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Professor Nandini Vaidyanathan

Carma Connect

Professor Nandini Vaidyanathan – Carma Connect She’s a traveling teacher who teaches entrepreneurship in several ivy -league business schools around the world.From being just a word in the dictionarya few years ago, it has now consumed her whole being. After 20 years in the corporate sector, working in MNC’s on all inhabited continents, she began mentoring entrepreneurs when she came back to India in 2005. She founded CARMa(Creating Access to Resources & Markets), (www.carmaconnect.in) with a lofty ambition: to build a vibrant entrepreneurial habitat in India so that it becomes easy for people to become entrepreneurs. CARMa mentors startups, mature enterprises and family businesses. In the last seven years, she has mentored over 800 entrepreneurs. CARMa has also been involved in mentoring women to scale from livelihood enterprises to opportunity based and profitable organizations in Afghanistan, South and East Africa and India. She writes a regular monthly column for the magazine, Entrepreneur. It delights her no end that it is from smaller towns that aspiring and practicing entrepreneurs reach out to her for mentoring after reading it. She is a TED speaker. She is Secretary of FICCI Ladies Organization (FLO) Bangalore chapter and a Charter Member of TiE. Her book Entrepedia : a step by step guide to becoming an entrepreneur in India,has sold over a million copies in less than a year and will be available shortly in Hindi, Gujarati, Marathi, Tamil and Malayalam to reach a wider audience.