About the Startup Expo

The Start-Up Expo is India’s biggest ecosystem for start-up success. An extraordinary initiative that brings together the collaborative power of India, the Expo offers budding entrepreneurs all that they need to succeed, all together, all in one place – absolutely free of cost!

Co-created by Lufthansa and TiE Delhi-NCR, the Expo is a high visibility transformative platform where start-up entrepreneurs can showcase their ventures, meet investors, engage with government organizations, attend knowledge sessions, receive one-on-one mentoring, network with business experts, explore and find partnership opportunities and potential customers, and interact with stakeholders. What’s more? They can even participate in the Elevator Pitch contest that can help catalyse change and take their start-up onto a higher journey!

Start-up Expo – a glimpse from last year

  • 20,000 participants from 175 cities
  • 500 start-up exhibitors
  • 200 mentors & experts
  • 100 partners
  • 75 investors
  • 1000 investor meetings in one day
  • Participation is free of cost

Elevator Pitch Contest

About the contest

The Elevator Pitch is a trailblazing contest. An opportunity to transform your start-up with a 3-minute business pitch!

Contestants apply online and are shortlisted by a distinguished jury through a multi-stage selection process. The top 3 contestants will pitch live in the Grand Finale at the Start-Up Expo 4 on 28 September 2019.

The Grand Prize includes allocation of a dedicated mentor for 6 months, unparalleled week-long access to an investor’s office, a complimentary membership to TiE Delhi-NCR, a Lufthansa Business Class ticket to a global entrepreneurship program and network, along with wide publicity and showcase opportunities.

Get in the fray to embrace change and unearth the next destination for your start-up!

Gratification

The Grand Prize of the Elevator Pitch contest includes a host of opportunities to transform your start-up. It wins you unparalleled access to:

  • An investor’s office for one entire week to get direct feedback, inputs and potential funding
  • A dedicated mentor for 6 months with monthly meetings to help accelerate your journey
  • A Lufthansa Business Class ticket to visit a global entrepreneurship program and network
  • A complimentary membership to TiE Delhi-NCR for one year
  • Mentorship for refining business plan and making it pitch perfect
  • Wide publicity and showcase opportunities

The first Grand Prize winner, Innoweave Biocare Co-Founder Manasi Kulkarni, is on her way this summer to the global entrepreneurship program at Cambridge University. You could be next!

Eligibility Criteria

The Elevator Pitch contest is for start-ups registered in India. It has three basic eligibility criteria:

  • Your startup should be less than five years old
  • Your startup should have been a registered Indian entity in operation for at least 3 months
  • Your business should be one that is scalable

Jury

The Elevator Pitch contestants will be evaluated by a distinguished panel of business experts brought together by Lufthansa and TiE Delhi-NCR. While the initial screening will be done online, the Quarter-Finals, Semi-Finals and Grand Finale will be judged by a live jury comprising business experts, leaders and mentors.

The making of a great elevator pitch

A great Elevator Pitch is crisp, compelling and comprehensive.

It should encapsulate the story of your start-up and convince the jury about its value in 3 minutes or less, the duration of a typical elevator ride. While this guideline is not a rigid template, here’s a broad sweep of the elements that should be covered along with an estimated time for each segment:

Introduction

  • Give a brief summary about:
    • Your company
    • Your role in the company
  • Segment duration: 15 seconds

Your products or services

  • Provide an overview of the solution that your company offers
  • Contextualize it with the main problem it addresses
  • Segment duration: 45 seconds

The business environment

  • Give a brief idea of your customers and target market
  • Outline your key competitors in the field
  • Segment duration: 30 seconds

Your USP

  • Tell the jury why you believe your company is a winner
  • What is the unique selling proposition of your product or service?
  • What competitive advantages does your startup command?
  • Segment duration: 1 minute

The key numbers

  • Give the jury a quick financial snapshot of your company, including current and projected earnings.
  • Segment duration: 30 seconds

Terms & conditions

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Showcase your startup

Showcase your start-up to the world and discover the next destination in your success story.

The Start-up Expo is India’s largest ecosystem for start-up success. Demonstrate your solutions live, be innovative, put your best foot forward! With an anticipated thousands of participants to attend, make the most of the visibility and opportunity to attract customers, investors, mentors and early adaptors.

Just like the last edition of Start-up Expo, this year will also see hundreds of innovative start-ups from across the country demonstrating their solutions live at the event. Participants are expected from diverse sectors such as Technology, FinTech, Travel, Social, FMCG, Food and more.

Lufthansa Innovation Hub will be present too, looking for start-ups with a special focus on digital innovations that bring ease in travel and mobility.

This is where it’s at! An opportunity that is not to be missed! And best of all, the exhibition space has no cost attached for start-ups. Book early so you can get the best spots.

Apply for a free stall

TiE Institute Session

About

It’s never too late to learn a good tip! TiE Institute Sessions at the Start-Up Expo offer start-ups an opportunity to tap into the wisdom of successful entrepreneurs through insightful talks and discussion. Delivered by seasoned entrepreneurs, mentors and investors, TiE Institute Sessions aim at providing useful practical knowledge within an interactive setting.

Schedule

Time Program
10:00 to 10:05 Welcome Note
10:05 to 10:30 Opening Address
10:30 to 11:00 Opening Keynote
11:00 to 11:45 Keynote Panel : Startup Opportunities in the Sunrise Sector - Travel & Mobility
11:45 to 12:45 Elevator Pitches : Shortlisted Startups
12:45 to 13:30 Bootstrapping your Startup Business Vs Raising Angel Investments
13:30 to 14:30 LUNCH
14:30 to 15:30 Elevator Pitch Jury Announcement – Grand Jury
15:30 to 16:15 Financing Options for your Venture
16:15 to 17:00 When to Raise Venture Capital & Who to Raise it from

Meet the Investors

We will soon update this with relevant details. Please watch this space for updates.

Mentoring Camp

About Mentoring Camps

Find the mentor you’ve been looking for at the Start-up Expo Mentoring Camp. Learn the keys to success from an expert, seek an objective perspective on your business plan, get feedback from an experienced person who has successfully weathered the storms of business. With several seasoned mentors expected to hold hundreds of Mentoring Clinic sessions, this is your opportunity to find a guiding hand for your start-up. Participate in a session and make the most of a face to face meeting to get free expert advice to help you steer your start-up through uncharted waters.

Main Partners

Voices of Success

  • “I had 4 successful meetings with prospective investors.”

    – Vikrant Vijay Shitole, Founder, Tenilo Revolutions

  • "We got media visibility, clients and investor interest."

    – Anjan Kumar, Co-Founder, Greendzine Technologies

  • “We met a lot of interested investors and potential clients.”

    – Pranay Sharma, Founder, Parkzap

  • “We met potential partners, investors and new customers.”

    – Bindu Sharma, Co-Founder, Vya Naturals

  • “We had a great opportunity to showcase our idea.”

    – Anupam Verma, Co-Founder, revo-ex.com

  • “It helped us expand our reach from local to Delhi-based enterprises.”

    – Shreshtha Bhutra, Founder, Clothing Innovations

  • “According to Rahul, his interaction with investors was instrumental in shaping the overall business strategy for his venture.”

    – Rahul Chauhan, Founder, RoomsXpert.com

“I had 4 successful meetings with prospective investors.”

– Vikrant Vijay Shitole, Founder, Tenilo Revolutions

I met 4 investors!

Vikrant Vijay Shitole, Founder, Tenilo Revolutions had 4 successful meetings with prospective investors at the StartUp Expo 3. “It was an immensely successful event for me personally,” says Vikrant who travelled from Mumbai specifically for the event. “I had 4 successful meetings with prospective investors and although I couldn’t meet our 5th designated investor, overall the day was quite fulfilling.” Vikrant found the quality of both the investors as well as the speakers at the event top-notch. “Kudos to your team for organizing such a well-managed and wonderful event.”

"We got media visibility, clients and investor interest."

– Anjan Kumar, Co-Founder, Greendzine Technologies

We got visibility, clients and investor interest.

Anjan Kumar, Co-Founder, Greendzine Technologies received great exposure through StartUp Expo 3. “We got media visibility, clients and investor interest,” says he. “We got to meet some high-profile investors. Hope to see some of them investing in our company.” Anjan was also a finalist in the Elevator Pitch contest and got to pitch live to an audience of distinguished guests at the Expo. Looking back at the experience, he says, “Had a great time pitching live for the first time, not an easy job to do without a presentation.”

“We met a lot of interested investors and potential clients.”

– Pranay Sharma, Founder, Parkzap

It connected us to potential clients.

Pranay Sharma, Founder, Parkzap got good exposure and clients through Start-up Expo 3. “We met a lot of interested investors and potential clients,” says Pranay. “The Expo not only gave us a lot of exposure but also connected us to many potential clients, some of which we are about to close.” He is looking forward to participating at subsequent Expos.

“We met potential partners, investors and new customers.”

– Bindu Sharma, Co-Founder, Vya Naturals

We met potential partners, investors and new customers.

Bindu Sharma, Co-founder, Vya Naturals found partners and clients at StartUp Expo 3 and is in touch with investors for closing the funding. “Our experience was excellent,” says Bindu. “We met potential partners and investors in addition to getting a space to exhibit our products and meeting new customers.” It was their first Expo and she recalls that the process to participate was very simple and quick. According to her, “It was very useful for our business.”

“We had a great opportunity to showcase our idea.”

– Anupam Verma, Co-Founder, revo-ex.com

A great opportunity to learn

Anupam Verma, Co-Founder, revo-ex.com values the opportunity to showcase their idea at StartUp Expo 3. “We as a start-up had a great opportunity to showcase our idea and solution to an audience and received their valuable feedback/suggestions,” says Anupam. “It also gave an idea about the market and how do people see the future in terms of their requirements and challenges.” Overall, he felt the Expo was “a great opportunity to learn.” In addition, he says, “it gave us an opportunity to meet with potential investors who also provided some feedback.”

“It helped us expand our reach from local to Delhi-based enterprises.”

– Shreshtha Bhutra, Founder, Clothing Innovations

It helped us expand our reach from local to Delhi-based enterprises

Shreshtha Bhutra, Founder, Clothing Innovations found clients through StartUp Expo 3. “It was an amazing experience,” says Shreshtha. “It helped us expand our reach from local to Delhi-based enterprises.” Shreshtha believes that the Expo gave her start-up “a good opportunity for business tie-ups” and helped them explore more areas.” They also appreciated the valuable feedback they received from visitors at the Expo.

“According to Rahul, his interaction with investors was instrumental in shaping the overall business strategy for his venture.”

– Rahul Chauhan, Founder, RoomsXpert.com

According to Rahul, his interaction with investors was instrumental in shaping the overall business strategy for his venture

Rahul Chauhan, Founder, RoomsXpert.com got good exposure and clients through Start-up Expo. According to Rahul, his interaction with investors was instrumental in shaping the overall business strategy for his venture. “In our first meeting itself, his straight forward queries helped us in changing our approach as well as iteration of our business model,” says Rahul. He believes that the most significant aspect was the personal connect he formed. “I was able to meet him at any point of time, says he, adding “Every time I met him, he had something to offer to improve my business.” He found the Expo a great learning experience for the progress of RoomsXpert.com.

Contact Us

Address: Epicentre, Gurgaon
Date: 28 September 2019