'Legacy is about building a network of people'

'Legacy is about building a network of people'

 Entrepreneurship is a lifestyle and not just a job. For all the highs of being an entrepreneur, there are a lot of lows as well. There are many reasons people choose to be entrepreneurs; for some it is power, for some it is legacy, and for some others it is about being different.

Legacy, however, is not just about building a multi-million dollar company; it is about establishing relationships with customers and employees. It is about building a network of people, said Akila Krishnakumar, former president (global solution centres), at SunGard.

She was giving the keynote address at the 11th valedictory of IIM Bangalore’s Management Programme for Women Entrepreneurs (MPWE) on Saturday.This year, 30 women entrepreneurs successfully completed the course, which was coordinated by the NS Raghavan Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning (NSRCEL).

Rajluxmi V Murthy, MPWE Programme Co-Director, said 135 women had applied, out of which women who were already running ventures were shortlisted so that they could take away something tangible from the programme.

Sabarinathan G, Chairperson, NSRCEL, said, “Over the years, the course has evolved. The programme has been redesigned to encourage and equip the students with tools that may come of use.”

Srijata Bhatnagar, a participant, said, “I have always wanted to be a part of IIM. Being an early-stage entrepreneur, applying for the course and being accepted was getting an acceleration and validation of what I am doing.  It has been a phenomenal journey.”

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