Silicon Valley investor handpicks Bangalore lad

Saturday, 21 December 2013 - 1:52pm IST | Place: Bangalore | Agency: DNA
He's one among 40 people in the world selected for entrepreneurship course in the US.

Twenty-four-year-old Bangalore boy is one among the 40 people across the globe a to be selected for Draper University in Silicon Valley. Founded by renowned venture capitalist Tim Draper, the university is designed to teach entrepreneurship and help innovators and ideators to take their idea to the next stage.

“I have developed a platform that brings visibility to brands through personalized adoption by people on social profiles and at the same time gives a chance to people to make money out of it,” says Prashant Sharma, who works for Headstart Network Foundation, a platform which helps grassroot level entrepreneurs. 

To put this is simple words, Sharma has developed a platform for corporates, start-ups and NGOs. Companies register themselves on Sharma’s platform, which keeps an update on their latest launches. People having Facebook account can chose to display these product along with their pictures as their profile photo and earn royalty points depending on the duration of days the product is displayed. This makes sure that the brand campaign reach out to thousands of people without corporates doing anything and at the same time people benefit by earning royalty. The same model can be replicated for a social initiative.

This idea of his impressed Draper. “If you see, the potential is huge. A brand campaign reaches out to thousands of people without corporates doing anything. At the same time people benefit by earning royalty. It is a win win situation for everyone,” he says.

Having failed in his earlier shot at entrepreneurship, Sharma wants to make this venture a success. “I attempted twice before, but failed. I hope to get trained in each and every aspect of entrepreneurship from successful entrepreneurs and investors alike.”

Bangalore, he feels, provides good infrastructural support to startups and various tech events act as a good networking platform for budding entrepreneurs.  “A glance at meetups that happen focussed on discussion around aspects of entrepreneurship, all of them put together are adding tremendous value to the ecosystem as a whole,” he remarks.

About the varsity
Draper University is a six-week program at the heart of entrepreneurial centre of the world  --Silicon Valley. People who get selected are trained on each and every aspect of running an enterprise. Only 40 people from around the world are selected for this programme.

Who is Tim Draper?

He is the founder of the global venture capital firm Draper Fisher Jurvetson. He has invested in Skype, Hotmail, Overture etc.


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