The Economic Times Catapooolt changemakers season 2 commenced its journey on the 19th March,2017 wherein around 800 startup applications were received. Top 120 startups got shortlisted by the Jury and pitched at Roadshows from 8 cities (MUMBAI,DELHI, JAIPUR,BANGALORE,HYDERABAD,KOLKATA, PUNE & INDORE). This lead to selection of top 32 disruptive ideas into round 2 which was all around crowdfunding. This round got out on a high note with 32 disruptive ideas raising a total amount of INR 30,00,000 in 30 days with the active help of 10 dedicated mentors like Satish Kataria, MD Catapooolt, Mohammed Sirajuddin, Co Founder DesiredWings & Shareholder of Catapooolt, Abhinav Tandon, Co Founder Creator’s Gurukul, Sudeep Singh, Country Head Start-up Grind, Nitin Bajaj, Country Head f6s, Bhavesh Kothari –Founder TheMentorpreneurs, Shraddha Patil – Founder Mentorpreneurs, Rohit Sardana, Head of BWDisrupt, Shivam Ahuja, Head of Delhi Start-ups, Aparna Mishra, Founder Club Cafe Biz along with 96 ecosystem supporters & partners(Sheroes,Cafebiz, Startup Success Stories, Bizztor, BW Disrupt and AlphaIndians) and 1100 backers from across the world forming a steel strong backbone for these 32 innovative ideas.
After the success and grand buzz of round 2,the competition is all geared up for the grand finale on the 7th October, 2017 , which will be a humongous opportunity for the top 15 finalists who have made up through the entire journey, gone through challenges at every level and stage and worked hard to make it to this round. The finale will witness Startups from different genres AGRITECH, INNOVATION, TECH, FMCG and many more who will be present to put their best foot forward with polished pitch decks.
This round started with a pitching zeal and vigor and gained momentum after the leading Startup evangelists and Pitch coaches hand holded them in formulating their pitch decks and business ideas. This included top notch mentors like Mr.Abhijeet Kumar, Mr. Sachin Tagra, Ms.Naiyya Saggi, Mr. Jaspreet Bindra,Ms. Nidhi Saraf, Mr. Amitabh Bhattacharya,Mr. Guneet Singh,Mr. Neeraj Singhal, Mr. Miten Mehta, Mr. Ajeet Khurana, and Mr.Devesh Chawla along with Pitch coaches Mr.Shivam Dikshit, Mr. Neeraj Mehta, Mr.Satish Kataria and Ms.Shraddha Patil.These 15 finalists will be aiming to raise 1 Million USD and for that they will be made to pitch in front of India’s leading investor panel,who would be analysing and judging their true potential and scalability. The finale would be a highlight of the whole changemakers journey as the event is and INVITE ONLY and will be graced by 30+ leading investors like Ankush Nijhawan – Managing Director- Nijhawan Group/ Co-Founder TBO Group, Vikas Bagaria- Serial Entrepreneur & Angel Investor, Hetal Sonpal- Chief operating officer, Wigzo Technologies, Abhijeet Malhotra- Chapter Head – Lead Angels (Delhi and North-India Region) and Anshul Dave- CEO & Managing Partner ,Oceans Bridge along with 10+corporate honchos,50+ ecosystem partners and 20+ media partners.
So be ready to spectate the next changemaker, whose disruptive idea can bring the next BIG CHANGE!