Start-ups get ready for the Wharton India Startup Challenge!

Start-ups get ready for the Wharton India Startup Challenge!

Posted by P. Charitha on September 7th 2017

Wharton India Economic Forum (WIEF) is all set for the 5th edition of Wharton India Startup Challenge (WISC) in which the final event will be held in January 5, 2018. The Challenge will offer up-coming Indian startups a platform to interact and connect with investors and industry stalwarts from the Indian startup ecosystem.
Established in 1996, Wharton India Economic Forum (WIEF) is an annual conference hosted by the students at Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. It is a global business forum focussed on understanding and engaging with India’s startup landscape.
Eligibility Criteria
  • Startups at pre-seed, seed, and early-stage with a business model/business idea targetted towards the Indian market can apply for the event. To be eligible for selection, the startup:
  • Must be in product development stage.
  • Must have rolled out a beta product.
  • Should not have exceeded $1 Mn in equity-based investment or $1 Mn in annual revenue.

Application Deadline
The first deadline for submission of applications will be on September 17 and the second will be on October 15, 2017.
Challenge Format
The startup challenge has 2 rounds, with 20 start-ups making it to the Pitch Day. More than 500 start-ups are applying for the programme out of which 50 will proceed to round 2. The company also has more than 20 investors, and in the past, start-ups have raised more than $50 million.
The top 10 get to pitch live on stage and the top 20 (including the top 10) also get a chance to be part of an exhibit, set up at the event venue, before an audience of investors and conference attendees.
Cash Prizes
Besides showcasing their start-ups before an audience of top investors and entrepreneurs, the startup challenge gives opportunity to participants to win cash prizes. The Winner of the Wharton India Startup Challenge Will Be Awarded $20K Cash Prize, Access To Mentors and other exciting perks.


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