IIM Calcutta launches The Biggest Business Plan Contest of the Year - i21 09
The buck stops here! Come and be a part of the biggest confluence of
business ideas, strategies, business plans, innovative products and
processes, and disruptive models of the future as E-Cell of IIM
Calcutta, in association with Intaglio, proudly presents "i2I'09"- The
only Business Plan contest of its type in India, which provides an
ideal platform for budding entrepreneurs to realize their dreams as we
connect them to ideas, money and people who matter.
The legacy of i2I has grown in proportions in a short span of time.
While i2I' 08 became a springboard for 4 finalists to launch their own
firm successfully, i2I'09 promises to raise the bar further. How? Canaan Partners, Indavest Starter Fund & Indian Angel Network, our investment partners
will be looking for opportunities to offload hefty capital to
kick-start the brightest of business ideas. New product or an
innovative business solution, our eminent panel of industry experts and
patrons from TiE and NEN will provide expert reviews and mentoring
to improve and fine-tune your B-plan. Sponsors like UK India Business
Council and Tata Administrative Services speak volumes about the truly
global stature of the event.
The short-listing process will be spread broadly over 3 stages,
beginning with submission of an executive summary from 15th October
onwards. Short-listed teams will have to present the detailed version
in the Pitch round. The best entries will be invited to present the
plan at the Grand Finale which would be held alongside TiE Conference
at Kolkata. The details of the event are as follows:
- Submission Deadline for First round: 5th November 2008.
- Pitch round: 11th - 15th December 2008 at various prime locations of the country.
- Grand Finale - 9th January at Kolkata.
Padmaja Ruparel of Indian Angel Network - "Entrepreneurship
is the engine for growth " and angel investing is the fuel. Angel
investors look at start up / early stage ventures for investing money,
strategic advice and leveraging their networks. Indian Angel Network
(IAN), the first and now the largest angel group has invested in 16
ventures across multiple sectors. IAN is delighted to partner with i2I,
one of the most active entrepreneurship cells in the country and hope
to see some high quality entrepreneurial teams / plans from this
Ganesh Rengaswamy at Indavest Starter Fund - "We, at Indavest
Starter Fund (ISF), are excited to be associated with i2I as a flagship
event to celebrate entrepreneurship, and support high potential
companies and entrepreneurs especially at early stages of their
journey. The last year saw over 150 entries in i2I and out of the 9
finalists, 4 have started their businesses. i2I is a powerful national
platform for entrepreneurs to access high quality mentors and
Investment partners. We look forward to working closely with the i2I
team and the participating companies to help develop their businesses.
ISF will consider funding exciting opportunities coming out of the i2I
platform this year."
Sharon Bamford, CEO of UK India Business Council - "The UK
India Business Council is delighted to partner with E-Cell IIM
Calcutta. India is a hotbed of entrepreneurial talent and this is a
great opportunity for us. We want to provide support and opportunity
for India"s next generation of entrepreneurs to capitalise on their
ideas and provide knowledge and networks to ensure the UK is a partner
of choice for their global ambitions."
Laura Parkin at NEN - "i2I plays a critical role in spurring
entrepreneurship in Eastern India, and even nationally. Over the past
years, several of the winners have gone on to start their businesses.
And perhaps more importantly, the large scale of the event brings
attention to entrepreneurial opportunities and helps inspire the next
generation of entrepreneurs. At NEN, we are delighted to partner with
IIM Calcutta to support them in this event."
Shradha Sharma at YourStory.in - "YourStory.in is the first
dedicated online media platform for SME and Start-up entrepreneurs in
India with a focus on creating a strong eco system that enables high
visibility and networking opportunities for its members. YourStory is
proud to associate with i2I and will provide an in-depth coverage of
the event, actions behind the scene and chronicle the making of young
entrepreneurs. So stay tuned with us as we kick start our reporting
from the IIM Calcutta campus." For more information and registration,
visit online at www.iimc-intaglio/i2I.
Please feel free to contact us at [email protected] for any further assistance.