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This was the third and final networking session before the much­ awaited announcement of the Finalists of Conquest 2017

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This was the third and final networking session before the much­ awaited announcement of the Finalists of Conquest 2017

New Delhi, 2 July: Conquest, BITS Pilani’s International Startup Challenge, hosted its first networking session in the city at the Investopad Office in Gurgaon. Conquest, backed by DCB Bank, 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 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.

Expressing his views on the Networking Sessions, Atit Jain, Investor at SAIF partners and one of the mentors, said “The session was brilliant. I was surprised to see the diversity exhibited by the startups. It is an ingenious initiative by the students, and you can, without a doubt, expect the next big thing to come out of Conquest.”

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.

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Conquest 2017, in association with Zoho, Accel, WNS and PayU, 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.

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.

Talking about the mentoring sessions, one of the mentee start-ups said, “I was pleasantly surprised by the paramount expertise and brilliant insights offered by the mentors. Not only were the mentors willing to hear us out, but also agreed to keep in touch after the sessions. I look forward to setting up a meeting with them.”

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.

For more details on the process of Conquest and the Grand Finale, visit www.conquest.org.in.

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