Are you looking for a seed grant to pursue your startup?

February 9-10, 2019, Anna University

Startup Pitchfest Provides an opportunity to pitch your ideas to an expert jury panel consisting of VC’s, Angel investors.
Powered By Entrepreneurship Development And Innovation Institute, TN

Calling all student entrepreneurs across Tamil Nadu!
Here is your chance to power up your startup rockets.
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The Startup Pitchfest is the perfect platform to present, improve and perfect your business ideas- get guidance and mentorship from experts and pitch your idea to a carefully selected expert jury panel!
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Each Startup Pitchfest applicant team will be undergoing a 4 step process to get them ready for the final stage

Step 1 : Online Application

Participants are requested to fill the online form here.
(Submissions closing on Jan 26)

Step 2 : Design Sprint

Shortlisted participants from online will be called for a design sprint in Chennai, where mentors will help them build and focus better.
(Feb 2)

Step 3 : Preday Mentorship

Shortlisted finalist will be given with mentorship support before pitch, incremental pitching rounds with feedbacks.
( Feb 9 )

Step 4 : Pitch on Stage

Finalists pitch in front of jury panel ( Feb 10)

Design sprint and pre day mentorship is one of a kind oppurtunity. You will be mentored and trained by structures that are being used by the world's fastest growing startups till date.
Here is why this means business for you more that the final seed grant!

What Do I get?

Monetary Funds

Global Scalablity

Legal Advisory

Media Coverage

Expert Mentor Support

Conference and Summit Entry

Criteria and Rules

Open to Startups from Tamilnadu Region Only

The Startup Pitchfest will be judged on the following criteria:

  • The product value proposition
  • Executability of the idea
  • Market need for the product
  • Description or demonstration of a compelling user interface
  • Path or potential path to revenue/ monetization
  • Overall assessment of the opportunity
*The judge's decision is at the complete discretion of the panel and no correspondence will be entered into in relation to the final selection or any part of the judging process.

  • All the participating teams need to provide a viable prototype.
  • A maximum of 4 minutes will be allotted for every team to pitch their ideas.
  • The Q&A session will go on for a time span of 5-10 minutes.
  • The teams will be judged based on a fixed criterion.
  • The team needs to be present for the complete session.
  • Certificates and prizes will be provided based on the creativity and execution of the team’s pitch.
  • Who can participate?

    Any student within Tamilnadu region can participate in startup pitchfest.

  • Should I have a prototype to participate?

    A prototype, while not mandatory, will definitely improve your chances of winning.

  • Is there any age limit?

    No, any student can participate in this event.

  • Can one team submit more than one idea?

    No, one person/team can submit a maximum of one idea only.

  • Who can win the Best on-campus award ?

    Students of CEG, ACT, SAP and MIT are qualified to win this award.

Jury Panel and Mentors

The names of the mentors and the jury panel will be put up on on our FB page

Prize Categories

Most Innovative Startup

Women Entrepreneur Run Startup

Best on Campus

Most Scalable

Social Innovative Startup


Most innovative startup -₹1.5 lakh

Woman entrepreneur - ₹1.5 lakh

Most scalable startup- ₹1.5 lakh

Socially innovative startup -₹1.5 lakh

Best on campus -₹ 75,000.


The event is conducted in partnership with EDII-TN, Anna University, CED AU and Capitalize, the e-cell of Anna University.

How To Find Us


CEG,Anna University

CED, Anna University
Chennai, Tamilnadu - 600025
Hitesh: +91 9551883636
Shruti: +91 9677056433
Landline: 044 2235 8596

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