Professor Balagopal Vissa and his team are flying in all the way from Singapore to conduct a workshop on Building effective networks.
About Professor Balagopal Vissa: Bala Vissa is Associate Professor and Chair of the Entrepreneurship & Family Enterprise Area at INSEAD. His research and teaching interests focus on entrepreneurial leadership in the context of creating and growing new ventures. He is an invited speaker and advises / mentors start-up teams on these topics.
Prof. Vissa has received numerous research awards and serves on the editorial review boards of leading academic journals. He teaches topics related to leadership and new venture creation & growth in the MBA program as well as in executive training programs, using a variety of approaches including simulations and case based learning. Currently he is directing INSEAD Leadership Programme for Senior Executives – India and Certificate in Leadership Effectiveness.
Building effective networks: Entrepreneurial leaders need to manage their personal networks in order to acquire key resources required to build their growth venture. In this session, Professor BalaGopal Vissa provides tools that will help entrepreneurs diagnose their personal network as it stands currently and identify strategies and tactics to adapt / change personal networks to make them a more useful and effective mechanism to drive their venture’s success.
What they aim to do: A contest (“Find a Funder” contest) in which new venture founding teams will work within a short time frame (approximately 3 days) to make contact with a panel of distinguished early stage investors. They have handpicked the panel and will brief them that winning teams will win an opportunity to send their venture’s pitch slide deck and get a careful hearing and feedback from the investor. This contest is not only an opportunity to pitch to this panel, but to also gain general skills, of how to mobilize their social networks.