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Kolkata 1M/1M Pitch-Fest Competition


Description of Event:

On November 1st, at iLEAD in Kolkata, India, 10 companies will be selected to pitch their businesses to Sramana Mitra, one of Silicon Valley’s top strategists. Each 5-minute pitch will be followed by a 5-minute strategic analysis by Sramana.

Following the pitches, a panel of judges including Sramana Mitra, Ambarish Dasgupta, Executive Director/Partner and PwC India Consulting Leader, Abhishek Rungta, CEO of IndustNet, and Pallav Nadhani, CEO of FusionCharts, will select the top 6 entrepreneurs who will be awarded a full tuition to Sramana’s 1M/1M program – valued at $1,000 each. The scholarships are being awarded as part of  sponsors’ initiatives to develop entrepreneurship in Bengal.

Note: See info about Sramana Mitra and the 1M/1M program here: Sramana Mitra, 1M/1M

To compete, please complete the application form here. Answers to some Frequently Asked Questions are here.

Register here to attend.


Criteria for Selection:

We are looking for companies with the following types of businesses:

·  Web 3.0 & eCommerce  

·  Cloud Computing & Business Solution

·  Outsourcing & Consulting

·  Mobile & Social Apps

·  Healthcare IT

·  Gaming

·  Online Education


Benefits for Presenters:

-Get on-the-spot analysis of their project by Sramana Mitra, one of Silicon Valley’s top strategists, with suggestions about how to potentially increase chances of success

-Gain exposure:

-to investors in the audience

-to Sramana’s large network (who will listen live or to online recording of the event)

-via marketing of the event by corporate sponsors


Benefits for Winners:

-A year of Sramana’s ongoing mentorship during weekly strategy roundtables

-Opportunity to study a unique curriculum designed to prevent mistakes, save time and money

-Chance to absorb the tribal knowledge of Silicon Valley based on carefully analyzed case studies of hundreds of successful companies

-Introductions by Sramana to potential customers, partners and investors among her extensive global network


Please send in your completed application form to maureen@1mby1m.com by October 20, 2012.


November 1 Agenda:

6:00 p.m. IST – Greetings, Sramana Mitra and other judges

6:15 p.m. IST – 10 pitches, 10 minutes each (5 minute pitch + 5 minutes of discussion/questions)

7:55 p.m. IST – Judges deliberate privately

8:10 p.m. IST – Winners announced, closing remarks



113/c/1, Matheshwartala Road, Topsia, Kolkata, West Bengal 700046, India


Application: Kolkata 1M/1M Entrepreneur Pitch-Fest Competition

Frequently Asked Questions: Kolkata 1M/1M Entrepreneur Pitch-Fest Competition