Flagged-off in Bangalore with Captain’s Lecture, Guru Mantra celebrates the spirit of entrepreneurship.
March 15, 2011
“An entrepreneur who is hungry and dreams can seize opportunities and create opportunities by himself,” said Captain Gopinath, MD, Deccan Aviation at Client Associates’ Entrepreneur Guru Mantra 2011 in Bengaluru at Lalit Ashok Hotel.
Speaking at the first of this lecture series by Entrepreneur magazine, Captain Gopinath highlighted the opportunities for entrepreneurs in India today on the backdrop of his own experiences in building Deccan Aviation, which was started with one aircraft. “Since then, we bought an aircraft every month–45 in 45 months,” he recalled. India, he had said, has a golden age ahead of itself and the millions of issues faced by the country are potential opportunities for entrepreneurs, from infrastructure to technology. “India represents the aspirations of the world and the ecosystem is developing now,” added Captain Gopinath.
The event had a select gathering of established entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and corporate executives. Post his talk, the floor was opened to questions for the audience who partook in a discussion on the Indian entrepreneurial ecosystem with Captain. Among the audience were Chandrasekhar Hariharan (Founder, Biodiversity Conservation India), Sonia Manchanda (Founder, Idiom Design and Consulting), Madhura Chatrapathy (Trustee, Ascent), Bharati Jacob (Managing Partner, Seedfund India), Mohanjit Jolly (Managing Director, Draper Fisher Jurvetson), Samir Kumar (Managing Director, Inventus Capital Partners) and others.
Organized by Entrepreneur magazine, Guru Mantra is a lecture series that celebrates the spirit of entrepreneurship. Planned to be organized at premium venues across different cities, the series provides a knowledge sharing forum to the entrepreneurs. As part of the format, every session has a successful entrepreneur as the guest mentor who shares his entrepreneurial journey with the attendees, followed by a Q&A session where the attendees get a chance to ask questions specific to their business. The session ends in a networking lunch.