So here we come to an end of our entrepreneurial journey as a curriculum, there is a pool of things I would like to talk about at this moment as it has been an overwhelming experience to be a part of all this. The experiences and learnings we have received through this is of an unimaginable extent as we were absolutely naive of how to go about a business but here we are today as professionals, successful owners of a company and product of our own, indulging in all aspects of business and entrepreneurship under this course, going through all the steps as a startup company, faced all the up’s and down’s of business, all the stress and pressure all the profits and losses the trying and testing the deciding and concluding the buying and selling and everything else, we have learnt so so much from this particular project that is going to stay with us as an experience throughout our lives and who knows all of us would someday become great entrepreneurs in life but we would never be able to forget the platform we got under this course.
We have been fortunate enough to have received such an opportunity in life that will help us throughout our lives. All the help and support and knowledge provided to us by our Professor Alice Comi, during our coursework had been commendable and we can’t thank her enough for it, and Kingston University for supporting us too. Not many people in life get a chance as big as this to explore themselves and to live their dream but we have been fortunate enough.
The beginning of the course was a bit difficult for me for sure as I have been from a completely different background, and being a Lawyer I had no clue about business or entrepreneurship but I definitely wanted to do something of my own and I always wished to be an employer rather than an employee, my purpose was to serve the society in any way possible and by giving people jobs and a way of earning their living was one of my ways of returning to the society that has given us our identity.
I felt so strongly about this course as I knew I will get to learn not just business but also life lessons which would shape my brain for the future. So here I was in the very first class with our professor and we were instructed as to what the coursework would be like and how do we go about it and also that we need to keep an updated blog page which we need to write in order to reflect our progress, work and learnings on a regular basis and also that this was a marked process that we need to follow. I still remember we were made to sign up for our blog pages in class. I was very new to the idea of blogging and didn’t know what to write but eventually, I got the hang of it and then I got comfortable in writing blogs.
The journey throughout has been extremely overwhelming. We started with simple and easy daily class activities to encourage teamwork and awaken all the creative and innovative brains present in the class. These activities were the best part of the class every week and we were learning while performing these activities without even realizing that our minds were being pushed to a certain direction and that we had no clue about. The activities gave us all a chance to know each other better and it created a friendly and fun environment in the class among the students and the professor as well, unlike all the other classes where only basic introduction was conducted.
As time passed we were getting close to all the marked assignments and tasks that we had to carry out throughout the term time and hence at the very beginning we were asked to form teams for our group project and participating in bright ideas competition and we were supposed to form a company and develop an innovative product and finally run a business around it for the term time. It was horrifying to know that we had to do so much in the beginning as we were still unaware of the personalities and specialization and actual background of all the classmates and we had to form teams. It was a stressful task as we had very little time to do so and if a single member of the team proved unsuitable the team might have dissolved or we could have severe difficulties while working so it was a very crucial decision and we had to figure out the right people in the given time period and we actually did. All of us spoke to each other and tried knowing each other better and our ideas of work and accordingly we all made teams. All the students in the class had teams by the deadline.
I formed my team as well and we were five members of the team namely :
- Nidhi Vijay
- Mais Tibi
- Sai Charan
- Josiah Haroon
All of us being from different backgrounds, we thought it would be best to have a diverse pool of knowledge so each member could help the team in their own way and there would be no conflicts in the team as everyone will be best at their work and I must say we were absolutely correct in thinking so as we as team have always been very supportive of each other and we have never even once in the whole term time, had a single conflict within the team. We have been an amazing team throughout and that is the reason I suppose we could win soo many awards throughout and succeeded every time with every step, our team has been extremely hard working and ambitious and always ready to help going beyond limits even after our hectic class schedules.
We then were supposed to decide on names for the teams and then register our companies with Young Enterprise, the organisation helping students to set up businesses in the UK . and we all met together to decide on the team name and after spending long hours and trying to come to a collective conclusion and agreement, we setteled at the name “ QUINTET “, the meaning of which is a group of 5 people doing something together, and I thought nothing could describe our company better as we are a team of five, and then we all agreed on this name and we finally registered our company. Then it was the turn to come up with a product and we did sit and discuss as to what are the problems people face in their daily lives and in some days we setteled with the problems of people who wear glasses and hence we thought of making a multi functional glasses case and named it BOXIE, which would take up less space in the bags and is east to carry and is foldable into a flat structure when not in use and had 2 comaprtments to store 2 glasses at a time or a pair of glasses and lenses case at the same time in one box.
We moved forward with our idea and days passed and we kept researching and developing and improving our product and its functionality and we won many awards for our product and we did a pretty decent business with the product and we earned profits as well, and that was the basic need for a business.
This has taught us more than we expected and this whole memory that I try to recall all the months we have spent working on this product that bring tears to my eyes as it has been such an enriching experience and I can literally feel the change in me as a person and the level of knowledge and understanding of business and market that I have at present. This has only been possible because of this course and this subject that made us become such intellectual and experienced individuals, and as this comes to an end I would like to say that it is very difficult to accept that this is finally over and we won’t get to continue with this project anymore but still what has to happen will happen, so instead of crying over it I will try to move ahead in life and bring all my learnings to use in the future and hopefully I am able to become an entrepreneur someday.
Thanking Kingston University our professor, Alice Comi and all the fellow mates from class and my wonderful Team at last for the immense support and help throughout the term time.
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