The Start-up Pitch Dome @ APPortunity is one of the main sections of the event that aims to give a boost to the Global IT start-up ecosystem. It brings together the investors, VCs, crowd funding groups, incubators and start-ups under one roof to collaborate and grow together. The Pitch dome entails the following two categories:
A dedicated Start-up exhibit arena
The exhibit arena will showcase 40 selected (we are getting an amazing response already and it will not be an easy choice for the chair!) best and the brightest start-ups in the IT domain ranging from innovative ideas from entrepreneurs to seed funded start-ups, exhibiting their innovations to the global IT ecosystem.
The Spotlight Stage
This will be a dedicated stage within the Pitch dome. Here, the selected 40 startups will get a chance to pitch in front VCs, other start-ups and the global IT community in an allocated slot. The start-ups can give a live demo of their innovation or present the viability of the start-up or launch a dream project…. and gain attention of the overall IT community present at the event. The pitches continue for the whole day on Day 1 of the event. On Day 2 of the event, 1-on-1 mentorship session will be provided to each startup by the VC panel. At 2:00 pm we start with a panel discussion on “Valuation of startups: Tricks of the game”. Post the discussion the VC Chair will announce the start-ups they choose from the overall pitches and will get minimum 1 Cr investment* guaranteed.
Presentation Slot: 10 minutes
Allocation: First come First Serve
*10 pre-screened startups will get a chance to fly down free to Startup Pitch Dome and present at Spotlight stage.
Suryaprakash Konanuru(Suri) is a serial entrepreneur and technologist. He is currently the CTO of Ideaspring Capital, a venture fund investing in early stage deep technology product startups.
Suri has been part of the indian startup eco-system for about 18 years, as entrepreneur, mentor, advisor and investor.
He has co-founded three startups (Alopa Networks and Yos Technologies and funtoot). He has worked in several senior management roles including Chief Technology Officer at funtoot, Vice-President at Alopa Networks, Yos Technologies, Senior Director at C-COR.
With a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai, Suri started his career at Wipro InfoTech as Senior software Engineer.and worked for close to a decade before co-founding his first startup in 1999.
Suri has track record of working in diverse domains such as Compilers, Network Management, Cable OSS and Health care IT, Education Technology and has led both local and remote teams in building products which have been successfully deployed. He has worked in all aspects of a product’s life cycle starting from conceptualization, prototyping, development, deployment and customer support.
Suri is married with one kid and loves travelling and photography in his free time.
Arpit is a part of the investment team at IDG Ventures India, where he focuses on investments and portfolio management in Consumer Internet and Digital Media, Health-tech and Fin-Tech. He also works with partners on building investment thesis and evaluating opportunities in verticals like Artificial Intelligence and Enterprise SaaS.
Prior to joining IDGVI, he was a part of the investment team at i2india ventures, where he evaluated opportunities in sectors like Health-Tech, Fin-Tech and Digital Media and took operating roles in them – building the portfolio companies with a focus on product management, business operations and fund-raising. Prior to that, he worked as a Quant Strat at Goldman Sachs and built pricing models for the global interest rate trading desk.
Ashish is a Partner at Fundamentum Partnership – a $100 Million VC Fund. Prior to this, he was a serial technology entrepreneur and had started multiple technology / technology leveraged companies with successful exits including one to a publicly listed entity.
Ashish is a computer science graduate from IIT Kanpur with 16+ years of experience in the information technology and consumer internet industry. He has extensive work experience in varied sized companies, spanning three countries (USA, India and Singapore) and a multitude of industry segments.
Gaurav is an entrepreneurial business leader & early stage investor. Currently Managing Partner, at 5ideas StartupSuperfuel, an early stage venture capital firm whose portfolio includes Roposo.com, Kartrocket.com, Dataweave.com, Kraftly.com, Talkingthreads.in, BeUSalons.com among others. Previously he was the CEO, Today Retail, India Today Group and has also led businesses for Fortune 100 companies like GE (Sales Director, GE Transportation West Asia) & Manpower Inc (Regional Director for Asia Pacific). He also co-founded & built dealsandyou.com& was a founding director at fashionandyou.com.
As part of the founding team at 5ideas StartupSuperfuel, he continues to serve as part of the Investment Committee. 5ideas StGaurav is an entrepreneurial business leader & early stage investor. Currently Managing Partner, at 5ideas StartupSuperfuel, an early stage venture capital firm whose portfolio includes Roposo.com, Kartrocket.com, Dataweave.com, Kraftly.com, Talkingthreads.in, BeUSalons.com among others. Previously he was the CEO, Today Retail, India Today Group and has also led businesses for Fortune 100 companies like GE (Sales Director, GE Transportation West Asia) & Manpower Inc (Regional Director for Asia Pacific). He also co-founded & built dealsandyou.com& was a founding director at fashionandyou.com.
As part of the founding team at 5ideas StartupSuperfuel, he continues to serve as part of the Investment Committee. 5ideas StartupSuperfuel is a $10 Million seed fund which invests a blend of financial, human & social capital to help put promising startups onto an accelerated growth path. He has also led over 19 successful transactions spanning investment, divestment & fund raising across sectors. Gaurav is very passionate about building innovative & practical solutions for growing the digital eco-system in India. He currently also serves on the boards of 5 companies as a Board Member/Advisor.
Parag is a Managing Director at Inventus Capital Partners, a venture firm that invests in entrepreneurs building tech-focussed companies in India. At Inventus, Parag is/was a Board Director at redBus (acquired), FundsIndia, Vizury, eTechies (buyback), Power2SME, PolicyBazaar, Avaz, peel-works and Tricog. Parag made a foray into venture capital after his MBA in 1993. He started off with ICICI Venture (in Bangalore) and followed that up with stints at GE Equity (in Gurgaon) and Intel Capital (in Bangalore). Parag also worked, for two years, with Genpact in a commercial role. Parag has a B. Tech. (Mech. Engg.) from IIT, Delhi and is an MBA from IIM, Bangalore.
Satish is a technology entrepreneur and an advisor and mentor for several high technology, hardware/IOT startups, incubators and accelerators. He built partner eco-system of silicon vendors, part suppliers, industrial designers, prototyping and high volume contract manufacturers to facilitate rapid prototyping and mass production. He was most recently, Co-founder and Chief Architect of Verismo Networks based out of Bangalore and Silicon Valley where he conceptualized and built the industry’s first Over-the-top Internet Video platform delivering broadcast and on-demand content directly to a legacy Television.
He has over 20 years of experience in architecting high performance systems in voice, video and data networking products, Internet platforms and services. He has built products and deployed them in more than 150 countries. He career includes leadership roles in Teneoris Networks, Ishoni Networks and Multi-Tech.
A startup enthusiast and mentor, Ashwin has been instrumental in creating various multinational brands out of new start-ups and have had multiple successful exits. A serial entrepreneur with a history of building several global companies, Ashwin has been a business leader in various domains ranging from electronics and education to e-commerce and construction.
With a Dual Degree from IIT Bombay, one of the top technology institutes in India, Ashwin is continuously striving to make a life-changing impact to billions across the globe by helping start-ups create disruptive technologies, through his unique style of strategic thinking and business understanding. He currently advises Idein Ventures, RAK Sovereign Holding and a few other new VC and PE funds.
Rahul Chowdhri is a Partner at Stellaris Venture Partners. He has more than 20 years of experience working in venture investing, strategy consulting and product management in India and U.S. Prior to Stellaris, Rahul had been at Helion since 2007 and focussed on the consumer internet sector. His past investments include Wydr, Shopclues, Bigbasket, Livspace, Simplilearn, Toppr, Mysmartprice, ID Fresh and YLG. Before that, Rahul held various roles in product management at Microsoft, marketRx Inc and i2 Technologies. He started his career in consulting with The Boston Consulting Group. Rahul holds an MBA degree from IIM Calcutta and a B. Tech. from IIT Kanpur.
Vivek has served as a Director at SMEjoinup, Bollywoodandfashion.com, IRIS Retail and Associate Director at ACNielsen prior to Venture Garage. He initially spent years in Research & Retail and as an online entrepreneur. Now, he spends most of his time working with owners of small business, start-ups and traditional business in fund raising, charting out and implementing digital and technology roadmaps and implementing go-to-market strategies. Venture Garage has created a network of 100,000+ decision-makers, 1000+ investors to support innovative entrepreneurs.
Ashwin Rastogi serves as an Investment & Research Professional at Eight Roads, part of Fidelity’s venture capital arm investing across technology & financial services. He has been a part of Mr. Premji’s family office fund involved in investing in fund of funds, public and private equity in his earlier years.
Anil is a Managing Partner at Unicorn India Ventures, a SEBI approved venture fund under AIF-I Category. The investment thesis of the Fund is to invest in incubation stage, accelerator stage, seed stage, start-up stage, early stage and growth stage companies in India with focus on Social Media, Mobile, Analytics & Cloud (SMAC), IOT and Fintech. Prior to setting up the Fund, he was heading operations at Mumbai Angels and Bangalore Angels, leading Angel Investment forums in India as President. His experience also includes corporate management functions in medium and large organizations, investment in start-ups, project management, joint ventures and business development.
Anil has helped in closing approximately 60 start-up deals with over INR 100 cr investment and has served on the Board of 5 companies and is involved with various incubation centers as a mentor in India and outside India. He is fairly in-grooved within the start-up fraternity and regularly advises entrepreneurs for strategic direction.
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