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Jayanth Sharma | CEO AND CO-FOUNDER OF TOEHOLD TRAVEL AND PHOTOGRAPHY
Q : In this era of online startups and tech businesses, does there exist the possibility for traditional brick and mortar businesses to raise capital or is it that only businesses with a technology layer to scale up are attracting investors?

A : This is a common question that investors get asked a lot by aspiring entrepreneurs and there are a few different perspectives we have.

Firstly, businesses without a technology layer are going to find it almost impossible to attract investors -simply because technology is what brings scale and efficiency and in many situations access to customers. And venture investors are all looking for scale because that is what will give the exits that we require for our success.

That said, technology in a business does not make it a technology company.

Srikrishna Ramamoorthy | PARTNER, UNITUS SEED FUND

Businesses across traditional sectors like FMCGretail, education, healthcare, financial services, agriculture, transportation, logistics etc. will continue to need brick and mortar or offline elements to succeed and not just technology alone. And there continues to be VC investor interest in businesses in these spaces that are in techenabled andor tech-led and where there is innovation.

Does this mean traditional businesses with or without tech cannot raise capital? They can, but it is challenging.There aren’t that many investors interested and it will likely involve large amounts of initial capital vis-à-vis investing in a tech enabled play.

All that said, tech or brick and mortar, what remains key to success is a strong team, great execution and a product service that is solving a real problem.

 

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MoSDE has recently announced the Second Call for Application for  National Entrepreneurship Awards Scheme (NEAS)’2017.

The Application window is open from 28th July’17 to 15th Sept’17.

About the Award

 

National Entrepreneurship Awards Scheme (NEAS) has been instituted by the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MoSDE) to encourage a culture of entrepreneurship across the country.

These premier awards seek to recognise and honour entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship ecosystem builders for their outstanding efforts.

 

There are two tracks under this scheme of awards

 

  1. Award Track  –To honor exceptional entrepreneurs from various sectors.
  • Award money of INR 5 lakh each to the enterprise + Trophy and Certificate
  • A total of 17 Awards under various categories are covered  under Award Track.
  1. Recognition Track –Institutions and Mentors engaged in Entrepreneurship Development
  • Award money of INR 10 lakh each (organisations/institutes) and INR 5 lakh (mentor)  + Trophy and Certificate
  • A total of 6 Awards covered  under Recognition track

 

For more details visit www.neas.gov.in

‘National Entrepreneurship Awards’ Scheme

The National Entrepreneurship Awards have been instituted by the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MoSDE) to encourage a culture of entrepreneurship across the country. These premier awards seek to recognise and honour entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship ecosystem builders for their outstanding efforts in the field of entrepreneurship development. The Awards also seek to highlight models of excellence for others to emulate and improve upon.

The Call for Application is now open from 28.07.2017- 15.09.2017. Applications should be filled online on www.neas.gov.in.  Also, visit this website for further details.

Regards,

Vandana Vyas

Manager Outreach

Society for Innovation & Entrepreneurship(SINE),IIT Bombay

3rd Floor CSRE Building,IIT Bombay,Powai,Mumbai,IN 400 076

Email: vandana@sineiitb.org

Tel: +91 22 2572 1197

Mob: 9819225007

 

Creating a winning pitch for investors

3 April’1728 April’17
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What makes a winning pitch for a start-up that stands out? A well-thought-out plan that would impress the investors and an articulate presenter who can pitch impeccably.

Join our next batch of MentorFit, focused on “Creating a Winning Pitch for investors“, to get guidance on presenting your business to investors. Your mentor will help you tell your story and showcase your business attributes that are unique and investment worthy. At the end of 4 weeks, the selected entrepreneurs will have a pitch ready to be presented to any potential investor or customer.

Applications are open until 29th March 2017. The selected start-ups will be informed via email by 31st March 2017.

About MentorFit

MentorFit, a new mentoring series spread across four to six weeks, focuses on key Business challenges of entrepreneurs. Each batch of 10-15 shortlisted startups, will receive intense mentoring, hands-on webinars/workshops and peer reviews. Startups will be assigned curated mentors who will work with the founders and key stakeholders to address the challenge, refine strategy and implement solutions. Each of the six weeks programs will pick one major challenge and try to address it through a focused approach.

For queries and more details, feel free to reach out to mentoring@wfglobal.org

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Conference on

VENTURE CAPITAL & PRIVATE EQUITY FOR SMEs

 

Wednesday, 8th February 2017 | Hotel Sahara Star, Near Domestic Airport,  Mumbai | 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

 

SME Chamber of India and India International Trade Center (Investment & Trade Promotion Organisation) jointly organising Conference on “Venture Capital & Private Equity for SMEs” onWednesday, 8th February 2017 at Mumbai and will provide unique opportunities to SMEs to understand how to obtain Venture Capital for unique projects or new innovative business ventures as well as private equity for growth and expansion, new technology, make acquisitions, expand working capital and to bolster and solidify a balance sheet. This conference will highlight on the awareness about VC/PE, its importance for business growth and expansion, formalities and procedures, preparation of attractive Business Plan, expectation from investors and interaction with Venture Capital & Private Equity Funds/ Institutional Investor.  SME Chamber of India regularly receives enquiries from investors and PE / VC funds for potential SMEs for investment opportunities.

 

Enclosed Agenda of the conference along with the Speakers.

 

PARTICIPATION FEE (PER DELEGATE):

For Members – Rs. 8,000/- + Service Tax @ 15%

For Non- Members – Rs.9,500/- + Service Tax @ 15%

For Bankers / Financial Institutions / NBFCs / PE / VC / Angel Funds– Rs.15,000/- + Service Tax @ 15%

Note:

  • Register on or before 30th January 2017 and avail 15% Discount
  • Registration Fee Includes Conference Kit, Networking Breakfast and Lunch
  • Last date of registration: 5th February 2017

 

We request you to confirm your participation at the earliest since we are having limited seats.

 

With Regards,

 

Smita Veer

Manager – Business Development

SME Chamber of India

022-61509819

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We forward herewith a copy of Thousand Small Steps 3rd  Edition- A release by State Bank of India. Hope you will find this issue interesting.
Disclaimer:
Thousand Small Steps 3rd  Edition – A release by State Bank of India is not a priced publication of the Bank. The opinions expressed in the publication, are that of the Reasearch Team and not necessarily reflect those of the Bank or its subsidiaries. The contents can be reproduced with proper acknowledgement. The write- up on Economic & Financial Developments is based on information & data procured from various sources and no responsibility is accepted for the accuracy of facts and figures. The Bank or the Research Team assumes no liability if any person or entity relies on views, opinions or facts & figures finding place in Thousand Small Steps 3rd  Edition- A release by State Bank of India.
Warm regards

S.S.A.Kazmi

General Manager
Shares & Bonds Department
State Bank of India
Corporate Centre
Mumbai

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