Makers Undergrad - BBA: Graduate with a Startup

India’s 1st Undergraduate Program in Business, Entrepreneurship, and Technology

The 21st century belongs to India and to makers. This program is for those who want to be at the epicenter of action and make things happen.

Makers for Today & Shapers for Tomorrow.
Start Your Makers Journey

Program Highlights

Practice-based curriculum - Do business from Day 1

1:1 mentorship by professionals in global businesses

6-month paid internship

Global faculty from top universities and industry

Global business treks in the USA, Singapore, Israel, London

$5M incubation fund

Coaches and Mentors

Resident coaches from IIT, ISB, IIM, HEC, and ex-founders to guide you on the nuts and bolts of entrepreneurship. Mentors from 5+ countries

Startup Summer

Get 1 lac seed money to build your startup. No option to graduate without getting your hands dirty

Opening Balance of 10k

Invest in equity from Day 1 through a 10k opening balance

Global Study Treks

Immerse in global business hubs like Singapore, Israel, Silicon Valley, and London

$5M Startup Fund

Apply to Rishihood’s fund and scale your startup

4 New Age Concentrations

For the first time in India, take courses in: Startups and Founders Office; Venture Finance and Private Equity; Tech-Business Management; Family Business and SMEs

Mentors That Come From:

Applicant Persona

Aspiring entrepreneurs: Build a startup and lead from the front

Wannabe investors: Work in venture ecosystems like PE firms, VC firms, Incubation Centers, etc

Family business owners: Join and grow their family business through expansion and/or new ventures

Business Enthusiasts: Work in high-growth startups in high-growth roles

Working with CXOs: Work closely with CXOs as founders office, chief of staff, executive assistants, etc.

Learn from the Best

Learn from global researchers, thought leaders, entrepreneurs, and business professionals. Meet some of the faculty and the courses they teach in this program:

Visiting Faculty

Curriculum Unfolding in 8 Layers

Business Fundamentals
Semester 1 to 6
  • Core skills needed for running or managing a good business
Startup Basics
Semester 2 to 5
  • Sprint-style courses to make you startup ready
Rishihood Essentials
Semester 1 & 2
  • Leadership and social science modules to deepen your understanding of the self and society
Business Concentrations
Semester 6 & 7
  • Learn how to apply business concepts to prominent domains of entrepreneurship
Practice-based Skills
All Semesters
  • Hands-on learning through workshops, crash courses, hackathons
Project Work
All Semesters
  • Start with an opening balance of 10,000 for stock markets. Unlock a 1 lac seed investment for your idea at the end of 4th semester.
Global Study Treks
Semester Breaks
  • Immerse in global business and innovation hubs like Singapore, Israel, Silicon Valley, and London
  • Business Fundamentals
  • Startup Basics
  • Rishihood Essentials
  • Business Concentrations
  • Minor and Electives
  • Practice-based Skills

These are the essential learnings for any entrepreneur and business professional. The business fundamentals are taught by faculty, industry experts, case studies, and projects. Business fundamentals are distributed in:

  1. Computational Abilities
    • Fundamentals of Programming
    • Introduction to Statistics and Data Science
    • Principles of Business Analytics
  2. Introduction to Business
    • Introduction to Entrepreneurship
    • Principles of Management
    • Emerging Businesses Colloquium
  3. Leadership and Organizational Management
    • Human Resource Management
    • Project Management
    • Design Thinking
    • Portfolio Management
  4. Business Growth
    • Marketing and Sales Management
    • Integrated Marketing Communications
    • Flywheel and Virality
    • Market Research and Growth Strategy
  5. Finance
    • Foundations of Finance
    • How Banks and Credits Work
    • Corporate Finance
    • Managerial Accounting
  6. Governance and Laws
    • Business Ethics
    • Startup Governance
    • Corporate Governance
    • Taxation Laws
  7. International Business
    • International Business Laws
    • International Trade Operations
    • Foreign Trade Policy

Sprint courses to make you startup-ready

  1. Founders Kit: Registering a company, opening bank accounts, compliances, credits, etc.
  2. Branding:  Personal branding, business branding, idea evangelism
  3. Understanding Equity: Ownership, Captable, Dilution, Options
  4. Bootstrapping to Funding: Financial journey of a new business
  5. Growing and Scaling: Challenges in hiring at scale, replicating quality and speed at scale
  6. Self-Leadership: Decision making, handling stress and uncertainty, conflict management
  7. Art of Storytelling: Influencing and leading with the art of storytelling
  8. Negotiation Skills: Learn how to negotiate in the best favor of your business

Leadership and Social Sciences skills are hallmarks of Rishihood education that nurture impactful leaders of tomorrow. The courses include

  1. Science of Living: Basic principles and habits for living a meaningful and joyful life
  2. Understanding India: Find the Indian heartbeat to align your efforts with the country’s aspirations
  3. Global Grand Challenges: Understand the most important challenges facing humanity including environment, technological disruptions, and psychological well-being
  4. Indian Polity: Knowledge of the constraints and systems in which businesses operate helps you to navigate your journey more effectively
  5. Research Methods: Learn the art of research and apply it to make new discoveries
  6. Technology and Society: Find how emerging technologies throw new challenges and opportunities at human civilization
  7. Environment and Systems Thinking: Learn problem-solving frameworks from an environment and systems perspective
  8. Community Engagement:Work with the city’s people through Rishihood’s City as a Lab. Learn how to approach and talk to people, understand them, work with them, and grow together
  9. Professional Communication: Shift from high school to college with the ability to communicate in a professional setting

In the 6th and 7th semesters, learners take courses in entrepreneurship-focused concentrations.

Startups and Founders Office Venture Finance and Private Equity Tech-Business Management Family Business and SMEs
Innovation Management Management of Funds Innovation Management Succession Planning
Raising Money: Seed, VC, and Private Equity Startup Valuation Business Data Analytics Wealth Management
Effective Office Operations Understanding Terms Sheets Technology Policy Change Management

At Rishihood, you get a wide choice of electives from psychology, design, technology, and more. Collect 32 credits in a different domain and earn a minor. Learners are free to choose based on their interests. One of the recommended minors is ‘Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence’ delivered by Newton School of Technology at Rishihood University. Some of the courses in a CS and AI minor are:

  • Data Structures and Algorithms
  • Web Application Development
  • Object Oriented Programming
  • Discrete Maths 1
  • Software Engineering
  • Database Management Systems
  • Server Side Programming
  • Mathematics for AI
  • Machine Learning

 

Another recommended minor for entrepreneurship students is economics, the fundamental science of wealth creation and the movement of money. Here are some of the courses for an economics minor at Rishihood:

  • Mathematics of Economics
  • Macroeconomics
  • Microeconomics
  • Game Theory
  • Contemporary Indian Economy
  • Development Economics
  • Health Economics
  • Urban Economics

The practice curriculum is a platform where learners master the skills required to remain and succeed in business. These are covered through workshops, practice groups, projects, and hackathons.

  1. Stock Markets and Investments: Practice with an opening balance of Rs 10,000. Experiment with stock markets, learn market behavior, and gain market insights
  2. Business News: Learn how to read and interpret business and financial news, economic developments, public policy, and geopolitics. Free access to HBR, Forbes, The Economist, Inc42, and 20+ magazines to keep abreast with the latest developments in the world of business
  3. Business Communication: Perfect the art of communication whether it is writing, presenting, content creation, or persuasive interactions. Learn Canva, podcasting, note taking, report making, etc.
  4. Tech for Business: Learn business tools such as Figma, CRMs, email marketing, Office Suite, no-code development, Miro, Flutterflow, UI/UX for Startups, and more
  5. New Technologies: Practice new technologies such as AI, IoT, Human Machine Teaming and find how they impact the future of business
  6. Excel and Analytics: Master your grip on numbers, data analytics, tables, and graphs

Global Business Treks

In every winter break, learners embark on a global business trek to immerse themselves in the world of international business. The visits are typically week-long. There is no tuition fee for the treks. The learners have to pay only for their logistics such as visa, air travel, local transportation, food, and accommodation.

Global Business Trek 1: Singapore
Visit the Central Business District, Suntec Convention Center, SGInnovate; Meet business leaders and professors; immerse like a local



Global Business Trek 2: Silicon Valley

Enter the hub of global innovation and entrepreneurship; meet tech leaders and crazy founders; attend a startup demo day; join a creative session at Apple Park


Global Business Trek 3: Israel
Walk at the Rothschild Boulevard and Neve Tzedek; visit top museums like the Madateck and the Israel Museum; Learn why is Israel called the Startup Nation



Global Business Trek 4: London

Visit iconic places like the Bank of England and the Royal Exchange; Find about modern finance at Canary Wharf; Explore the London Stock Exchange and the UK’s capital.

Learn by Doing


Opening balance of Rs 10,000
Start with an opening balance of Rs 10,000 to be invested in stocks. With the mentorship of the faculty and peer learning, you will grow as you graduate


Startup Summer with Rs 1 Lac
Unlock the seed money after 4th semester, build your startup in the summer break and continue growing it at Rishihood


Real-life Problem Solving
Get problem statements from real professionals working in real organizations. Apply your curriculum to find solutions


Internships
Summer breaks of 2 months for industry internships, family businesses, or your own project


Startup Semester
In the final semester, do a capstone project, be an entrepreneur in residence, or launch your own startup. Here you apply for venture funding at Rishihood

Mentorship

Get 1:1 mentorship from global professionals and entrepreneurs. In personalized discussions, the mentors share their advice on academics, careers, and beyond. Some of the questions that you can ask your mentors:

  • What is a good movie to watch on business innovation?
  • Should I pick up any additional skills through online courses?
  • I am doing an assignment on this topic. What resources can I look at?
  • Should I consider going for an MBA or working somewhere?
  • I am getting an offer from a venture fund and from a consulting company. How should I choose?

8 Semesters of Career Prep

We don’t start the career preparation when you are at the end of your program. We start when you are also at the start.

  • Mentorship: 1:1 mentorship opens unique doorways for internships, jobs, and startup funding
  • Incubation and Investments: Rishihood’s founders come from angel, venture, and equity investing backgrounds. An INR 1 crore fund is available for learners as a launchpad to much bigger opportunities
  • Internship: A 6-month paid internship in your final semester that leads to a placement
  • Placements: A dedicated career advancement office works with students to train them on professional skills and sources career opportunities
  • Networking Events: Being in Delhi NCR, we expose our learners to events and networking opportunities

Central Business District

Being in Delhi NCR, Rishihood gets you access to marquee conferences, seminars, networking events, launches, and more. This means that you are always glued into the business ecosystem right from the first year. You get exposure via large industry bodies like the CII, attend exclusive startup events in the entrepreneurial hubs of Gurgaon and Noida, and visit industrial units in Delhi NCR. Your classroom is outside the classroom.

Admission and Selection Process

Step 1: Online Application:

  • Share your academic details such as Grade 10 marks, competitive exam scores, etc (whatever is available at the time of application)
  • Extra-curricular achievements in sports, arts, social work, projects, etc.
    A one-page Statement of Purpose

Step 2: Aptitude Test

  • A 45-minute online test on logical reasoning and general aptitude

Step 3: Personal Interview:

  • In a 1-1 conversation, help us understand yourself better
  • This is also your chance to meet faculty and mentors

Co-Work on Campus

Get into the startup mode at the co-working space designed for budding entrepreneurs at Rishihood. Meet your teammates who could be your co-founders. Let the flow of ideas energize you. Tinker with your concept and graduate with a startup on campus.

Labs and Clubs

Labs for a B-school? Yes. Rishihood provides access to cutting-edge labs where you can work on your dream projects.

  • Digital Media Lab: Create prototypes, make digital content, and launch your e-biz
  • Human Augmentation Lab: Use AR/VR, EEG, and gamification for human augmentation
  • Robotics Lab: Play with automation, build your own robot
  • Stock Markets Lab: Learn equity investments, grow your portfolio
  • Makers Space: Build products using 3D printers, woodwork tools, ceramics tools, CAD, CNCs, and other equipment
  • City as a Lab: Rishihood’s signature open lab in the form of the City of Sonipat is a platform to deep dive into reality and become street smart in solving business problems
  • Consulting Club: Work with your peers to solve industry-grade problems and hone your consulting skills

Learning and Working on the Go

Apple MacBook: All learners receive a MacBook, your walking office to help you in your courses, assignments, projects, and startup.

The Rishihood Undergraduate Experience

  • Rishihood Essentials: Foundational courses in leadership, global perspectives, self-awareness, and data science to set you on the path of success and fulfillment
  • Inner Curriculum: Prepare not just for the industry but for life with Rishihood’s inner curriculum focusing on mindfulness, sports, music, health, and wellbeing.
  • Parallel Curriculum: Feature workshops on a regular basis on topics like communication, workplace tools, new software, and team management to prepare you for the future today itself.
  • Residential Peer Community: A fully residential peer community from 25+ states in India and other countries; student clubs in theatre, dance, movies, photography, etc. Our residential life is healthy, safe, and joyful.
  • Majors and Minors: An eclectic mix of subjects gives you an exponential advantage. Combine topics like psychology + public health, economics + computer science, design + entrepreneurship, etc. Build your own degree at Rishihood.
  • Mindset for Leadership and Impact: Rishihood is a unique community that inspires a set of values for a purposeful existence. We don’t train you for a living, we prepare you for life.

 

Scholarships

We believe in the power of entrepreneurship to create the India of our dreams. If you are ready to build something for the country, we are ready to remove all financial barriers. Up to 100% tuition scholarship for:

  • Bharat Ki Beti: Girl students from the Indian Hinterland wanting to be a pioneer
  • Fauji Kid: Children from the armed forces who demonstrate business acumen
  • Vanvaasi Dreamer: Students from tribal communities who aspire a high-quality education
  • Distant Doer: Students from remotest areas like Andaman, Lakshadweep, and border areas
  • Khiladi: Sports achievers who make their families and country proud
  • Dexter, the Child Genius: Science and technology geniuses who want to make it big in business
  • Teenage Lalaji: Child prodigy in a small enterprise wanting to become a large enterprise
  • Front Bencher: Academic achievers who want to remain at the top of their studies

FAQs

Why is this a 4-year program?

This is a 4-year program for some important reasons:

  • The learning outcomes are such that you are ready for the workplace when you graduate. You should not need an MBA. So you are saving 2 years of MBA.
  • We have one semester dedicated to building your startup or being an entrepreneur in residence. We also give options of a minor in career-oriented fields like Computer Science and AI, or Economics. It is not feasible in a three-year curriculum.
  • 4-year is an internationally recognized undergraduate which is now also recommended by NEP in India.
  • Yet, if students want to exit after three years, they will get a BBA degree that is UGC-recognized.

I don’t want to build a startup. I want to get a job. Is this program for me?

Today’s job market is actively looking for graduates who have the right skill sets for problem-solving, teamwork, thinking innovatively, taking responsibility, and being accountable. These are the attributes that a typical BBA program won’t

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