Over the last few months, the MiSK Foundation and The Global Education and Leadership Foundation (tGLEF) had been hunting across multiple cities in India to find the best entrepreneurs of the country.
An initiative by Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, the Entrepreneurship World Cup aims to develop over 100k startups from a total of 100 countries. This will bring together the world’s top entrepreneurs, mentors, investors and other ecosystem stakeholders.
Amongst 31K applications from across India, the top 20 startups competed for the top 3 spots in a bid to represent the country at the global competition to be held in Riyadh in November. These selected entrepreneurs were guided by leading mentors of the ecosystem towards perfecting their pitches based on their teams.
The top 20 startups that competed in Delhi pitched their products in front of a panel of judges including Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog, Ramanan Ramanathan, Mission Director, Atal Innovation Mission, and Nikhil Sinha, MD at GSVLabs among others and nearly an audience of 150 venture capitalists, who then selected the top 3 startups that are going to represent India at the Entrepreneurship World Cup.
The Entrepreneurship World Cup is a battleground for the most innovative startups, 10 Indian startups in the second round pitched their products and services across various industries such as aerospace, health-tech, defence, electric mobility and much more. This was an opportunity where the winner would go home with prizes up to $5 million and access to investment capital.
The three startups that will represent India are:
Alongside the EWC, the tGLEF team also hosted a challenge focused on social entrepreneurship, selecting 3 startups – Janitri, Innovision and Impact Guru to pitch their ideas. Ultimately, Innovision, which creates a Braille keyboard for the visually impaired was declared as the winner.