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Learning Philosophy at Mesa

Build strong business fundamentals

The curriculum is focused on depth utilizing case studies simulations and real-world projects to ensure a thorough understanding of core business concepts.

Apply, Iterate & Perfect

We prioritize depth over breadth, our curriculum is curated by startup experts to build a deep understanding of core concepts, taught via cutting edge case studies, simulations and real-world capstone projects.

Outcome backwards always

Course design and student guidance are based on industry needs and individual student goals ensuring a tailored learning path towards desired outcomes.

Become a Part of the Startup Ecosystem

Immersion in Bangalore’s startup ecosystem provides real-world learning experiences networking with VCs and learning from experienced startup professionals.

Develop into an Honest and Brave Leader

Beyond technical and business skills Mesa emphasizes the development of personal attributes like honesty emotional intelligence and empathy through extensive workshops.

PG Program in Startup Leadership

7 Terms

7 weeks each

2000+

Contact Hours

200+

CXOs and Startups Leaders

25+

Workshops/ Bootcamps

4

Real Businesses Built

12

months

250+

Hours of career prep

150+

Case Studies

6

Immersive Hackathons

4

Distinct Specializations

Unique hands-on learning

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In-Class Learning

The course features lectures (20, 10, or 5 hrs) using cutting-edge cases and hands-on challenges for feedback from startup experts. It also includes a graded capstone group project to enhance the immersive experience.

Skill Building Bootcamps

Master in-demand tech tools like Figma and Tableau through project-based, hands-on learning in fun, engaging bootcamps.

Build your own business (BYOB)

Students form groups of 4, are given a 1 lakh budget to pick a problem area of their choice and build a small business from scratch. Students build a different micro-business every term (first 4 terms) and grades are judged based on final business metrics achieved.

Startup Accelerator

In the last 3 terms of the program, groups of 4-5 students build a startup, guided through research, idea finalization, MVP building, GTM, fundraising. Students can choose to continue the project after the program.

CXO Connects and Personalized Mentorship

Learn from the Stalwarts themselves! Gain insights from startup leaders through engaging discussions and personalized guidance through 1:1 chats.

Immersive Hackathons

Spend 2 days solving a real problem for a real startup. Work in groups and present your work to CXOs of the protagonist company. Get valuable feedback.

Career Acceleration Series

An array of well structured exit role specific Career prep elements that make students productive from Day 0 on their post-Mesa Career paths!

Workshops for Personality Development

Students participate in 1-day immersive experiences hosted by experts in sports, the military, arts, and more. These sessions aim to build confidence and a winning mindset in a light, fun atmosphere.

Student Led Activities

Peer-to-Peer learning is highly encouraged at Mesa. Clubbed with Networking Dinners,and Recreational Activities - students will get a flavor of Learning with fun from the Best minds of the Industry and their peers!

Built by the startup ecosystem for the startup ecosystem

Leaders from thriving startups teach fundamentals and conduct real life case studies

Learn directly from top startup leaders

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Learn directly from top startup leaders

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Unique pedagogy

Real-life case based learning methodology accompanied by topical depth

100+ startup leaders

Learn from leaders who are decision makers in some of the largest startups in India

Top B-School faculty

Teach business fundamentals that build a strong base of knowledge and skills

Learn by doing

Reinforce classroom learnings by building 4 real businesses from scratch!

Meet your Faculty and Mentors

Meet your Faculty and Mentors

Faculty Spotlight

Learn Operations Management from
Prof. Achal Bassamboo

  • Charles E. Morrison Professor of
    Decision Sciences
  • Professor of Operations & Co-Director of
    MMM Program at Kellogg School of
    Management
  • PhD Operations Management from
    Stanford University

Learn Operations Management from
Prof. Achal Bassamboo

  • Charles E. Morrison Professor of
    Decision Sciences
  • Professor of Operations & Co-Director of
    MMM Program at Kellogg School of
    Management
  • PhD Operations Management from
    Stanford University

Strengthen
your business
fundamentals

Business Essentials

Term 1Term 2Term 3Term 4Term 5Term 6Term 7
Marketing Strategies Applications of Generative AI in Business Web 3.0 and Digital Assets Customer Analytics for Growth Growth Hacking: Product Led Growth Product Analytics and Metrics Sales & Marketing Funnel
Economics 101 Product Management Basics Strategic Brand Management Agile Product Development: MVP Manufacturing in India: Possible business models VC, PE and Angel Equity Behavioural Economics
Startup Business Models Financial Statements Pricing Strategies  Technology Building Blocks 101 Launching & Leading startups Supply Chain Management Managing Customer Experience
Understanding the Customer Economics of D2C Brands Types of 2-sided marketplaces: Meesho, Ola, UC etc.    FinTech in India: Introduction The Creator Economy: Opportunities Global Climate Tech Opportunities Business of Electric Vehicles
Business Analytics Operations Management 101  Fundamentals of Digital Marketing Economics of B2B SaaS Business Strategy Frameworks - -

Bootcamps

Term 1Term 2Term 3Term 4Term 5Term 6Term 7
Design Thinking Talking to Customers Basics of UX Design Gamification Principles in business Gaming in India Economics of Cloud Kitchens -
SQL and Excel Visualization Tools - Tableau, PowerBI Wireframing - Figma Agile Product Development - Jira How to craft great presentations - Canva Hyper-local Delivery Businesses -
Decoding Marketing Funnel Building an ecommerce store - Shopify Building an app - No code Tool Leveraging AI tools to your advantage The emerging Landscape in India: Agri-tech - -

Workshops

Term 1Term 2Term 3Term 4Term 5Term 6Term 7
Comms - Elevator Pitch Business Storytelling How to Influence without authority The art of Negotiation Selling Yourself and Your idea How to be productive in times of distress People First or Profits?
Improv Writing and Structuring Business Insights Creating a Winner's mindset Personal Branding Common Frameworks for Decision Making Embracing Uncertainty The Art of Managing Conflicts

Hackathons

Term 1Term 2Term 3Term 4Term 5Term 6Term 7
Marketing - “Help a leading D2C brand enter a new market” Data - “Analyze a dataset to help a services marketplace price better” Product - “Build features of a B2B SaaS Product to improve monetization” Branding & Sales - “Rebrand an existing product to increase its revenue by 5X” New-age - “Build a business model in the Clean-Tech space” Mesa Fest - “Mesa’s first cultural and business fest” -

Out-class

Term 1Term 2Term 3Term 4Term 5Term 6Term 7
BYOB - Build a D2C Business BYOB - Organize and monetize an event BYOB - Manage Social Media for an upcoming brand BYOB - Develop a No-Ops Software Product Startup Accelerator: Ideation Startup Accelerator: MVP & GTM Startup Accelerator: Fund Raising

Strengthen your business fundamentals

Term 1

Marketing Strategies
Economics 101
Startup Business Models
Understanding the Customer
Business Analytics

Design Thinking
SQL and Excel
Decoding Marketing Funnel

Comms - Elevator Pitch
Improv

Marketing - “Help a leading D2C brand enter a new market”

BYOB - Build a D2C Business

A Week at Mesa

Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday
Reach campus, grab a coffee!
Economics of B2B SaaS
Strategic Brand Management
Business Storytelling
1:1 with industry mentor
Group work on BYOB
Selling yourself and your ideas
Generative AI in Business
Pricing Strategies
Start-up PM meet up
Hands-on Bootcamp on Tableau and PowerBI
1:1 with Ankit Agarwal
Fireside Chat with Unicorn Founder
MasterClass on Decoding Business of Electric Vehicles
Career-Prep Session on Elevator Pitch
Group work on BYOB
Help a leading D2C brand enter a new market
Self Prep
Help a leading D2C brand enter a new market
Networking Dinner with a leading D2C brand’s leadership team
Football Match and recreational activities
8:00
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10:00
11:00
12:00
13:00
14:00
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16:00
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18:00
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Key:
Leisure
Networking
Class
Bootcamp
Workshop
Hackathon
Mentorship
CXO connect
Prep
Career Prep

200+ hours of Personalised Career Prep

1

1:1 Counseling Session w/ Founders
map out your experiences, skills and ambitions.

2

Industry Mentor Allocation

3

Personal Branding
Resume, Linkedin profile and photoshoot

4

Perfect the elevator pitch

5

Job search strategy
Target company/roles list

6

Employer outreach plan

7

Workshop
Communication & public speaking workshop

8

Workshop
Networking & cold reach outs

9

Role specific practicums
Functional knowledge / frameworks for roles like PM, Founder’s Office etc.

10

Workshop
How to crack an interview?

11

Build your portfolio
PM, Founder’s Office etc.

12

Mock Interviews
1-1 aligned for target roles with Experts

13

Workshop: Salary negotiation

14

Campus Placement Drives

200+ hours of Personalised Career Prep

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1:1 Counseling Session w/ Founders
map out your experiences, skills and ambitions.
1
1:1 Counseling Session w/ Founders
map out your experiences, skills and ambitions.
Industry Mentor Allocation
2
Industry Mentor Allocation
Personal Branding
Resume, Linkedin profile and photoshoot
3
Personal Branding
Resume, Linkedin profile and photoshoot
Perfect the elevator pitch
4
Perfect the elevator pitch
Job search strategy
Target company/roles list
5
Job search strategy
Target company/roles list
Employer outreach plan
6
Employer outreach plan
Workshop
Communication & public speaking workshop
7
Workshop
Communication & public speaking workshop
Workshop
Networking & cold reach outs
8
Workshop
Networking & cold reach outs
Role specific practicums
Functional knowledge / frameworks for roles like PM, Founder’s Office etc.
9
Role specific practicums
Functional knowledge / frameworks for roles like PM, Founder’s Office etc.
Workshop
How to crack an interview?
10
Workshop
How to crack an interview?
Build your portfolio
PM, Founder’s Office etc.
11
Build your portfolio
PM, Founder’s Office etc.
Mock Interviews
1-1 aligned for target roles with Experts
12
Mock Interviews
1-1 aligned for target roles with Experts
Workshop: Salary negotiation
13
Workshop: Salary negotiation
Campus Placement Drives
14
Campus Placement Drives

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