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Even without formal management training Mini-MBAs are possible

Mentored by Raj Bhat, ‘he’s my guru’

Kirthana Ramarapu
Founder, Kinderdance
  • Company

    Kinderdance

  • Business

    Movement vocabulary training for kids

  • Founded

    2009

  • Headquartered

    Bangalore

  • Founders

    Kirthana Ramarapu

THE COMPANY

Kirthana Ramarapu returned to India from the States to find there weren’t many workshops in India for children that were aimed at developing skills through movement vocabulary which is a combination of dance, fitness activities and academics. She saw potential and a market for this space and started Kinderdance in 2009.

THE CHALLENGE

She didn’t have formal education in business or management studies. “When I started Kinderdance I had some fixed notions about how the business should be and what I need to do.” She realized that most of the time her notions about running the business were wrong. “We started with zero experience, didn’t know what the organization structure should be, and were completely clueless about HR and payroll,” she said. “I was at sea.”

THE SOLUTION

“I was fortunate to attend the Tools to Your Grow Business workshop taught by John Mullins. It was like a mini-MBA; it gave me everything I needed to know for my business venture,” she said. Today, whenever she faces any challenge, “I go back and read those notes, the complete case studies to be able to understand and then apply it to my business venture. I feel these types of courses that NEN has been developing for entrepreneurs and getting them to scale themselves is a great opportunity and a very good platform.”

Outcomes

  • Customer have grown by 6000x
  • Profits 55% to 65% on gross revenue
20092012
Capital5MM
Employees113
Customers212k
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