An event that caters to the budding startups of our country, Upstart - Our highlight - stands apart from the conventional Start-up Competition and 10-minute pitching; we strive to give our participants more than just the prize. The start-ups go through multiple rounds of screening, which are essentially brainstorming sessions at different levels and face to face mentoring. Finalists get to develop their ideas and hone their business plans with a panel of mentors.
If you wish to give wings to your startup and soar high above the giants, Upstart is just for you.A Business plan competition like no other which offers you a 2 week mentoring session followed by intensive face to face mentoring with eminent leaders from the world of entrepreneurship. If your startup is new in the business and looking to pick up help in terms of funding, incubation or mentorship, Upstart is the platform you've been waiting for.
Every beginner seeks guidance from those who've already tread the path. Here is your chance to get that push your startup requires, to make an impactful presence in the world of entrepreneurship. Selected startups will get the chance to interact with a group of leading entrepreneurs, who'll analyse every aspect of your business and look at your startup with the eye of a critique as well as a mentor. We are offering you the chance, it’s up to you to grab it!
All participating startups have to register via two step process.The participants need to fill the concerned details and top startups will be shortlisted for the Final Round Mentoring sessions, to be held in IIT Kanpur during eSummit'17.
Ten shortlisted startups will have a Two - Week mentoring session with our esteemed mentors where they will get to discuss their ideas and business plans to build a proper legal, operational and structural framework. This will be followed by intensive face to face mentoring and brainstorming sessions with a VC from the panel of Upstart. Along with invaluable advice from one of the most experienced Entrepreneur-cum-Mentors in the country, startups also get to enhance their network manifold with help from them.
The teams have to pitch their summary to an independent panel in under 200 seconds. It is a prerequisite to the finale and will be held in campus on 2nd September. It has a 20% weightage in the total evaluation. The best pitches will also receive a cash prize.
After the session, Startups will have time till the next day to build upon their Plan and modify their Pitch based on the inputs they received. They will then participate in a 10-minute pitch (followed by Q&As) to present their improved Business Plans before the Upstart panel, a panel of 5 judges on 3rd September. The start-ups will accordingly be given their final positions based on the Judging Criteria as elaborated in a later section.
As Upstart is a competition meant only for initial phase startups, we have put the following criteria for entry into the Final Round: