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TiE the Knot – Call for Applications – Apply Now


“TiE the Knot” in its third edition, will provide high potential companies an exclusive platform (tech & non-tech) who have demonstrable products/offerings to raise their first seed investment. In the last edition held at TiEcon Delhi 2014, four high potential companies post extensive screening raised on-spot invest commitments in a high impact televised format anchored by CNBC TV 18.

Why Apply:
Opportunity to pitch to a highly renowned & hand-picked group of individual investors
Opportunity to receive investment commitments on the spot
Service providers & experts to facilitate deal closure & documentation
Extensive mentoring/prep for the final pitches

Application Criteria:
Registered Indian entity in operations for at least 3 months
Preference for early revenues and if pre-revenue should have developed a demonstrable fully functional product or prototype which can be demoed.
Looking to raise up to maximum of INR 1 crore (equity)
Preference for startups who already have a pre-existing investor lead or are sponsored by an Angel network.

The final shortlist of 5 entrepreneurs will get 10 minutes to make a pitch to the investors. The investors will ask pertinent questions on the business and take a call whether they would like to invest or not.

See last years show coverage here: TiE the Knot

Priyanka Agarwal (Wishberry) TiE the Knot is essentially India’s “Shark Tank”, but, with much friendlier “Sharks” who aren’t just angel investors but also valuable mentors and advisors. The true value of TiE the Knot isn’t in the funding but in the tremendous PR & brand building it offers on a national scale, which would otherwise be unaffordable for fledgling startups. Wishberry is proud to be the only startup to have raised Rs. 4 crores at TiE the Knot 2014 with unanimous participation of all the “Sharks” on the show!”

Pawan Gupta (Curofy) “Finding the right Angels is very important for an early stage startup. But at that stage their energy is best focussed on building the product than find-ing Angles and investments. TiE the Knot provided us with the perfect platform to reach out to some of the very best entrepreneur-turned-Angels in the industry. The sheer pace at which we could raise our funding round from amazing people was unbelievable. We also received great publicity through TiE and CNBC telecast helping us create a buzz. Tie the Knot is highly recommended for early stage startups.”

Zuhaib Khan (Shopatplaces) “TiE the Knot provides a wonderful platform to bring startups in front of the entire nation and the right investors. It does a stupendous job of crafting fairy tales out of sheer air. One moment you could be a small team which be-lieves in your idea and in the next you could have intelligent money backing you, the right mentors on board and the entire nation cheering for you, to disrupt entire indus-tries, to put your own dent in the universe.

Date Milestone
20th February – 31st March 2015: Call for Applications Open
15th April 2015: Top 20 shortlisted companies selected for Prelim Round
15th April – 25th April 2015: Mentoring & Refining of Pitches of Shortlisted Applicants
27th April 2015: Prelim Round with Interested Investors
4th May 2015: Final Five Finalists announced
8th May 2015: TiE the Knot Session

Interested entrepreneurs are required to submit a brief 5 minute video pitch and their business summary to Amit Verma at For any queries please contact Amit at +91-8750847502.

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TiE the Knot – CNBC Telecast


Had great fun in organizing this year’s “TiE the Knot” at TiEcon Delhi 2014, in partnership with CNBC TV 18 which provided high potential companies an exclusive platform to raise investment. After a rigorous selection and mentoring process four high potential companies pitched to a select group of investors who made on-spot invest commitments in a high impact recorded televised format@TiEcon Delhi 2014.

TiE the Knot Finalists:-
Wishberry: wants to leverage the power of crowd sourced funding & validation to spur creativity & innovation in the country. Not only in technology, but also in film, music, theatre, design, food, etc. So far Wishberry has mobilized Rs. 3.5 crores in funding from a global community of 8,500 funders across 52 countries.
Curofy: is a medical networking app that enables communication between doctors. With Curofy, doctors can easily find other doctors, call them with a single tap, and connect to collaborate on patient cases. The app is exclusively for doctors and is thus spam free.
AirStream: provides universal access for all your multimedia and files from all your devices and cloud services. They believe in simple thing. If it is your content, you should be able to access it from any device no matter where it is stored. They have over 300,000 people in using AirStream from over 200+ counties.
Shopatplaces: delivers Authentic Products from Places Famous for them, at the doorsteps of customers. You do not have to travel any longer to get authentic Pashmina shawls from Kashmir, Bandhej apparel from Gujarat, Pearls from Hyderabad and so on. Possess handpicked locally sourced products from more than 18 states of India. Relive the nostalgia and feeling of belongingness to your roots through Shopatplaces. “Famous Places. Best Buys.” only for you.
Catch all the action on CNBC TV 18 watch promo

The full episode will be telecasted on CNBC TV 18, Young Turks Program on these times:-
1st Nov, Saturday – 11:00 am & 7:30 pm
2nd Nov, Sunday – 12:00 pm

Hope you enjoy the show :)

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Artha Venture Challenge 2014 – Apply


The Artha Venture Challenge is an interesting opportunity for social enterprises – a national challenge seeking to identify and reward up to 15 social ventures in India.

The Artha Venture Challenge is an intensive 12-month program that is designed to social enterprises to raise investment of between INR 30 lakh to 100 lakh (USD $50,000 to $200,000). The AVC makes it easier to attract early stage, patient capital by providing up to INR 30 lakh (USD $50,000) of match funding. AVC works with early stage social enterprises to build a compelling growth story, finding investors, making strategic connections and supporting you as an entrepreneur during the journey.

AVC is looking for up to fifteen ambitious social ventures to grow their enterprises to deliver impact at scale in India. Ventures selected as part of the Artha Venture Challenge cohort will get:
• The exclusive opportunity to apply for INR 30 lakh (USD $50,000) funding if matched by at least the same amount in co-investment
• Exposure to a closed network of impact investors
• Connection to a network of experienced entrepreneurs, specialists and business leaders
• Investment readiness support including pro bono legal services
• Profiled as ‘one to watch’ amongst the top fifteen most high potential social entrepreneurs in India
Enterprises based in India operating in agriculture, energy, water, livelihoods and other sectors that have completed proof of concept and are seeking growth investment are invited to apply. Nominations and applications are open until June 11, 2014.

The enterprise selected as part of the final cohort, will receive tailored access to experienced mentors, connections to a closed group of impact investors, significant media coverage and the opportunity to pitch for USD 50,000 in equity investment if matched by the same amount in co-investment.

Feel free to submit your application by this week. Given your work, I encourage you to review the selection and eligibility criteria in full and take advantage of this unique opportunity.

Should you have any questions regarding this challenge, please feel free to contact us.

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Power to Empower Challenge 2013, Last Date to Apply 9th Dec, 2013


Power to Empower Challenge 2013 managed by Ennovent and TiE Delhi NCR on behalf of the National Skills Development Corporation and India@75, seeks to identify and reward (supported by the Muthoot Pappachan Foundation) the best solutions for bridging the gap between the supply and demand of skilled labour in India.

If you believe that you have a solution or even an idea that directly or indirectly creates employment, upgrades the skill set of people then you should apply here

The last date to apply for the challenge has now been extended until 9 Dec 2013, 12:00 NOON (IST).

Should you be one of the winners you will receive:
• INR 3.5 lakh in Operations Category
• INR 1.5 lakh in Idea Category
• Access to the EMPRETEC capacity building program of the IBF and UNCTAD

The runner-ups in both categories will receive valuable non-monetary awards. This includes but not limited to national visibility, networking opportunities and capacity building support, online and media promotion, introductions to investors, passes to high-profile events, and access to renowned experts.
Before the challenge closes on Dec 9 make sure to submit your application – Apply Now!

Our team is also available to help guide you through the application process or apply on your behalf.
For more information, please feel free to reach out to Chandrakant Komaragiri ( / +91 8374321885.

We hope you will take full advantage of this unique opportunity.

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Power to Empower 2013 Challenge – Apply Now!


Power To Empower (P2E 2013), a national skills development challenge organized by NSDC and India@75 recently launched it’s third edition in mid-September 2013. This challenge is supported by managing partners Ennovent, TiE Delhi NCR and key outreach partner National Entrepreneurship Network (NEN).

The objective of this challenge is to find and promote innovative and sustainable solutions in the skills ecosystem in India. One winner and three finalists will be selected in each of the following categories:
• Idea: A solution concept developed on paper
• Operations: Solutions currently being executed on the ground

Winners of P2E 2013 will receive cash prizes of INR 1.5 lakh and INR 3.5 lakh for the Idea and Operations categories respectively by the Muthoot Pappachan Foundation, the CSR arm of the Muthoot Pappachan Group and capacity building support from Empretec, an initiative of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and IBF as well as nationwide visibility.

Additionally, the connector of the winner will receive INR 10,000 cash reward in each category and the applicant with the highest votes in each category will will INR 15,000 cash reward.

Apply or nominate solution now!

Deadline for application and voting is 1st, Dec 2013.

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3rd Season of Pioneering Spirit – Apply Now!


Happy to announce that ET NOW, TiE Delhi & Lufthansa have come together for the third season of “Pioneering Spirit”, more details below.

Pioneers of today are once again looking for pioneers of tomorrow in the path breaking TV series, Pioneering spirit – A product of Lufthansa, now in Season 3.

In the extremely successful Season 2, ten budding entrepreneurs like you got an opportunity to transform their business. Grand Prize winner Saumil Majmudar of EduSports won a sponsorship by Canaan Partners to a business programme at Cambridge. In addition, each episodic winner received a coveted TiE mentorship and a Lufthansa Business Class return ticket to Europe.

You could be next. Share your business story for a chance to meet business pioneers face to face, impress them with your business plan, and take your business to the next level.

You can register by clicking here

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TiE Delhi – Rice Business Plan Competition – Apply Now


Since the past few years, TiE Delhi has been supporting various student initiatives on entrepreneurship. Even though our programs are designed keeping the entrepreneur in mind, we have been promoting entrepreneurship on campus by way of providing knowledge support to various e-cells in different Colleges, Institutes, Business Schools, Engineering Colleges etc across the country. This year, TiE Delhi as part of their enhanced and more active engagement with the youth, we are delighted to announce “All Asia Business Plan Competition 2012 in association with Rice University”

About All Asia Business Plan Competition

The world’s largest and the richest business plan competition comes to India this time with TiE Delhi – NCR hosting the All Asia Finals in February 2012.

With a $1 million plus prize money for the winning team at the RICE University global business plan competition in the US, the AABPC is a perfect opportunity for start-ups, early stage companies which have at least one graduate student as part of the core team. The Asia leg of the AABPC includes participation from across:

1. India

2. Malaysia

3. Singapore

4. Japan

5. Melbourne

6. Sydney

7. Dubai

8. Lahore

9. Karachi

10. Islamabad

Last date of submission of Executive Summary: 9th December 2011

Submit your Executive Summaries by logging online at: |

Log-in/Register on Chapter Home page – Create account – Fill in application – Upload Executive Summary

Team Composition

At least one graduate student must be a member of the venture’s start-up management team. All the graduate students are allowed to participate in the competition including, Executive MBA’s, MD Candidates, other Master’s Candidates and PhD Candidates. The maximum number of student competitors on a team participating at all level competitions is five (5), although there is no restriction on the total size of the venture’s founding team.

TiE All Asia Business Plan Competition: Rewards

1. Prizes in excess of $1.5 million

2. Additional prizes for elevator pitch and company showcase

3. 2011 had the first team walk away with $6,41,600 worth of rewards including $350,000 investment

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For folks looking at raising funds, the Deal Flow Session@TiEcon Delhi 2011 will provide a good platform to pitch your plan to renowned investors. And yes this is a close door session, given below are the details. TiEcon Delhi is the largest entrepreneurship symposium in the ecosystem and typically sees close to 1000 delegates participating spanning entrepreneurs, investors, and industry leaders.

The Deal Flow Session at TiEcon Delhi 2011 provides a one stop platform for high potential entrepreneurs to present their business plans to some of the leading national & International investors to meet their funding objectives.

The investors present at the deal flow session are an ideal mix of prominent Angel Investors & leading Venture capital firms who are keenly looking at investing in high potential businesses. Over the years, the deal flow sessions at TiEcon have attracted a whole host of prominent Venture Capital Firms, Private Equity Players, Angel Investor Groups and HNI’s.

The plans received would then go through a short listing & mentoring process led by a screening committee with representation from renowned Angel Networks and venture capitalists. Feedback and suggestions given by the screening committee will be shared with the short listed companies.

In addition, TiE Delhi’s Angel Partner – Indian Angel Network would also be keen to look at the shortlisted entrepreneurs for the IAN incubation services.

TiE extends this unique opportunity to the following

Entrepreneurs – Looking for Angel Funding
Entrepreneurs – Looking for VC Funding

Some of the investors who have interacted or closed investments on the TiE Platform are:

Indian Angel Network, Canaan Partners, Baring Pvt. Equity Partners, DFJ, Matrix Partners, Seed Fund, Blue Run Ventures,Mumbai Angels Network, Erasmic Ventures, Ojas Ventures, Evolvence, Gaja Capital, Gujarat Venture Finance, SIDBI Ventures, Punjab Venture Capital, Google, Intel Capital, India Value Fund, New Path Ventures, IndoUS Venture Partners, Sequoia Capital, Silicon Valley Bank, Sun Group, Motorola Venture Capital, Lumis Partners, One97 Mobility Fund, RVCF, Sierra Ventures, Helion Ventures, SAIF Partners & many more….

Companies that would like to present their business plans at the above forum would be required to send in their business plans in the template to Shivam Dang– latest by Sep 10th, 2011.

For more details you can visit TiEcon Delhi.

Download the template here

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You still have a chance to become a pioneer of tomorrow!


Your last chance to present your business case to the pioneers!

You could be the next pioneer India has been waiting for! Share your story and take your business to the next level with the second season of Pioneering spirit – A product of Lufthansa, a unique television series on ET NOW.

Submit your business story to win:

• A sponsorship by Canaan Partners to a business program at Cambridge
• A coveted TiE mentorship, and
• A Lufthansa Business Class return ticket to a destination of your choice in Europe

Last year eight young entrepreneurs did exactly that, shared their unique business ideas with pioneers of today and are on their way to become pioneers of tomorrow.

So if you are an entrepreneur I would highly recommend you apply, it’s a very interesting opportunity with a whole bundle of benefits that we’ve built around it including great media visibility, investor interaction, access to senior industry folks, mentors and international entrepreneurial network.


The Pioneers are people like Chanda Kochar, Swati Piramal, Gautam Thapar, AD Singh, Harsh Mariwala, Kishore Biyani, Rashesh Shah, Zia Mody, Sam Balsara, Saurabh Srivastava, Pradeep Gupta, Alok Mittal among others.

Register now at

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Microsoft BizSpark’s benefits for startups –


YourStory, is the online partner for Microsoft BizSpark’s India Startup Challenge, now enables access to the various benefits of the BizSpark program to entrepreneurs. Here’s a sneak peek into all the support that startups enrolling in the program stand to receive:

- Get immediate access to current full-featured Microsoft development tools, platform technologies, and production licenses of server products (including Windows Azure Platform) for use in developing and bringing to market innovative and interoperable solutions.

- Receive two technical support incidents per startup. Each incident is managed by Microsoft until they are resolved, no matter how many calls it takes.

- Receive business development and technical training at highly subsidized costs or in many cases, no costs.

- Receive access to MSDN Ultimate managed newsgroups, online library, and so on.

- Get connected to BizSpark Network Partners around the world—incubators, investors, advisors, government agencies, and hosters—that are equally involved and vested in software-fuelled innovation and entrepreneurship, and who will provide a wide range of support resources, including expert mentoring.

Startups can use BizSpark Hosting and IT operations servers for production use: that is, to host and manage their “software as a service” (SaaS) application that is accessed over the Internet by their customers. Startups can self-host, or contract with a BizSpark Hosting Partner.

BizSpark hosting servers include Windows Server, SQL Server, BizTalk Server, and Office SharePoint Server for Internet Sites products. BizSpark IT operations servers include System Center server products.

And many more benefits if you are interested and want to know how to enroll click here

Oh and I did mention there is NO FEE to enroll in the program :)

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This is a forum for entrepreneurs and professionals to connect, learn and grow with each other. The objective of this blog is to give you access to relevant resources, business opportunities and networking opportunities to enhance your entrepreneurial and professional lives.

About Author:

Digbijoy has a wide ranging experience across diverse sectors, initially started his career in education marketing with reputed educational institutes and then subsequently joined the advertising and events industry to execute several projects including a state election campaign for a national party, conceptualizing and running a restaurant chain in Delhi and several other projects.

He joined the Delhi chapter of The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE Delhi), where he worked for over 3 years and drove various key initiatives like mentoring, deal flow, marketing, sponsorships etc and left his last position as Associate Director of the chapter in 2008 to pursue his entrepreneurial ambitions. He subsequently joined techTribe- India largest Career Networking platform where he served as director strategic relations and drove unique initiatives and partnerships for building and sustaining community engagement. Post techTribe he co founded an online supplemental education start-up – TenMarks Education INC. which was acquired by in October 2013.

Post TenMarks he lead Ennovent India as its country director which is an innovation accelerator. Ennovent provide services to accelerate innovations for sustainability in low-income markets in developing countries. It specializes in helping clients discover enterprises with novel solutions, develop business models to start-up enterprises, provide finance by facilitating early-stage investments and grow operations to scale profit and impact. Since 2008, Ennovent has worked with over 4,800 Network members, 15 Circle members and 10 Solution clients to accelerate over 80 innovations in 10 countries.

Currently Digbijoy Co-leads the Startup Program for Amazon Internet Services Pvt Ltd enabling the best startups leverage the power of cloud.

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