HyperVerge, Doctor's Circle win GITR faceoff; both will now head to Seoul
It also played home to India’s first-ever Mini Maker Faire organised by Maker Media in association with Nasscom and Workbench Projects. The Mini Maker Faire, which is a part science and part fun exhibit, showcased 40 Makers, including innovations from students, enthusiasts, and corporates alike.
Both events culminated in a Get-In-The-Ring (GITR) contest organised under the Nasscom 10K start-up programme. The contest, a one-on-one pitch battle between startups, saw four teams battling it out. Out of 32 contestants, HyperVerge, SnackExperts, Doctor’s Circle and SayPay Technologies were the four teams that fought out in the semi-finals.
Shortlisted from a list of 32 startups, these startups presented their game in five rounds that judged experience, achievements, business model, financials and value proposition, followed by a freestyle round.
Sitting on the panel, Dave McClure of 500 startups and Ravi Gururaj of Nasscom found winners in HyperVerge, a Silicon Valley-based startup that provides customers with cloud-based technology to save and share pictures, and Doctor’s Circle, an online healthcare startup that helps consumers make more informed healthcare decisions.
HyperVerge and Doctor’s Circle will now head to Seoul, South Korea for the Regional Final, East Asia, on January 21 next year. The International Final will take place at Medellin, Colombia on March 26, 2016. Get in the Ring is a well-known startup competition with global participation.
Thursday’s events saw speakers in Sandy Carter, General Manager, IBM; Nikesh Arora, President and COO, SoftBank Corp; Sangita Reddy, Joint Managing Director, Apollo Hospitals; and Mahesh Murthy, Managing Partner, Seedfund, among others.
To further enhance the mobile ecosystem in the country, industry body Nasscom on Thursday partnered Facebook for the first time to launch a new initiative to support developers building apps and mobile websites for ‘new-to-internet’ users.
The ‘Leaders Building for the Next Billion Program’ will invite application from developers and students. The programme will select 10 developers who will be provided with technical, marketing, financial support, and leadership skills.