TIDES, IIT Roorkee partners with Z Nation Lab to launch KHOJ
Roorkee, September 2017: KHOJ, the nationwide startup competition, has announced that it will host its startup search event in Roorkee on October 11, 2017. The KHOJ event will be organized by Z Nation Lab in partnership with TIDES, IIT Roorkee. KHOJ is inviting startups from Uttarakhand to apply for the one day event. Each participant will get an opportunity to pitch their product and interact with the mentors and investors from Z Nation Lab. As a screening process 15 startups from the applicants will present the Investors panel at the KHOJ event. The winning startup will get following:
- Free Entry to Z Nation Lab startup Bootcamp program in Mumbai
- Virtual Mentorship & Scale-up advice from subject matter experts in Silicon Valley
- Startups passing from the Bootcamp program in Mumbai will get a seed funding of INR 30 lakh from Z Nation Lab– Cash credits by Amazon web services, Paytm, Microsoft, IBM Watson, Sendgrid, Mail Chip, Google
- Follow on investment offer from early stage VCs and Angel Networks on the Z Nation Lab Startup demo day
Neha Jain, Director at Z Nation Lab said ‘KHOJ is an initiative by Z Nation Lab that aims at revolutionalizing the startup ecosystem especially in tier II cities in India. We have conducted similar startup search events as KHOJ initiative across multiple cities in India and have till date accelerated and funded about 15 Startup Entrepreneurs in last one year’.Speaking about the event, Manish Shrikhande, DEAN Incubation & Innovation – IIT Roorkee said ‘Khoj 2017 is a unique opportunity for budding entrepreneurs to pitch their innovations and find mentorship from both Academia and Industry to turn ideas into successful ventures. The event is one of its kind in Uttarakhand where ecosystems of TIDES IIT Roorkee and Z Nation have come together to support entrepreneurs in Uttarakhand and western UP regions’.
‘KHOJ is an innovative process that brings together the entire ecosystem to collaborate and network. We leverage our strong association in the Silicon Valley to help us select and scale up the startups in India’ added Ms. Jain.
The KHOJ 2017 Uttarakhand event will be held at IIT Roorkee on October 11, 2017. Interested startups can register their presence for the event by logging at: http://tides.iitr.ac.in/KHOJ2017.html
In the past, Startup entrepreneurs associated with KHOJ also got the opportunity to connect and get insights from leading experts from organizations Google, IBM, Intel, VMWare, Oracle, GE, Reliance, Hinduja Group amongst other equally reputed organizations and also connect with investors from Venture Capital firms like Ascent Capital, Nexus Venture Partners, Accel Partners, Matrix Partners, Innoven Capital, Saama Capital and Angel forums like Mumbai Angels, Indian Angel Network, Keiretsu Forum that help them to validate, plan, structure and optimize the offerings for global scale-up and fund raising. .
About Z Nation Lab:
Z Nation Lab provides an ecosystem to tech entrepreneurs and startups to help them accelerate their growth. It is an early stage accelerator which empowers entrepreneurs with capital, technical expertise and network. They bring together high-quality mentors, subject matter experts, experienced professionals, investors and VCs under one roof to curate a community that offers an environment for innovation to thrive.
TIDES is the Technology Incubation and Entrepreneurship Development Society to promote innovation and entrepreneurship at IITR. To accomplish its goal, TIDES runs and manages a Business Incubator called Technology Innovation & Development of Entrepreneurship Support (TIDES) Centre at Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee. TIDES facilitates incubation of new enterprises with innovative technologies by admitting them at its Incubation Centre and provides physical, technical, financial and networking supports and services.