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WF MentorFit: Creating a winning pitch for investors

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.

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Conference on



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.



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%


  • 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





Thousand Small Steps

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.
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.
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Matchmakers emerge for startups, investors

Tech-Backed Platforms Ease Fund-Raising

An early-stage startup usually struggles to raise funds. Founders typically have to run after multiple angel investors, spend considerable time and effort explaining the idea, and negotiate with investors on the termsheet, the formal agreement stating the terms and conditions of the investment.But now, as the startup and angel investing universe has expanded, a host of technology platforms have emerged to bridge the gap between startups and investors, and ease the whole process of investment. LetsVenture, founded in 2013 by IT professional Shanti Mohan, was one of the earliest in the space and is by far the biggest today , but there are others like, Enablers, VentureCatalysts and Angle Paisa.

They screen the startups and do a certain amount of due diligence so that investors know they are dealing with reasonably eligible candidates. They have tie-ups with legal entities that both sides can go through, saving a significant amount for resource-constrained startups, and some have standardized termsheets that reduce a lot of the headaches and cost.

Neha Khanna, founder of Enablers, says the company spends around three weeks trying to understand the founders and the business before they list it on the platform. “We replace advisers who would usually charge a high price and would want to be on the board of the company ,“ she says. Enablers, started in March last year, has over 40 startups and 100 odd investors listed on its platform and has helped close 7 deals so far, all transactions between Rs 1crore and Rs 5 crore.

Once the founders and their product-market fit have been evaluated, the platforms help the startups and investors gauge the fair valuation.“Traditionally , after the entrepreneur shakes hands with an investor, the lawyers of both parties come into the picture and there is a lot of uncertainty involved till the last minute. The legal and financial evaluation may take up to six months,“ says Vivek Durai, founder of

Termsheet replaces that process to an extent with a pre set ready-to-sign termsheet that is prepared once a startup has put together the necessary data to launch a funding round.The documents are sent to all parties involved and leaves no room for negotiations. With this, deals are often completed within a week. Termsheet’s first deal was the one in which electric scooter maker Ather Energy closed a million-dollar funding round with Flipkart’s founders Sachin and Binny Bansal.

While most platforms focus on high value investors, Angle Paisa’s USP is its lower investment bar. “Usually , in other platforms, the minimum ticket size is Rs 2 crore.We connect companies with individuals who are ready to invest as low as Rs 50,000,“ says founder Himanshu Kumar.

Sharad Sharma, co-founder of software product asso ciation iSpirt and an investor on the LetsVenture platform, said that funding platforms operate in a winner-take-all market. The platform that has more active investors will attract more startups, creating avirtuous circle, he says, indicating that LetsVenture, with over 1,600 investors, will have an advantage.

Sharma expects LetsVenture to do 50 deals this year and the other platforms to collectively do another 70 deals. Given that around 250 angel invest ments are expected to happen this year, the platforms would together account for almost 50% of the total deals.

The platforms make money by charging a fee or a commission on the transaction.Angle Paisa takes 5% of the profits that its investors make. Termsheet charges a 1% commission on deals. LetsVenture charges investors a membership fee and charges startups a deal fee.

And although the current funding slowdown might be affecting late stage investments, Khanna of Enablers says platforms like hers are gaining momentum. “A startup and an investor value us more now than ever, since both the parties are looking to connect with the right set of people,“ she says, adding that they get interest from over 600 startups every month.

Shalina Pillai & Anand J
Times of India 10 June 2016