Witness India's hottest startup pitches to the top VC judges on 9th January, 2021.
If you wish to attend the event, purchase your tickets now!
One of the largest India-focused business conferences in the world, the Wharton India Economic Forum (WIEF) comes back home to proudly host the Annual Wharton India Startup Challenge (WISC). Since its inception, WISC has grown 20x and has been a successful platform for companies like Ketto, Zostel, and BabyChakra.
Past winners have gone on to raise over $50 million in funding from 20+ institutional investors.
WISC 2021 saw a record 500+ applicants from as many as 24 cities across the country, battling to win $20,000+ in prize money.
WISC 2021 will be held virtually on 9th January 2021 and will see pitches by the top 10 teams to a panel of Indian VCs and entrepreneurs. This year's prize money is $20,000, which is double the prize money when compared to previous years.
Besides being an amazing opportunity to showcase your startup before an audience of top investors and entrepreneurs, the startup challenge is an opportunity to win cash prizes alongside access to exciting perks
Awarded on Pitch Day to the startups chosen by judges and attendees
Pro-bono legal advice from our legal partners. Awarded to the two Winners.
Unparalleled access to renowned Wharton entrepreneurs and industry experts. Awarded to the two Winners.
Opportunity to be covered by our offline and online media partners. This has included CNBC, Economic Times, Yourstory among others in the past
Top 10 teams pitch their business ideas to conference attendees, sponsors, and a global media audience
Top 20 startups invited to WIEF Conference (Mumbai) to interact with investors and conference attendees as part of a formal startup exhibit
The startup challenge typically has 2 rounds, with 10 startups making it to the Pitch Day. The top 10 get to pitch live, before an audience of investors and conference attendees.
WISC targets the next generation of businesses serving the Indian market. As a hallmark of the 22nd WIEF conference, the prestigious Startup Challenge promotes entrepreneurship in India by providing a global platform for startups working on highly innovative and groundbreaking ideas targeted towards the Indian market.
Only Startups (subject to eligibility requirements) with business ideas or business models featuring products and/or services targeting the Indian market can apply.
Applications are open to any early-stage entrepreneur, in any industry, from anywhere in the world with business ideas focused on a product and/or service targeting the Indian market. We accept early-stage startups.
We expect startups to be in pre-seed, seed or early growth stages. Established companies should not apply. As we define it, this means that your startup should apply only if:
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Startup Challenge entries will be pre-screened by a panel of experts including top entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and investors. A detailed view of the process & deadlines is given here.
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