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Entrepreneurs Listen Up! Pioneering Spirit Season II – Call for Applications are Now Open!!


Pioneering Spirit a product of Lufthansa is a unique television series will showcase the lives of business pioneers – and give entrepreneurs a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be selected as ‘pioneers of tomorrow’ and win:

• A Lufthansa Business Class return ticket to a destination of your choice in Europe
• A coveted TiE mentorship, and
• A sponsorship by Canaan Partners to an international B-School program

The call for entries for Season II is now open.

You can send in your business story and innovative strategy that you believe can help your business take the giant leap to catapult you to the forefront among business leaders of tomorrow by clicking on this link.

Three entrepreneurs with the most compelling ideas will get a chance in each of the nine episodes to present their business plan face to face with a doyen of their industry.

One lucky entrepreneur will be picked in each episode to win a Lufthansa Business Class ticket and a mentorship by The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE). And finally, one grand prize winner will be selected of these nine to win the B-school sponsorship from Canaan Partners.

This is definitely an interesting opportunity for entrepreneurs who are doing something innovative to be showcased on national television!!!

For more details and to register your entry log on to

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[The Startup Centre] Call for Resident Programme Closing soon


My dear friend Vijay Anand has launched the Resident Programme which is a Co-working Initiative by The Startup Centre. The initiative is primarily driven to accomodate founding teams of early stage startups that are probably working on their ideas, and prototypes and in most circumstances stand to benefit in the company of like minded entrepreneurs who are also building products.

The Resident programme, will function in batches and the call for applications for the first batch are open and will close on April 22nd. They are looking for 10 – 15 Teams (20 individual in total) who will be working out of the TSC premises. This would be out of our premise in Chennai at the Alsa Mall in Egmore.

There is a certain cost attached to it. Single Founders working out of there will be charged a monthly fee of Rs. 7500 and Two founder teams will be charged Rs. 10,000 per month and the period of this service is for a period of six months. The intent is that in six months once your prototype, and first set of clients are identified, and as the team expands, it might be time to move out. And Yes we are purposefully leaning towards two founder teams (a startup might be too much for one person)

10 Compelling Reasons for You to be Part of the TSC Resident Program – I could not but agree more on this, we need similar initiatives in other cities in India.

1.Imagine a Hackathon/BarCamp like environment everyday of the year! It’s Entrepreneurs working as if their life depends on it everyday—sitting, maybe at the edge of their seats, at home reading TechCrunch and wondering what’s happening in Silicon Valley. At TSC, you are not alone; you’ll have buddies who are entrepreneurs themselves, some of them at the same stage like you.

2. A group of Entrepreneurs who have their “babies” (ideas just taking shape as a startup) at the same stage of business progression similar to yours provide a fantastic “buddy” support system to sharpen your idea and deepen your business value proposition. Most ideas simply are shallow to survive the first cut of market reality. But you’d have to be around awesome Entrepreneurs, like at TSC, to help you craft a go-to-market strategy like a knife through butter.

3. Entrepreneurs learn something new everyday, and they learn things the hard way, maybe through experiences. But how about making your learning curve shorter? With a group of Entrepreneurs around you to give their experience in TSC, you will refrain from a mis-steps straightaway. And learning something new from their experience is invaluable. If the beta testing of TSC is anything to go by, we are learning something new, just by being an observer.

4. The Hub at TSC aggregates the energy of the Local Startup Ecosystem and cross- functional learning. Don’t miss out! Be at the Centre of it.

5. Share and Borrow the skill sets of each other at TSC. If you are a designer, trade that skill for someone’s skill to architect your system. We know you might not have the money to hire people, but you might have a skill to trade. Hustling is part of the Startup process.

6. Entrepreneurship is a lonely journey. It may be a moment’s weakness in which you might give up or laze around a target. At TSC, experienced Mentors are around to poke and nudge when required, to keep you on target. They won’t do your work for you, but will certainly keep you on track when you need a voice of reason.

7. Form the Apex of the Startup Ecosystem and the Benefit of Association, with a brand that carries the trust of people who have been pioneers of the Indian Startup Ecosystem. Need to say more?

8. Leverage the TSC brand to attract talent, be it interns or a workforce to take your vision forward.

9. Public opinion would tell you that we are based out of a location that’s quite close to the heart of the city—in a kickass address, with proximity to eateries that are up through the night and importantly at a cost that is startup- friendly!

10. Did we tell you that we have an accelerator programme coming up? Rumor is that some of these companies will make the cut to be part of that, if not, still go on to become great companies in their own way.

So there are less than four more days to go, so please the earlier you apply, the earlier you get a meeting, and the verdict. Make use of it, before its too late.

Applications are open at

For more details on The Startup Centre log on too:-

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Call for nominations – NASSCOM EMERGE 50 Awards for 2010


NASSCOM EMERGE 50 celebrates the entrepreneurial and innovative efforts of India’s emerging start-ups in the IT sector, ranging from the IT, BPO and Products space to Engineering Services, Animation, E-commerce, and the Web. We recognize and showcase 50 SMEs who have demonstrated excellence through their business models and rapid financial growth and who have engineered innovative products, services and technologies that allow them to realize a higher margin. By showcasing novel ideation and success at the startup and early growth stages, NASSCOM EMERGE 50 aims to encourage and foster a culture of creativity and innovation in the IT industry and act as a catalyst for the vibrant growth of SMEs, an essential element in the growth of the Indian economy.

Companies can be nominated for innovation and extraordinary success in the categories of Growth, Markets (non-traditional / domestic), Products, and Services. This year the categories have been expanded to include EMERGE Partnerships (emerging companies partnering for technology, sub-contracting or business development purposes) and EMERGE Start-ups (products/services developed by a start-up which is less than 2 years old or which clocks less than INR 2 crore in annual revenues).

Nominations are invited from fast-growing Indian IT companies which are convinced that their achievements are worthy of mention and that are eager to share their experiences and learnings with other SMEs. Shortlisted companies will be invited to present to a jury comprising eminent people drawn from the industry. The jury members will then identify the winners for each category based on specific criteria.

Winners in each category will also be featured in the NASSCOM EMERGE newsletter.

This year, Zinnov, a management consulting company, is partnering with NASSOM in this initiative. Nominations close on the 28th of June 2010. So visit the NASSCOM EMERGE website at to file your nomination and take your place in the well-deserved ranks of SMEs that work furiously to boost the Indian economy.

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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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