Published On : Thu, Mar 6th, 2014

Innopreneurs 2014, a national level project-idea competition on 8th March

Nagpur News : An Idea-Project National level contest, ‘Innopreneurs 2014 – a hunt for Lemon Entrepreneurs’ ( aims to bring out the hidden talent from individuals that usually go unnoticed. Jointly organized by Lemon Ideas & IMT Nagpur, it will emerge as a platform that gives chance to common, stupid, crazy but innovative Ideas that have potential to create a difference for people in general.


It is a hunt for potential innovative entrepreneurs, individuals/ students/ professionals, who would become change makers of tomorrow. The finals will be held at Institute of Management Technology (IMT), Nagpur on Saturday, 8th March 2014. The winner teams/ individuals will get prize money worth Rs.1 Lac and opportunities to be mentored & incubated at Lemon Ideas, besides most promising projects would have access to initial seed funding of Rs.5 lacs. This event is open for anyone with Idea into action. This is one-step ahead of B-Plan competition wherein the Ideas/ Project/ Concept must have a working prototype or has been executed at some level or piloted. The contest tracks can be either from Social Impact, Education, Service/ Consumer or Others.


Quick Facts

Total Ideas 160+
Eligible Entries 70
Shortlisted for Regional rounds 40
Selected for final Pitch 25
Entries from across India 15 cities
% of entries outside Nagpur 75%
Total Jury Members 18


The event received more than 150 online registrations from different parts of the country, amongst which 70 novel and unique ideas were shortlisted as eligible. The next level of screening was done by Jury partners and regional rounds where, 25 strong teams have been shortlisted for the Finals on 8th Mar’14. These 25 teams will pitch their ideas in front of the eminent Jury members coming from various Industries and the Final 3 shortlisted teams will be presenting in front of the eminent guests, Investors, media personnel’s, academicians, professionals & student community. The Final event is scheduled on 8th Mar’14 from 3pm to 6pm. Pick and Drop facility has been made available for the students invites from different colleges starting 1pm from Lemon Ideas office.

Dr. Venkatesh Padmanabhan, CEO-EICL Thapar Group will be the Chief Guest of the event. Mr. Shashikant Chaudhary, MD-GlobalLogic India is the Guest of Honour and Mr. Vishwas Mahajan, President-TIE Pune chapter is the Special Jury member.

Techpanda, Inc42 and Let me know are the Online partners. NEN and Nurture Talent Academy are the Resource partners.

Sameer Gautam, Founder-Rank Junction, Nitin Katiyar, Co-founder-Kratin Mobile,Shaheer Ahmed, Founder-Location Guru Solutions,Shankar MV, VP-Technology, Cummins Inc , Abhay Chaudhary, VP, Location Guru, Mr.Gajanan Sakhare, Founder-SmartCloud Infotech,  Mukul Jain, Founder – Mtree Solutions,  Prashant Kulkarni, Founder – Chatarpatar, Praveen Kanda, Co-founder – Xymob, Manika Premsingh, Founder – Orbis Economics, Jayesh Bagde, Founder-Tourist Link,  Kushroo Pocha, Founder,, Mukesh Ashar, JCI Trainer, Sourav Mukherjee, Entrepreneur, Anita Rao, President, LEW, VIA and Satin Katiyar, CEO, Kratin Software are the Jury members for Innopreneurs 2014.

Innopreneurs 2014 has received entries from prestigious institutions like IIT Chennai, IIT Hyderabad, IIT Bombay, IIM Indore, IMT, and VNIT among many others. Current geographical spread of Innopreneurs includes Chennai, Bangalore, Coimbatore, Vizag, Mumbai, Indore, Hyderabad, Bhilai, Raipur, Nagpur and many more.

Hyderabad Angels, Lead Angels, GRP Group, Purti Group, AHA angels & IAN are the few Investors who have shown keen interest in Innopreneurs’14.

The broad schedule includes the Pre-finals from morning 10 to 12pm, followed by lunch break for participants & jury members. The final 3 presentations will be organized from 3 to 5pm at the Grand finale of Innopreneurs’14.

An addition to this already unique event is another unique concept called ‘Instant Pitch’, which will be an open event for the invited audience of Innopreneurs 2014, from 5 to 6pm. Unique & Novel Ideas will be shared with the self-nominated audience, who would pitch those ideas in front of all as if owned by self. The first 2 winners of this event will get cash prize worth Rs.10,000. Innovation Galleria ‘Pankh’ and other Innovators will have a display of their concepts at the venue for audience & guests.

Innopreneurs 2014 is truly geared to invoke the innovations out of people and captivate its audience & members with the unique yet promising vision towards entrepreneurship as an exciting career choice. It will surely boost the start-up culture in the ever emerging cosmopolitan city of Nagpur.


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