CeBIT India 2016 brings the next league of +91 Start Up Challenge for SMEs and Start-ups

Hannover Milano Fairs India Pvt. Ltd. (HMFI), the Indian subsidiary of the Global JV Company HMG (Hannover Milano Global), is all geared to bring the new improved +91 Start-up Challenge for the young entrepreneurs of India. This year CeBIT India aims at increasing the level a notch higher to make it more robust and engaging  with start-ups, SMB’s and the new minds. It will include a prominent set of jury members judging the competion for the next big idea!

This year, CeBIT India will see an increased focus on Indian start-ups that will come on the same platform to share ideas, collaborate, exchange and disrupt to create something extraordinary out of the ordinary. +91 Start Up Challange is a platfrom built along the lines of Code N – an international competition for start-ups and budding enterprises, held annually in CeBIT Hannover.

Talking about the start-up ecosystem in India, Mr. Mehul Lanvers Shah, Managing Director, Hannover Milano Fairs Indiasaid “The incredibly enthusiastic Indian ecosystem supports the growth of entrepreneurships where the startups are the backbone. The +91 Start Up Challenge provides an impetus to these exuberated minds to grow and progress under the large companies. Unlike the previous years, this year the limelight is on exploring the challenges faced by the start-up community and ways to fight for their survival. Starts Ups will be pitching live to the jury, thus providing opportunities to interact and connect with more established enterprises.”

Furthermore, CeBIT INDIA this year has collaborated with 3 Start Up associations, who will host a StartUp Incubation Summit on December 10, 2016 in the Innovation Stage at CeBIT India.  These three partners are 100 Open Startups (Global Strategic Partner), StartUp Square (Global Ecosystem Partner), and StartUp Going Global (Global Expansion Partner). This incubation summit will bring together startups, academia, accelerators, incubators and industry to create a perfect ecosystem. Special keynotes will be delivered by Mr. Diksha Nigam, StartUp Invest India from National Investment Promotion Agency. Dr. Bruno Rondani, Founder, 100 Open Startups, Prashant Ajmera, Founder & Director, StartUp Going Global.

The challenge was introduced in CeBIT India’s inaugural edition in 2014. It garnered extensive popularity by capturing the attention of Infosys and IBM Ventures amongst others, looking to identify and fund start-ups with high potential for commercial success. Last year +91 Start Up Challange performed as a bridge to connect the entrepreneurs across the globe where both Indian as well as International start-ups participated in exciting challenges. The selected winners from the +91 Start-Up challenge will be taken to Germany for showcasing their idea at CeBIT Hannover 2017.

According to latest government data, India is expected to surpass UK in terms of number of start-ups launched and would be second only to the USA. By 2020, India will be home to 11,500 start-ups; employing over 250,000 people.

This year, 3rd edition of CeBIT India will be held at the Bangalore International Exhibition Centre (BIEC) from 8-10 December 2016, with the theme of Discover the Business of Technology Innovation!  How collaborative disruption is changing tomorrow’s innovation. CeBIT India 2016 is powered by technology, bringing together thought leaders, visionaries; innovators, SMEs and startups; CXOs, VCs, mentors & dignitaries and technology buyers and users across various industry segments.

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