IN SCHOOL

Build your product

The biggest question every aspiring entrepreneur faces is how to launch the product. We tell you how!

Did you build something that is useful? The atmosphere right now is perfect for budding entrepreneurs and you, a student, can become one too.

The first step in launching your start-up is to build a solid product. If it is an idea bouncing around in your head, think of ways in which you can effectively launch it. If it is an app, then make sure it provides something new to the market, or does something better.

Check your city for a start-up incubator next. Sev e ral start-up incubators and technology parks have mushroomed throughout the country, offering various services. Modern fab-labs attached to some of these incubators are filled with state-of-the-art technologies like 3D printers, laser-cutters, and circuit builders which are available to students at a nominal cost.

When you feel that you are ready to launch your product, go for it; publish it online, upload it to the app-store, or just produce a bunch of units to sell. Try advertising through Facebook or local avenues. Go to local (relevant) events and talk about your creation.

Remember that age is not a limiting factor in launching your start-up (Rithesh Agarwal launched Oyo rooms when he was 19).

Enhancing your start-ups

We’ve all been in situations where we come up with the most amazing of ideas, yet have no clue on how to go about creating it because we lack the needed skill. With the vast available resources online, you can pick up virtually any skill from the comforts of your home. Here are a few well-known resources you can use to boost your skills and enhance your start-up.

Youtube It is the most comprehensive source of tutorial videos available online. Step-by-step videos are also available.

edX This non-profit hosts a vast variety of university level lectures available to anyone for free. Since these are courses straight from college, you get a lot of accompanying material such as quizzes, tests and additional information. You can get in-depth training on many subjects.

Instructables Launched in 2005, this website contains over 100,000 do-it-yourself projects which range from making a blinking light bulb, all the way to creating a working model of a flamethrower. It is a great tool to get practical, hands-on experience.

Codecademy Picking up programming might seem like a daunting task. Codecademy solves this by helping you learn using practice, examples, quizzes and a multitude of other tools. Every concept is explained in detail and you can choose from several popular languages.

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