Conquest 2015 truly is the king of Indian startup challenges. It began as a business plan competition way back in 2004 and grew into a pitch-fest for startups, one of the biggest such events to be run by students. Conquest is BITS Pilani’s international startup conclave which aims at encouraging the spirit of entrepreneurship in India. Conquest is a perfect launchpad for every groundbreaking idea.It explores and caters every need of a startup - incubation opportunities, IP filing, expert mentoring and networking sessions with Industry stalwarts, Angel investors and leading Venture Capitalists.
This year Conquest with DCB Bank as its Title sponsor aims at penetrating deeper into the Tier-II,III cities of India which we believe will be the birthplace of the next startup revolution in the country. With over a million dollar worth of Cash prizes, services being provided and extensive networking opportunities.
Conquest has the tradition of producing some of the best startups in India. All 10 finalists of Conquest 2013 are successful registered ventures now. iTraveller (Runner up-Conquest 2013) raised $100K immediately after Conquest 2013 and recently a million dollar as series-A funding. PosterGully (Finalist-Conquest 2012) got incubated at The Hatch. GharPay, the Conquest 2011 runner up, was funded by Sequoia Capital just after months of starting up and is presently India’s biggest doorstep cash payment solution. Other startups produced by Conquest include Mobile Medics (acquired by Piramal Healthcare in 2008), iViz Security (raised $2.5 million funding in 2008, one of NASSCOM’s 'Top 4 Emerging Product Companies' & a big name in security solutions today).
Success of Conquest 2013
Conquest in its last edition offered INR 3 lakh in equity-less seed money and over $1 Million worth of services, licenses and incubation opportunities. The resource pool for the finalists of Conquest 2015 (cloud computing credits, accounting, sales, marketing, PR etc.) has already crossed 2 crores and we expect it to bust our previous records.
How to Apply?
The application process is fairly simple. The participants are required to fill in details regarding their startup across 7 criterias. Once the registrations close, the Top 50 will be announced on June 15. Personalized mentoring sessions will be organised for these teams across 5 major cities in India, wherein the teams will have the liberty to choose their own mentors. The semi-finalists will be asked to update their profiles including the progress made since the initial registration for Conquest. The Grand Finale will consist of networking sessions with esteemed people from the startup ecosystem followed by a chance to pitch to the biggest VC firms in India. All teams, irrespective of their selection to the next round, will receive detailed feedback from the judges.
Conquest is the search to find ground-breaking zealous startups ready to add themselves to the hall of
fame.With the resources and mentoring which Conquest provides we believe it that it is a perfect
platform for budding entrepreneurs.
Registration for participation closes on 1st of May. For furthur details head over to www.conquest.org.in