Pitch Fest Competition for Entrepreneurs at iLead on Nov 1st

On November 1st, at iLEAD in Kolkata, India, 10 companies will be selected to pitch their businesses to Sramana Mitra, one of Silicon Valley’s top strategists. Each 5-minute pitch will be followed by a 5-minute strategic analysis by Sramana.

Following the pitches, a panel of judges including Sramana Mitra, Ambarish Dasgupta, Executive Director/Partner and PwC India Consulting Leader, Abhishek Rungta, CEO of IndustNet, and Pallav Nadhani, CEO of FusionCharts, will select the top 6 entrepreneurs who will be awarded a full tuition to Sramana’s 1M/1M program – valued at $1,000 each. The scholarships are being awarded as part of  sponsors’ initiatives to develop entrepreneurship in Bengal.

Note: See info about Sramana Mitra and the 1M/1M program here: Sramana Mitra, 1M/1M

To compete, please send in your completed application form to [email protected] by October 20, 2012. Answers to some Frequently Asked Questions are here.


Criteria for Selection:

We are looking for companies with the following types of businesses:
·  Web 3.0 & eCommerce  
·  Cloud Computing & Business Solution
·  Outsourcing & Consulting
·  Mobile & Social Apps
·  Healthcare IT
·  Gaming
·  Online Education

Benefits for Presenters:
-Get on-the-spot analysis of their project by Sramana Mitra, one of Silicon Valley’s top strategists, with suggestions about how to potentially increase chances of success
-Gain exposure:
-to investors in the audience
-to Sramana’s large network (who will listen live or to online recording of the event)
-via marketing of the event by corporate sponsors

Benefits for Winners:
-A year of Sramana’s ongoing mentorship during weekly strategy roundtables
-Opportunity to study a unique curriculum designed to prevent mistakes, save time and money
-Chance to absorb the tribal knowledge of Silicon Valley based on carefully analyzed case studies of hundreds of successful companies
-Introductions by Sramana to potential customers, partners and investors among her extensive global network

November 1 Agenda:
6:00 p.m. IST – Greetings, Sramana Mitra and other judges
6:15 p.m. IST – 10 pitches, 10 minutes each (5 minute pitch + 5 minutes of discussion/questions)
7:55 p.m. IST – Judges deliberate privately
8:10 p.m. IST – Winners announced, closing remarks

113/c/1, Matheshwartala Road, Topsia, Kolkata, West Bengal 700046, India

Application: Kolkata 1M/1M Entrepreneur Pitch-Fest Competition

Frequently Asked Questions: Kolkata 1M/1M Entrepreneur Pitch-Fest Competition


Sramana requests that entrepreneurs use the Clarify Your Story appendix of her Positioning book to prepare their pitches. You can find the excerpt here.

You can find more information and dates for other upcoming roundtables here: http://1m1m.sramanamitra.com/free-public-roundtables/

About Sramana

Sramana Mitra is the founder of the One Million by One Million (1M/1M) initiative, an educational, business development and incubation program that aims to help one million entrepreneurs globally to reach $1 million in revenue and beyond. She is a Silicon Valley entrepreneur and strategy consultant, she writes the blog Sramana Mitra On Strategy, and is author of the Entrepreneur Journeys book series and Vision India 2020. From 2008 to 2010, Mitra was a columnist for Forbes. As an entrepreneur CEO, she ran three companies: DAIS, Intarka, and Uuma. She has a masters degree in electrical engineering and computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Recordings and recaps of previous roundtables with Sramana Mitra are available here.

To signup for this event go to http://strategyroundtable-nov1.eventbrite.com