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Fortune favours the brave

While the Narayan Murthy's (founder of Infosys) and Sanjeev Bhikchandani's (founder of Naukri.com) of the world get all the press, there are plenty of small entrepreneurs who are doing extra-ordinary things in their own right. Their ideas, grit and ingenuity is no less laudable...indeed it often exceeds that of these luminaries in many ways, even if they haven't quite managed to make it that big, in terms of the moolah.

Take the case of Shirish Manjrekar , who is in the business of data management and data mining - of voters lists in Mumbai! Dainik Lokmat's Mumbai edition reports that Shirish has created different types of voters list reports which provide important electoral information to candidates. These reports are electoral information filtered on Surname (voter list based on common surnames), House (voters list filtered basis one dwelling), Building (voters list filtered basis one building), Age, Duplicate voters list (to prevent bogus voting) and Religion. These reports are invaluable to an election candidate to target his canvassing efforts and its no wonder that Manjrekar's reports are much in demand, for the last 9 years. Manjrekar says that he got the idea when he used to work as a volunteer for one of the political parties.

And then there is 17 yr. old Anita from Bihar, who saved Rs. 2500/- bought a box of bees and now earns a steady income of Rs.1,00,000/- off it. She has built her own house and also bought her brother a motorbike! This teenage girl from Bihar has been chosen the mascot for UNICEF, no less !

And what about the awesome story of Aziza Mohammand from Afganistan, about whom famous Venture Capitalist, Guy Kawasaki wrote recently? Guy wrote-" What’s the most inspiring story of entrepreneurship that you’ve heard in 2006? My answer does not involve two guys in a garage who sell their company to Google for $1.6 billion. No way...my answer is a woman who runs a soccer-ball factory in Kabul, Afghanistan."Read the Aziza Mohammand interview here.

These small entreprenuers need all the help and guidance they can get, but sadly most of our major Mngt. education institutes have largely neglected them, except IIM (B),which has recently announced that it would make special efforts, through its Nadathur S. Raghavan Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning, to help small entrepreneurs who run businesses even in the non-tech area.

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