The i5 summit chronicles the journey of brilliant ideas into tangible businesses. Igniting the entrepreneurship zeal among hundreds of young minds across the country, the i5 summit is a platform that brings together industry stalwarts and startup enthusiasts. Budding entrepreneurs get to interact directly with industry experts through a series of interesting and insightful events that span across a three-day schedule.
Some of the most sought-after events are Get Funded, Chai Pe Charcha and Startup Expo wherein the start-ups pitch their business ideas to investors and receive funding offers, sometimes up to INR 2 crores. The Chai Pe Charcha Session fosters network building through direct and informal interactions of students with established entrepreneurs. The total funding raised by startups in the last few years was INR 140 Million+ and the footfall has been over 5000. The i5 summit is the only event jointly organized by an IIM and an IIT and is undoubtedly the largest entrepreneurial event of Central India. i5 which stands for Ideate, Innovate, Inspire, Induce and Invest in an idea that only gets bigger and better!
GetFunded is the flagship event of the i5 Summit. Here the Start-Ups, selected after passing a preliminary round, get the opportunity to pitch their business ideas and seek funding from the investors and venture capitalists present. The event has been graced by distinguished investors and the startups which participated and operated in diverse domains like healthcare, agriculture, tourism, beverages, sanitation and so on.
The speaker series consists of eminent speakers from the highest rungs of the corporate world discussing their success stories and how entrepreneurs today could strive for such success. Some of the names to have graced us with their presence at i5 include Mr. Anil Swarup, celebrated IAS officer, Mr. Pranav Pai, Founder of 3one4capital, Mr. Rahul Singh, Founder of The Beer Cafe, Mrs. Shruti Shyam Sundar, Head of Marketing at Zee Entertainment to name a few.
The start-up expo will be conducted online and arrangements are made for start-ups to showcase the products and services they offer. The products historically range from customized footwear to pharma and from eco-friendly utensils to IoT. The entire event is lauded as the only Expo in Central India to be held on this scale and how it has helped in providing a platform to budding entrepreneurs to express their ideas by both regional and national media houses.
The i5 Summit also organizes workshops where the participants can get hands-on experience and knowledge from thought and business leaders. They provide invaluable, profound advice to the budding entrepreneurs and enthusiasts present. The focus and our aim is to aid skill-building in budding entrepreneurs so that they can face the challenges which lie ahead.
The fest also witnesses a panel discussion with a group of esteemed panelists. Last year, Mr. Pranav Pai, Founder, 3one4capital, Mr. Abhishek Dubey, CEO, Muskan Dreams, Mr. OP Singh, DGP UP Police, and Mr. Rakesh Jain talked about, “Social Entrepreneurship in Indian Context.”
The discussion was moderated by our Director, Prof. Himanshu Rai and was insightful, to say the least. The topics are always relevant to the current situation and hence you can always look forward to gaining new perspectives.
Chai Pe Charcha
Chai Pe charcha is the networking event of the summit, designed specifically for start-ups and entrepreneurs to interact with renowned investors and business leaders. It is like an informal round where investors and entrepreneurs get into deeper conversations and entrepreneurs can get valuable insights and suggestions about their startups. It also gives start-ups a golden opportunity to build contacts with renowned venture capitalists and get exposure to their industry expertise.