Program Length: 14 days
Winter Program: 8 July - 21 July, 2018
Summer Program: Dec 2018 / Jan 2019 / Feb 2019 - Dates TBC
Payable as $500 deposit + $2,750 balance
Information on funding, scholarships and OS-HELP loans.
Students travel insurance may be covered by their university’s travel insurance policy. Get in contact with your Student Mobility Office to find out.
Day 1 – Welcome to India! – Arrive into Mumbai International Airport, and be greeted with a smile (and perhaps a head bobble) by one of our team. We’ll head into the city and give you the first taste of Mumbai traffic. After checking into the hotel and getting settled, we will join the group for a welcome Indian dinner. This is the first time to meet and get to know your fellow budding entrepreneurs and program mates.
Day 2 – Orientation and Cultural Introduction – Start to dive into India with a welcome to the culture and history of India. We undertake an introductory language class and ice-breakers. Get your first chance to see some of Mumbai while also starting to understand the context and introduction to the Innovator’s Method and the startup development process.
Day 3 – Local Innovation + Dharavi Visit – Develop an insight into the business ecosystem of Mumbai’s urban poor with a visit to Dharavi, known as the “largest slum in Asia”. This remarkable centre is home to small-scale manufacturing across a range of manufacturing industries: recycling, clay pots, embroidery, bakery, soap, leather and entertainment. A full day of learning and surprising connections.
Day 4 – City #2: Pune – We head to Pune, the second largest city in Maharashtra and one of the country’s most important cities as a fast-growing city that’s an educational and cultural hub for the region. We settle in, and then dive in and explore the city with a tour and visit to some historic and modern sites. Plus exploring all things Indian cuisine.
Day 5 – Cultural Experiences – Building on our understanding of users, customers and stakeholders – we make the most of being in remarkable Pune and spend a day exploring the diverse and colourful religions, cultures and businesses that make this city special. We might even get the chance to wear traditional clothing and experience the colours, tastes and Bollywood dancing of a local Indian wedding.
Day 6 – Social Enterprise & Startup Day – We dive deep into businesses that are also making a strong social impact. Learn the beautiful art of block printing at The Jugaad Store in Pune, make your own stunning jewellery at Abira Creations, and find out what innovative startup incubation looks like at the Venture Center. From start to finish, this is a day of discovery you won't want to miss.
Day 7 – Creating a Pilot and Minimum Viable Product – With inspiration and ideas from the various companies and entrepreneurial mentors, we spend time developing our business models and exploring how to test and pilot ideas. Using theoretical, practical and virtual prototypes, learn how to get feedback and go beyond an MVP to create a Minimum Awesome Product. We then have a real Indian experience by jumping on an overnight bus and head south.
Day 8 – Rural life in Purushwadi – Today the pace steps down a few notches as we arrive in the small farming village or Purushwadi. We spend the day exploring the community, trying our hand at farming, and chatting to the local community to understand life in rural India. Today is a day to absorb and observe, and tonight is spent in traditional homestays.
Day 9 – Business Models and Design – Following a visit to the local school we will start to narrow down on our business models. With facilitators, we will learn about various well-known startups & social enterprises and the strategies that earned them their immense growth, visibility and ultimate success in the business word.
Day 10 – Social Impact & Scaling Up – We'll begin the day with a trip to Akshaya Patra, a fantastic NGO that provides delicious and nutritious lunchtime meals to over 150,000 children in Hubli schools every day. We'll find out what it truly means to create a positive impact, and how the seed of an idea can drive incredible social change, with even the most modest of resources at one's disposal.
Day 11 – Cultural Experiences – This morning we join cultural activities in the community, before saying goodbye to our warm homestay hosts and heading back to Mumbai. This afternoon we'll have some free time to work on projects, buy souvenirs, grab a Melbourne-quality coffee, or just relax after a busy week innovating and experiencing India.
Day 12 – Mumbai final project day – We'll have an inspiring guest speaker to keep you motivated for a last push at finalising your pitches and enterprise ideas. Today is the day to pull together all of the final touches on your projects, practice pitching, and finalise that business idea.
Day 13 – Pitch Perfect and Graduation – This is your chance to share your big ideas with the group and invited experts in the form of a 3-5 minute business pitch. The jury will hear your ideas, and pick a winning concept. This day is one of celebration and we all head out to celebrate in style for an Indian style graduation dinner and cultural evening. Eating, drinking and being merry.
Day 14 – Hugs and Goodbyes – The last day of the program is a chance to reflect and head off. The day concludes with a farewell breakfast and lots of photos and hugs. We will get you to Mumbai airport for your return flight to Australia or onward travel. If your flight is later in the day - you can get your last minute souvenirs. Although you may be headed home or elsewhere, you can be sure that your education is far from over. That’s a wrap.