Milestone Makers Program

Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center, in partnership with Startup India, launches Milestone Makers India

Selected entrepreneurs receive individualized mentoring, training, and resources – dedicated to helping founders hit a critical business goal – all at no cost.

The Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center is committed to investing in individual entrepreneurs across the globe taking big risks to solve problems in new ways.

That’s why we created Milestone Makers, a way to help early-to-mid-stage founders set, hit, and celebrate milestones critical to company growth. 

With a 100% graduation rate to date, the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center, in partnership with Startup India, is proud to expand this program to a new ecosystem of entrepreneurs by launching Milestone Makers India in New Delhi in May 2017.

Through our joint networks and expertise, we’ll work with up to 25 entrepreneurs on a custom learning path to help each selected founder define a critical business goal and accelerate their path to achieving it over a 12-week timeframe.

Accepted entrepreneurs will be matched with a business coach and mentors, both in India and the US, who are leaders in their industry and can offer feedback and guidance to help these entrepreneurs realize their ambitious goals.

Upon acceptance, the resources, we offer, including courses, will be customized to meet the founders’ needs and learning style. This three-month program helps elevate and amplify entrepreneur’s brands through exposure in the US market, and media and PR opportunities. 

We invite early-to-mid stage founders in India to apply or nominate an entrepreneur.

Applications close on March 31st, 2017 at 11:59 PM, IST and participants will be notified of acceptance by April 14th, 2017 .

The Center, in partnership with our corporate sponsors, is proud to make this a free program with a pay-it-forward philosophy. As a distinguished part of our community, Milestone Makers will return to teach, share, and nominate the next cohort of great leaders. 

Questions?

Come to the Applicant Information Session:
We encourage you to join us for the applicant information session on Tuesday, March 14: 9:00 – 10:00AM IST either in person at CoworkIn Nehru Place or virtually: REGISTER HERE

Key Program Dates:
March 31, 2017  – Deadline for Applications
April 14, 2017 – Notification of Acceptance
May 3, 2017  – Program Kick off
May 7-9, 2017 – Program Onboarding (Mandatory in-person session in Delhi)
May 19th – Mandatory in-person session in Delhi
June 16th – 
Mandatory in-person session in Delhi
July 14th – 
Mandatory in-person session in Delhi
July 29th – Graduation Ceremony in Delhi

Opportunities to Get Involved
Milestone Makers is built on the pay-it-forward mentality crucial for advancing regional and global networks of entrepreneurship. You can get involved by:

  • Mentor a Milestone Maker
    Interested in sharing your insights, experiences and learnings from your business expertise to a high-talent founder?
    We’ll match Milestone Makers with a team of mentors that relate specifically to their milestone goal. Sign up here to either be considered as a formal mentor in the program and meet (in person or virtually) with a Milestone Maker 3+ times for 30-minutes over the 12-week program or for a single meeting.  
  • Coach a Milestone Maker
    Are you a business coach looking to give back to an entrepreneur and join a program with other talented coaches? Apply to be a Milestone Makers coach.
    We’ll match Milestone Makers with a professional business coach based on their personalities, expertise and needs. A Milestone Maker Coach will meet with their Milestone Maker every two weeks for 30-minutes.

About the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center

The Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center is a San Francisco-based non-profit organization designed to educate, innovate, and connect aspiring and current entrepreneurs.

Established in 2014 with support from the Nasdaq Educational Foundation, the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center serves the entrepreneurial community through differentiated events, meaningful education, and a strong commitment to mentorship.

Please contact Arjita Sethi of Startup India Advisory Services at arjita@startupindia.in or Kelly Kronmiller, Program Manager of the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center at kelly.kronmiller@thecenter.nasdaq.org with questions.

FAQ's

Who should participate?

Early-to-mid-stage entrepreneurs of all industries and verticals looking to set and hit a critical business milestone in the next quarter. You’re committed to accomplishing this goal because it will have an important, positive effect for your company’s development.

What is a milestone?

Milestone noun /ˈmīlˌstōn/

1. An important goal you’ve set for your business that takes time, tenacity, and more than a little creative thinking to attain.

2. An achievement that signals your business is on its way to the next stage of growth (and that deserves celebration).

Today, you might be stuck, at a point of stagnation, or going through a period of high-growth and opportunity but need to be prescriptive about staying focused on achieving results.

Applicants must be able to attend onboarding in New Delhi on Xdate, as well as several visits throughout the 12-week program.

What does the program offer?

The program begins with access to the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center and Startup India’s prestigious network, partners, and community, including professional resources offered by leading industry experts. This includes:

  • Coach (professional coaching specially matched for you)
  • Business mentors curated to your needs, aspirations, and definitions of success
  • A place to land and plug into a thriving innovation community in the heart of New Delhi
  • A strengths assessment identifying your key skills and gaps
  • Recommendations for custom training
  • Accountability check-ins and monthly working session as needed
  • Milestone setting strategy and practice for this quarter and next

How can I apply?

Apply below.

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How can I nominate an entrepreneur?

Nominate an entrepreneur.

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