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About the Programme

The changing global business environment and transformational capabilities of the modern day disruptive technologies in enterprises have created tremendous business opportunities for professionals who poses creativity, innovative thinking ability and global vision. The bold initiatives taken by the Government of India (GOI) has empowered the young minds to transform their business ideas to sustainable business projects. The past few years have witnessed the introduction of numerous startups and SMEs emerging in India, where few accelerated with increasing momentum while many others vanished in the tick of time.

Proper orientation and training on various dimensions of start-up business creates an excellent platform for the leadership and mentors not only in taking right decisions rather to lead the enterprise to a sustainable business model.

The Institute of Directors (IOD), one among the top corporate leadership, empowerment and governance institutes in the country has been committed to train and develop visionary and competent start-up leadership in line with the UN SDG 2030 goals. The Masterclass for Startup Professionals has been scientifically designed to appropriately orient the participants in all aspects related to start-up business from ideation to exit strategies.

Successful completion of the high powered masterclass programme shall offer updated knowledge for startup leadership, and equip the participants with business wisdom to transform their organisation to the next level.

Why Masterclass For Startup Professional?

The changing paradigms of the VUCA world exposes startup and SMEs with similar impact as larger corporates are peeled to. Hence, there is an increasing responsibility on startup leadership to nurture the entire organization to visualize and achieve strategic objectives. The Masterclass for Startup Professionals training programme offers Strategic Leadership with a holistic perspective on the management and governance of start-up business while operating in a complex and turbulent business environment.

The masterclass opens a whole new vista of opportunities for the startup leadership in business simplification and sustainability.


Who Would Benefit

This course is designed for Startup Leadership, Startup Directors, Startup Aspirants, Startup/ SME Mentors, Entrepreneurs, Bankers, Charted Accountants, Company Secretaries, Management Consultants, Academicians, Housewives and professional students who are keen to be successful in startup or SME business.

Three days (Virtual) condensed programme followed by an online MCQ, will lead to the award of Certified Startup Professional Certification


Enhance the organizational business value


Develop professional networking through IOD platforms


Better understanding of corporate risks and risk management techniques


Greater awareness of governmental incentives and policies


Improve competence in integrating effective corporate performance


Shape professionalism in the organization based on International best practices



On successful completion of the course, the certificate of "Certified Startup Business Practioner" from IOD will be awarded

Course Fee

Programme Duration Participant Fee (per participant)
Non-Residential (3 days virtual programme) Rs.34,500 + 18% GST

Discount on Registration Fee

  • 10% discount on booking and payment 3 weeks in advance
  • 10% discount for group participation from the same organisation (3 or more candidates)

Certified Startup Business Practioner Certificate will be issued, on successful completion of the course.


IOD reserves the right to change Course Syllabus | Content | Faculty | Locations and Fees, or cancel a course for what so ever reason. If a participant fails to take part in the registered programme, his registration shall be cancelled and fee shall not be refunded.

Course Modules

Government Schemes and Policies for Startups

Upon completion of this session, a participant shall have clarity on various governmental policies, schemes and opportunities presently on offer for Startups.

Regulatory, Legal and Compliance Framework for Startups

Upon completion of this session a participant shall have knowledge on the regulatory, legal and compliance aspects of Startup business.

Financial Management for Startups

Upon completion of this session a participant shall have better understanding on the financial and accounting related aspects of startup business.

Financial Health of the Startups, Funding & Taxation Aspects

Upon completion of this session a participant shall have better understanding on the financial and accounting related aspects of startup business.

Incubation, Entrepreneurship & Operational Efficiency

In this module, participants will entwine with the concepts of entrepreneurship, and how to successfully incubate and take maximum leverage of such incubation services.

Analysis of the Opportunities, Challenges & Managing Risks

In this module, the participant will enhance the understanding of the external environmental factors and analyse the Opportunities available & Challenges posed while managing the risks associated with the resilience strategic decisions.

Driving ESG Agenda & Building Sustainable Enterprise

This module addresses the emergence and need of the Environmental Sustainability Governance, key Environmental challenges and helps the startup critically assess sustainability driven business-models, techniques and tools to create long-term value for their organization in accordance with the legal and social obligations posed in Indian and Global scenario.

Entrepreneurial Leadership, Innovation & Value Creation

Upon completion of this session a participant should have clarity on entrepreneurial Leadership, leadership role and the need and importance of innovation and creating value to gain competitive advantage.

Stimulating Brand Building & Effective Market Outreach in a digitized economy

In this module, participants get to engage with domain experts and gain hands-on knowledge on how to traverse through this growing digital revolution and leverage it for the benefit of their enterprises. Social media effectiveness for image building at least cost will be elaborated to improve competitiveness.

The Essential Skill Kit for a continued growth

In this module, participants will equip themselves with the quintessential skills such as holistic thinking, reasoning and making important fact based sound decisions, along with mastering how to prepare and communicate effective powerful presentations.


Batch No. 2 | June, 2023
Masterclass for Startup Professional | Virtual Classroom | June 16, 17 & 18

Sno Title First Name Last Name Designation Company Name Industry Specialization
1 Mr. Bijoy Kumar Balankutty Business Consultant BH Associates GST/ Accounting Consultant GST
2 Ms. Sindhu Ravi Chief Executive Officer Excaliber-The Placement People Human Resource Management Recruitment
3 Ms. Swapna G. Lecturer Jai Bharath College of Management and Engineering Education
4 Mr. Venunath Vikraman Founder & Chief Executive Officer Ansfrid SmartCare Pvt. Ltd Health Personal Emergency Response and services using AI
5 Mr. Mohammad Althaf Chief Executive Officer Sky India Mattress And Furnitures  Mattress Manufacturing
6 Br. Varghese Manjaly Provincial General Congregation of Saint Therese of Lisieux Service General Management
7 Ms. Rekha Naryankutty Menon Proprietor Arun Associates Service Tax Consultancy
8 Mr. C.K. Manikandan Managing Partner Manikandan & Associates Practising CA Audit and Consultancy
9 Mr. Suresh Kumar Chief Executive Officer Skybertech IT Innovations Pvt. Ltd. IT Management
10 Mr. Babu Director Richroor Enterprises Pvt. Ltd.
11 Ms. Isha Ellis George B.Com Student & Startup Aspirant Rajagiri College of Management and Applied science Management
12 Br. Tibin Baby Director St. George's PVT. ITI Education College Administration
13 Br. Biju M.P. Manager Marygiri English Medium School Education School Administration
14 Br. Simon CST Principal Balanagar Technical Institute Private ITI Technical Education Training
15 Mr. Arrun Joshy Director CML Biotech (P) Ltd. Medical Consumables Management
16 Mr. Sivaprakash Nooramparambil Siva Assistant Professor Khidmath Arts and Science College Education Entrepreneurship
17 Mr. Bhavesh Omprakash Rastogi Head- Battery Business Gulf Oil Lubricants India Ltd. Automobile Business Head of Battery
18 Dr. Partha Sarthy Aala Designated Partner Chikmanguluru Marketing Leap Pvt. Ltd. IT & Marketing Marketing

Batch No.1 | November, 2022
Masterclass for Startup Professional | Virtual Classroom | Nov 04, 05 & 06

Sno Title First Name Last Name Designation Company Name Industry Specialization
1 Dr. George V. Antony Director GreenApple Success Factors Pvt. Ltd. Management Business Transformation
2 Dr. Joji Chandran Chief Executive Officer Fidato Services Management Finance
3 Dr. Clement Sudhahar J Professor & Head Karunya Institute of Technology & Sciences Management Marketing
4 Mr. Manoj Shivji Rtd. Regional Transport Officer Phycology Astrology
5 Ms. Reena Emmanuel Head - Human Resources Alshaya India IT E-Commerce
6 Ms. Deena Das Director The Dale View College of Pharmacy & Research Cnetre Education Management
7 Mr. Robin C V Director Inosynq Mediq Healthcare Private Limited Healthcare Management
8 Mr. Deepak Toms Managing Director Genesis Jwelcraft Pvt. Ltd. Diamond Jewellery Manufacturing Dimond Jewellery
9 Mr. Vinu Paul Managing Partner Alukkas Jewellery Gold Jewellery Gold & DMD
10 Ms. Sreekala Shivji Transformation Coach Designing Life Management Phycology
11 Mr. Alan Joshy Director Bio Vastum Solutons (P) Ltd. BioTech Management
12 Mr. Praveen Peter Project Coordinator Alternate Energy Corporation Renewable Energy Solar, Water, Waste Management
13 Ms. Glory Hemabindhu Global Head Societe Generale Global Solution Centre Pvt. Ltd Banking and Finance KYC
14 Mr. Jayard George Account Executive Allianz Saudi Fransi Insurance Co. Insurance Sales
15 Dr. Sabu Augustine Senior General Manager - Admin & Human Resources Plant Lipids Manufacturing Human Resources