My Journey: From Miss India To Entrepreneur To IIM Ahmedabad MBA

My Journey: From Miss India To Entrepreneur To IIM Ahmedabad MBA

Vanya Mishra is an achieved skilled with experiences deeply embedded in media, leisure, entrepreneurship. Having received the coveted Miss India World title on the tender age of 19, she is now a scholar at IIM-Ahmedabad. Right here she walks the runway on the India Worldwide Jewelery Week 2012 in Mumbai, India. Getty Photos
Ask a 22 year-old me this query: What do you need to do?
My response: “Change the world by constructing one thing that impacts tens of millions of lives’’.
Ask a 12 12 months outdated me the identical query…
“Change the world after I develop up after I win Miss World.”
Generally change is the one hope we supply. I spent my childhood within the city of Chandigarh, raised in a single father or mother family as an solely lady youngster. Rising up, I noticed my mom wading via many social and monetary limitations, giving up on her goals within the course of. Nonetheless, she at all times inspired me to combat for mine. As a testomony to her sacrifices, I yearned to interrupt the shackles, succeed, and make a distinction in life, at all times carrying this unflinching want to vary issues. I hoped to vary my life and the circumstances of these round me. Why? Possibly it’s as a result of I associated to adversity a bit of greater than my friends. Duty and battle got here early in my life. Someplace whereas rising up, I simply recall being insanely enthusiastic about my goals – a type of being profitable the pageant. Looking back, most of my objectives revolved round doing extraordinary issues that affect folks’s lives.

NEW DELHI, INDIA – MAY 06: Femina Miss India Vanya Mishra in the course of the ninth Kalpana Chawla Excellence Awards in New Delhi on Sunday. (Photograph by Ok Asif/The India At this time Group through Getty Photos)
In 2012, I used to be I used to be topped Miss India World, making me the nation’s official consultant at Miss World. That night time, my mom was congratulated by a whole bunch of acquaintances about how I made her and the nation proud. This momentous victory made me notice that self-belief can do wonders and human resilience can overcome all odds.
As a result of an absence of publicity, I had a restricted view of what the world actually wanted. However my new-found life as Miss India Titleholder helped me acquire real-life sociocultural experiences that no school diploma may supply me at the moment. My job introduced me with stark polarities each single day. At some point, I might be swamped by media reporters as I launched a multi-national model. Different days, I might be delivering keynote speeches at premier academic institutes and assembly a wide range of leaders. Many occasions, I might be working with charities and non-profit organizations. This journey dramatically developed my worldview.
A pure profession development for Miss India winners is to affix Bollywood – India’s multi-million greenback film trade. Whereas my time within the trade was fairly self-exploratory, I used to be completely happy to not observe a path extensively anticipated of me and fairly do one thing I actually wished to. Up to now, I really feel assured in my resolution.

As a substitute, I initiated my start-up in 2015 after negotiating for an equal stake with my two male co-founders. By no means did I believe I may begin my very own enterprise — and I did that proper out of school too. I don’t come from a enterprise household, nor was I born in these riches to take these dangers. If there may be one factor I do know by now, it’s that cash is without doubt one of the final issues we have to observe our goals.
I can very effectively testify to this contemplating the place I got here from and the way I ended up. At 19 — and with minimal sources — I discovered myself on the world stage representing India at Miss World. I had stepped outdoors of my hometown little or no whereas rising up. Through the Miss World competitors, I used to be surrounded by ladies who had been proficient, sensible, well-travelled, or extra skilled in life than I used to be. I need to outline my profitable second at Miss India 2012 as an unbelievable second. Fact be instructed, I at all times believed in myself. And self-belief was all I wanted to win and even to beat any failure. Self-belief has a humorous approach of turning to resilience when issues don’t go your approach! As an final result of my journey, I may fathom the braveness to observe the untrodden path and begin my very own agency.
I began Twysk, a private and non-private occasion administration platform. The thought got here out of my very own expertise of getting hassled whereas attending occasions the place I might discover it troublesome to coordinate time, schedule, and site with different attendees, Consequently, I might miss out on an important facet of panel discussions: networking. Right here was my idea. Think about a platform, the place you would community together with your favourite entrepreneur whom you met at an occasion however didn’t get an opportunity to trade enterprise playing cards. Twysk meant to be one-stop platform to handle occasions.

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With none enterprise and digital traits know-how on the time, every little thing was meant to be realized on the job and that was certainly a slower course of. After releasing prototype and a few market suggestions, I noticed appreciable hinderances in establishing a go-to-market technique and determined to pivot.
The thought this time was to create one thing that performs to my strengths! Therefore got here up the concept of SummerLabel – a tech platform to curate small and medium style and sweetness labels. SummerLabel would allow these SMEs to assist them acquire wider client attain whereas concurrently permitting customers to entry fascinating merchandise that in any other case they might not discover.
Throughout my time as a Miss India, I used to be styled quite a few occasions by superb designers who weren’t comparatively identified, nor did they’ve the sources to spend money on their model’s advertising. If I, having been a part of the trade, couldn’t know them, then how was it doable for normal shoppers to seek out them? Therefore, SummerLabel was geared toward such area of interest manufacturers and likewise merchandise created by native artisans and craftsmen to empower them by offering a one-stop-all resolution. This enabled them to deal with creativity, whereas SummerLabel would deal with the advertising and enterprise facet for them.
After months of boot-strapping, we launched SummerLabel as an android and iOS app, designed from scratch. The platform gained appreciable traction inside 3-4 months of launch and we lastly raised capital. Throughout this time, I additionally determined to maneuver on. Largest takeaway: folks make companies, cash doesn’t. It’s an enabler however not means to the tip. I had additionally change into extra conscious of the shortcomings I had as a founder, and lots of of these are what I’m at present overcoming at IIM Ahmedabad. Right here, our core curriculum focuses on touching upon finer nuances of all essential facets of common enterprise administration, together with operations, finance, and advertising.

Navaratri, an Indian competition, is widely known with nice power on the campus of IIM Ahmedabad
Anybody who has by no means ran his or her personal start-up, would assume that it’s fairly glamourous. Nevertheless, folks not often discuss in regards to the loopy fights, disagreements over product imaginative and prescient, alternative price of founders, and the excruciatingly painful staff constructing course of. For me, it was regular to work day in and day trip, 7 days per week. The idea of weekend utterly misplaced as days and weeks simply merged collectively. My mantra was simply take a break when you have to a psychological refresh. Nonetheless, these had been additionally the times the place I realized probably the most with out the cushion of a excessive finish company job. As an entrepreneur, I didn’t get pleasure from a staff at all times being there to assist with battle decision and useful resource administration (and, after all, funding)!
Having joined IIM Ahmedabad now, I want I may’ve utilized half of the issues I’ve realized to my start-ups. Negotiations is an effective instance. My time period III elective, Negotiations for Managers, is a enjoyable course the place we interact in dwell case simulations and negotiations throughout each class. By means of this train, I’ve randomly tried to barter a take care of a batchmate I’ve by no means labored with up to now. Deal or no deal, the category teaches you easy methods to plan and modify your strategy with totally different personalities, aims, and stakes. At the moment, I’m even engaged on a bunch presentation titled ‘Negotiations within the Movie Business’ which I hope shall be insightful for the remainder of my classmates.
Wanting again, with all of the highs and lows, I can proudly say that I took that step. I took that danger, strived onerous, realized a thousand classes, and fiercely pursued my objectives. Had I not tried, I might not also have a story to share!
My solely recommendation: ‘Simply observe your goals.’ They’ll both take you to glory or life classes, and each are equally candy.
Vanya Mishra is an achieved skilled with experiences deeply embedded in media, leisure, entrepreneurship. Having received the coveted Miss India World title on the tender age of 19, she carried out a tectonic shift in her profession by beginning her personal enterprise SummerLabel and performed a pivotal position within the progress story of Indian telecom large Reliance Jio.  She at present is pursuing her MBA diploma from the premier Indian Institute of Administration, Ahmedabad.

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