In the last few weeks, I have been talking to the teams, the Fellows, staff members and the university champions. A lot of time is being spent on deciding who’s going to the US and who’s not? Team dynamics don’t seem to be healthy and some students are spending more time complaining than doing constructive work.

To be honest, I am not sure why we are spending so much time on discussing who should be on the team and who should leave. Who should be allowed to attend the Summer Institute and who shouldn’t! Who should have an equity stake in the business and who should not!

Why aren’t we spending time on chalking out the vision of our ideas? Where will be BioServ be three years from now! How will JAL spread to other villages! What challenges will we face as we walk the path of an entrepreneur while studying in college or after refusing well-paying jobs and how this is a high-risk high-gain model and that you get to do something you like!

I am here to say that it’s high time that all the teams, particularly all the ones who are taking their ideas to the next step, and all team members should begin to think like entrepreneurs. Work on making your business plan robust. Think how you can build a great product. Raise funds for prototype testing. Test it aggressively. Apply for all entrepreneurship and social business competitions. Start planning your operations. Keep talking to your mentors and domain experts at every stage to ensure that you are on the right track.

What Acara is doing for you will help you get all the above things, but only if you are ready to put in your passion and commitment. I realize that a lot of our teams are doing that and we are all proud of you.

Acara has been and will be about helping you start social businesses. We will do whatever we can to help you get started and grow. But it’s you who will need to take the steps forward. The ball is in your court!

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