Business Ideas, Business Plans, Calendar, Innovation, Marketing, Mentoring, News, Startups, Technology

Eureka 2014 – International Business Plan Comptetition

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

Eureka! Business

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.

Eureka! Social

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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Finance, Innovation, Mentoring

Microsoft Ventures

CaptureMicrosoft Ventures is a strategic partner for promising startups around the world focused on business growth & development, industrial strength technology and beautiful usable products. Build locally, scale globally. We help smart companies take flight.

Every startup is unique. Microsoft Ventures has programs to help, no matter what stage of development your startup is in.

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Mentoring, Startups

First time in India, Google to directly mentor 25 startups

Till date, Google has been active in the Indian startup scene through its sponsorship of the Nasscom 10,000 Startups programme.

For the first time in India, Google will directly mentor 25 startups on topics like design thinking, marketing and business development. The five-day event called Launchpad-slated for the first week of November- will see Google employees across the globe share their industry expertise with the startups who will be housed in Google’s Bangalore office.

Earlier this week, the search company announced a similar program in Brazil. “It will be a first of its kind in Asia. It may then be rolled out to places like Tokyo,” said Sunil Rao, country head of startup ecosystem atGoogle India. The Launchpad program already exists in Israel as a one-week pre-incubation program for early stage startups where each day is dedicated to a specific subject and includes presentations, one-on-one mentorship and focused work.

Google executives said the focus of the Launchpad is not to pick companies for future investments. Till date, Google has been active in the Indian startup scene through its sponsorship of the Nasscom 10,000 Startups programme. So far, Google Ventures has not invested in an India-based company. Google Capital, the growth equity arm of Google has invested in Chennai-based Freshdesk, which is headquartered in San Francisco.

http://m.economictimes.com/news/emerging-businesses/startups/First-time-in-India-Google-to-directly-mentor-25-startups/articleshow/38984635.cms

Business Plans, Education, Legal, Mentoring, Social Entrepreneurship

FAQ on Trusts Act Income Tax and FCRA

FAQ on Trusts Act, Income Tax and FCRA

Are you planning to start a new NGO and wondering what would be a good choice of registration – Trust, Society or Company and also wondering what should be the minimum and maximum number of trustees you should have on your Board?

 

Are you already registered but wondering how unspent income of your organization can be carried forward to the next year or accumulated for up to 5 years?

 

Are you planning to receive funds from a foreign source but confused if funds received from an NRI would be allowed even without FCRA registration?

 

If these and a myriad other questions keep cropping up in your mind in the course of running your NGO and if you ever wondered or prayed if there would be a handy reference book to refer to at such times or just simply to brush up your working knowledge of the Trusts Act, Income Tax (exemptions and deductions) and of course the FCRA, … the answers are all there in Centre for Advancement of Philanthropy’s latest book “Frequently Asked Questions” (FAQ) – the all new and revised 2014 Edition.

 

Written by Centre for Advancement of Philanthropy’s CEO, Mr. Noshir H. Dadrawala and a foreword by Bahram N. Vakil (Founding Partner, AZB & Partners) this book has been written keeping the layperson in mind. However, professionals would also find it to be of value. Devoid of legal jargon and written with clarity and depth, this book should be on the bookshelf of every NGO/NPO seeking ready answers to common questions pertaining to the Bombay Public Trusts Act, Income Tax Act and Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act.

 

Price: Rs. 300/- (Postage Rs. 50/- extra)

Mode of Payment:

1) Demand Draft or Cheque payable at par for Rs. 350/- drawn in favour of “Centre for Advancement of Philanthropy”

2) Bank transfer (NEFT):

Name of the bank: Central Bank of India

Bank Address: Central bank of India, Mumbai Main Office Branch, Mumbai 400 023.

Name of Account Holder: Centre for Advancement of Philanthropy

Account No.: 1721311396

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(Please let us know as soon as the payment is made via NEFT)

We will send you the book and receipt for the payment via speed post/ Courier immediately on receipt of your payment.

We would also offer 20% discount on bulk purchase of 20 or more books.

 

Our contact details:

Centre for Advancement of Philanthropy

Mulla House, 4th floor,

51, M G Road

Flora Fountain

Mumbai 400 001

Tel: 022 22846534 / 22029945

 

Business Ideas, Mentoring, Motivations, Networking

What’s Hot: Media & Entertainment

Key Topics

  • Speaker focus introductions in the media and entertainment space
  • Opportunities for startups in media and entertainment space
  • Who are the various buyers of the various media focused businesses that are coming up? What are they looking for?
  • How can the start-ups gear themselves for more fruitful sales meetings?
  • Who are the investors in the media and entertainment space?
  • What are the recent deals that have happened? What are the investors looking for?
  • How can start-ups beef –up their pitch better?

Click Here for more details about this TiE program to be held on Friday, January 10, 2014 – 5:00pm – 7:00pm

Finance, Mentoring, Startups

Mentoring Clinic: Start-up Valuation: How do VCs and Angels Valuate your Startup?

One of the most frequently asked questions at any start-up event or investor panel, is “How do investors value a start-up?”. there are many valuation tools & methods out there. They range in purpose for anything from the smallest of firms, all the way to large public companies. In this mentoring clinic we would be discussing the issue of valuation by investigating what an investor is looking for when valuing a company

This clinic will help you to:

  • Acquire  knowledge and skills about valuation.
  • Network with entrepreneurs
  • Device potential solutions to your challenges
  • Get practical insights and clarify doubts from our expert panel

When and Where?

Date:            Friday, 16th August, 2013

Time:           02:30 pm 04:00 pm (Online)

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Mentoring, Startups

What’s the Deal With the Sudden Rash of Incubators?

Ajeet Khurana
If you have been in the Indian startup space for the past couple of years, you would have noticed that the past 15-odd months have seen an abnormally high number of announcements of new private incubators and accelerators. What are these strange animals? What do they want from us? And what is it that has caused the sudden rash?
What are incubators or accelerators?
Before we examine what has caused the heightened interest in incubators or accelerators, let us take a moment to recollect what they are all about. Sure there are some philosophical differences between these two beasts, i.e., incubators and accelerators, but in essence the give-and-take equation with startups remains similar.

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Mentoring

How to find the right mentor

redBus.in was founded by three engineers — Phanindra Sama, Charan Padmaraju and Sudhakar Pasupunuri — who studied together at the BITS, Pilani, and later worked in various companies in Bengaluru.

Started modestly in August 2006 with a few seats from one bus operator, redBus today is one of the most successful online bus ticket booking agencies. Today, it has 700 bus operators, 10,000 buses listed on it, works in 15 states and sells around 5,000 tickets every day.

In this video Phanindra shares some tips on finding the right mentor.

Mentoring

How to help Entrepreneurs

When most well-intentioned aid workers hear of a problem they think they can fix, they go to work. This, Ernesto Sirolli suggests, is naïve. In this funny and impassioned talk, he proposes that the first step is to listen to the people you’re trying to help, and tap into their own entrepreneurial spirit. His advice on what works will help any entrepreneur.

Ernesto Sirolli got his start doing aid work in Africa in the 70’s — and quickly realised how ineffective it was.