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IIM Ahmedabad Finance Conclave 2010

The Centre for Innovation, Incubation and Entrepreneurship (CIIE), Beta –The Finance Club of IIM Ahmedabad and Leverage – The Private Equity andVenture Capital Club of IIM Ahmedabad bring to you the IIMA Finance Conclave2010 on the 8th – 9th January 2010.The central theme of this year’s conclave is “Challenging the New Normal”and it promises to enrich the participants with over the two days throughspeaker sessions, panel discussion and workshops. The conclave will try toevaluate the “New Normal” as it evolves in the wake of the crisis, what arethe forces that will shape it, and what are the strategies for survival.Participation is open to both students and corporate houses. Continue reading ‘IIM Ahmedabad Finance Conclave 2010’

Business Plan showcase @ IIM Ahmedabad

IIM Ahmedabad is holding a B plan showcase event as part of the annual VC/PE conference Leverage 2009. Please read the detailed official announcement regarding the event. The rules pdf is with me, if anyone wants it let me know your email address and I will send it across to you.

“Leverage 2009 – the 1st edition of The Venture Capital and Private Equity Conference at IIM-A invites entries for the Business Plan showcase which is being organized in association with Epiphany Ventures. Epiphany Ventures is a Sector Agnostic Fund, with a size of $25 Million. The Fund is focused on early stage investments, but also looks at investing in later stages if the opportunity is suitable. Mr. Gaurav Saraf is the Director of the Fund and Mr. Rishi Khosla is the advisor for the Fund. The B-Plan Showcase will be an opportunity for budding entrepreneurs committed to making their dreams a reality or those who have already taken the plunge and want to make it big in the world of business.

Entries will go through a rigorous three step evaluation process after which the top 10 teams will be invited to present their plans to industry experts, academicians, and multiple VC investors. The event is different from other business plan competitions as there is no cash prize or winner of the showcase. Instead, budding entrepreneurs will get a chance to attract actual funding from venture capitalists in order to expand and grow their business ideas. Teams would not only get expert advice on how to fine-tune their plans and nip any shortcomings, but also a golden chance to get seed funding from potential investors.

For more information regarding the conference or the B-Plan Showcase, please visit the Leverage 2009 web page under the Programs section on the CIIE website. (
Deadline: First round registrations close on 10th January, 2009.”

Partnerships between startups

Hi ,

I have been thinking a lot about using strategic partnerships to generate the early customer traction. I feel a lot of startups can save costs if they go for a strategic partnership with another startup. That way they can easily cash on their common customers and would be a win win situation for all. I would like to know experiences of readers here. Have you ever tried such partnerships? Were you successful? What were the challenges?

Also , I would like to know how we can accomplish networking between startups looking out for such partnerships in an efficient way.