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11 September, 2012 - 14:11 By News Desk

Indian entrepreneurs inspired by Cambridge insight

Tony Quested with some of the visiting Ahmedabad delegation at St John’s Innovation Centre. Photograph by Alan Bennett/Media Imaging Solutions

Indian MBA students in Cambridge UK for an immersion programme in entrepreneurship visited Business Weekly as a role model for a family-owned enterprise.

The students from Ahmedabad University all run their own companies – some technology related but others rooted in broader industry – and their schedule for a month-long mission has been organised by Cambridge University.

Dr Shai Vyakarnam, director of the Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning (CfEL) at Judge Business School, felt Business Weekly’s enterprise would inspire the visiting entrepreneurs.

“The students are mainly family businesses – some tech, mostly real ventures! They want to learn about business practices in the UK and wanted to have some time with inspirational local companies willing to share their experiences and talk about their own growth models.

“With a suite of carefully designed teaching sessions and company visits, the programme provides our partners with the opportunity to explore together the latest research and thinking, gaining new knowledge to optimise their studies and business effectiveness.”

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Business Weekly CEO Tony Quested outlined the history of the company, its commercial model and strategy for future growth during the students' vist to the company's offices in St John's Innovation Centre, Cambridge.

He also explained developments involving East of England businesses that pointed to increasing international trade and research collaborations, with Asia prominent on the radar.

Professor Neha Taneja from the Faculty in Quantitative techniques & Entrepreneurship at the B.K.Majumdar Institute of Business Administration, Ahmedabad University said: “It was a great learning experience listening to and interacting with you. The entire group was very inspired by the emphasis given to the quality of news at Business Weekly.”

The group also comprised Harshid Harishbhai, Hiren Sureshkumar, Dhruvkumar Sureshbhai and Siddharth Prakashchandra who all run their own companies and wanted to exchange views and ideas with Cambridge and UK entrepreneurs.

A visit to UKIBC, the UK India Business Council, is included in the programme followed by an evening reception at the House of Lords with Baroness Verma.

Sandip Verma is a British businesswoman born in Amritsar, a member of the House of Lords and has been a junior minister at the Department of Energy and Climate Change since September 6. She was formerly a a Government Whip and spokesperson for the Cabinet Office on international development and equalities and women's issues.• PHOTOGRAPH SHOWS: Tony Quested with some of the visiting Ahmedabad delegation at St John’s Innovation Centre.Photograph by Alan Bennett/Media Imaging Solutions


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