Bharti Airtel partners SingTel Innov8 for start-up acceleration programme

  • India Infoline News Service |
  • 03 Nov, 2011 |
  • 1:57 PM
In order to inspire, educate and empower passionate leaders and budding entrepreneurs, Bharti Airtel, India's leading telecommunications company, today announced that it would be hosting ‘Start Up Weekend Gurgaon’ in association with SingTel Innov8. Startup Weekend Gurgaon from November 11-13, 2011 at Airtel Center, Gurgaon, will give aspiring Indian entrepreneurs a chance to showcase innovative ideas that could be built into successful start up businesses. The initiative looks to bring together developers, designers, marketers, product managers and start-up enthusiasts and help catalyze the growth of the innovation and incubation ecosystem in India and the Asian region.
Part of a regional competition across Asia that celebrates innovation and entrepreneurship, the competition is being held across several countries like Singapore, Malaysia, Australia and India. This is the first time the regional Startup Weekend competitions will lead to a 100-day Innov8 2012 Bootcamp, where shortlisted participants will receive S$15,000 and be guided by accomplished mentors and industry experts to help kick-start their businesses. As many as 15 teams from across Asia will be shortlisted for the Bootcamp to be held in Singapore.


According to K. Srinivas, President-Consumer Business, Bharti Airtel, “We are delighted to partner with SingTel Innov8 to bring the ‘Startup Weekend’ to Gurgaon for start-up enthusiasts by providing them the perfect opportunity to work on a new platform and evaluate their ideas, under the guidance of the experts and mentors. The initiative is consistent with Bharti Airtel’s commitment to furthering innovation in partnership with industry leaders and will provide an excellent opportunity for budding entrepreneurs to come together, discuss and take their ideas to the world.”
Yvonne Kwek, CEO SingTel Innov8 said, “This accelerator programme gives start-ups an amazing opportunity to crystallize and test their ideas as well as gain access to funding for their business dreams and goals. Innov8 will play a role in nurturing the teams and facilitating their go-to-market strategies to help deliver innovative digital applications and services to millions across Asia.”
The ‘Startup Weekend Gurgaon’ at Airtel Centre will begin with open mic pitches on Friday – 11th Nov, where the attendees will be encouraged to showcase their best ideas and inspire others to join their team. Over Saturday and Sunday (12th -13th Nov), teams will design and develop business plans while constantly streamlining their start-up vision. Start-up Weekend Gurgaon will end on Sunday (13th Nov) evening with final presentations and announcement of the winning team which gets a chance to be a part of the final round at the -Innov8 2012 bootcamp in Singapore. Startup Weekend Gurgaon will provide resources, industry insights and access to regional markets.
Encouraging serious participation, entry to Startup Weekend Gurgaon is a nominal INR 2000. What’s more - There is a student discount of 50% on full price tickets as well as an early bird special price. 

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