This article is sponsored by Lufthansa
Applications for the Lufthansa Runway to Success close on April 30, 2016. Register now to earn your moment in the sun!
Attracting 27,000 applications in its last season, Runway to Success has proven itself as one of India’s biggest platforms for SMEs to be discovered and recognised by some of the most accomplished leaders today in business and industry. In its fourth consecutive season, the event is gearing up once again to celebrate Indian entrepreneurs and put them on the fast track to success.
In its previous three hugely successful editions, the unique, multi-staged programme, organised jointly by Lufthansa, TiE, and India’s premiere business TV channel ET NOW, saw some of the country’s most pioneering and innovative entrepreneurs go head-to-head in a tight competition that rewards exceptional ideas and execution. Winner of Season 3, Mandeep Manocha (Co-founder and CEO, ReGlobe) sums up his experience saying, “Lufthansa Runway to Success has been an enriching experience, which will continue to inspire me ahead on the journey of entrepreneurship like never before. To have discussed my business ideas with such proficient minds has given me a reason to gear up all the more for an exponential growth at ReGlobe.”
With under one week to go before registrations close, here’s why you need to hurry and apply for a front row seat in this adventure:
Runway to Success Mentorship Camps
Successful entrepreneurs often attribute their success to skilled, expert mentors. Recognising the importance of early mentorship in every entrepreneur’s journey, Runway to Success includes nationwide camps conducted year round with TiE at select chapters. Here, celebrated business experts offer group and individual mentorship sessions to SMEs, which culminated in the Startup Expo on 23rd April, 2016.
Runway to Success TV Series
This is a special, power-packed reality television series on ET NOW, where successful business icons inspire, guide, and mentor India’s new breed of entrepreneurs. Close to 30 shortlisted contestants win a chance to get on national television to share their motivational stories and answer questions by experts about their business cases in this 11-episode series.
The winners in each episode go on to a thrilling semi-final and the top three contestants battle it out in the grand finale for a chance to win the coveted prize that’s sure to send their ventures soaring - an attractive package that includes:
- A seat at Stanford University’s prestigious Design Thinking Boot Camp
- A free Lufthansa Business Class ticket to the US
- A mentorship with TiE’s global network of entrepreneurs, corporate executives, and senior professionals
- The winners of each individual episode also get Lufthansa Business Class tickets to Europe!
The fourth edition of Runway to Success included a one-day Startup Expo in Gurgaon on April 23rd, 2016. It attracted startups, investors, corporates, professionals, embassies, students, support organisations, and service providers across various sectors, making it the complete package to power startup growth. This year, the event placed a special emphasis on entrepreneurs in food and food tech.
The much-lauded event boasted speaker sessions, panel discussions, and workshops led by eminent industry leaders and successful entrepreneurs designed to provide maximum value to entrepreneurs with inputs on how to overcome challenges along the startup journey and garner success and scale. A special panel on women entrepreneurs saw some prominent names from the ecosystem share notes on their experiences with startup success. There were opportunities galore for those looking to network or find mentors and the Startup Showcase provided the ideal platform and audience for early-stage businesses to connect with experts, investors, and potential clients to expand product reach.
To all who enter, Runway to Success promises to be a learning experience of a lifetime! If you are someone looking for that opportunity to take your venture to the skies, then the wait is finally over. Registrations close on 30 April 2016, but it only takes a few easy minutes to sign up for your ticket to the stars!
So, hurry up, register, get comfortable at the wheel, and get set for an unforgettable journey.
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