Intensive Growth Programs for high-performing individuals
who want to level up, lead and win in 2021.

for 
aspiring entrepreneurs

for 
existing entrepreneurs

for 
marketing agency founders

Ahmed is on a mission to help emerging startups, established businesses, agencies and promising individuals achieve their true potential.

Over the past decade, Ahmed has had the privilege to work with disruptive businesses like Mad Over Donuts, Ace Blend, Raw Pressery, Pepperfry, Myntra, Amazon, Flipkart, Quikr and global brands like Dell, Taj, Asian Paints, Tata Steel, Parle, Bisleri, GNC, Tim Hortons, Gulf Oil, ITC, Aditya Birla, Pearsons among others helping them with the power of design, technology & marketing to win in this new world. In these programs, he will be sharing some of his experiences and learnings that can help you limit failures and maximize your chances of success.

Whether you are brand new to business or established and ready to grow, Ahmed will challenge you to execute at your highest level and unlock your true potential. He will guide you through uncharted waters, and even better, he will teach you to do it yourself.

From zero to launch and then pitching to investors, this power-packed program will provide you with the insights, tools & frameworks to accelerate.

Start and grow with Ahmed as he guides you through the most crucial aspects of establishing your new business venture and turning it into a profitable, sustainable and a successful one. The first batch of 2021 will also get a chance to pitch their startup ideas to a panel of eminent investors on our 'Sparknext Pitch Day'.  

—PROGRAM MODULES

1. Before You Start

  • Overview of the startup landscape
  • The Entrepreneurial Career Path
  • Why to startup? More importantly, Why not to startup?
  • Wish I knew this before starting up
  • Why most startups fail?
  • Find your why

2. Idea

  • Types of startup ideas
  • Qualities of a good idea
  • Generating stronger startup ideas
  • How to shortlist & pick the right idea
  • Idea Validation Framework
  • From Idea to Business Model 

3. Product/Service

  • What is a Lean Startup?
  • Why & how to stay lean?
  • Plan your MVP
  • Understand your customer
  • Pricing strategies
  • Find your unfair advantage

4. Team & Culture

  • Co-Founder Vs going Solo?
  • How to pick the right Co-Founder?
  • Attract & retain your core team
  • Build a great culture
  • Founder equity and ESOPs 101

5. Branding

  • What makes a memorable brand?
  • Techniques to get your branding right
  • Design a logo that works
  • Position your brand correctly
  • Craft a brand strategy

6. Launch & Hack Growth

  • Understand your customer
  • Craft a launch plan
  • Get your first 1000 customers
  • Find your Product-Market fit
  • Proven tips to hack growth

7. Fund Raising

  • Raising Funds - Pros & Cons?
  • How much to raise & how does it dilute founder equity?
  • How are startups valued ?
  • Craft a winning pitch deck
  • Financial Model Masterclass
  • Understand investors & deliver a winning pitch

8. Sparknext Pitch Day

  • Meet eminent investors
  • Pitch Your Startup
  • Receive feedback & tips to accelerate
  • Get a chance to get funded

'Growth Hours'
with Ahmed

Interactive Workshops
& Curated Content

— HOW IS THE PROGRAM DELIVERED?

The programs are designed to ensure we add value at the right touchpoints to help you grow. The learning experience is delivered through a curated mix of 'Growth Hours' with Ahmed, interactive workshops, tool-kits, frameworks, case studies and live sessions with successful founders and industry experts.

Exclusive Access to Tool-kits, Frameworks & Case Studies

Live Sessions with Successful
Founders & Industry Experts

— ELIGIBILITY & ADMISSION PROCESS

This intensive program is best suited for people who are passionate about starting a new business venture.  If you are a graduate and interested in becoming an entrepreneur, with or without a business idea, you are eligible to apply for the program.
We admit a limited number of individuals per batch to ensure we can focus and help you start strong. Admission is based purely on merit and potential for us to contribute to your growth.

Apply to start your application process.
Application Deadline:  31st, Dec 2020

If required, our team will reach out to you to better understand your fit for this program.

You will be notified about your admission decision within 10 days of your application completion.

Ready, Set, Grow!
Program Begins: 16th Jan, 2021

— PROGRAM FEE & IMPORTANT DATES

'Start Your Business' is an intensive 8 week program. Live sessions are primarily held on the weekends and course work through interactive workshops can be accessed anytime conveniently during the weekdays.

We do offer need based scholarships to a limited number of aspiring entrepreneurs every year through our scholarship program ‘Spark Some Good’. Scholarship can be discussed with our admission team once you have been admitted to the program.

 

PROGRAM DURATION: 8 weeks
PROGRAM FEE: ₹ 54,000 ($799) + taxes if applicable
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 31st December, 2020
PROGRAM BEGINS: 16th January, 2021

 

Start Your Business Application Form

"You miss 100% of the shots you don't take – Wayne Gretzky"

— FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

SHIVAM HINGORANI
Founder, AceBlend

"As a mentor, Ahmed goes all out. From a step by step involvement to ironing out problem areas that cannot be understood unless truly delved into. From a budding entrepreneur who is currently at the inception stage of his business to an experienced businessman looking to expand his horizons - Ahmed is an expert advisor and person to learn from. While several people demand attention, Ahmed commands it with his absolute focus on the current conversation in the moment."

In this personalized program, Ahmed and his team work closely with each entrepreneur to understand their gaps and explore areas of growth. After this assessment, a personalized program is crafted that includes training, mentorship and utilizing the power of Ahmed’s broad network to turn the entrepreneurs' most ambitious goals into reality. 

The duration and fee for this program varies as per the need and requirement of the entrepreneur. We do offer need based scholarships to a limited number of entrepreneurs every year. Learn more about our scholarship program ‘Spark Some Good’.

In addition, on a case to case basis if it is a good fit, Ahmed may offer to invest in the business through his growth fund, SPARKNEXT.

 
PROGRAM DURATION: As per requirement 
PROGRAM FEE: As per requirement
SUBMIT YOUR INTEREST BY: 31st December, 2020
PROGRAM BEGINS: Will be notified

 

WHAT CAN YOU LEARN...

  • Alleviate your brand
  • Understand your customers
  • Find your strategic positioning 
  • Build a 360° marketing plan
  • Turbo charge your digital marketing
  • Improve ROI from your campaigns
  • Set the right marketing KPI's
  • Attract & nurture talent
  • Team building tips
  • Build a great culture
  • Refine your Business Model
  • Make a great pitch
  • Increase chances of getting funded
I'm Interested
NIMIT BAVISI
Ideas Unplugged Capital, ex-World Bank & Deloitte

"Glad to have received the opportunity to Grow with Ahmed. The amount of energy, hope & ownership he puts in is unbelievable."

What does it take to build a fiercely profitable, scalable and resilient marketing agency?

In this program, Ahmed and his team will teach you what it takes to sign up big clients en route becoming a 9-figure agency whilst staying profitable and building an unfair advantage in the industry. This personalized program will benefit total beginners with zero experience as well as those who have an existing agency and want to take it to the next level.

The duration and fee for this program varies as per the need and requirement of the founder. We do offer need based scholarships to a limited number of entrepreneurs every year. Learn more about our scholarship program ‘Spark Some Good’.

In addition, on a case to case basis if it is a good fit, Ahmed may offer to explore mutually beneficial synergies with his agency, Go Zoop.

 
PROGRAM DURATION: As per requirement 
PROGRAM FEE: As per requirement
SUBMIT YOUR INTEREST BY: 31st December, 2020
PROGRAM BEGINS: Will be notified

 

WHAT CAN YOU LEARN...

  • Find & unlock your Agency DNA
  • Position Your Agency
  • Setting a Roadmap with Goals & Milestones
  • Attracting & Nurturing Talent
  • Building a Great Culture
  • Winning Big-Ticket Clients
  • Managing Expectations
  • Negotiating Contracts
  • Client Servicing Tips
  • Craft Award Winning Case Studies
  • Staying Profitable: Cashflows & Finances
  • Scaling Your Agency
  • Agency Valuation 101
  • Sell or Not to Sell?
  • Beyond the Founder
I'm Interested
PAWAN BAGGA
Co-Foudner, Tyche Media

"When I was planning to step into this industry the 1st person I spoke to or took advice from was Ahmed. He will always show you the right path which he has learnt out of his personal experiences while building one of India's leading agency. He doesn't believe in short cuts or having a short term outlook. He gives you the right and honest advice from day 1 to set you up for success"

— SCHOLARSHIPS

Talent is universal, Opportunity is not.

In each batch, we offer a limited number of need-based scholarships.  Scholarhships cover 50% to 100% of the program fee. Once you have applied and are in touch with our admission team, they will guide you on the next steps to avail the scholarships.

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