Nurture Talent Academy partners with BITS Pilani Conquest 2011

Nurture Talent Academy partners with BITS Pilani Conquest 2011

With increased enthusiasm and interest among young Indians to take up entrepreneurship, Nurture Talent Academy and BITS Pilani’s Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership have come together to guide, mentor and train startups during Conquest 2011. Conquest 2011, an international business challenge and entrepreneurship conclave brings together members of the startup ecosystem together including venture capitalists, media, angel investors, successful entrepreneurs and mentors.

While there are several business plan competitions that take place round the year for students, Conquest 2011 has build a unique positioning by focusing on the entrepreneur and his venture, rather than the merely judging the idea. As a part of the selection process, over 500 entries were screened. Out of these, 38 were mentored by seasoned entrepreneurs all over the country, by listening to their problems and giving them one to one guidance. As next step in the process, each selected finalist team will go through an extensive training session by Amit Grover, CEO and Founder, Nurture Talent Academy. The startups will be going through exercises on marketing, business models, scaling up, mistakes in current business setup and raising venture capital as a part of the training session.

“We at BITS Pilani have been pioneers in fostering entrepreneurship. This year we decided to give more value and exposure to our participating startups by not focusing on redundant business plans but on developing startups through extensive face-to-face mentoring sessions all over the country and Nurture Talent Academy was a natural fit as they have shown the commitment towards young ventures right from the start.”, said Saurabh Gupta, Coordinator for Conquest 2011.

“It is a great way for us to connect and support the young startups. Platform like BITS Pilani’s Conquest give great exposure to entrepreneurs, and helps them build and scale their ventures faster with expert support. I am sure this will add to the entrepreneurial energy of India.” adds Amit Grover, Founder of Nurture Talent Academy and himself an IIT IIM alumnus.

The grand finale for the Business Challenge will happen at a live presentation and judging session at BITS Pilani campus itself on 21st August. It will not be a surprise if one or all of the startups go on to build the next Onida or Hotmail!

About Nurture Talent Academy

Nurture Talent Academy (www.nurturetalent.com) is India’s 1st institute for training entrepreneurs. Started in January, 2010, it has conducted 87 workshops across 25 cities for 1525 startups, students and professionals. The objective is to enable 1000 ventures to start and generate 20000 jobs in 3-5 years.

About BITS Pilani Conquest 2011

This year’s edition of Conquest has made it the only startup accelerator platform in India to organize regional mentoring sessions for the top 38 teams, which had been shortlisted after the first round of judging. Simultaneous sessions were held in July across India, which gave an opportunity to the teams to interact personally with more than one mentor with varied areas of expertise. For more details, please visit http://www.celbits.org/conquest


About the Author

Amit Grover, founder of AHAtaxis.com, is an IIT Delhi and IIM Indore alumnus, having more than 12 years of industry experience. He started Nurture Talent Academy, and earlier worked with Infosys, Asian Paints, Onida and Mumbai Angels. He regularly blogs on www.amitgrover.co.in. AHA Taxis, his recent venture, offers one way outstation travel across India.

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