iWeekend, returning to Pune after 2 years could not have asked for a more beautiful setting. The sprawling campus of Symbiosis in the heart of the city welcomed us with open arms. Even the rain gods could not stay away from the excitement. 44 aspiring entrepreneurs braved the heavy showers and convened for the event.
The weekend was flagged off by a speed networking session where all entrepreneurs got 60 seconds to get to know each other. After the “engaging” networking session, it was time for the elevator pitches. A total of 24 ideas were presented ranging from water conservation to healthy food and bike trading to video resumes. However, it was “Chanakya” , a unique business idea on Political Analytics that grabbed eyeballs and emerged as the show stopper for the evening. With the Loksabha elections looming large, the idea definitely struck a chord with the audience.
The vibes of energy and enthusiasm in the hall was for everyone to experience! After a grueling session of idea presentation and selection, a total of 7 ideas were selected by participants to be developed over the weekend.
These ideas are:
- Flow: Water conservation through technology
- MotoPsychos: Portal for 2nd hand bikes
- E-Save: Energy conservation for textile mills
- Express UnMe: Video Resumes
- Meri Rasoi: New age dabbawallas
- Chanakya: Political Analytics
- Healthfoodinn: Healthy food
As usual, it promises to be a very intensive and riveting 48 hours. Stay tuned for more coverage.