In its 5th year, Startupmania brings together aspirants, Innovators, Startups and Students of undergraduate, post-graduate and PhD from the Science, Engineering, Medical, Polytechnic and Management streams of colleges and universities across TamilNadu to shape their innovative ideas for the future.
As a new initiative this year, ideas are invited under the Theme - Accessibility from aspiring students, innovators and Startups across India.
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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 interact with early 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
Likelihood that the team can create a sustainable competitive advantage
Credibility of the business idea
Size and growth rate/ scalability
Specifically, judges will evaluate on the following criteria:
of idea or business model
(Impact on societal needs/ problems etc.,)
(Know How & Do How)
(Execution capability/ Complimentary skill sets)
(Market, Growth/Scalability etc.,)
Note: Other Finalists will receive a certificate
Winner & Runner will receive certificates & Shields, mentoring support from Nativelead Foundation & Incubation* support (Access to coworking space, technical and prototyping labs and opportunity to raise grant under PRAYAS Scheme upto Rs.10 lakh) from TBI@KEC. Ideas/ Startups which have scalability and Impact would be considered for funding by Native Angels Network, first region specific Angel Investment Network.
The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) works to create and sustain an environment conducive to the development of India, partnering industry, Government, and civil society, through advisory and consultative processes.
CII is a non-government, not-for-profit, industry-led and industry-managed organization, playing a proactive role in India's development process. Founded in 1895, India's premier business association has around 9000 members, from the private as well as public sectors, including SMEs and MNCs, and an indirect membership of over 300,000 enterprises from around 265 national and regional sectoral industry bodies.
CII charts change by working closely with Government on policy issues, interfacing with thought leaders, and enhancing efficiency, competitiveness an business opportunities for industry through a range of specialized services and strategic global linkages. It also provides a platform for consensus-building and networking on key issues.
Extending its agenda beyond business, CII assists industry to identify and execute corporate citizenship programmes. Partnerships with civil society organizations carry forward corporate initiatives for integrated and inclusive development across diverse domains including affirmative action, healthcare, education, livelihood, diversity management, skill development, empowerment of women, and water, to name a few.
India is now set to become a US$ 5 trillion economy in the next five years and Indian industry will remain the principal growth engine for achieving this target. With the theme for 2019-20 as 'Competitiveness of India Inc. - India@75: Forging Ahead', CII will focus on five priority areas which would enable the country to stay on a solid growth track. These are - employment generation, rural-urban connect, energy security, environmental sustainability and governance.
With 66 offices, including 9 Centers of Excellence, in India, and 10 overseas offices in Australia, China, Egypt, France, Germany, Singapore, South Africa, UAE, UK, and USA, as well as institutional partnerships with 355 counterpart organizations in 126 countries, CII serves as a reference point for Indian industry and the international business community
Young Indians (Yi) is a movement for Indian Youth to converge, lead, co-create and influence India’s future. As an integral part of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), a non-government, not-for-profit, industry led and industry managed organisation playing a proactive role in India's development process.
Formed in the year 2002, Yi has created a platform for young Indians to work towards realizing a dream of a developed nation. It has a growing, inclusive membership across all geographies and demographics with over 2700 direct members in 43 chapters, and 19000 students YUVA members from colleges. The Yi membership includes young progressive Indians between the age group of 21 and 45 years and comprises of entrepreneurs, professionals and achievers from different walks of life.
Through thousands of impactful projects and activities divided primarily into three areas; "Youth Leadership", "Nation Building” and “Thought Leadership”, Yi hopes to emerge as the premier Indian youth organization having a voice on relevant platforms that work on solving India’s problems. Yi grooms its members for offices of significance and also enables Indian youth to converge, collaborate and co-create using an expanding digitally enabled network.
Under Youth Leadership, Yi works effectively for promoting leadership skills for its members through programs in entrepreneurship and innovation. Yi is one of the proud founders of the G20 Young Entrepreneurs Alliance (G20 YEA) & Commonwealth Alliance of Young Entrepreneurs – Asia Pacific (CAYE- Asia Pacific) & engages the youth through international missions to many countries around the world to understand and learn from the best practices and cultures. Yi’s student wing ‘Yuva’engages over 19000 young dynamic students from various educational streams through 117 Yuva Institutions.
Under Nation Building, Yi engages its members under its projects as MASOOM, Gift an Organ and Road Safety. Yi also works under the broad categories of education, environment, healthcare, employability, arts (sports & culture), rural initiatives, accessibility & disaster management contributing positively to its surrounding eco system and the nation.
Under Thought Leadership, Yi engages its members through a Contributory Movement of Constructive Action, Collaborative Reasoning and Collective Voice. Yi conducts learning sessions with industry experts to impart experiential learning through interactions and discussions. Yi Leadership Academy (LA) upholds the founding principles, values and instill the same in Yi membership through Yi Leaders Fellowship Program. Yi organizes its Annual Flagship Summit Take Pride to come together as one and celebrate Yi’s achievements, brainstorm over the future roadmap, share and showcase the effort of its membership from across its 43 chapters.
With seventeen years of glorious past and decades ahead that promise nothing short, Yi intends to become a larger movement of young people with a conviction in "We Can, We Will".
Nativelead is a Non-Profit Organization, a Socio-Economic initiative to build a positive new-age entrepreneurial ecosystem in non-metro towns based on a four pronged approach - Enabling, Nurturing, Incubating and Investing. Hub Chapters: 4 | Satellite Chapters: 2 | Startups Touched: 500+ | Startups Mentored / Supported: 150 | Angel Funded: 7| Strategic Funded: 3 | Investors: 250 | Mentors: 90 | Academics : 150 | Students Sensitized: 35,000+ | Students Engaged: 1800. Impact initiatives Created by Nativelead are Nativelead Angels Network – Investing arm of Nativelead; Nativelead Startup Circle - Forum for Startups to gain knowledge and network; Nativelead Mentor Circle - Forum for mentors with different domain / functional expertise; Nativelead Campus Circle - Dynamic activity groups and Center of Excellence for Innovation & Entrepreneurship inside campuses.
TBI @ KEC, a very unique and first of its kind facility in India, was established in 2003 by Kongu Engineering College (KEC) with the grant-in-aid and support of NSTEDB/ Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India at a total project outlay of Rs.3.95 Crore for nurturing startups and entrepreneurship development in cutting-edge Science and Technology areas. TBI@KEC provides total support to the incubatees right from concept to commercialization under various stages which include project formulation, mentoring, financial assistance, co-working space and infrastructure support.
TBI@KEC has incubated entrepreneurs from Erode, Coimbatore, Chennai, and Bangalore. Products have been launched so far benefitting various sectors of economy and society (products for export). TBI@KEC received Seed fund/grants from NSTEDB, TDB, and MSME and provided financial support in the form of soft loan/ grant to deserving Incubatees; projects as on date. Under NIDHI-PRAYAS Scheme, Innovators can avail upto Rs.10 lakh as grant for converting their innovative idea into proof-of-concepts/ prototype.
TBI@KEC won the coveted National Award for the best TBI in the country for the year 2012 in recognition of its consistently good performance. The award, instituted by DST/GoI, was presented to TBI@KEC by the President of India on 11 May 2013.
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