Held on 2nd July, 2016 @Amazon Web Services office, Bengaluru.
The preparations for our Demo day were in full swing the whole week before 2nd July & all of us (Team Amplifi) was very excited about hosting this big event.
Here’s team Amplifi preparing for the event on 1st July along with the fantastic Nikhil and team from our partner AWS who supported the event by hosting it in their premise.
The first of our investors arrived at 8.30am sharp :
Amplifi MD Mr. Sudarshan Narayan with Mr. Nao Murakami from Incubate Fund
And soon, Amplifi Demo Day 1 was houseful by 8.50am. With Investors !!!
At 8.55am, Mr. Sudarshan Narayan (founder & MD of Amplifi) took the stage to welcome everyone to our first Demo Day. Sudarshan talked a bit about what it took to get here, how we picked the six startups out of several that applied and expectations from the investors that had given us the privilege of participating in the pitch. Sudarshan expressed his gratitude to everyone assembled with a special thanks to Mr. Srinath Batni of Axilor and Mr. Sanjay Anandaram, one of India’s most well know angels and startup advisors.
Sudarshan then explained the pitch format in short and then welcomed the first startup to pitch – Tellofy.
Real-time trusted review platform for brands.
A multi-mode (audio, video and text), independent, sector agnostic, discovery, ratings and review platform on web, mobile and onsite driven by analytics with actionable insights.
Saurabh Majumdar – founder & CEO, his 3rd venture and successful entrepreneur along with Tarun Nallu – Executive Director from left to right and one of the two more matured startups in the portfolio in terms of their stage, pitch with alacrity, passion and precision. Now that’s what we call a SaaSy pitch !
The 2nd startup to pitch was :
Analytics driven customer engagement platform for offline retailers.
They want offline retailers to intelligently connect with consumers and seamlessly engage them using predictive analytics.
Palasjyoti Dutta (CEO – InsightNxt) gave investors a detailed insight into “Insightnxt” and its value proposition and impressed them with the potential of the product.
The third startup to pitch was
In-store Experience and Off-store Engagement Platform for restaurants.
They are on a mission to “Deliver Happy & Loyal Customer”. It’s a unique customer engagement platform that helps restaurants increase loyalty and guest experience with complete workflow automation.
Gaurav Gambhir (co-founder and CTO) & Abhishek Moharana (co-founder and CEO), IIT Bombay Alumnus, with several years of experience in tech and consulting respectively; shared with investors their vision and aspiration to blow away the world of restaurant-tech.
11:15 AM – We have a tea break and a breather for everyone including investors.
In the break, Sudarshan invited Mr. Sanjay Anandaram to say a few words and this is what he had to say :
Sanjay talked about the opportunities for Indian B2B SaaS startups, congratulated the startups for graduating from Amplifi Cohort #1 & commended them on their well thought of presentations and also Amplifi for its curation. He also said that an initiative like Amplifi was much needed and that he hoped Amplifi would “amplify” many Indian B2B SaaS startups and enable them to be globally successful.”
Sanjay Anandaram, advisor iSpirit
11:30 AM – pitching begins again with
An innovative analytics driven SaaS platform to help HR leaders foresee attrition.
Their gamified application and predictive tool helps recruiters anticipate employee attrition in the organization in order to plan and execute timeline interventions.
The enthusiastic founders Ranaq Sen & Soham Basak (CEO & CTO – Pyplyn, from left to right) pitch their idea to investors and their dream to change the way HR intervenes and manages attrition.
Next, the young and dynamic team from Bhubaneshwar pitched :
SaaS enabled Marketplace (SEM) for the travel market.
TravDots Specializes in providing the best possible experience for the travel agents, travel operators and other travel service provider by providing all the necessary tools with advanced technology and expertise knowledge.
Sounak Sarkar (CEO – Travdots) – the impressive, knowledgeable and driven founder and his co-founders Pritam Mishra (Product & Tech) and Sumit Sahoo (Ops) pitched their heart out to the investors – they want to disrupt the travel industry and make tour planning and booking easier for you and me, by helping tour planners and agents more empowered to perform with higher efficiency and accuracy.
And finally, the last pitch was delivered by our only female entrepreneur in the first cohort. Amplifi is super proud that we had a female entrepreneur in our very first cohort and aim to have at least one in each cohort.
First of its kind lead management solution for training institutes.
They are looking to become a complete SaaS end-to-end platform for skill development training institutes all over India – from Lead management, to Placements. Their noble vision is to bridge the demand supply gap in India for skilled workforce and contribute to the growth of the Indian economy.
Swathi Komandur (CEO – Varsito) along with her teammates (left to right)
After the Varsito pitch, there was lunch and networking. All the startups met with investors and discussed further steps.
Some interesting moments captured on camera :
Abhinav Chaturvedi of Accel Partners with Raghav Nagarajan of Matrix Partners (left to right)
Amplifi Directors Rohinton Bharucha and Amitava Neogi (right to left)
Amplifi Director Amitava Neogi, sharing his thoughts about food & restaurants, and the need for an application like Trilyo.
Mr Srinath Batni of Axilor with Mr.Amit Gupta of Jupiter Capital (left to right)
A Krishnamurthy (Kichu) from 72 degrees
Nao Murakami from Incubate Fund (Japan)
Amplifi MD Sudarshan Narayan, Advisory Board Member Vishnu Bhat with Mr. Srinath Batni of Axilor (left to right) over lunch.