Yes, you read that right, Acharya Chanakya is coming back in modern times in the form of a book, this time to teach startup strategies to budding entrepreneurs and startup founders alike! Governor of Maharashtra Shri Bhagat Singh Koshyari released the book titled, “Startup Chanakya” written by Mr. Umesh Rathod (Hon. PhD) in Mumbai on 02nd Feb 2022.
Hon. Governor stressed on the entrepreneurship education & it’s implications for making India a vibrant Startup Country. He said, “Schools & colleges should introduce Entrepreneurship education to their students in a positive way & present ideas about making Future Problem Solvers”.
While presenting the book Mr. Rathod mentioned, “This book is an amalgamation of Acharya Chanakya’s thoughts & my experiences in the entrepreneurial ecosystem as a learner, mentor, educator, researcher over the years. It aims to ignite the spark in the startup founders, startup enthusiasts & youth to help them build their entrepreneurial mindset. I strongly believe that Entrepreneurship can be taught & it is evident from Acharya Chanakya & Chandragupta’s Mentor-Mentee saga of how it can be achieved. When the idea of this book came to me, I thought about how Acharya Chanakya would pursue a Startup. Hence, I have tried to bring all the available literature from Arthashashtra & concepts pertaining to Startup thoughts from various walks of life through this book. I hope that readers will find it engaging, enthralling & over and above getting insights into the world of startups from acharya Chanakya’s perspective. This work is well planned & has been under construction since the launch of my first book, The fun of being in a Start-Up & “Startup Chanakya” will definitely resonate with the founders as well as their mentors. This book will act as a guiding light for 1st generation entrepreneurs or Chandragupta’s in their entrepreneurial journey.
The quest for greatness and all-round bliss has been the significant aim of humanity since ages & bliss can be accomplished either through self-happiness or through satisfaction of wants. In Vedic Hindu folklore, business is viewed as an authentic, necessary piece of society. It underlines the need to work for a financial design dependent on “Sarva Loka Hitam” i.e. Let everyone prosper!”
Mr. Umesh Rathod, founder of Lean Campus Startups has propagated STEM education & Entrepreneurship education to nearly 4.5 lac students since 2010 from various demography’s. He is also a Mentor of Change with NITI Aayog's Atal Innovation Mission. During his early engineering days, he was inspired by Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam's mission of propagating Entrepreneurship to various walks of life.