The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) and Microsoft ThinkNext will hold the next edition of Start-up SmashUP on February 17.

Early stage start-ups will get an opportunity to present their project ideas, talk to the entrepreneurs and mentors to take the ideas to the next level. Some of them, who have made a headway in setting up the ventures, can also pitch for investments from angel investors.

Executives of incubation centres and venture capital funds and successful entrepreneurs too will attend the day-long event to pick some workable projects.

“We invite entrepreneurs who are looking for mentors and funding support to apply for the event. They can do so by visiting,”a TiE official said here on Friday.

“We will short-list 10 start-ups that will get an opportunity to showcase their projects to the investor community, mentors and the audience. The screening and short-listing of these start-ups will be done by the volunteers of Hyderabad Angels and TiE Incubator Investment Committee,” he said.

A ‘Power Breakfast’ will be hosted with limited seats that helps the young entrepreneurs to interact with industry leaders and investors.

Start-up Boot Camp

The event also includes a ‘Boot Camp’ where industry leaders will talk on the art and science of running a start-up from the experts and investors.

“The discussion will range from the art of pitching, to sources of seed funding to evolving early stage go-to-market and the way ahead,” he said.

There will be a panel discussion which would have Mukund Mohan, serial entrepreneur and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Microsoft Accelerator, and Vasudeva Varma, CEO of IIIT-H Foundation (incubator).

(This article was published on February 8, 2013)
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