Startup Master Class

Zero to One: Take a Leap

Feb 17 2018, ISB Hyderabad

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About SMC

Startup Master Class is an initiative of IITK Alumni Association that came into existence 4 years ago. To achieve its mandate of fostering and nurturing budding entrepreneurs, It brings together startups, mentors and investors to build interactions and strengthen the network within the entrepreneurial community.

Startup Master Class Platform is a fully volunteer run, not for profit network of passionate individuals and institutions (alumni of PAN IIT network) combining their skills and resources in support of the activities to promote entrepreneurship.

Startup Enthusiasts



VC Firms

Through its 8 editions, organised across various cities in India -Bangalore, Pune, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata, SMC has created an ecosystem for startups to leverage the power of the Alumni - the expertise, mentoring, funding, government and corporate connects - to support their journey.

Zero to One: Take a Leap

Entrepreneurship is not for the weak hearted. You need guts to take a leap at it.


Past Speakers


Main Stage

Hear it from the experienced lot. Their stories will help entrepreneur in all stages to assess growth and scale to IPO stage. Learn from the innovators who have left a mark. The problems that they faced and the way they solved them. Also, understand the intellection of the investors who decide to invest money and resources in a raw idea.

  • Early, Growth and Scale Stages
  • Q&A session for the inquisitive minds
  • Fireside Chat


Workshops from the leaders who are working on cutting edge technologies and solutions

This is the place where an individual can learn something which is outside the classroom knowledge

Workshops that are lined up for this event:

  1. Building blocks of IoT and its applications
  2. Ask Me Anything (AMA) with a successful Entrepreneur/Investor
  3. Business Essentials and Go to Market for Startups by ISB
  4. Blockchain and Its Impact on the Future of businesses
  5. Intellectual Property for Startups and How to go about it


Following tracks are lined up for this SMC:

  1. Hardware, IoT, Robotics
  2. Impact Challenge (Agri, Education, Health, CleanTech)
  3. Deep Starup Challenge (AI / ML / DeepTech / Intelligent Machines)


Face to face discussion with several Angels, VCs and CEOs. Facing dilemma whether or not to startup? Facing initial challenges in your startup? Pitch your idea and get mentored from the masters.

One-on-ones are one of the most popular attractions at Startup Master Class that allow entrepreneurs in various stages of starting up a new venture to have a 10-15 minute face to face discussion with investors, industry veterans and mentors.


now for One-on-One

Last date for registration: 10 Feb 2018

  • Mentorship
  • Informal Pitch
  • Several Angel Investors, VCs and CEOs

SMC Select

Are you ready to dive in and take a few laps with the sharks? Pitch your business in front of a panel of VCs. Focus on how to nail your startup pitch.

  • Get evaluated by a panel of investors
  • Only top few startups will get to pitch

SMC Startup Select is open for all. Selected start-ups will be asked to attend and present in our Startup Select session on 17th February, 2018 in front of an eminent panel of judges from the most sought-after mentors and investment firms.

The top 3 winners will get a one hour mentorship session to present their ideas in detail to the VCs and discuss about funding.


now for SMC Select
  • The first 50 start-ups who register will get an edge in getting short-listed.
  • Top 10 startups will get to pitch
  • Last date to apply for SMC Startup Select is 4th February 2018
Start-ups which shined in previous SMC Select:
Sneak-peak into SMC Select


08:00 AM - 09:00 AM
09:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Welcome Note


Keynote Panel Discussion

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Tea Break

11:30 AM - 01:00 PM

First Session

Success Stories

Panel Discussion

01:00 PM - 02:30 PM

Lunch & Networking

02:30 PM - 03:30 PM

Reverse Pitch by Investors

03:30 PM - 04:45 PM

Films, Entertainment, Gaming, AR/VR

SS Rajamouli: Making of Bahubali

AR/VR Demo

04:45 PM - 05:00 PM

Tea & Snack break

05:00 PM - 06:30 PM

SMC Startup Select

Pitches by selected startups before panel of VCs and Investors

06:30 PM

Closing Ceremony

11:30 AM - 01:30 PM

1:1 with 8-10 investors for selected startups

02:30 PM - 04:30 PM

Hardware, IoT, Robotics

Qualcomm Design for India Challenge (QDIC)

Expert Talks

Startup challenge: 9 selected startups pitch before expert panel

02:30 PM - 04:30 PM

Impact Challenge (Agri, Education, Health, CleanTech)

Expert Talks

Startup challenge: 9 selected startups pitch before expert panel

02:30 PM - 04:30 PM

Deep Startup Challenge (AI / ML / DeepTech / Intelligent Machines)

Expert Talks

Startup challenge: 9 selected startups pitch before expert panel

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Workshop #1: Building Blocks of IoT and its application

12:30 PM - 01:30 PM

Workshop #2: Ask Me Anything (AMA)

02:30 PM - 03:30 PM

Workshop #3: Business Essentials and Go to Market for Startups

03:30 PM - 04:30 PM

Workshop #4: Blockchain and its impact on the future of business

04:30 PM - 05:30PM

Workshop #5: Intellectual property for startups



SMC Team

People who are making this event a success
Pradeep Bhargava
Program Director, SMC
Sunil Gupta
Jai Shankar Sharma
Umesh Joshi



+91 9000005129


+91 8886886913

Sagar Kashihar

+91 8886977669

Email us at:

[email protected]

Venue - ISB Hyderabad