Getting ready for the Under25 summit in Bangalore today, at the World Trade Centre. It’s an event for young people under the age of 25 with platforms for people who are leaders in various fields, and a coming together of makers and doers of all shades. About 2,000 people have signed up for the sold-out event, and anybody who’s serious about this demographic is paying attention to the Under 25 club.
Most people have already some fantastic interviews with young people on their startup stories and failure sagas, their lean strategies and inspiring turning point. I love this stuff. But there are three other questions I’ll throw out to all of us at the Under25 community, that go beyond youth entrepreneurship itself.
- Many people are starting enterprises and initiating ambitious projects at an age where the norm is to work for other people or study. People are making these choices, and they might be part of an increasing trend, but there must be many ways of doing so. While the Varun Agarwal//Anu aunty story has a cult following, I believe there are ways other than dropping out through which people are going about these choices.
How did young people negotiate with conventional schooling and parenting to reach where they are? we’re in the midst of a huge transition — what are we choosing to keep, and what’s being left behind?
- We sort of know that youth entrepreneurship is a trend on the rise. Looking at data on this would be fantastic. Under25 Club is growing to be an umbrella of sorts in the field — it’d be awesome if they could actually get the hard numbers on this, and if we could break these down by demographic categories.
Particularly, it’d be interesting so see if trends go outside these categories — urban, upper-middle class, male and tech-oriented.
On a related note — what factors do they think contribute to one’s success as a young entrepreneur in India, and which of them shouldn’t? (Baap ka naam, college ka ranking? 🙂 )
- Youth entrepreneurship will shape the economy and the workforce tomorrow in a significant manner. So how does this section of the future population think about responsibility — to family, the environment and the community at large?
Today we criticise the ruling class for not doing good enough for the world — how are we going to change the script when it’s our turn?
These are questions I’m thinking about as an Under25 entrepreneur, and I’m optimistic that many of us are paying attention to it as well. It would be awesome to be proven right on that!