Global Superangels Forum today announced the winners of its HighSchoolGeeks competition. This unique initiative is aimed at fostering entrepreneurship talent among the high school students in India with strong technology skills and drive to achieve startup success. The competition was organised to select and recruit 4 high school Entrepreneurs in Residence who will join a team of other EiRs from across the world, which includes graduates from the top academic institutions and founders of multiple successful startups andwill attend a 9 week program taking place simultaneously in Bangalore, Mumbai, Chennai and Gurgaon during which extensive coaching is provided to the startups by a mentor pool of over 200 leading co-founders and digital masterminds from across the world.
The HSGs will get to attend the valuable mentorship sessions, work with an intelligent team, get a sense of the ecosystem, solve real life problems, and learn about an entrepreneur’s life in just a span of 9 weeks.
The EiR@GSF program is a unique and intensely immersive experience, designed to help EiRs from across the world launch their own startups, find partners, mentorship and gain access to capital.
This year’s winners are:
Anmol Maini, Mumbai
Anmol is a 17 year old with immense passion for automobile and mobile devices . He keeps an eye out on the integration between hardware and software. Being an avid robot enthusiast, he has been working with the soldering iron for the past 10 years. Recently, he built a smart traffic signal and an autonomous vehicle with the Arduino microcontroller. He plans to enter the 8th IRO, along with his school's robotics, team to eventually represent India in the WRO. His latest project is an Electric Auto Rickshaw, with which he plans to revolutionize Delhi's public transit. He dreams to study Computer Science (with a minor in robotics) from either Stanford or Carnegie Mellon.
Joel John, Chennai
Joel began creating viruses at the age of 7; started his first blog when he was 9 and launched a website at the age of 12. He started his first online business at the age of 14 and went on investing the returns into a server rental venture. At the age of 16, Joel had his first ever venture acquisition. His insight into fraud management and futuristic approach to interface development has helped start ups across the nation launch better products. He believes that every idea is an act of divine intervention and it’s the duty of humans to execute them in the best ways possible to try and create a better planet. His venture line ups include pay processors, e-commerce, agriculture, space research, green energy and an advanced approach to content delivery.
Kshitij Kumar, DelhiKshitij, 16 year old high school kid, runs his own software startup, Blix Corporation. From starting to code from the tender age of 9 and launching his first website at the age of 10, Kshitij has never looked back. This wonder kid now speaks over 7 programming languages and has an OS under his company. Apart from managing his 12th grade studies, Kshitij has also spoken at various events and conferences. His startups focus on cloud, mobile, networking and ecommerce technologies. Currently, his startup is working on a project, which aims to bring the latest version of Android on every smartphone running Android 2.3+
Sumit Raj, Bangalore
Sumit is a 16 year old geek, web developer and an entrepreneur. He created a fully functional social networking website when he was 14. Since then his quest for entrepreneurship hasn't ended. After FunFanFriend, his first venture, he is currently working on Tuitions Connect, a service according to him 'will change the tuition industry for once and for good'. He believes in spreading the little knowledge to the students who are eager to learn. Sumit is quite optimistic about his dream, which is to create the next BIG thing. He pictures himself looking at his company's office in Silicon Valley in the future. "I have miles to go before I sleep" he often says.