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Building an online persona

August 26th, 2015 by Vipul Jindal

Antje Pfahl (Senior Manager Merchant Communication & Business Development PAYTM) was the guest speaker for the Personal Branding workshop for day 3. A workshop where we had to introspect, find out who we really are, and figure out how to effectively brand yourself to the world.

The first part involved filling up a highly introspective questionnaire. It was about mentioning 5 most dominating attributes about yourself, our strengths, weaknesses etc., which I felt was to set the introspective mode on for everyone.

During lunch, me and Antje discussed various business ideas I had in mind and her vast experience let to opinions which showed me different angles of feasibility of my ideas from a perspective I could not see otherwise.

Post lunch was about getting your personal mission statement and elevator pitch on paper. Though it seemed to be very difficult at first, none of us would have done it if we were not a part of this workshop. We also had to write our professional obituary. Then Antje showed us social profiles for famous personalities in different fields, and compared them to ours. We built our personal canvases which are stuck on the ASLI room walls for us to see everyday and introspect.

Towards the end of the day, in the feedback session, never satisfied as always, I told Antje I found the workshop to be a little bit generic. It was amazing how well she took the criticism and followed up on it. Meeting Antje was a splendid experience and I look forward to a long-term relationship with her.

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Day 1 @Adianta Cohort #2016; India’s key for development: Innovation and Startups

August 17th, 2015 by Gaurav Chauhan

Let there be the big “aww” on the face of old generation saying that this new 12 months old venture can’t beat 24 years company and giants, but the current generation and the glucose for the economy of India will be these Startups. The Independence Day speech by nations’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi cheering for startup culture and innovation was backed by the reason. Innovation and the Startups are the keys to make India on the list of developed world that’s why the campaigns “Make In India” and “Start Up, Stand Up” come to serve their purpose as what we have observed from Make in China initiatives. The defense for the startup guys come from the success of Indian startups like Flipkart, Paytm, Redbus, Olacabs and many more.

So, here is my first day with Adianta School which I can say has justified that I am at a good place and have taken a right decision to start on what I want to do in the near future. It’s the orientation day filled with many interactive and learning sessions with Nita Soans, Aditya Dev Sood, Bihar Innovation Lab, StartUp Tunnel etc. There was a lot to take with the session with Nita as it focused on importance of social media, online presence and self-actuation, I was not on the time but I think I didn’t miss much of the subject. Then Aditya made us think on our own identity & self-actuation followed by a ball passing game and bringing a word or phrase related to Leadership and Responsibility with Bihar Innovation Lab team. Then we had a campus round with BIL guys showing their work to us which was backed by true research and innovation like ANM Kit for maternal and child care and health card etc, then Priyanka briefed about Startup tunnel and previous batch etc. Then post lunch we had a really interesting and enlightening session as we interacted with Amicus and Truelancer guys, they have developed very good products for the masses and I can say Adianta’s “learning by doing” approach has delivered very well here.

So, to sum up the things, Its great to come over here and getting to work and learn with likeminded and passionate people who are willing to create innovative products and solutions to the problems which will contribute to the India’s social and economic development. It is the best time for cohort 2016 to be part of this and take challenges and risks.

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Student Success Stories- the cohort that was!

April 1st, 2015 by Tejaswi

The Adianta School has scheduled the farewell ceremony for the 18th of April, along with Investor Day. The evening is supposed to bring together the best ideas from the Startup Tunnel, our in-house incubator, along with product demos and pitches from the students. We’ve had an extraordinary year in terms of the student successes and as a mark of pride and congratulatory sentiment, we’d like to showcase them through this post-


Chaitanya Krishna has been tinkering with several ideas over the past year. His love for solutioneering is evident through his inventions. Some of his work includes prototypes and ideas around the following-

  • Electronic earplug that allow sounds within safe audible limits. Designed for industrial workers and heart patients.
  • Cost-effective solar panels, awaiting utility patent.
  • Mobile touch interface that can avoid glass breakage and provides reduced adverse ergonomic effect characteristic of conventional touch screens.

Kartik Sharma and his co-founder, Pavan Charak, conceptualized 132Connect as a one-stop platform that shares real-time and reliable information about career options for young people. The idea has qualified for the finals of the Ericsson Innovation Awards, 2015. The two are headed to Stockholm in April, for the grand event.


Kirubakaran Reddy has been involved in delivering professional training and coaching through his organization- ExpertsHub, Industry Skill Development Center, which aims at providing experiential and interactive learning solutions through innovative programs through collaborations with facilitators from Industry, research organizations and Top Academic Institutions in the country. The Center has been focusing on scaling up.


Nikhil Bohra has been working on the idea of developing and marketing affordable cattle feed formula to dairy farmers in rural areas, through his venture Cattle Mettle. The highlight is its eco-friendliness as it is made from otherwise unusable plant material. Nikhil, along with his teammates, will be proceeding to compete at the finals of the Global Social Venture Competition at UC Berkeley in April.


Rajib Biswas, who conceptualized Project Papri, hopes to revolutionize volunteer recruitment and management in the social sector through the project. With his thoughtfulness and keen design sense, we see the venture covering much ground in the months to come. It is now in public beta stage and you can sign up for it at You may also follow his writings on


Satya Manoj’s story has been a validation of one of Adianta’s core approach to academic delivery and evaluation. Satya, who also interned with the Startup Tunnel, adopted blogging about learnings and ideas to his professional life and began broadcasting his posts to his LinkedIn network. Soon he received a call from AppLift, a Berlin-based company which provides software-based services to apps for user reengagement and lifetime value optimization. He will begin a 3-month period of training with them in April, and then, will begin working with them full-time to set up and expand their business in the Indian market.


Shashanka Rekulapalli is a UPSC aspirant who is currently awaiting results for the second-level of examinations. In the coming months, he hopes to gain experience in the governance system, and eventually innovate through participation and his idea- Youcentre, a platform for people to find out benefits they are eligible for, from the government.


We are very excited for our soon-to-be alumni to go out into the world with the innovation and leadership skills they have learnt during their time at Adianta, and will continue to keep up with their work. As is tradition, they will remain engaged with the network of Adianta’s friends and mentors, as well as upcoming cohorts.

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Adianta sessions: Diana Jue on social-impact technology

December 9th, 2014 by Rijo Thomas



The Adianta School welcomes Diana Jue who is a co founder at Essmart in developing technologies for the underprivileged in the rural areas — affordable solar lanterns, nonelectric water filters and other life improving technologies. She was here to share insights on tackling challenges she faced “doing her bit in bringing ‘social-impact’ technology to people who need it.” Click here to glimpse through a detailed account on her insights and experimentation in entrepreneurship. Read on…

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