Conquest 2017 : Networking Sessions

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Conquest, BITS Pilani’s International Startup Challenge, is back with its thirteenth edition. Conquest is India’s largest student-run startup challenge, and has diligently moulded itself over the years to serve as the perfect launchpad for emerging start-ups. Along its journey, Conquest offers one-on-one mentoring sessions with industry leaders, investing and fundraising opportunities, networking sessions with corporate moguls, equity-less funding and resources worth USD 1 million.

Conquest 2017 is providing opportunity to startups from tier 2 and tier 3 cities to be at par with ventures across the globe, gearing up to help them with its vast inventory of resources and opportunities.

Conquest, BITS Pilani’s International Startup Challenge, hosted its first networking session in the city at the DCB office in Mumbai. Conquest, serves as a brilliant launchpad for emerging startups across the country. As part of the mentoring sessions, the participants were provided with expert guidance from industry leaders. Some noteworthy mentors include Ashim Jolly, COO, Haptik, Samir Dahotre, founder, Perspective and CEO Artbugs and Prakash Advani, CEO, PicoNETS. conquest 2017 horizontal logo

Expressing her views on the Networking Sessions, Anu Aggarwal, head of West region at IAN and a mentor at the session, said “The mentoring session was a commendable effort by the students. I look forward to seeing multiple success stories emerge from this competition. It is a wonderfully organised process with steps that meet every need an early stage venture could possibly have.”

Conquest, through its tie-ups with incubators and investment firms across the country, offers funding and incubation opportunities for participating startups. The top startups at Conquest receive, in addition to USD 1M worth resources, Rs 3 lakh worth of equity-less funding.

Conquest 2017 witnessed a participation of more than 1000 startups from across the nation. These applications were scrutinised based on their models, sustainability, user traction and a number of other parameters, after which, the top 50 were shortlisted for the Networking Sessions held in Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore. Fundraising, Product Management, Customer Acquisition, Tech, and Scaling up & Operations comprise the five categories in which the startups received expert guidance from the mentors.

In Bangalore, Conquest, BITS hosted its networking session at the Accel Office. As part of the mentoring sessions, the participants were provided with expert guidance from industry leaders. Some noteworthy mentors include Brijesh Bhardwaj, Product Manager at Hike, Suvonil Chatterjee, ex-CDO Housing and Flipkart and current advisor at Unacademy, Abhishek Nayak, CEO, Bicycle AI and Rishabh Kaul, CEO, Belong .

Gurugram networking session was hosted at the Investopad Office. Some noteworthy mentors include Ajay Gupta, VP and head of Strategy at Ericsson, Ashish Goel, Head of Product Design, Zomato, Dhruv Mathur, co-founder, Little Black Book and Deepanshu Malviya, co-founder, Shuttl.

This was the third and final networking session before the much­ awaited announcement of the Finalists of Conquest 2017.The finalists will now present their ideas before the jury at the Grand Finale to be held on 27 August at Hyatt Regency, New Delhi.

Conquest, through its tie-ups with incubators and investment firms across the country, offers funding and incubation opportunities for participating startups. The top startups at Conquest receive, in addition to USD 1M worth resources, Rs 3 lakh worth of equity-less funding.

The Grand Finale of Conquest has the reputation of being a star studded networking event, with attendance from numerous industry stalwarts. Previous editions have witnessed attendance from the likes of R. Chandrashekhar, President, NASSCOM, Padmaja Ruparel, President, Indian Angel Network and Sanjay Nath, Managing Partner, Blume Ventures and Nilesh Kothari, Managing Partner, Trifecta Capital. With two insightful panel discussions, fishbowl sessions open to the audience and a networking lunch with industry leaders, the finale fulfils any startup enthusiast’s dream.

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