The goal of the programme was to provide early-age startups with the tools they needed to expand globally.
Every week, we had various speakers from the UK come and mentor us about:
Business Laws, Pitching, Negotiation, Sales, and more.
The Demo Day took place in Bangalore on 18th November followed by a dinner reception, which was attended by various high profile people including the British High Commissioner to India, Sir Dominic Asquith KCMG, British Deputy High Commissioner, Mr. Jeremy Pilmore-Bedford, Deputy Chief Minister of Karnataka C. N. Ashwath Narayan, Mr. Mohandas Pai and many others.
We then spent a week in London and Manchester where we met a host of VCs, fellow entrepreneurs, Angel Investors along with several bespoke 1:1 meetings including meetings with Alpesh Patel, David Fogel, Founders Factory and many others.
The final pitch day took place in London on 4th December, where each startup delivered a 3-minute pitch to a panel of judges, Indian high Commissioners to the UK, representatives from DCMS, VCs and Angels.
We also spent a day in Manchester to understand more about the startup ecosystem there and the support offered to early stage startups.
It was truly an amazing experience and gave the startups a deep understanding of what it takes to expand globally and the support offered by the UK government to do the same. We also understood the deep nuances of raising funds from VCs and angel investors.
Thanks to DCMS (Department of Digital Culture and Media) UK, UK-India Tech Hub, Enterprise Academy and TIE Bangalore, for this opportunity.
Special thanks to Shoma Jamil, Sonal Patel, Mike Banders, Anthony Catt, Vijetha Shastry and Tulika Dasgupta for making all this happen.
Lastly a huge congratulations to fellow entrepreneurs:
Vikram Gulecha, OCEOWater
Tridibesh Bandyopadhyay, InQube Innoventures
Sivareena Sarika, Pregbuddy
Nishant Kathpal, Ayati Devices
Niraj Shah, Digi Agri
Saras Ramamoorthy, Learning Matters
Khushboo Aggarwal, Zyla Health
Akash Murthy, Euprime
Vinay Chataraju, Kritsnam Technologies
Vijayadurga Koppisetti, ARCHITUDE
Subramanian Ramvijji,Waymore Enterprises
Divya Rathod, Divya Innovation
Shravanth Donthi,Green Lantern Engineering