Today’s interview is with Gaurav Mishra, a young entrepreneur from Mumbai, India.


For the benefit of readers, can you give us a summary of your background?

I started my first business at the age of 15 when I was in the hostel. I opened an in-house magazine for my hostel. When I left the hostel, I started organising clubbing events in India and Mauritius. I took one year break from business, then started Global Youth Forum in 2012 — a platform for youths that connect to gain confidence in what they do, and have guts to choose whatever field they want to go. I was also the CEO of India’s biggest youth magazine called The Teen Mag, and now launching India’s first entrepreneurship school Open Enterprise Space.


How old are you?

I am 21 now.


Tell us about Global Youth Forum.

Global Youth Forum is India’s first youth organisation by the youth for the youth. My main vision behind Global Youth Forum is to make youth stand on their feet and do something for the country and for themselves; as we say “self-help is the best help”. We have done many events. Our signature event is dialog where we bring corporate speakers on one stage to discuss about innovations and entrepreneurship.


What about Open Enterprise Space?

OES (Open Enterprise Space) is a platform where entrepreneurs learn to deal with practical experience; stimulation of mind and body. They will learn to deal with failure, and use love and guts to get success in the business they do. We believe that aside from knowledge, many people lack the insight, flexibility, and strength to make do in chaotic and complex settings. Thus OES is not a normal school. It focuses on creating learning experiences that build a stronger and more loving character, and increases each person’s capability to act. It helps to build relationships and projects in chaotic settings across cultural gaps. You’ll meet and learn to work in settings and with people you would never have met. And yes! There will be some methods and tools.


Tell the inspiration behind OES (Open Enterprise Space), and what you hope to achieve with it.

My inspiration! I breathe entrepreneurship, think about entrepreneurship, and play with it. I know what I am going to achieve, and how I will achieve it. However, I keep making mistakes, and keep learning from them.


What gives you hope for the future?

My team, the people I work with, the people I collaborate with. Yes! Trust is the main thing that gives me hopes for the future to rise and breathe for new day every morning.


How do you handle adversity?

Adversity! It’s easy to handle. I have been handling it since I was 15. When I see humans facing challenges every day — a beggar sleeping at road side — then I think why should I be afraid of failure when these people are happy and sleeping with biggest adversity, that is, without having money and house?


Why are you so passionate about entrepreneurship?

Entrepreneurship is a game where you can deal with failure, play with challenges, and create new ideas if one idea is not working.  As I said, entrepreneurship is my blood, and what I breathe.


What do you like best about what you do?

My work is connecting with new people everyday, and the thing I like is making new friends to keep networking.


What inspires you everyday?

My friends, my team, and the day-to-day people. I watch them, and I get inspired.


Who are your mentors?

There are many mentors I have come across in my life. Mikele Ferra, the main Founder of OES. Edwin Canvin was the main guy who inspired me to become an entrepreneur. Chirag Dodiya, a guy who is inspiring me to work in the right way and connect with the right people. Kiran Reddy, the guy who knows me ins and outs, and helps me to develop my personal skills. Then I’d like to personally thank my close friend, Eshan who always helps to maintain my good health and business.


Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?

At least, I would have empowered and helped 100 young entrepreneurs to start their businesses.


What do you think about Under35CEO.co?

This blog is a place where you inspire young CEOs to recognise their talents at a global level.


Any last words of advice to young and aspiring entrepreneurs reading this blog?

Believe in what you do, and learn to turn your passion into a business. Thanks!



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