Startup Odyssey is not just an event for entrepreneurship but a journey to bring ambitious and creative people together to solve real-world problems and unleash creativity and technology to give rise to new businesses.
Start-a-Thon is the first event of the Startup Odyssey scheduled on 14th and 15th March. Start-a-thon is a national level ideation challenge that is open to all students, engineers, arts, commerce, science and even working professionals. This is a 2-day intense competition where participants will have to race against time to create a full-fledged solution for the given problem statement. The problem statement will be from any domain engineer, agriculture, sports, social, etc. There will be mentors available throughout the day to help participants make the best plans for the solution and also learn about entrepreneurship in the process.
On the first day, out of 5 problem statements any 1 will be randomly allocated to the top 20 teams. The team will have the entire day to prepare the business plan, the products and everything in between. The teams will be assigned esteemed mentors to help them throughout the day. During lunch, there will also be a networking session for the participants and the mentors.
On the second day, every team will have to be geared up to present their ideas and business plan in front of esteemed judges. Each team will be given 10 minutes to pitch and 5 minutes for the questionnaire round with the judges. After this, there will be a networking session during lunch with the judges. Post lunch the judges will give feedback and also declare the results. The top 5 teams will be given free entry to the 6-week entrepreneurship training program along with cash prizes and certificates.
This is a great opportunity for students and professionals to help society innovatively by bringing their creative minds on board to solve the problems of society. They will not only have a chance to showcase their ideas but also meet a lot of industry experts and increase their networking.
What is an ideation challenge?
The goal of an Ideation Challenge is to provide an opportunity to learn about entrepreneurship through the development and presentation of a business idea. Participants in the competition will have an opportunity to define their ideas in commercial terms and to compete for substantial cash prizes that could be used to further the commercialization of their inventions.
Who is it for?
This training program is not only for first-time entrepreneurs but also for those who have a startup and don’t know how to progress. Or for an entrepreneur who is stuck in their business. This training program can also be taken by those who are aspiring to be entrepreneurs.