Startups are the new future. The Indian startup market in recent times has exponentially boomed and lots of young people are now driven towards the very idea of ‘starting something new’. But just having s dream is not enough, materializing that very dream of yours into reality cones the hardest part and a lot of startups fail because of the lack of intervention at the right time.
To mark its 20th anniversary, the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania for the first time ever would be organizing its annual conference namely Wharton India Economic Forum (WIEF) in India (Mumbai) on 5th of January. WIEF is a student-run India-focused conference which has organized a startup competition where 10 finalists would be presenting their business ideas to the industry gurus namely Kirthiga Reddy (MD of Facebook India), Ravi Gururaj (Nasscom) and Sasha Mirchandani (Founder and MD of Kae Capital).
The WIEF conference is themed around an analysis of India’s startup landscape. Around 750 startups have applied for this competition among which only 10 startups have been selected on the basis of having product/services for the Indian market for profit as well as for social ventures. The main objective behind this competition is to provide the Indian startups with a single platform to interact with mentors, collaborators, investors and potential consumers.
The selected finalists range from a variety of genres including technology, agriculture, web analytics etc.
The conference will also have keynote addressing and panel discussion by eminent scholars and business tycoons namely Ronnie Screwvala (founder of UTV group and Unilazer), Harsh Mariwala (Chairman of Marico) and Haigreve Khaitan (Senior Partner at Khaitan & Co.).
Source: The Indian Express