ET: Power of Ideas: Round 2


I attended the lead-up to the second round of the Economic Times – Power of Ideas. I think it is a phenomenal initiative to nurture entrepreneurs. The session I was invited for (as a prominent Blogger by the ET Branding Team) was for mentoring the shortlisted applicants for Round 2- which they call “The Elevator Pitch.”

One thing I have to admit is that the Economic Times Branding Team is making a phenomenal amount of effort in traveling from city to city to connect with grass root entrepreneurs – making sense out of 11,5000 entries is quite something – hats off to Anand, Priya, Vinod and all others involved with the initiative!

A number of questions were answered and Ms. Ruparel, who was answering questions about the evaluation process from Indian Angel Network (IAN) conducted the session wonderfully. The eight-member IAN panel comprised:

  • Harish Mehta, CMD of Onward Technologies;
  • Ajay Garg, founder of Equirus Capital,
  • Priyank Garg of Yahoo India;
  • Satya Bansal, country head, Barclays Wealth;
  • Rehan Yaar Khan, founder of;
  • Bharat Banka, CEO & president, Corporate Finance at the Aditya Birla Group;
  • Krishna Jha, head, mobile data at OnMobile; and
  • Vipul Mankad, MD, SIDBI Ventures

I must add here – that I found some of the insights from Mr. Krishna Jha and Mr. Khan was very insightful! All in all – another interesting event to attend.. Thanks a ton ET – for implementing the initiative for the Indian Entrepreneur.. and thanks a ton for having me over! 🙂

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