Edited by Jeremi Brewer and Stephen W. Gibson
Chapter 4: Bharatiya Yuva Shakti Trust
Seventy percent of India’s population is under 35 years of age. A large portion of this oft-spoken demographic dividend is either unemployed or underemployed. To avoid an impending demographic disaster, Bharatiya Yuva Shakti Trust (BYST), the brainchild of Lakshmi Venkatesan, has taken up the cause of entrepreneur creation and support. This chapter details the entrepreneurial rise of BYST, its various experiments, its unique “Guru-Sishya model” of mentoring, and stories of few successful entrepreneurs created. BYST’s approach to bringing together education, mentoring and resource facilitation will serve as a model for all who are interested in creating and nurturing necessity entrepreneurs.
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