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TechTatva’19—Bizzventure

Startup Pitch
Parthiv Menon | Staff Writer

Organized by Bizzventure on the last day of Tech Tatva, the event saw aspiring entrepreneurs present their start-up ideas to a panel of judges. To commence the event, two veterans in the field—Mr. Jithin Sunny, CEO of Blue Sail, and Mr. Vijay Varada, CEO of Fracktal Works—were invited to enlighten the audience with their experiences.

Mr. Jithin Sunny started off his hackathon journey tinkering with Arduinos and learning web design before he went on to win fourteen hackathons. He encouraged the audience not to be afraid of trying new things and to boldly explore ideas. He further spoke of the importance of hands-on experiences and the need to strive for success, even in the face of rejection, quoting “Start-ups are 99% survival and 1% skill.”

An alumnus of MIT, Mr. Vijay Varada reminisced about his days as a student, working in the start-up incubator at the Innovation Centre leading to the birth of his startup. He further went on to talk about his expedition to Antarctica. Accompanied by Robert Swan, the expedition aimed at raising awareness on sustainability and its role in future technologies. He further established his point by stating, “The best way to predict the future is to create it.”

Concluding the talks, began the next phase of the event—the pitching of start-up ideas. Budding entrepreneurs presented their proposals to a panel of judges and received appropriate feedback. The air buzzed with excitement as students were challenged with real-world situations, forcing them to think on their feet.

The guest speakers inspired the audience with their experiences and helped provide an insight into the world of entrepreneurship. The event proved to be a stepping stone for students who aimed at receiving guidance on how to build, manage and sustain their own enterprises. Overall the event was well organized and achieved the goals it set out to meet.

Image Credits: Photography and Videography, TechTatva

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