Held on 9th July @Sofitel BKC, Mumbai.
After a successful Demo Day in Bengaluru on 2nd July 2016, Amplifi’s first cohort was now ready and primed (with feedback and fine-tuning) to pitch to Mumbai’s angels and VCs on 9th July 2016, in a 5 star setting at the Sofitel hotel in BKC.
All the startups arrived in Mumbai on the morning of 7th July 2016 to prepare and have brainstorming sessions with the Amplifi team and their Mumbai based mentors.
7th July: Just before the Demo day, startups go into preparation and practice full swing.
Mr. Rohinton Bharucha (Director – Amplifi on the right) giving his inputs to Mr. Abhishek Moharana on financial model and valuations.
Mr. Sudarshan Narayan (Managing Director – Amplifi, right) & Mr. Rohinton Bharucha (Director – Amplifi, 2nd from right) giving their insights and tips to Team Tellofy (Mr. Saurabh Majumdar – Founder & CEO, left corner and Mr. Tarun Nallu – Executive Director, 2nd from left and foreground)
8th July: The preparations for our Demo day were in full swing and the Amplifi Crew was at the venue (Sofitel BKC) to make sure all arrangements were in place. Here are some photos from the evening before the big day :
Here’s the waiting room that was used by the startups on the 9th where they could practice.
DEMO DAY 9th July 2016 :
8:30 AM and the Investors started arriving at the venue……
Mr. Amitava Neogi (Director of Amplifi, 1st from left) and Mr. Sudarshan Narayan (Founder & MD of Amplifi (1st from right) welcomed Mr. Kavinder Singh (CEO & Managing Director of Club Mahindra, centre)
By 8.50 AM, we had a full house.
Investors included : Sanjay Mehta (one of India’s top angels), Bharat Banka (Amplifi’s advisor and one of India’s top angels), Richard Rothman (Amplifi’s advisor and Founder & MD of OpenMind Opportunity Consultancy Pvt. Ltd.), Dr. Santrupt Misra – Director, Global H.R. & CEO, Carbon Black Business at Aditya Birla Group, Sarthak Misra – Summer Associate at Apax Partners, Akshay Mansukhani – Partner at Malabar Investments, Siddharth Lulla – Founder at Culture Group, Anil Joshi – Managing Partner at Unicorn India Ventures, Devansh Sanghvi – Investment Analyst at Kae Capital, Rajiv Warrier – Managing Director at Sodexo Benefits and Rewards Services, Kavinder Singh – CEO & Managing Director of Club Mahindra, V Shantakumar – Managing Partner at DoingThink, Juzar Mustan – Country Head & Director India at Toll Global Logistics, Rajiv Singh (Global Business Head of Tech Mahindra – Security Division), Subhasis Ghosh – Managing Partner & Founder at Apex Group, Dr. Malpani – Founder of Dr Malpani Fertility Clinic and Director at Solidarity Investment Advisors, Pooja Panchamia – Associate at InnoVen Capital India Pvt. Ltd., Dhanasree Molugu – Investment Analyst at Blume Ventures, Umeed Kothavala – Founder & CEO of Extentia, Sushma Kaushik – Principal at Aavishkaar, Vishal Jadhav – Investment Director, Equitace Capital.
Anuja Shukla from our partner Google Cloud Platform, Probir Roy – Promoter/Co- Founder/Executive Director at PayMate, Kumar Rajagopalan – CEO at Retailers Association of India, Our Hong Kong partner Deepak Madnani (Founder & CEO – PaperclipHK Services Ltd.), Anaggh Desai – Business Coach at Rockym Optimor Pvt. Ltd. and Tellofy mentor also joined.
At 8.55 AM, Mr. Rohinton Bharucha (Director of Amplifi) took the stage to welcome everyone to our second Demo Day. Rohinton talked a bit about what it took Amplifi to get to this stage and how we selected the startups. Rohinton expressed his gratitude to everyone assembled there. He then explained the pitch format in short and introduced 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.
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.
The 3rd 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.
11:15 AM – We had a tea break and a breather for everyone including investors.
Mr. V Shantakumar (Managing Partner at DoingThink, extreme left) with Mr. Richard Rothman (Founder & MD of OpenMind Opportunity Consultancy Pvt. Ltd, in centre) in a discussion with Mr. Santrupt Misra (Director, Global H.R. & CEO, Carbon Black Business at Aditya Birla Group ; extreme right)
11:30 AM – pitching begins again with the young and dynamic team from Bhubaneshwar:
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.
Next pitch was delivered by our only female entrepreneur in the cohort #1, Swathi Komandur of
First of its kind lead management solution for training institutes.
They are looking to become a complete end-to-end platform for institutes – Course Management, Digital Identity, Fee Management & Placements.
And finally, the last pitch was delivered by a team with a big unique idea :
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.
At 1.45 pm the pitch sessions ended and we broke for lunch. Over lunch, investors also met on a one-on-one basis with startups that they were interested in investing.
Team Trilyo gets into a detail discussion with Mr. Juzar Mustan (Country Head & Director India at Toll Global Logistics) (extreme right)
Mr. Tarun Nallu (Executive Director of Tellofy) having a conversation with Mr. Rajiv Singh (Global Business Head of Tech Mahindra – Security Division) (left to right)
Mr. Sudarshan Narayan (Founder & MD of Amplifi) with Ms. Naazneen Boocha (Executive VP – Delivery at Extentia) along with Mr. Umeed Kothavala (Founder & CEO of Extentia) (left to right in order)
Swathi Komandur (Founder & CEO – Varsito), Dr. Malpani (Director at Solidarity Investment Advisors), Pooja Panchamia (Associate at InnoVen Capital India Pvt. Ltd.), Dhanasree Molugu (Investment Analyst at Blume Ventures) have a detailed conversation over lunch (left to right in order)
Mr. Rohinton Bharucha (Director – Amplifi, extreme left) with Mr. Anaggh Desai (Business Coach at Rockym Optimor Pvt. Ltd., Mentor – Tellofy , centre) along with our Hong Kong partner Mr. Deepak Madnani (Founder & CEO – PaperclipHK Services Ltd.) (extreme right)
And here’s the crew that made it happen
From right to left : Mr. Rohinton Bharucha (Director), Mr. Prateek Jain (Asst. Manager – Business & Ops.), Ms. Vasudha Singh (Design Lead), Mr. Sudarshan Narayan (Managing Director), Mr. Amitava Neogi (Director), along with our Hong Kong partner Mr. Deepak Madnani (Founder & CEO – PaperclipHK Services Ltd.)
The event was highly appreciated by all the investors and accolades included rating the preparedness of the startups very high and the curation of a high quality. Several of the investors were keen to invest in some of the startups and had already set up further meetings with them.
Amplifi team was very happy with the outcome of the event and are confident that a good percentage of cohort 1 would successfully raise their rounds, between two successful groups of investors in Bengaluru and Mumbai.