Entrepreneurship is truly a calling for some. The penchant for risk, passion and dedication might not come naturally to everyone, but is successfully imbibed by those who want it most. And in order to inspire this week, we’re looking at some of the biggest names in Entrepreneurship our country has produced. Sneak a peak at their amazing stories!
Kiran Mazumdar Shaw
The founding Chairman and Managing Director of Biocon Limited, Kiran Mazumdar Shaw is an entrepreneur with an overwhelming list of accolades.
She founded Biocon in 1978 and spearheaded its evolution from an industrial enzyme manufacturing company to a fully integrated bio-pharmaceutical company, currently a leading player in biomedicine research.
She also received the prestigious Padma Shri (1989) and the Padma Bhushan (2005) from the government of India for her distinctions in this endeavour.
“I want to be remembered as someone who put India on the scientific map of the world in terms of large innovation. I want to be remembered for making a difference to global healthcare. And I want to be remembered as someone who did make a difference to social economic development in India.”
The former Chairperson of one of India’s leading media houses, The Times Group, Indu Jain is known for her visionary entrepreneurship and strong votary of women’s rights. She is also the chairperson of the Bharathiya Jananpith Trust, which awards India’s most prestigious and highest literary award.
“My inner growth must match my material growth and achievements.”
She is credited with the expansion and success of the Times Group which is now succeeded by her sons. She also addressed the United Nations with a revolutionary speech on the need for oneness of faiths and went on to chair a special session at the Millennium World Peace Summit.
An Indian non-fiction writer and public speaker, she is best known for her first book, Stay Hungry Stay Foolish. She has published six best-sellers, all addressing entrepreneurship. Her books primarily address the youth, encouraging them to abandon their comfortable lives and pursue their dreams. Her first book reached sales of over 300,000, breaking the Indian record for non-fiction works.
“The very act of becoming an entrepreneur is contrarian to middle class values, study hard, get a good job, be happy with secure income and steady salary.”