Launch to the Skies

What is BootCamp?

Bootcamp is a four-week-long, Mini Startup Accelerator cum B-Plan Competition that provides early-stage startups with the requisite expertise and skills to make it big in the outside world.

Bootcamp works through a carefully designed mixture of workshops and startup-specific mentoring that imparts knowledge efficiently. It focusses on participatory learning and interaction within the cohort to push the limits of startups, generate new perspectives and nudge founders to be proactive leaders while equipping them with vital social skills necessary to mobilize people and resources. The prospective outcome of Bootcamp is a cohort of well-developed startups with a viable Business Plan who are ready for Incubation.

Our Vision

Ideas are critical; but execution is the key. With 1.3 billion people, India faces no shortage of ideas nor human capital. It’s the elusiveness of resources and lack of the initial push towards actualizing an idea that holds us down. Bootcamp seeks to solve this very problem and brings ideas closer to reality.

Why participate?

Prizes

Total Prize Pool of 2 Lakhs.

Mentorship

Professional one-on-one mentoring by industry experts.

Workshops

Receive professional training on multiple key facets of entrepreneurship.

Startup Services

Best performers will receive legal and technical guidance and support.

Networking

Networking opportunities for all applicants with VCs, angel investors, founders and fellow teams.

Media Coverage

Opportunity for promising startups to get featured on popular media platforms and E-Cell IITM handles and newsletters.

Fundraising Opportunities

Top three teams will receive free passes to external fundraising rounds hosted by VCs. Teams may also receive funding opportunities directly from the Finale Pitch.

Incubation Opportunities

Opportunites for teams to get incubated in professional Incubators. Outstanding individuals may also be invited to Entrepreneur-in-Residence programs.

Who can participate?

The event is open to all UG, PG and PhD students of any stream and college. Students who have graduated in or after 2018 are also eligible. Each team must have a minimum of 2 to a maximum of 5 members.

How to participate?

  • Register here for BootCamp before 5th of February 2021
  • Complete the Round 1 questionnaire here . It’s your gateway to the next rounds of Bootcamp!
  • Timeline

    • Registrations Window

      15th Jan – 5th Feb
    • Webinar and Speed Networking

      9th Feb, Tuesday (tentative)

      • Common Webinar for all applicants of Bootcamp on key aspects of Entrepreneurship.
      • Speed Networking sessions for all applicants of Bootcamp with VCs and Angel Investors.

    • Results of First Shortlisting

      13th Feb, Saturday

      A cohort of 25 teams will be selected from the applications and will proceed to the next stages of Bootcamp

    • Introduction and Networking

      13th Feb, Saturday

      We kick things off with an introduction to Bootcamp, its objectives, the timeline. The requirements of the report to be submitted on 28th Feb will be laid out. This will be followed by a Networking session with fellow teams.

    • Business Model Canvas 1 | Allotment of Mentors

      14th Feb, Sunday

      • Workshop on introduction to Business Model Canvas, focussing on Customer Segments, Value Propositions, Channels and Customer Relationships.
      • Post workshop, each team will be allotted a mentor who will guide the team and help applying concepts learnt in the workshops to each startup. Mentoring continues throughout the week in short spells according to the convenience of the teams and the mentors.

    • Business Model Canvas 2

      21th Feb, Sunday

      • Second workshop on Business Model Canvas, focussing on Revenue streams, Key Resources, Key Activities, Key Partnerships, Cost Structure.
      • Mentoring continues through the week till 27th Feb.

    • Progress Report Submission

      28th Feb, Sunday

      Report of each team’s progress is to be submitted, applying the concepts learnt in workshops and in consultation with the mentors.

    • Second Shortlisting

      3rd March, Wednesday

      Based on the Progress Reports, teams which did not make satisfactory progress or could not validate their idea are eliminated. Selected teams are given entry to the E-Summit 21’ and the Pitching Finale.

    • Pitching Workshop and Networking

      6th March, Saturday

      • A workshop on the art and science of pitching to prepare each team for their final pitch. This will be followed by Networking sessions with industry experts and fellow teams.
      • The week will be sprinkled with other sessions on starting up. Teams will also have access to other talks and events of E-Summit 21’.

    • Finale – Pitch in front of the Judges

      13th March, Saturday

      - Final pitch in front of judges. Details of the event and rules regarding the pitch will be shared with the selected teams.

    • Declaration of Results

      14th March, Sunday

    FAQs

    Are there any registration fees?

    There are no registration fees at any stage of Bootcamp.

    Are cross college teams allowed?

    Yes. There are no restrictions on building a team as long as all its members are either undergraduates, post graduates or PhD fellows.

    How many teams will be shortlisted after the application process?

    25 teams.

    What is the Progress Report?

    It is a document to be submitted after the main sessions and after one-on-one mentoring that details the work done by the startup and key business elements. The exact list of things to be mentioned will be shared in the introductory session.

    When will the one-on-one mentoring happen?

    Each startup will be allotted a mentor from 13th February to 13th March. Mentoring happens in short spells at the mutual convenience of the team and the mentor via any online medium.

    How many teams will be selected after the Report Submission?

    The second shortlisting has no fixed number of teams to select. If all the teams show satisfactory progress and sustained efforts, all teams will proceed to the Finale.

    When will the prize money be given to the winners?

    Prize money will be given lumpsum to the winners in the few days after declaration of results.

    Do participating teams need to travel for Bootcamp?

    No, all stages of this year’s Bootcamp are completely virtual. All you need is internet!

    What sectors do the applying startups need to be in?

    We welcome startups from all sectors – from Animal Husbandry to Blockchain! We highly encourage diverse startups with multidisciplinary teams to apply for Bootcamp.

    Testimonials

    Past Teams

    Sponsors

    10000 Startups logo

    10000 Startups

    Fundraising and Outreach Sponsor

    DIICE Logo

    DIICE

    Mentoring Sponsor

    Kindle VC Logo

    Kindle VC

    Mentoring and Incubation Sponsor

    IITMIC Logo

    IITM IC

    Ecosystem Sponsor

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    Noticebard

    Media Sponsor

    For queries, contact:


    +91 9390054215 Adithya Beera
    +91 8709428784 Pratyush