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STRIKE IS HEADING TO SWITZERLAND TO WIN 500K AT THE SEEDSTARS SUMMIT
Strike is representing India at the Seedstars Summit, during which the winner of the global competition for fast growing startups in emerging markets Seedstars World will be named and awarded with up to USD 500,000 in equity investment.
Seedstars Summit – March 3rd, 2016, Swiss Tech Convention Center at EPFL, Lausanne
LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND, February 11th, 2016 – Seedstars, the global organization with the mission of impacting people’s lives in emerging market through entrepreneurship and technology, launched its third edition of the Seedstars World competition in April 2015. The international team covered 54 countries, scouting for the best startups around the world. Strike has been selected to represent India and participate in a two day bootcamp, an Investor Forum and the Grand Final of Seedstars World. The global winner of this edition will be rewarded with up to USD 500’000 in equity investment. The best startups in other sectors such as travel and space will also be rewarded with equity investments and grants of up to USD 550’000.
Strike won Seedstars Bangalore in August last year, with its email productivity platform for mobile that helps users to research people within their Gmail app. On March 3rd, the Indian startup will represent the country and compete with other 53 startups from around the world for the title of “Seedstars World Global Winner”.
More than 3,000 startups from Eastern and Central Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Latin America applied to participate in Seedstars World this year. Since April 2015, four regional teams and expert local juries have selected the most promising startups in 54 cities, from Santiago to Jakarta, passing by Ramallah and Beirut.
At the Summit, the speakers will discuss how technology and entrepreneurship impact billions of people’s lives in emerging markets. “Most people don’t really associate emerging markets to a billion of opportunities and we’re here to show them that these markets are already transforming into centres of innovation where talented people and changemakers grow,” explains Alisée de Tonnac, CEO at Seedstars World.
Around 1000 entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, corporate executives, business angels, government officials, journalists and startup enthusiasts are expected to join for an amazing experience in Switzerland.
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The Summit is open to public. Final pass & Executive pass are available @ www.seedstarsworld.com/summit/passes
“They tried to bury us, they didn’t know we were seeds.” – Mexican proverb
Seedstars is a global organisation based in Switzerland with activities in more than 50 countries around the world. Its mission is to impact people’s lives in emerging markets through entrepreneurship and technology. The company’s goal is to develop and foster startup ecosystems by connecting, building and investing in driven entrepreneurs. Seedstars connects the best entrepreneurs with investors, corporates and media, and helps them to scale to new markets. They build companies by bringing together resources, talents and growth techniques, and eventually, invest in the most promising entrepreneurs. Sharing the values of trust, efficiency and diversity, Seedstars aims to support the whole entrepreneurial ecosystem from entrepreneurs to investors passing through governments and corporates.
More info on our website: www.seedstars.com
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The IMC is a premier Chamber of Industry and Commerce of which Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of Nation was a member. Its foundation stone was laid by none other than the Ironman of India, Sardar Patel.
The jury currently constitutes the following:
1. Ashank Desai, Former Chairman of Nasscom
2. Atul Nishar, Former Chairman of Nasscom
3. F. C. Kohli, Padma Bhushan, Former Chairman of Nasscom
4. Ganesh Natarajan, Former Chairman of Nasscom
5. Harish Mehta, Former Chairman of Nasscom
6. Hemant Sonawala, Former President Computer Society of India
7. Shirish Gariba, Chief Information Officer at DIESL. President CIO Klub
We invite you to apply for the IMC IT Awards. There is no application fee. The Award categories and Application Forms are available at: http://imc-itawards.in
The last date for submitting the application form is April 15, 2015.
We have divided some of the Awards under 2 categories viz.:
1. Companies with revenues of less than Rs 250 crores
2. Companies with revenues of more than Rs 250 crores
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Eureka! – An International Business Plan Competition
Aimed at encouraging people all around the world to unleash their inventive potential and flesh out ideas spanning multiple dimensions, Eureka! is Asia’s largest B-Plan competition as acknowledged independently by CNN and Thomson Reuters.
Designed to emulate the process of the growth of an idea towards a full-fledged startup. Eureka! prides itself on providing a 360 degree, holistic experience in the 5 month period that it spans. Right from acknowledging that your idea has potential, to writing a B-Plan, and pitching in front of an investor- this platform has it all !
Over the 15 years of its existence, Eureka has grown from a competition in which 50 teams competed for INR 50,000 , to a competition which sees over 6000 entries competing for prizes worth INR 4.5 Million with excellent networking opportunities in India and the Silicon Valley !
Eureka! now serves not only as a launch pad for budding ideas, but now has moved to be recognised as a platform for intensive learning of the entrepreneurial ecosystem by interactions and mentorship from the leaders of this field.
With the vision of promoting both business and social innovations, we follow two tracks:
- Eureka! Business
- Eureka! Social
The trademark of Eureka!, the business track of Eureka! is aimed at helping ideas develop into businesses that have the potential to revolutionize the world.
Now into its 4th successful year, Eureka! Social aims at helping build innovative enterprises and technology to aid the strata at the bottom of the pyramid and/or build a greener tomorrow. With associations like NSEF, Ashoka and Villgro, Eureka! Social runs as a parallel side track to Eureka! Business.
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Entrepreneurs are invited to compete for the BW|Businessworld Young Entrepreneur Awards 2014-2015 in two categories. Category A is for companies between 3 and 5 years old as on 30 June 2014. Startups that are 0-3 years old are invited to apply and compete for awards in category B. Three winners will be chosen and awarded in this category. At least one founder has to be 35 or under as on 30 June 2014. The last date for applications is July 31, 2014.
Q. Who can apply for the BW|Businessworld Hottest Young Entrepreneurs 2014 awards?
A. There are three basic criteria.
One, all founders should be no more than 35 years old as of June 30, 2014 .
Two, companies which are between 0-3 years old as on July 31, 2014, can apply. This is a category we introduced for the first time last year.
Three, companies which are between three and five years old as on July 31, 2014. All companies must be registered entities.
Q. What is the selection procedure?
A. After applications close on July 31, 2014, winners will be picked via a three-step process. In Step 1, independent auditors will shortlist eligible candidates based on a due diligence of accounts. In Step 2, a screening committee comprising venture capitalists will interact with applicants and shortlist finalists for the jury round. Shortlisted candidates will then be put through a mentoring process before being presented in front of an independent jury. The jury will pick five winners, ranked 1 to 5, with 1 being the highest rank. The winners will be awarded at an awards function hosted by BW|Businessworld in March. We will update applicants on the outcome of each step on this website.
Q. Apart from the winners, are there any other awards?
A. We pick five companies as winners in the Editors’ Choice category. These companies are featured in BW|Businessworld as part of the special issue on the awards. We don’t not award them at the awards function.
Q. Is there a cash prize for the winners?
A. No, at this moment we do not give cash prizes.
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