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“.Inc – Idea to Incorporation” is an emerging platform, supporting innovation, young entrepreneurs and talented startups. The aim of this platform is to strengthen the start-up ecosystem in Gujarat. .Inc is a collaborative platform which will continuously engage different stakeholders and young startups through various events. To begin with, the platform has initiated “.Inc Conference” and “.Inc – Idea Competition for Entrepreneurs” in year of 2017-18. Through such activities, .Inc platform catalyzes innovation and help individuals to transform their idea into a venture.

Why join.Inc

  • Setting up a first of its kind platform for idea scouting throughout the year and organize multiple thought leading events.
  • Bring potential ideas from different sectors and regions on common platform to connect with investors.
  • Conducting path-breaking initiatives in area of start-up/entrepreneurship to shape policy decisions.
  • Create the archive of idea and willing investors across Gujarat.

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Idea competition

Hold No Bar for Ideas

.Inc – Idea Competition for Entrepreneurs invites innovative ideas which can be converted into successful business model or venture. Young Entrepreneurs working towards solving the pain points of industry are encouraged to apply for this competition. This competition will allow path-breaking individuals to cut through red tape by connecting them directly with industry experts. It offers grant, mentorship from venture capitalist firm and potential seed funding to the shortlisted participants. The .Inc Idea Competition is an ideal launch-pad for early stage start-ups and entrepreneurs.

Winning price

  • 1st prize - INR 1,00,000/-
  • 2nd prize - INR 65,000/-
  • 3rd prize - INR 35,000/-

Additional perks

  • Top 30 ideas will stand a chance of 10 min pitching against investors and angels.
  • 3 winners + 3 honorary best ideas will get 3 months exclusive mentorship programme from Claris Capital.
  • Get connected to investors and early-adopters.
  • Eligibility Criteria

    Eligibility criteria

    • Applications are accepted in English and Gujarati.
    • Applicants’ University / Start-up / Incubation Centre must be registered and located in Gujarat.
    • Students enrolled in a degree (Diploma, Bachelors, Master, MPhil, PhD) program of colleges/institutes registered under State or Central Universities from Gujarat can apply for this competition. Students from Private or Deemed Universities of Gujarat may also apply.
    • Start-ups registered under academic/government incubation centres from Gujarat can apply for this competition.
    • Recent pass-out students/alumnus (0-3 years) from college or university from Gujarat, working on innovative idea/venture are eligible to apply for competition.
    • The applications will be recognised by its idea or venture/enterprise’s name.
    • Student applicants need to submit Bonafide Certificate from their registered college/university. Incubated Start-ups are required to submit “Letter of Association” from their incubation centre. And, recently pass-out Students or Alumnus must submit their colleges /university’s “Bonafide Certificate“, indicating their year of pass-out. These documents are mandatory for all participants to submit along with application.
    • The competition participation fees will be INR 600/- (non-refundable) to be paid online by all participants during application.
    • Applications for competition will be invited for all sectors including the following focus areas :
      • Hospitality
      • Tech- Automation
      • FinTech
      • IOT
      • Environment & Green Tech
      • Sustainability
      • Social Development
      • Art and Culture
      • Supply Chain and Logistics
      • Media, Communication & Entertainment
      • Textile & Apparels
      • Food-Beverage and FMCG
  • Important Dates

    Important Dates

    • Registration Starts : 5th October 2017
    • Registration Closes : 15th December 2017
    • Semi final Round : 12th January, 2018
    • Final Round of Pitching: 3rd February 2018
    • Announcing Winners : 4th February 2018
  • Selection Process

    Selection Process

    Stage 1 – Application Submission

    Ideas will be received through online application.

    Stage 2 – Semi Final Round

    From application pool, 100 applications will be shortlisted for semi-final round and will be informed via telephone/email.

    Selected applicants will be called at Ahmedabad for semi-final round of presentation.

    Stage 3 – Pitching Against Investors

    30 applications will further be shortlisted for final round of pitching.

    10 minutes to pitch against the jury (comprising VCs, investors and start-up specialists) during the event on 3rd February 2018.

    Stage 4 – Award Ceremony

    3 winners and 3 honorary ideas will be rewarded during .Inc Conference on 4th February, 2018.

  • Selection Criteria


    Product and Innovation

    The products offered should be innovative, technologically advanced and have distinct competitive advantages over existing products in market.

    Market Potential

    The product/idea should have market demand and potential customer base. Additionally, the idea should address the pain point of industry/consumers.

    Team Profile

    The core team having necessary skills and expertise to grow the business will add value to the start-up’s proposal.

    Team Profile

    The core team should have necessary skills and expertise to grow the business. This will add value to the proposal.

    Business Model

    The business model and strong strategy can give much needed cutting edge to ideas/ start-ups idea.

    Gained Traction

    The ideas/ start-ups with refined strategy and product/prototype will have additional advantage.

  • Guidelines

    COMPETITION Guidelines

    • Application has to be submitted online.
    • Refer the competition application form in advance and have necessary details ready while applying.
    • Type the answers of all question in the space provided in typed format. Do not overlap with other questions. Follow the word limit given for each question. Incomplete applications will not be entertained.
    • Applicants submitting their answers in Gujarati are advised to prepare Gujarati write-up in MS-Word document in advance and paste it in appropriate boxes while applying.
    • The start-up team can have multiple team members; however the applicants are advised to provide details of three leading members who will represent the team during semi-final & final round of pitching and also participate in .Inc Conference.
    • The registration fee (INR 600/-) has to be paid online during final stage of application. The primary email & mobile number given during application & registration fees payment must be same. The applications failed to submit registration fees will not be accepted. The registration fees are non refundable.
    • Letter of Association, Bonafide Certificates or Official Letter from college/university are required to be submitted along with application. Respective documents should be scanned & saved as PDF format with name of Idea/Enterprise as the file name. The size of that document should not exceed 10MB. No additional files can be attached during submission.
    • Failure to disclose vital information or misrepresentation by participant/s can lead to disqualification and could also affect participation in future editions of .Inc – Idea Competition for Entrepreneurs.
    • The participant/s retain all the rights of their proposal, however, the information shared will be used for the purpose of this competition.Please click here for Download Guidelines

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The Registration for .Inc – Idea Competition for Entrepreneurs 2018 is now closed.

About Conference

Initiate Dialogue, Connect Intellectual Pool.

Some of the best business ideas were born when group of people sat down together and brainstormed. With .Inc Platform, we intend to emulate same by organizing a multi-stakeholder conference, designed to shape the start-up ecosystem. In its typical format, .Inc conference will gather 800+ aspiring minds under one roof with some of the extra-ordinary speakers and mentors sharing their experiences. In addition to the sessions leading to debate and knowledge dissemination, the conference airs opportunity for investors to meet 30 best start-ups shortlisted from well-curated idea competition.

  • Speakers


    Sushil Handa

    Sushil Handa

    Owner, The Fifthveda Entrepreneurs Business Mentoring

    Karan Bhagat

    Karan Bhagat

    MD & CEO, IIFL Wealth Management

    Shasha Mirchandani

    Sanjay Joshi

    Assistant Vice President at IL&FS Energy Development Company Limited

    Sanjay Joshi

    Abhijit Joshi

    Founding Partner at VERITAS Legal Advocates and Solicitors

    Nirav Harpara

    Nirav Hirpara

    (Professor/Architect) Director of School of Architecture Vadodara Design Academy

    Nirav Harpara

    Amit Panchal

    Co-Founder & CEO at

    Nirav Harpara

    Sandeep Goenka

    Co-Founder at Zebpay Bitcoin Exchange

  • Schedule


    25th February, 2018

    Vanue : Senate Hall, Gujarat University

    • Registration & Welcome Tea

      Time : 09:00 to 10:00
    • Opening Ceremony

      09:00am to 09:45am

      Inauguration Session, Lighting Lamp Welcome Speech by Chief Guests Vote of Thanks & Schedule of Conference

    • Session – 1 : Approaches to Entrepreneurship, Start-up & Innovation

      Time : 10:00am to 11:15am

      This session will broadly focus on representing views for innovation & entrepreneurship from different lenses. The speaker profile will include successful start-ups, prominent businessmen, academician & public figure.

    • Prize Distribution

      Time : 11:15am to 11:45am

      .Inc – Idea Competition for Entrepreneurs Competition Winner Announcement & Prize Distribution.

    • Refreshments Break

      Time : 11:45am to 12:00pm
    • Session – 2: Panel Discussion on Shaping Start-Up Ecosystem in Gujarat & its Scope

      Time : 12:00pm to 13:15pm

      The Panel discussion will bring together officials from VC firm, Government agencies, emerging start-up, academician & policy expert. The 45-minute panel discussion will be followed by Q & A session with audience.

    • Vote of Thanks & Concluding Session

      Time : 13:15pm to 13:30pm
    • Networking Lunch

      Time : 13:30pm to 14:30pm

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Our Team

Suman Rajput

Suman Rajput

Sr. Manager (CSR), Claris Lifesciences Ltd

Smritie Jagota

Smritie Jagota

Executive (CSR), Brihati Foundation

Sirin Tuteja

Sirin Tuteja

Venture Capital Analyst, Claris Capital

Hiren Patel

Hiren Patel

Manager (Social Media), Claris Lifesciences Ltd

Sanskruti Panchal

Sanskruti Panchal

Founder and Director, Drsyatva Consultancy

Karan Shah

Karan Shah

Head of Projects, Drsyatva Consultancy

Alpesh Ahir

Alpesh Ahir

Head of Communication, Drsyatva Consultancy

Tanvi Rathod

Tanvi Rathod

Project Associate, Drsyatva Consultancy

Jalja Chavda

Jalja Chavda

Project Associate, Drsyatva Consultancy

Our Partner

  • Drsyatva Consultancy

    Drsyatva Consultancy

  • Gujarat University

    Gujarat University

  • Claris Capital

    Claris Capital

  • Brihati Foundation

    Brihati Foundation

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