the jury

Abhijeet Pai

Group President - Puzzolana Group

Brand Recognition, Strategic Marketing, Dynamic CRM, New AcquisitionsInvested in over 30 start-ups. Start-up Investor and Mentor

Jatin Gupta

Strategist | Marketer | Angel Investor | Author | Speaker

14+ years experience in Strategy, Business Process Management/re-engineering, Big data, Marketing, Market Research and Business Development

Sita Pallachola

CEO Innopark Ventures - Founder The Angel Summit

Computer Science and Engineering with over 13 years experience in start-ups and leading investment firms.

Sreeram Vanga

Founder Innopark Group of Companies

An entrepreneur with over 16 years of experience in the global gaming industry. Sreeram is now focused on investing in unique tech-enabled ideas through InnoPark Ventures

Rahul Narvekar

Serial Entrepreneur, Speaker, Investor & Mentor

Founder – Startup Studio India, Director & CEO - Sun and Sands Advisors, Japan , The India Network, Scales Ventures Fund, NDTV Indian Roots, Fashion And You

Cathy Guo

True Beacon - Vice President

Cathy Guo is an entrepreneur and technologist. At True Beacon, she handles equity research, technology and client relations across Greater Asia. She is also an active investor through her work with First Principles VC.

Chandni Jafri

Founder - SLSV

CHANDNI JAFRI is a triple bottomline advocate, angel investor, startup evangelist, advisor, mentor, Business Head and theatre producer and actor.She is the former Chief Executive Officer of Mumbai Angels Network, India's leading angel investing & mentoring platform, and the founder of SLSV.

judging parameters

Each idea/pitch deck will be judged based on the criteria mentioned on a scale of 1-5, 1 being the least and 5 being the highest.


1.  IDEA

  • Value Proposition
  • Originality, Innovation and thoughtfulness
  • Impact on big problem


  • Differentiation from the existing competition
  • User Experience
  • Identification and addressing of major relevant risks and inclusion of contingency plans


  • Target market and customer identification and segmentation
  • Pricing model
  • Core revenue model and ancillary revenue streams
  • Semi-finalists and Finalists will be required to provide 3-5 year financial projections


  • Marketing Strategy
  • Sales Strategy
  • Plan to scale


  • Product Development
  • Traction-to-date (relationships with key market participants, sales, downloads, website traffic, etc.
  • Future measurable, achievable milestones

6.  TEAM

  • Expertise of Founding Team
  • Commitment and motivation of Founding Team
  • A strategy to attract additional key people