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Sapna Agarwal, dean of a Kota-based B-school, who is also a corporate trainer and a post graduate in Gandhian thoughts and non-violence, wants to start an IP-based education and training venture covering the whole country. Interestingly, out of the 10 contestants betting on IP, only three, including Gupta, have any professional degree, despite the fact that IP-based businesses require a fair degree of technical and legal knowledge. Also, most ideators, who submitted ideas based on IP, are above 30 years of age with half of them being above 40. In comparison, many ideators in the internet and IT domains were fresh graduates or people with less than five years of experience. About 57 % of the 254 shortlisted candidates are below 37 years of age. The Power of Ideas programme got over 12,000 ideas from entrepreneurs across the country, of which 254 have been shortlisted for the final.