India has seen a surge of entrepreneurial ventures and start-ups over the last decade. The Indian Government has given precedence to the start-up ecosystem by creating a platform called Startup India. India’s talented and educated youth have taken this opportunity to create new ventures and ride the wave of success.

Success in an entrepreneurial venture is dependent on many factors – the business idea, understanding and the regulatory environment, processes, and building and managing one’s organization through the heady, but tough, early phase.


Programme Overview

Start-Up Readiness, Growth and Execution (SURGE): An Entrepreneurship Programme


This programme has been designed keeping in mind the complexities of an entrepreneurial journey. This will be a six-month tool-kit programme which will culminate in a campus visit, where you will submit your business plans. The best among you will be reviewed by a panel of judges including at least one venture capitalist.


Capstone Project

Evaluation will be based on performance in the Capstone Project where individuals or groups of individuals will create their business-plan using tools or concepts covered in the various modules of the course. Work on this project will be carried out throughout the duration of the course. Guidance for the preparation of the business plan will be provided by select resources from IIMCIP. Selected business-plans will be invited for a presentation to a panel of faculty members and distinguished practitioners at the end of the programme.

At the end of the course, you will receive a certificate of completion of the programme issued jointly by IIM Calcutta and IIMC Innovation Park, along with a grade sheet carrying grade of their capstone project (b-plan).     

How will you benefit from this?

1. Provides a mental tool-kit and a competence sharpener for budding entrepreneurs

2. Familiarises entrepreneurs with the principles of general management as pertaining to the start-up context

3. Facilitate a dialogue amongst the existing entrepreneurs, working executives who are planning to plunge into entrepreneurship, practice-oriented academics, and investors

4. Learn the development of business-plan spread across the course duration

5. Get taught via lectures, guest sessions from practitioners and case discussions


Course Content


1. Understanding the Entrepreneurial Journey

  • Learning from other entrepreneurs’ experiences
  • Knowing Your Entrepreneurial Self


2. Crystallizing the Business Idea

  • Creative Thinking and Opportunity Conceptualization
  • Identifying, recognizing and screening Opportunities
  • Developing a Business Plan
  • Crafting a Business Model


3. Essential Management Tools for Entrepreneurs

  • Understanding the regulatory framework and law
  • Understanding Intellectual Property
  • Mastering Entrepreneurial Finance
  • Honing Marketing Skills
  • Operations for Entrepreneurs


4.  Building Your Organization

  • Startup organization design
  • Forming and building a team
  • Finances and funding


5. Managing Early Growth

  • Understanding issues in scaling-up
  • Managing teams through growth
  • Managing finances


6. Navigating the Unexpected

  • Managing change
  • Learnings from the field
  • IIMCIP Workshop


7. Presentation of select B-plans


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Who should attend

  • Early career executives with an orientation towards entrepreneurship and with an interest in starting a new venture or scaling an existing small venture
  • Working professionals wishing to participate in the programme need to have a minimum experience of one year

Admission Requirements

  • You should be a working executive who is a graduate (10+2+3 or equivalent) in any discipline with a minimum of 50% marks
  • Eligible candidates will be selected on the basis of assessment of their educational, professional background and motivation based on the application form submitted

Important Information


Application Fee INR 2,500/- + GST
Registration Fee INR 5,000/- + GST
Programme Fee INR 1,52,000/- + GST
Campus Visit INR 48,000 + GST
Total Fee (exclusive of Application & Registration Fee) INR 2,00,000/- + GST


Instalment Schedule

Instalment Date Amount (INR)
1st Instalment 27th December 2019 INR 76,000/- + 24,000/- + GST
2nd Instalment 15th April 2020 INR 76,000/- + 24,000/- + GST

Important Dates

Round-1 - Closed

Round-2 - Closed 

Round-3 - Open 

Last date of Application- 15 Jan 2020 

Selection Date- 21 Jan 2020 

Class Start Date- Feb 2020

Instalment Date As per offer letter

*Note- Limited seats available

Programme Schedule


Total Numbers of Hours: 96

Class Schedule: Saturdays / Sundays 12:15 pm - 3:15 pm



Duration of the Programme: 6 Months              

Campus visit: 4 days at the beginning, 4 days at the end of the programme

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Monik Oza

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This program is designed with a deep thought process & its focus was not “read & reproduce” but making ourselves more competitive. The program director & the faculties allocated to this program had all the real & impressive practical experience which made the subject more acceptable to us in its theoretical form. It was real fun when we sat in a virtual class room.

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Vice President
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If you are caught up in your career & not in a position to take a break for upgrading your skills, this programme from IIMK is a God sent gift for you!!


The rigour & the tone for this program is set even before the course starts, from the entrance exam, which is followed up with the best in class course content & the best of the faculty. What impressed me the most was the alignment of the course to our professional work experiences & the effort gone into integrating what we do at work and what we learn in the class - a clear advantage for working executives. This course clearly reorients one's ways of looking at things professionally and pushes one to look at the big picture without losing sight of the small one(s). On the course delivery front, Hughes certainly deserves a "hats off" for making the virtual class rooms as good as the real one - from the ambience of the HGE centre, the quality of the hardware & accessories to the quality of transmission live from the IIMK campus to across the country!

Kudos to the Hughes Global Education team!

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Sr. Executive - Administration
Honda Motors

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Course content is quite good and comprehensive too. It is very well designed and is really useful & effective to acquire necessary knowledge and skills required to excel in our respective area of work.

a clear advantage for working executives. This course clearly reorients one's ways of looking at things professionally and pushes one to look at the big picture without losing sight of the small one(s). On the course delivery front, Hughes certainly deserves a "hats off" for making the virtual class rooms as good as the real one - from the ambience of the HGE centre, the quality of the hardware & accessories to the quality of transmission live from the IIMK campus to across the country!

Kudos to the Hughes Global Education team!

Tarang Patel

Zonal Manager – Training & Development
Bajaj Allianz Life Insurance Company Limited

The Executive Program in Business Analytics conducted by IIM Calcutta in association with Hughes Education embarks you to develop your skills professionally and also helps you to climb the managerial ladder in which ever vertical you may be - Finance, Marketing or General Management. This program facilitates you with all the best practices and moulds you into a thorough professional. I highly recommend this program to every individual who wants to build a career in Analytics and yet desires to groom oneself into a complete Manager.

Tessi Ravishankar

Vivimed Labs Ltd.

The overall course - EPHRM, was designed and co-ordinated perfectly. In all there were 6 modules, covering core HRM topics as well as strategy, general management and a final integration module at campus. The delivery mechanism at Hughes was near flawless and going through this one year program has been an overall enriching experience, over and above the valuable certification. The course design comprising literature, case studies, exams and project was as ehaustive as any; and IIM-C's deep rooted heritage and excellence in academics was a significant value add.

Hughes Begumpet Centre in Hyderabad was excellent in terms of both technical and administrative support. There were negligible technical glitches and the staff were always ready on hand to sort any small issues that did come up. The ambience, lighting and air conditioning was indeed conducive to the learning experience.

The staff at Begumpet Hyderabad were ever friendly and helpful; with timely SMS updates and and always open to suggestions. Technical services was near faultless and kudos to the team for maintaining quality.

Pradeep Sharma

Broadridge Financial Solutions (India) Pvt Ltd.

Thank you for allowing me to be a part of this incredible educational journey which I will cherish for a life time. I do really appreciate the quality of service and monumental educational journey I undertook for the last 14+ months my heartfelt thanks to all the IIM-C Professors for pouring into us their wealth of education and experience. This could not have been instrumental without the excellent service provided by Hughes service network and in particular Mr. Yousuf’s excellent teamwork.

Again I would like to thank Mr. Yousuf’s leadership and management skills and his team members for going the extra mile in making this journey seamless.

Wishing you all many successes and please keep up the good work!