Dr Bharat Damani is an Associate Professor and Chair of Entrepreneurship at FLAME University, Pune. He has over 30 years of experience in Indian and Japanese manufacturing startups. He has also written doctoral research where he created ‘The CESS Framework’ to help startups and enterprises become cash-flow positive and sustainable. He has consulted with the likes of Nichimen Corporation, Nippon Kodo, NTT Data, DIC Corporation, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking corporation, Toyota Tsusho Corporation for JV partner identification, market potential, exits, and business valuations.

Having worked with startups and helped scale business in the manufacturing segment since 1986, Bharat has extensive experience in lending, investing, acquisitions, turnarounds, consulting and investment banking. He primarily writes about what he has learnt in his practical experiences. He is a visiting faculty at institutions like Sydenham Institute of Management, FLAME University, Symbiosis, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, and IIT-Bombay. Bharat practices engagement-oriented learning through simulation and practical work. His subjects include financial management, business plan preparation, new venture business strategy, and social entrepreneurship. He has also consulted with companies like Aquapharm Chemicals, A.T.E. Enterprises, Cooper Foundry, EcoAxis Systems, Ernst & Young, Gera Developments, Pune Carbide, Sakal International Learning Centre, Tata Capital, Tata Chemicals, and Union Batteries for their strategic and financial transactions. “Entrepreneurs and startups struggle to make their venture a success, often ending up in difficult times. It is not surprising because the entrepreneurs try to do everything themselves.”

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