Birla Institute of Technology & Science (BITS Pilani), a league of premier institutes in India, has invited applications for its thirteenth international startup challenge ‘Conquest 2017’.

The conclave aims to seek innovative ideas and reinforce the spirit of entrepreneurship across the world. Run by the Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership (CEL) of BITS Pilani, it is claimed to be India’s largest student-run startup conclave.

The jury panel for Conquest 2017 includes industry veterans such as Nilesh Kothari (Co-founder Trifecta Capital), Dev Khare (MD, Lightspeed Venture Partner), Bhawna Agarwal (CEO, NDTV Gadgets), Samar Singla (CEO Jugnoo), Rajesh Sawhney (Founder, GSF Accelerator), Jitendra Gupta (CEO, Citrus Pay), Pankaj Jain (Partner, 500 Startups), Bharat Shankar (Investor Accel Partners) and more.

The event is also supported by leading entrepreneurs and investors as mentors and sponsors.

Conquest 2017: What’s In For The Startups

Conquest 2017 seeks to assist startups from tier II and tierIII cities, to provide them an opportunity to be at par with ventures across the globe.

This year, Conquest also eyes startups overseas, gearing up to help them with its vast inventory of resources and opportunities.

It also offers one-on-one mentoring sessions with industry leaders, investing and fundraising opportunities, networking sessions with corporate moguls, equity-less funding and resources worth $1 Mn.

Success Stories

In 2016, over 1200 applications were received from startups all across Asia. After three mentoring sessions in Delhi, Bengaluru and Mumbai, the grand finale was held at ITC Maurya.

Project Mudra, a startup working with an aim to provide Braille literacy and K-12 lessons to blind students, was the winner of Conquest 2016. Swagene, TruckSuvidha, Phyzok, Gamezop, iTraveller, PosterGully, GharPay (Acquired by Delhivery), Social Cops, Voonik, etc., were other success stories that travelled through Conquest platform in last few years.

Gamezop, the runners up for Conquest 2015, raised a funding of $350K and the founders were featured in Forbes 30 under 30 in 2016. Social Cops, a Conquest 2013 participant, was among the 35 startups from India selected for the first India-U.S. Startup Konnect at Silicon Valley.

Applying For Conquest 2017

In order to participate, the startup should not be older than 3 years i.e. the venture should not have been set-up before 1st January 2015. Also, The startup should have a valuation of less than, $1 Mn.

The startups are required to fill an online form, based on which the applications will get screened by the jury panel. The semi-finalists would get personalised mentoring across five major cities in India, wherein the teams will be offered to choose their own mentors. Finally, a networking lunch with prestigious industrialists and a pitching opportunity to the biggest VC firms in India would commemorate the Grand Finale.

The registrations for participation will get closed on April 20, 2017. Interested startups can apply here.



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