December 2016 Edition

From the desk of the Managing Director

Firstly, dear friends of Amplifi, let me wish you a very very happy new year. May it bring health, peace and fulfilment.

The year 2016 was a very fulfilling one for Amplifi:

  • 2 cohorts
  • 20 startups
  • Startups from Mumbai, Pune, Delhi, Bengaluru, Hyderabad
  • Launched the program in Hong Kong
  • 1 closed their funding rounds # – 2 startups in cohort
  • One more from that cohort is expected to close its funding shortly

Our 2017 plans/schedule :

  • Demo Day for 14 startups in Cohort 2 in Mumbai, Bengaluru and Hong Kong – tentatively planned for mid-February 2017
  • Launch of the program in Singapore for SE Asia startups
  • IoT and AI programs Robotics, Launch of Fintech, US front office

December was a pretty hectic month in spite of the holiday season, with startups striving to hit their milestones for the month before the holidays. We also hosted some fabulous speakers on some very important topics.

We started 2017 on a very frenetic note as we head towards Demo Day and the startups go all out to be ready for the big day.

We look forward to seeing you on Demo Day and sharing with you more funding news of our awesome startups.

Cheers,
Sudarshan


DECEMBER

The month was kicked off with an awesome talk by our mentor Satish Gopalam on SaaS M&A landscape in the US.

We hosted the following masterclasses in India and Hong Kong:

  1. SaaS Pricing
  2. Presentation Skills
  3. Demo Day & Beyond – what to expect
  4. Business model canvas and customer discovery
The 2nd Elevator pitch was held on 4th December with a guest external judge and the month culminated with one-on-one review sessions for the founders with the Amplifi management team, along with their lead mentors.

Some Love from the Media

India’s leading startup news portal YourStory featured Amplifi. Click here to read the full article.Team Amplifi: (L-R) Amitava Neogi, Sudarshan Narayan, Vasudha Singh, Prateek Jain and Rohinton Bharucha

Workshops

December 1, 2016 – Acquisitions/Strategic Investments by Satish Gopalam
December 1, 2016 – SaaS Pricing by Patrick Campbell
December 2, 2016 – Lean startup Clinic; Business Model Canvas, Value Proposition Design, Customer Discovery by Deepak MadnaniAndrea Livotto
December 3, 2016 – Presentation Skills by Dan Ternes
December 3, 2016 – Demo Day and beyond – what to expect by Sudarshan Narayan

Elevator Pitch #2

The 2nd elevator pitch for our India-based startups was held in Mumbai. Mumbai and Pune-based startups presented in person while others presented via GoToMeeting.  The startups pitched to guest judge and angel investor Ayesha Mansukhani – Director: Adino Telecom Ltd.

Review Session

December 6 – 14, 2016: A month end review session for all the 15 startups was held by Sudarshan Narayan throughout the week. Each startup was joined in the review session by their lead mentor. The session was a recap of the milestones decided v/s achieved – to make sure that each startup had made progress towards its march to Demo Day. Milestones on product, business plan, financials, customer acquisition, marketing plan, market research, etc were discussed and milestones for January 2017 were decided.

Upcoming Events

January 13 & 20, 2017 – Full Fledged Mock Demo Day Presentation by Cohort #2 in Bengaluru & Mumbai respectively.

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