Bringing the idea of entrepreneurship encouragement from homeland aka the US to India, Lightspeed India Ventures has launched Extreme Entrepreneurs – an entrepreneurial training series to connect a select group of Indian startups to the top guns of global technology and entrepreneurship.
The company runs a similar initiative Lightspeed summer programme in the US where it invites young founders from universities, usually, to come and hang around the offices and get mentorship from the Lightspeed partners and pick up some tools and tricks to build large companies.
The eight-week programme will begin in mid-September. It will have business leaders like Jon Steinberg, ex-Buzzfeed and now Cheddar, Ritesh Agarwal of OYO Rooms, Dheeraj Pandey of Nutanix and John Thompson, Chairman, Microsoft sharing some of their spark as well as the practical bits learned from being an entrepreneur.
Also, luminary investors like Anu Hariharan of Y Combinator and Jeremy Liew and Ravi Mhatre of Lightspeed will bring their experiences of shaping highly successful companies.
Talking to Inc42, Vaibhav Agrawal, Partner at Lightspeed India Partners shared that the programme is a community initiative to help Indian founders build iconic companies.
He said, “Most of the partners here at Lightspeed, including myself, were founders before. I myself started up twice, once in India and once in the US and having gone through this journey, we know that how critical exposure and right advice can be early on. Therefore, we decided to start this community initiative to help Indian founders build iconic companies.”