Entries Open for SmartUP – Espark-Viridian’s B-Plan Competition


7th September 2017: Espark Viridian Accelerator, a startup accelerator for early and growth seeking startups in-association with Headstart Network Foundation, brings a unique opportunity for all the aspiring entrepreneurs- SmartUp 2017. SmartUp is a Pan India Business Plan Competition that could help win a cash prize worth Rs 1.75 lakh, entry to Espark-Viridian’s accelerator program, live one-to-one mentoring, potential to raise seed investment, network with all the who’s who of the business world.

Event focuses on startup ecosystem and promotes entrepreneurship in India
· Offers an opportunity to transform startup ideas into success stories.
· Expert advice on business nuances.
· Opportunity to win cash prizes & entry to Espark-Viridian accelerator centres across India and potential to raise seed investment.

Espark-Viridian in association with Headstart Network are committed to promote entrepreneurship in India. Early stage startups having original idea and clear business model with significant market research are eligible to apply. Top 25 startups will be shortlisted by selected jury members. The event would culminate with two full days dedicated to one to one mentoring from national level mentors followed by a pitching session to top rated investors wherein one could get a chance to raise a seed investment. The deadline application submission is 25th September 2017.

“We, at Espark-Viridan Accelerator believe that India has tremendous potential and startups are the future of business ecosystem. This is a one-of a–kind business plan competition for budding entrepreneurs to turn their dreams into reality. Besides a potential to raising seed investment, the startups will get the opportunity for one-to one mentorship,” said Vibhuti Channa, Director, Espark Viridian Accelerator.

“SmartUp 2017 is Espark-Viridian and Headstart’s endeavor to identify and nurture India’s young entrepreneurs who have the aspiration and ability to solve big problems through their ventures. With Espark-Viridian’s enablement led program and Headstart’s country wide network -we seek to make mentoring and funding accessible to the early stage startups.” said Amit Singh, Co-founder & MD, Headstart Network.

Individuals with an idea and passion for entrepreneurship need to register at www.espark-viridian.org/smartup2017 for participation.

About Espark-Viridian: Espark-Viridian is a startup accelerator for early and growth seeking startups. We offer an up-to 18-month multi-center, multi-sector accelerator programme through 5 centres spread across Bangalore, Chandigarh, Gandhinagar, Mumbai and Delhi-NCR. To know more visit: www.espark-viridian.org

About Headstart Network: Headstart is one of India’s oldest and largest startup ecosystem development organizations established with the vision of ‘changing the world with entrepreneurship’. It is a non-profit, run almost entirely by passionate volunteers across 22 cities.

Since 2007, Headstart has helped numerous startups showcase their offerings and get feedback on their products. It has facilitated tens of thousands of connections to potential co-founders, customers, vendors, mentors, investors, and employees. Companies that have demoed at Headstart have collectively added over 30,000 Crores to the Indian economy and created 4 Lakh jobs. Headstart is committed to building a thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem in the country through its initiatives like Startup Saturday, Higher, Women Entrepreneurship (WE), Mentor and Kickstart.