Giving wings to the entrepreneurial vision of innovators and business leaders of the future, Venture Catalysts, Indian seed investment and innovation platform, has tied up with the upcoming TiECON 2017 as its investment partner. Under the association, angel investors from VCats will participate in ‘The Pitch Room’, a two-day start-up investment pitch event. Dr. Apoorv Ranjan Sharma, Co-founder and President – Venture Catalysts, will be a part of the investor panel and also a Jury Member at the event, which will also see participation from other prominent angels such as Sanjay Mehta and Anand Lunia.
Close to 20 promising start-ups catering to the Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), Virtual Reality, Space Tech, and other industry verticals are expected to pitch their businesses to leading Indian angels. Classified under three primary categories – ‘Early-stage Start-ups’, ‘Pre-series and Series start-ups’, and ‘Startup Corporate Connect’ – the Jury Members will examine the curated startups based on their pitches. The participating businesses can raise funds worth up to INR 30 lakh, and will also stand a chance to benefit from the support of TiE mentors. This will help emerging ventures learn more about key business aspects such as scalability, growth, and market disruption, and gain the ability to refine their long-term vision. Also, Dr. Apoorv will succinctly share his perspective on ‘Investment opportunity in Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality Space’ during his panel scheduled from 3:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Speaking about the association, Dr. Apoorv Ranjan Sharma, Co-founder & President, Venture Catalysts, said, “We believe that new-age Indian start-ups have the innovation potential to create global disruption with the right mentoring, networking, educating, and incubating opportunities. This is why we have tied up with TiECON 2017 as its investment partner. ‘The Pitch Room’ is a great initiative that will lead to the emergence of more unique ideas and innovative technologies in the country’s burgeoning start-up landscape. We are looking forward to the pitches at the event and fuelling the next wave of innovative Indian start-ups.”
TiECON 2017 is a two-day annual flagship event by TiE Mumbai which has been themed on ‘2022 – India Ahead’. It will be held on 17th and 18th of March, 2017 at The St. Regis Mumbai and will bear witness to the involvement of multiple eminent personalities including Vijay Shekhar Sharma, CEO – Paytm, Dr. Apoorv Ranjan Sharma, Founder – Venture Catalysts, Amitabh Kant, CEO – NITI Aayog, and Ajay Bhushan Pandey, CEO – UIDAI, amongst others. The program aims to promote entrepreneurship in India and facilitate a supportive start-up ecosystem in the country.