1776 Challenge Cup - India edition


Headstart Network is proud to host 1776 Challenge Cup 2017 in India. 

After hosting a successful edition in Mumbai in 2016, this year we have made it big. We are hosting 1776 Challenge Cup competition in Mumbai, Bangalore and Jaipur.  

Out of hundreds of applications received, we have shortlisted 20 for each city and they will be pitching in front of a panel of judges to win a chance to go to the global finals in the USA in November 2017. 

Watch these startups compete in your city:

Mumbai - 23rd September 2017 bit.ly/1776mumbaiaudience

Jaipur - 23rd September 2017 bit.ly/1776jaipuraudience

Bangalore - 24th September 2017 bit.ly/1776bangaloreaudience

Registration is mandatory. We have a limited number of seats for the event. So make sure you register as soon as possible. 

The Judges for the Mumbai event are: 

  1. Ms. Sweta Mangal - Director, MUrgency Network and Winner Challenge Cup Global Competition 2016
  2. Ms. Nidhi Saraf - Founder & CEO, Key Venture 
  3. Mr. Miten Mehta - Mentor & Investor, Chatur Ideas and Cofounder SpintAccel
  4. Ms. Harsha Mundhada - Investment Manager, Parampara Capital 
  5. Mr. Amitabh Sinha - Cofounder & Chief Strategy Officer, Meetingsandoffices.com
  6. Ms. Anu Aggarwal - Deal Initiation & Investor Management, Indian Angel Network

Nidhi Saraf

Founder & CEO - Key Venture

After having spent 8+ yrs in the Startup ecosystem in India, Nidhi started Key Venture, which is in the area of Investment Banking. They help early and growth stage companies raise funds through HNIs, VC, PE, Corporates, Institutions and Family Office.

Nidhi has been associated with 3 Angel Networks, 1st Employee of Mumbai Angels, Intellecap Impact Investment Network and Indian Angel Network (Head of West & East India Operations); 1 Startups; an angel investors and a mentor.

Harsha Mundhada

Investment Manager - Parampara Capital

Harsha is Chartered Accountant and MBA from IIM-Ahmedabad. She has about 8 years of experience in financial services and has previously worked with PWC, Ernst & Young and Deloitte in their Transaction Advisory practice where she had the opportunity to work on 35+ transactions across sectors like media, alternative energy, financial services and manufacturing. In her role as an transaction advisory professional, she evaluated target companies business and financial drivers, identified and presented deal breakers, valuation adjustments and post-acquisition business improvement areas to clients and supported clients on their deal closure documents. After completing her MBA, she pursued her interest in early childhood education and is a trained Steiner Educationist. At Parampara, Harsha is responsible for deal flow management and analysis; business due diligence and portfolio company support. She interacts with the startups and other ecosystem players for deal sourcing and provides analytical support to the General Partners and Investment Committee.

Miten Mehta

Mentor and Investor - Chatur Ideas

Miten Mehta is Co-Founder of Spinta Global Accelerator, HQ out of Fremont, CA, that delivers ‘Silicon Valley Co-Acceleration Model’ for fast growth companies in verticals of HealthTech, EdTech, FinTech, & HighTech segments, to bring their innovations faster to the market.

* He has co-founded four successful start-ups, including three in Silicon Valley, USA – Spintaccel, KloudData, eComLive (InfoSpace) and MoConDi (MobileMedia) in London, UK. Miten has been an investor / advisor to iPsh (Omnicom), JP Mobile (Good) Cronus Ventures, PlaySpan (Visa), WaveMF, Hubilo, Strike, Chatur Ideas, eShiksha, MarketPulse and AngelLab among others. Miten served as consultant and non-exec director on board of 63 moons Technologies from Nov 2014 to Dec 2016.

Sweta Mangal

Director - MUrgency Network

Winner of the Challenge Cup Global Finals 2016, Ms. Sweta Mangal is a social entrepreneur and Director at MUrgency Inc (One Global Emergency Reseponse Network), a mobile app that connects people in need of emergency medical help to the nearest Hospital, Ambulance, doctor, nurse or paramedic. MUrgency is supported by the Forum of Young Global Leaders, Harvard University - Asia Center, MIT Sloan Global Health & Stanford Change Labs and is a member of UNDP Business Call to Action.

Ms. Mangal is also the co-founder and ex- CEO of Ziqitza Health Care Limited (ZHL), one of India’s leading emergency medical services providers, which operates ambulances under two models, cross-subsidy and public-private partnership. ZHL manages more than 3500 Ambulances across 19 Indian states and has served 7 million people till date. She is also a trustee and co-founder of LifeSupporters Institute of Health Sciences (LIHS), a leading life support training institute.

Keeping alive the dream of quality, accessible education for the children of her small town in Rajasthan, she founded the CBSE-accredited Mangal Newton School that currently has over 1000 students enrolled.

Ms. Mangal holds an MBA from Rochester Institute of Technology, USA, and was a Gurukul Chevening Scholar at the London School of Economics.

Amitabh Sinha

Cofounder & Chief Strategy Officer, meetingsandoffices.com

Amitabh Sinha is a serial entrepreneur, start-up evangelist, advisor, mentor, ecosystem builder and facilitator active in the start-up domain since 1999.

In a career spanning more than 21 years Amitabh has worked across domains as diverse as Petroleum, Consulting, Chemicals, International Trading, Pharmaceuticals, Manufacturing, Brand Communications, Venture Capital, Financing and Industry representation.

He has been associated with SME Chamber of India, Start-Ups Council of India & Packaging Industry Association of India in honorary roles evangelizing industry, creating facilitating networks, expanding small industry footprint and representing small businesses.

Amitabh is a frequent speaker at various fora and talks on a variety of subjects including business logic, business building, scaling, funding and financing, professionalization, small business growth, organizational culture building and lateral thought. Amitabh also actively consults with businesses in a professional capacity on scaling, growth hacking, business strategy and customer experience.

Anu Aggarwal

Deal Initiation and Investor Management - Indian Angel Network

Anu Aggarwal is representing Indian Angel Network. At IAN she handles the Western Region for Deal Initiation, Eco-system connects and Investor Relations.

About Indian Angel Network

Indian Angel Network is India’s first and world’s largest business angel network with over 460 members across the world, comprising the who’s who of successful entrepreneurs and dynamic CEOs

Established in 2006 to foster entrepreneurship with prime focus on nurturing and mentoring new generation entrepreneurs, IAN brought the concept of angel investment to India and has been instrumental in bringing India’s start-up ecosystem on the global map

With investors from 11 countries, IAN’s presence spans 7 locations, which includes cities in India and UK

IAN’s portfolio, with over 130-odd companies, spans 17 sectors across 7 countries. With an excellent track record, IAN has been giving excellent cash exits year-on-year to its investor-members.

Some of its marquee investee companies include, WebEngage, Druva, Box8, Consure amongst many others. Most mainstream Indian VCs (like Sequoia, Nexus, Matrix Partners, Tenaya, IDG, Kalaari, USF, Accel, Inventus) have done a follow on round in IAN’s portfolio companies or co-invested with it

With its recently launched 450 Cr maiden IAN Fund it has become the single largest horizontal platform for seed and early stage investing .


Event Details

23 Sep, 2017
02:00 PM to 06:00 PM
To Be Announced (Headstart)
Mumbai, Bangalore, Jaipur
Mumbai - 400021

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Romil Shah, Rahul Shah

Phone : 9920775188

Email : romil.shah@headstart.in, rahul.shah@headstart.in

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