When you are a 22 year-old student entrepreneur, pitching to a CEO of a 50 crore company, it’s not just academic background that matters.
You have to show other ways of reliability and TFD gave us that brand value which made our pitch stronger.
Secondly, it was a golden opportunity to tap into NEN mentors network, through which we were able to get valuable advise from industry veterans. NEN helped us connect to not only business advisers but also to legal/patent attorneys.
- Ankit Gupta, Co-Founder, Innovese Technologies, whose ad platform was acquired by Networkplay
The reason we participated in TFD was the credibility of the team that was organising it.
The sponsorship brand of TATA, the founder of NEN, and other people who were a part of the organising team -- they inspired us to showcase our talent on a national platform. We got awesome feedback from mentors like Badri Seshadri and Soni George. Apart from that, the media coverage that we received from Live Mint, the Hindu and NDTV Profit helped us gain the initial customer traction that we were looking for.
To the future participants of TFD, I would like to say that it’s an amazing platform where you can connect with like-minded people. You can get instant feedback from the people who have already gone through that journey and it also gives you the initial traction through media coverage. Three of the teams that were in the top 5 have been doing pretty well. Mukunda Foods got recently funded and Buyhatke is doing amazing.
- Gaurav Dahake, Founder, Buyhatke.com, a leading product and price-discovery portal
Two years ago, when I was in my 2nd year of college, TFD was in its first edition.
I liked the concept of different entrepreneurs coming and presenting their ventures on a national platform. It was during this time when I thought that even I should have my own venture and dreamt of presenting it myself some time. So in my fourth year, I made it a point that no matter what, I should be presenting my venture in TFD and would try to win it. That was one of the reasons why I participated in Tata First Dot.
- Eshwar K Vikas, Founder, Mukunda Foods, makers of the world’s first table-top dosa-making machine
Being my institute’s Entrepreneurship Cell member, I had the opportunity to attend workshops on business plan development, networking etc.
These experiences helped me design and plan my business better. Participating in TATA First Dot was something I wanted to do since my first year. It provided us a platform to reach out to partners and customers, and has given us nation-wide publicity.
–Nikhil Furtado, Founder, iPrint3D, makers of compact 3D printers
Being one of the winners of TATA First Dot has added more credibility to our work and organization.
It was encouraging to go out and meet people who were as enthusiastic as us. Getting a mentor to help us was definitely a plus point. She helped us work on a different segment in the social industry space and to look at impact assessments from a different perspective.
- Arjun Ekbote, Co-Founder, Bandhana, provides mobile apps and cloud tech to NGO’s to automate data collection
TATA First Dot gave us the opportunity to meet fellow entrepreneurs and discuss our ideas on a much larger and broader platform.
The mentor assigned to us during the competition helped us grow our client base from 10 to 15 clients.
- Pankaj Agrawal, Co-Founder, Fasket, online food delivery service