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Startup Ashoka 2021

September 25 @ 2:00 pm - September 26 @ 3:00 pm

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What are your plans for the weekend?
Nothing cool yet? Come participate in Startup Ashoka (virtually) on 25 & 26 Sep, 2021 (Sat & Sun).
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What is Startup Ashoka?
1. It is a 24 hour non-stop startup pitching competition where teams compete to create, refine and pitch their ventures to a panel of judges. From ice-breaker activities, to ideation sessions, mentoring, and pitching – Startup Ashoka is a roller coaster of memories you won’t forget. You do not need to have a working prototype, just an innovative idea and the potential to become a successful venture is what is needed. YOUR IDEAS, entrepreneurial acumen, and ability to present them well is what could make you the Champions at Startup Ashoka.
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2. Anyone can participate. It doesn’t matter what programme you’re in, what major you’re pursuing or if you have any interest or experience as an entrepreneur. As long as you have the creativity and drive to come up with a unique venture, you’re a perfect fit!
3. Teams with idea(s) required. Participants need to sign up as a team (min. 3 and max. 6). The team needs to brainstorm on possible ideas and finalize on one before registering.
4. Curated Workshops. As a part of the Road to Startup Ashoka, get ready to experience workshops that help you gear up for the final event.
5. Personalised mentorshipStartup Ashoka brings a slew of experienced professionals from a diverse set of fields to mentor and help students best organise their thoughts into a potential venture and teach them skills that last a lifetime.
6. Big prizes to be won. Every year, the winning teams are awarded exciting prizes and support from CfE for their proposed ideas! 
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How do I Register?
You need to:
– Form a team of min. 2 and max. 6 members 
– Brainstorm with your team, and decide on an entrepreneurial idea that your team wants to pitch
– Prepare a deck with 2-3 slides about the idea
– Register your team at https://forms.gle/fV36eLdigrjcCEdz9
– The earlier you register, the more time you get to prep for Startup Ashoka
– There is no registration fee

We guarantee that by the end of the 24 hours, simple ideas will transform into potential startups, strangers will turn close friends, and unforgettable memories will be made.  

Mentors for Startup Ashoka:
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Startup Ashoka ’21 began on 25 Sep (Sat) with an Inaugural Address by Dr. Priyank Narayan followed by ‘Not a Keynote Address’, a comic performance by Fanil Zakhariya who gave a humorous start to the event.
On Day 1 – 25 Sep (Sat) of Startup Ashoka, we had the participating student teams interact with mentors who guided them in refining their entrepreneurial ideas and strategies, and shared tips on how to prepare a perfect pitch and pitching. We had mentors from diverse sectors including alumni entrepreneurs participating in the event whom we thank for helping and guiding the teams.
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On Day 1 – 25 Sep (Sat) of Startup Ashoka, after interacting with the mentors, the teams worked through the evening to prepare the perfect pitch deck within a deadline which gave the participants an opportunity to not just to ideate, learn and reflect, but also to work as a team and manage time.
In the picture below, we have Team Finsnap (Diya RoongtaVedika B.) working (remotely) on their pitch deck.
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On Day 2 – 26 Sep (Sun) of Startup Ashoka, 13 teams were shortlisted to participate in the Finale Pitching and pitch to the Jury. Initially, 10 teams were to be shortlisted but we finally shortlisted 13 teams as the final pitch deck submissions reflected immense hard work and quality output.We had amazing interest and enthusiasm from the students, especially the first year UGs for Startup Ashoka ’21. We had about 100+ students and 24 teams battling it out to become the Champion Team.

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On Day 2 – 26 Sep (Sun) of Startup Ashoka ’21 at the Finale Pitching, all the 13 shortlisted teams gave in their best and the session witnessed some amazing ideas and strategies being shared to the Esteemed Jury Panel which comprised of:
1) Dhruv Nath, Director, Lead Angels | Professor, MDI | ex-Senior VP, NIIT
2) Namita Kapoor Bahl, Director – Technology, Innovation and R&D at Confederation of Indian Industry
3) Richa Shrivastava, Managing Partner, Maker’s Asylum | Co-Founder, Drill Press Cafe | ex-VP, Fintech, Govt. of Andhra Pradesh
4) Vaishali Neotia, Co-Founder & CEO, Merxius
Below are pictures of the 13 shortlisted teams pitching and responding to questions from the Jury Panelists.
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Startup Ashoka ’21 Results:
***Second Runners Up***
Team Acers
The Idea:
Interlude – an online platform for students to plan out their gap years in India
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***First Runners Up***
Team Finsnap
The Idea:
Finsnap – Multi channel fin-edtech platform to achieve digital & financial literacy of teenagers, especially girls
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Team Try’N’Opt
The Idea:
Try’N’Opt – a platform to ‘Test & Taste’ multiple creative/non creative fields via structured simulation with an expert
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***Special Mentions***
– Fidelity & Co.
– Dutch Buckets
The Ideas:
– Fidelity & Co. – a platform which enables innovative projects like pharmaceutical research to find potential investors
– Dutch Buckets – a productivity app, Minute Cop to help reduce time spent on addictive apps like social media
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September 25 @ 2:00 pm
September 26 @ 3:00 pm


Centre for Entrepreneurship