Sep 15 The Westin, Pune

Startup Master Class

By Alumni Association IIT Kanpur and Fundtonic

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About SMC

Startup Master Class is an initiative of Alumni Association IIT Kanpur that came into existence 4 years ago at Bangalore. 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



100+ VCs

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.


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Main Stage

Experience subsequent talks which helps entrepreneurs in early stage 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 investor who decides to invest money and resources in a raw idea.

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


SMC is introducing a new track to promote Junta to solve real life problems and suggest sustainable solutions, It will be proposed by the business and the government , participate in the real world challenge.

Stay Tuned for more details!


Real life problems startups face - what do you do about IP? How do you create a startup? What do you do with Blockchain?

Wanna know answers to these questions?

Come and hear the experts share their knowledge.

Who can attend?

Any attendee who has registered for the event - you can walk right in the hall.


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. SMC Central being organized at IIT Kanpur this time brings an additional opportunity to interact with faculty and researchers at the cutting edge of advanced technologies such as cyber security, micro/nano fabrication, algorithms, image processing, biotech and flexible electronics to name a few. If you would like to brainstorm your business model, revenue model, product pipeline, strategy to enter market, company culture, commercialize academic research, setup a research collaboration and/or gain from the wisdom of eminent folks.

  • Mentorship
  • Informal Pitch
  • 50+ angels, VCs, faculty, CEOs and government representatives
  • Get 10 min, with atleast 3 member

SMC Select

SMC Select claims the most spectacular moments during the SMC event. We are attracting start-ups with the best business models and innovative solutions with proven traction and a huge potential. We choose the best of these best start-ups to pitch their business ideas in front of renowned investors. We are immensely proud to have our judging panel decked with Accel, Sequoia, Kalaari, Matrix, Helion, Jungle Ventures, IAN, Angel investors, Serial entrepreneurs and HNIs from USA. SMC Select is the platform to give you the right momentum and spring forward.


now for SMC Select

Last date for registration: 22nd January 2018

Top 12 SMC Select start-ups tend to gain major attention through the event. If you are one of the selected start-ups you get to:

  • Pitch your business idea on the main-stage. This will be the first ever pitch session happening in IIT Kanpur campus.
  • Have One-on-One sessions with any SMC Speaker you choose. Brainstorm your business model, revenue model, product pipeline, strategy to enter into a market, company culture and gain from the wisdom of these eminent folks. Know all about One-on-One sessions.
  • IIT Kanpur start-up ecosystem is comprised of investors, mentors, serial entrepreneurs, academics and innovators. You will get to be a part, and connect with this ecosystem
  • You would be automatically analyzed for fitment in SIIC (SIDBI Innovation & Incubation Centre at IIT Kanpur) and INVENT (Social Incubator at IIT Kanpur) for training & incubation.
  • This time we have investors from across the globe joining us for SMC Central. SMC Select will be your spotlight to get visibility among this investor community

Top 30 start-ups would be displaying their posters for demo and promotions in the ' SMC Select top30 zone '. The zone will see a stream of all the event attendees during 2 days of the SMC event.

Start-ups which shined in previous SMC Select:
Sneak-peak into SMC Select



SMC Team

People who are making this event a success
Shailendra Agarwal
Program Lead, SMC Pune
Dr. Narayan Pisharoty


Shailendra Agarwal(+91 985 005 3022)

Vinod Waykole(+91 992 311 1033)

Himanshu Singh(+91 776 907 9144)

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Venue - The Westin Pune