She enrolled for a level in laptop science after graduating college. Throughout her second yr, when she was 19, Madhurima determined to place her ardour for coding to good use and assist construct software program for native companies. This was in 1999 in Ranchi, manner earlier than computer systems had caught on. Coming from a enterprise household, organising the agency was a breeze. Her father helped her bag her first undertaking, and was additionally her first investor. As orders began, she employed three programmers, some her classmates from school. She even transformed her workplace right into a makeshift cyber cafe to take care of rising bills.
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Madhurima Agarwal, director, engineering programmes, NetApp
Within the subsequent two years, as her enterprise skyrocketed, her aspirations grew. She succeeded in entering into IIM Ahmedabad for an MBA. She offered her enterprise and used the cash to fund a part of her training.
After graduating, nevertheless, Madhurima determined to embark on a profession in funding banking. “The 2 years at IIM utterly modified me. I realised there’s a lot taking place exterior the world of tech, and that I should not restrict myself,” she says. In 2003, she joined Roulac International Locations in Hyderabad and subsequently Goldman Sachs. “As I began getting used to a gradual paycheck, my startup goals appeared distant,” says Madhurima.
However in 2013, she did attempt to launch a enterprise. Sadly, it did not take off. Over the following few years, she labored with startups, together with CommonFloor. In 2017, she was again on the earth of expertise, with NetApp.
Because the director for engineering programmes, she leads NetApp’s startup accelerator, and helps nurture innovation. “It is a perfect position. It helps me mix my ardour for expertise and my expertise as an entrepreneur to assist others,” she says.
Madhurima, who received the Zinnov award this yr for Next Generation Woman Chief, additionally leads a programme that focuses on girls entrepreneurs. “Ladies entrepreneurs usually battle to be taken critically. As somebody who’s been there, I consider it is my duty to assist them,” she says.