendors etc. For a successful Execution of strategy, one need to focus and prepare in advance with a clear goal that can be accomplished, measure your progress from time to time and be accountable for […]
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Leadership in the age of Entrepreneurship

There are as many approaches to the position and power of an organisational leader, as there are leaders. However, the two most successful types (of those researched upon and documented) happen to be the Strategist and the Alchemist. So who are the Strategists? The Strategist The Harvard Business Review tells us that globally Strategists account […]
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Startup to Grown up – Tips for Scaling Your Business

Like all things in life, ‘growth’ of an enterprise comes at a cost. It is the output derived through hard work and efficient planning, in the rather dynamic and an unpredictable market, especially in a developing economy like India. Pramod Bhasin, former CEO of Genpact says that, “the reason many entrepreneurial ventures fail in India […]
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Developing an Organisational Culture to be proud of

Leadership should not be a solitary act. Leaders need to surround themselves with people who will challenge their ideas, point out their shortcomings, and tell it like it is. To be an effective unit, the management needs to ensure that honest opinions and information reach them. Get your people to bother you by bothering them. […]
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Learnings from a Leader

The Harvard Business Review has recently called forth for more leaders to step out of the cloaks of the regular 9 to 5 rigmarole. Urging youngsters onto a path of self-discovery and social innovation, the acclaimed journal states that NOW is the time to clarify and refine leadership vision for future generations of inspired industrialists. […]
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The Member Diaries – Chronicles of a journey into the land of entrepreneurial excellence

Being a member of one of the ASCENT Trust Groups is such a unique experience that it can be best summed up by the individuals members themselves. At 36, Anand Baldawa is heading his family business at Seeba Group, manufacturers and exporters of Stainless kitchenware, houseware and gifting items. Reminiscing upon the day that was […]
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Advocacy v/s Advertising

Manak Singh, Chief Evangelist, ASCENT Be known for WHY you started your venture and not just the venture you started. Entrepreneurs are the custodians of a belief – in an opportunity or purpose. But soon enough we get consumed by the activity of executing the idea or realising the opportunity, the features of our products/services, […]
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The Power of the Collective

An Entrepreneur’s Journey from having ‘naught’ to having a LOT with the Power of the Collective History lies replete with examples of great achievements that the power of collective action can bring about, be it building cities, transforming entire societies or even changing the course of history itself! Research on the ‘power of collective for […]
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Going through the Glass roof

The journey of an Entrepreneur Being an entrepreneur is easier said than done, especially today when there are new businesses cropping up each day and every hour growing the struggle by leaps and bounds. Being an entrepreneur leaves you with many crossroads to choose from; be it following the traditional rules of building a brand […]
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5 Pivots by an Entrepreneur

There are two distinct categorisations even within the realm of ‘entrepreneurs’ globally. There are the flamboyant risk takers and then there are the relatively safe players. However, both have to embrace the ‘pivot’ or the policy of change, almost overhauling the enterprise onto an absolutely new path. Pivoting is considered essential for any entrepreneur to […]
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The Art and Science of Facilitation of ASCENT Trust Groups for entrepreneurial enterprises

ASCENT Trust Groups have been specifically created to usher in a new and truly dynamic culture that supports entrepreneurial value systems. To urge ambitious entrepreneurs to go that extra mile, ASCENT provides dedicated forums to successfully leverage key insights derived from collective experience. These insights can drive existing entrepreneurs to scale-up their businesses by design. […]
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A circle of trust to scale-up enterprises

As you are engaged in your entrepreneurial commitments, how about the ability to tap into a group of 10-12 fellow business owners who can offer you direction based on their experiences? The Trust Group concept of ASCENT is one such format where you can draw from the expertise of non-competing diverse entrepreneurs at similar stage […]
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