Here is the platform to showcase your innovative business idea.

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Startup Competition

S.No Title Date Remarks
1 Last Date for Registration 03/02/2018


2 Shortlist Announcement 05/02/2018


3 Prelims Presentation 10/02/2018

Venue: TBI@KEC

4 Bootcamp 15/02/2018 to 17/02/2018

Venue: TBI@KEC

5 Final Presentation 17/02/2018 AN

Venue: TBI@KEC

6 Conference & Award Ceremony 26/02/2018 FN

KEC - MBA, C.K.Prahalad Hall

Guidelines and Regulations

  • ”Startup Mania” event is planned for two category of participants:
    • Student Innovators : UG/PG Students from Engineering Colleges, Arts & Science Colleges, B-schools etc.
    • Other Innovators : Alumni, budding startupreneurs, startups, entrepreneurs and working professionals.
  • Registrations may be submitted by individuals or by teams. A team can consist of maximum 3 members.
  • A team can submit only one idea. Also, an individual can be a member of only one team.
  • Registration for the “Business Model Competition” should be done on or before 03rd Feb 2018.
  • There is no registration fee.
  • After careful evaluation of submitted registrations, we will shortlist participants for the prelims.
  • The shortlisted participants will be announced online and intimated through email. For the prelims, the shortlisted participants will have to prepare a presentation in the prescribed format.
  • Presentation should be mailed to not later than 09.02.18, 04.00pm
  • On the day of the Prelims, Business Model should be presented in the prescribed format only. Please download template here. Not more than 15 slides.
  • Business Plans can be explained in English as well as Tamil. But please make sure the presentation content is primarily in English. Tamil content can be included wherever necessary.
  • The Participants shortlisted for prelims will make his / her own arrangement for food & travel to the Venue.
  • Team shortlisted for finals has to attend 3 days (residential) Bootcamp at TBI@KEC.
  • Only 2 person per team can participate in Bootcamp.
  • Participants for Bootcamp has to make their own travel arrangements for to and fro.
  • Stay and Food for 3 days of Bootcamp will be taken care by organizers.
  • Decision of the judges panel will be final.
  • The participants selected for finals will appear at the “Grand Finale”.
  • “Startup Mania” event is pre-scheduled and hence we request all participants to follow deadlines. We request participants to be available at the Venue well ahead of the scheduled time.

Judging Criteria

The judges are professionals who come from various business backgrounds and include experienced investors (angels, venture capitalists, and investment bankers), experienced and successful entrepreneurs and senior business people and service professionals who interact with early stage companies. The judges consider specific criteria when evaluating ideas/ concept papers/ business models. However ultimately, winning teams usually have edge over the others mainly in the following factors:

  1. Simplicity of the business model described
  2. Credibility of the business idea
  3. Likelihood that the team can create a sustainable competitive advantage
  4. Size and growth rate/ scalability

 Specifically, judges will evaluate on the following criteria:

  • Uniqueness/ innovativeness of idea or business model
  • Technical feasibility (Know How & Do How)
  • Commercial Viability (Market, Growth/Scalability etc.,)
  • Social relevance (Impact on societal needs/ problems etc.,)
  • Team strength (Execution capability/ Complimentary skill sets)

Rewards & Recognition


I Prize Rs.50,000/-
II Prize Rs.30,000/-
III Prize Rs.20,000/-


Winner Rs.60,000/-
Runner-up Rs.40,000/-

Other Finalists will receive a certificate
Winner & Runner will receive certificates & Shields, mentoring support from Nativelead Foundation & Incubation* support (Access to coworking space, technical and prototyping labs and opportunity to raise grant under PRAYAS Scheme upto Rs.10 lakh) from TBI@KEC. Ideas/ Startups which have scalability and Impact would be considered for funding by Native Angels Network, first region specific Angel Investment Network.
*Conditions apply
Download Presentation format [Prelims & Final]


Shortlisted for Prelims on 10.02.2018 at TBI@KEC

Students Innovators

Other Innovators

Shortlisted for Boot Camp & Finals from 15th Feb to 17th Feb 2018 [AN] at TBI@KEC

Students Innovators

Other Innovators

KEC - MBA, C.K.Prahalad Hall

Announced on 26.02.2018 FN in the conference

Students Innovators

Other Innovators


Title Sponsor

Principal Sponsor

Associate Sponsor

Associate Sponsor


Confederation of Indian Industry - Young Indians [CII-Yi]

Confederation of Indian Industry

The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) works to create and sustain an environment conducive to the development of India, partnering industry, Government, and civil society, through advisory and consultative processes. CII is a non-government, not-for-profit, industry-led and industry-managed organization, playing a proactive role in India's development process. Founded in 1895, India's premier business association has over 8,500 members, from the private as well as public sectors, including SMEs and MNCs, and an indirect membership of over 200,000 enterprises from around 250 national and regional sectoral industry bodies.

Young Indians (Yi)

Young Indians (Yi) is an integral part of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), a non-government, not-for-profit, industry led and industry managed organisation playing a proactive role in India's development process. Yi was formed in the year 2002 with an objective of creating a platform for young Indians to realize the dream of a developed nation. Yi has around 2010 direct members in 40 chapters and engages around 10500 students through chaupals, under the brand ‘Yuva’. The Yi membership includes young progressive Indians between the age group of 21 and 40 and comprises of various entrepreneurs.

NAN | Nativelead

Nativelead Foundation is a Non-Profit Organization, a Socio-Economic initiative to build a positive new-age entrepreneurial ecosystem in non-metro towns based on a four pronged approach - Enabling, Nurturing, Incubating and Investing. Hub Chapters: 3 | Satellite Chapters: 1 | Startups Touched : 500+  |  Startups Mentored / Supported: 120 | Angel Funded: 3| Strategic Funded: 2 | Investors: 152 | Mentors: 60 | Academics : 45 | Students Sensitized: 20,000+ | Students Engaged: 1200. Impact initiatives Created by Nativelead are Native Angels Network - Angel investment facilitation platform; Native Startup Circle - Forum for Startups to gain knowledge and network; Native Mentor Circle - Forum for mentors with different domain & functional expertise; Campus Startup Circle - Dynamic activity groups and Center of Excellence for Innovation & Entrepreneurship inside campuses.

Technology Business Incubator @ Kongu Engineering College (TBI@KEC)

TBI @ KEC, a very unique and first of its kind facility in India, was established in 2003 by Kongu Engineering College (KEC) with the grant-in-aid and support of NSTEDB/ Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India at a total project outlay of Rs.3.95 Crore for nurturing startups and entrepreneurship development in cutting edge Science and Technology areas. TBI@KEC provides total support to the incubatees right from concept to commercialization under various stages which include project formulation, mentoring, financial assistance, coworking space and infrastructure support. TBI@KEC has incubated 55 entrepreneurs from Erode, Coimbatore, Chennai and Bangalore. 76 products have been launched so far benefitting various sectors of economy and society (two products for export). TBI@KEC received Seed fund/grant of Rs.476.28 lakh from NSTEDB, TDB and MSME and provided financial support in the form of soft loan/ grant to 26 deserving Incubatees' projects as on date. Recently, TBI@KEC has got approval of    Rs.7 crore under NIDHI-PRAYAS Scheme from NSTEDB, specifically to support young innovators turn their ideas into prototypeTBI@KEC won the coveted National Award for the best TBI in the country for the year 2012 in recognition of its consistently good performance. The award, instituted by DST/GoI, was presented to TBI@KEC by the President of India on the Technology Day on 11th May 2013.