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April 22, 2008

TIE-Canaan Entrepreneurial Challenge 2008 opens for entries

Extracts from the Press Release:

Canaan Partners and TIE come together to launch the second edition of the TIE-Canaan Entrepreneurial Challenge


Canaan Partners and TIE, today announced the launch of the TIE-Canaan Entrepreneurial Challenge, a business plan competition open to early stage entrepreneurs from across the country.

Entrepreneurs from across India will have an opportunity to compete for business mentoring, access to early stage investors and recognition in the second edition of this unique business-plan contest.

To compete in the challenge, participants will need to download and submit their applications from http://www.tienewdelhi.org/canaan/. The deadline for submission of the business plan applications is May 12, 2008.

Eight teams will be shortlisted based on their potential scale of the business, the strength of the team and sustainable differentiation in the business model. These shortlisted applicants will be invited to participate in the final round in the month of June which will see them presenting their plans and ideas in detail to an eminent jury of the country’s leading entrepreneurs and corporate heads. At this stage the shortlisted participants will gain valuable inputs and be mentored on their plans by these jury members.

This year’s jury will include Pramod Bhasin (CEO & President, Genpact), Raman Roy (Chairman, Quatrro BPO Solutions), Saurabh Srivastava (President, TIE Delhi), Sanjeev Bikhchandani (co-founder and CEO of Naukri.com), Mahesh Murthy (Partner, Seedfund) and Alok Mittal (Managing Director, Canaan Partners India).