Startup Mania 8.0
Platform to showcase your innovative idea
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Who can apply?

Students of undergraduate, post-graduate and PhD courses from the Science, Engineering, Medical,
Polytechnic and Management streams of colleges and universities across Tamil Nadu.

Graduates, Aspirant Innovators and Startups across Tamil Nadu.







Rewards & Recognition

Cash Prize worth Lakhs

Judging Criteria

The judges are professionals who come from various business backgrounds and include experienced investors (angels, venture capitalists, and investment bankers), experienced and successful entrepreneurs and senior business people and service professionals who inferact with ecrly stage companies. The judges consider specific criteria when evaluating ideas! concept papers/ business models. However ultimately. winning teams usually have edge over the others mainly in the following factors.


Simplicity of the business model described


Credibility of the business idea


Likelihood that the team can create a sustainable competitive advantage


Size and growth rate/ scalability

Specifically, judges will evaluate on the following criteria:

Uniqueness/ innovativeness

of idea or buisness model

Technical feasibility

(Know How & Do How)

Commersial Viability

(Market, Growth/Scalability etc.,)

Scocial relevance

(Impact on societal needs/ problems efc.)

Team strength

(Execution capability/ Complimentary skill sets)

Competition Timeline


Launch of Startupmania 8.0 and open for Application Submission


Last date for Online Submission


Announcement of Shortlisted ideas for Prelims


Prelims Presentation [ONLINE]


Announcement of Shortlisted ideas for Finals

23.11.2023 FN

Finals Presentation [Physical]

23.11.2023 AN

Award Ceremony & Conference

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Guidelines and Regulations
  • 'Startup Mania' event is planned for two category of participants: - Student Innovators: UG/PG students from Engineering Colleges, Arts & Science Colleges, B-schools, Polytechnic, Medical Colleges & Agricultural Colleges.
  • Other Innovators: Alumni, Budding startupreneurs, startups, entrepreneurs and working professionals.
  • Registrations may be submitted by Individuals or by teams. A team can consist of maximum of 3 members
  • A team can submit only one idea. Also, an individual can be a member of only one team.
  • There is no registration fee.
  • After careful evaluation of submitted registrations, we will Shortlist participants for the prelims.
  • The shortlisted participants will be announced online and intimated through email. For the prelims, the shortlisted participants will have to prepare a presentation in the prescribed format.
  • On the day of the Prelims, Business Model should be presented in the prescribed format only. Please download template here Not more than 15 slides.
  • Business Plans can be explained in English as well as Tamil. But please make sure the presentation content is primarily in English. Tamil content can be included wherever necessary.
  • Decision of the judges panel will be final. The Participants selected for finals will appear at the "Grand Finale".
  • "Startup Mania" event is pre-scheduled and hence we request all participants to follow deadlines.We request participants to be available at the scheduled time.

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