A wanna be Entrepreneur is a WantraPrenuer, Yes, I'm a Wantrapreneur and proud of it. Everyone started as a wantraprenuer, many drop their dream of becoming an entrepreneur midway because of social/economical/cultural factors. I'm pretty sure there are thousands of people like me who dream of building something of their own, Change the way the world functioned but never had the courage of quitting their well paying jobs/Firangi opportunities. I tried my luck after I graduated, set up tution classes for post graduate Pharma entrance exam, hired couple of Phds, went well for a year, couldn't manage it because I moved to the states, sold it to the Phds I employed.
One of my friends shared Alok Kejriwal's post on Facebook
I saw it at a time when I was on the line of crossing what I call "Heights of frustration" because I wasn't doing what I love to do. Well, this didn't change me so much that I left my job/course and started a business(utna filmy bhi nahi hai yaar), but it planted a thought in my brain, someday, someday for sure, I will have enough fire in my ar$e to go to my boss and say hell with your job! More importantly the post on FB gave me HOPE. Saying all this let me tell you the main purpose of my post/appeal to people like Alok Kejriwal who BTW are doing a wonderful job of helping young entrepreneurs.
I read a post about Akosha, thought 'man that is one helluva a company, I would want to put my money on these people' But How do I do it ? Why not mail them directly ? but wouldn't it beweired if I ask them that if I could invest 10 Lacs or 15 Lacs or even less or even if they agree how should I go about the process ?
Is there any way that people like me aka Wantraprenuers can invest in actual passionate entrepreneurs ?
I'm pretty sure there is a huge community of silent readers aka Wantrapreneurs on this website who want to be part of/invest in startups.
Here is what a Wantraprenuer can get to the table :
What Wantraprenuers can not do :
Wantrapreneurs investments are perfect for those startups who are up and running, but need that small bit of cash flow to push them to the next level.
This is very different from crowd sourcing websites like KickStarter, where startups give their products/services in return for very small investments.
Here a single wantrepreneur or group of them would want a share in the company.
Wantraprenuers can not invest huge amounts of money like VCs but what they can give in return is much needed freedom to the start-up.
Most of the wantraprenuers are NRIs/live abroad.
Here is my appeal to Alok kejriwal "Please create an online platform where wantrapreneurs and startups can meet and discuss the opportunities, since most of the wantrapreneurs live abroad it would be tough for them to meet regularly."
A platform just like KickStarter but allowing the investor to buy a part of the company aka unofficial IPO.
I wrote this post because I personally know many who are interested in investing but do not invest because they don't have crores of rupees or don't want to go through all the complexities of the process.
If such a platform is created it would not only help startups but also wantrapreneurs to full fill their dreams.
I know I cannot start any business in the near future, well at least I could own a piece of what others start and be part of the story.
Hey Aditya thats an awesome post. Even I am an Wantrapreneur who is just waiting to break free. I was looking to raise capital in a similar form. If you come across pls do let me know. I am from Mumbai
Nice one aditya.
U knw,even I was looking for the same thing!! I mailed Alok as well regarding this!!
I too want to invest in a start up (not a huge amnt)but didn't know the proper channel coz i'm not an angel investor or VC..
so just keep updating and let me know if u find any platform for wantrapreneur!!
Thanks for the great Post, I am too a victim of entrepreneur bug and it has really changed the DNA... I have fumbled so many times but have got up with a new learning always... I have startd with a unique idea in the Retail Advertising and currently operating from Noida... Have managed to get 200 retails touchpoints in NCR and want to scale up... The only REAL PROBLEM is -- Banks wont give loan unless i have a collateral ....(well chicken and egg again )... Family and Friends won't give because I have already exploited them enough ...If there is anything like a solution you suggested ...it will really help people like me ...
Sorry Aditya ..was away for some introspection :) You can mail me at ankitmehta[at]oureducation.in
http://www.oureducation.in is the website I am running and If you don't mind shall I give you details on the Retail Advertising Idea on the Mail.
Can u elaborate your idea?
Thanks for the reply ... If you could please mail me at ankitmehta[at]oureducation.in I should be able to give you complete details of the Idea.
Hope to hear from you soon.