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DEVISE | DEVELOP | DISRUPT | Escalating the growth of Startup Ecosystem

Empresario Startup Summit is the annual flagship event organized by Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India, Gandhinagar. It is an exclusive platform for Startups, new age Entrepreneurs, Industry Mentors, Investors and the Student Community to come up at one place, share their entrepreneurial endeavors and experiences, gain amazing new insights, and pledge to become an invaluable part of the ever flourishing startup ecosystem in India. Since its inception in 2012, Empresario went on to emerge as one of the largest entrepreneurship fests celebrated in India. The fest witnesses startups of all sector and participants from every niche of the country.

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NOTE- All winners are required to fill the WINNER'S FORM immediately. Winning amount will be sent through cheque within one month from the filling up of the form


Mr. Kris Gopalakrishnan

Chairman: Axilor Ventures

Chairman: Advisory Committee-CrAdLE

Co-Founder: Infosys LTD.

Team Empresario Startup Summit proudly welcomes Mr. Kris Gopalakrishnan at EDII campus.

Date- 10th March 2018

Time- 10 A.M. Onwards

Who should attend?


Come, communicate with like-minded, motivated and active people and take your game to another level.


Grab this opportunity to explore and grow within the untapped field of innovation.

Startup Enthusiast

A great opportunity for aspiring entrepreneurs, freelancers and mentors to meet and connect with thousands of startups.


Hands-on insights and stories from pioneers who have successfully explored and developed new areas of technology including Angels, VCs, and Incubators.

Service providers

Executives and senior management members from the HR, tech and R & D

Young professionals

Young professionals who wish to get insights into the startup ecosystem and seek opportunities in the domain.


Senior officers and policy makers.


Academic leaders, research scholars , principals, placement directors , Department heads and faculty members from academic institutions.

The Big Pitch 2.0

Because there is no business without finance, startups get an exclusive opportunity to pitch their business in front of potential investors. This invite aims to foster both the creative, investment and the startup community where investor-ready startups and teams are connected with experienced investors

Previous Funding

3 Startups bagged a funding of

INR 1.16 Crores

Prototype Funding

Empresario Startup Summit in association with Student Startup & Innovation Policy (SSIP), Govt. Of Gujarat will invest

INR 40,000*

each as a prototype fund.
*The business idea/ Startup has to get themselves registered with the Govt. of Gujarat. Terms and Conditions applied

Prototype Funding

Empresario Start-Up Summit in association with Student Start-Up & Innovation Policy (SSIP), Govt. Of Gujarat will invest

INR 40,000

each as a prototype fund.
*The business idea/ Startup has to get themselves registered with the Govt. of Gujarat. Terms and Conditions applied

Startup Exhibition

In August presence of Shri Suresh Prabhu- Hon. Minister of Commerce & Industry, Govt. of India, start ups have an exclusive opportunity to showcase their million dollar idea and reveal the real potential and power of the start up fraternity all across the country.


Here's a chance to take back home

INR 2 Lakhs


Elevators Pitch




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09:00 - 10:00


Participants will have to report and-

  • Check - In
  • Comply with all formalities
  • Collect event specefic access pass.
13:00 - 14:00

Networking Lunch

1 hour lunch break, where in all our invited dignitaries and startups can interact and share knowledge with each other.

14:00 - 18:00

Competition: B-Plan (Pitching)

This is the final pitching round for all those whose Business Idea has been selected.

*This will be a closed room pitching for shortlisted participants only.

15:30 - 16:15

Startup Masterclass: Sales & Distribution

This mentoring session will be a hands on experience for all participants to learn some innovative technique about how to increase the reach of their product and what should be their sales and distribution funda.

16:00 - 18:15

Competition: Venture Capital Investment Competition (VCIC)

In this competition, selected participants will be participating in a highly interactive simulation of the VC process in which they will be the VCs. Real startups come to pitch to participants, and VC judges assess participant’s performances.

16:30 - 17:15

Startup Masterclass: PR & Branding

Participants can get to learn about different aspects of PR and Branding and how these helps in a success of a startup.

17:30 - 18:15

Startup Masterclass: Funding Strategies

Funding is one of most integral part of any startup. Before you pitch on the 11th of March, participants will have an opportunity to learn about-

  • What type of funding should a startup look for?
  • What does an venture capitalist/ banker expect?
  • How to pitch?
18:30 - 20:15

The Fireside Chat

The Fireside Chat is a platform where in Young Entrepreneurs, who have gone out of the way to innovate and prove the conventions wrong, share their journey in a very candid and two way, interactive environment. This session will be set amidst the backdrop of our lush beautiful campus under the open sky. A moderator to ask intriguing questions & elicit insightful responses, which will be beneficial for the numerous young entrepreneurs, corporates, student startups and other ecosystem delegates who will be present there.

09:30 - 10:30

Discourse by Shri Suresh Prabhu, Honourable Minister of Commerce & Industry, Government of India on: Startups can change the world – Challenges and opportunities of the startup ecosphere

In this speaker session, invitees will have all in all access to interact with Suresh Prabhu Ji. Suresh Prabhu sir will speak about the current scenario of the startup ecosystem prevailing in India and how startups can change the world and what the current challenges lies infront of them.

*Entry in the convention hall through invite only. 

10:30 - 18:00

Startup Exhibition & Technology Showcase

Startup Exhibition will provide a unique platform to startups / participants from varied locations pan India to showcase & display their capabilities, strengths and get their efforts highlighted in presence of Shri Suresh Prabhu and other eminent dignitaries from the Govt. of India.

Technology Showcase is a state-of-the-art concept at Empresario 2018, where technology based startups... Read More

10:30 - 10:45

SIDBI Schemes for Startups

During this session, SIDBI officials will make the audience aware of the of the schemes for the startups, so that they understand the benefit of the schemes.

10:45 - 13:00

Panel Discussion: Startup Ecosystem for Inclusive Growth

With this theme, the Empresario Startup Summit aims at providing opportunity not only to Startups but also to aspirants in terms of understanding the process of inclusive growth which can be mediated by various stakeholders of the Startup ecosystem.

13:00 - 14:00

Networking Lunch

1 hour lunch break where in all our invited dignitries and startups can interact and share knoledge with Each other.

14:00 - 18:00

The Big Pitch 2.0 (Pitching for Debt & Equity Funding)

The Big Pitch 2.0 is the signature event of Empresario Startup Summit 2018 that shall present startups from all over India with an opportunity to pitch before an esteemed panel of judges comprising of Investors, VCs & Entrepreneurs. The funding session is exclusively dedicated for early and growth stage startups to scale up and go to the next level by linking them with VC’s and investors who will not just bring their overflowing wallets but also help them build networks, forming strategic partnerships and also extend their valuable experiences and knowledge by mentoring them.


*This will be a closed room pitching for shortlisted startups only..

14:00 - 17:00

Prototype Funding (Pitching)

This time slot is for all those whose ideation stage startup / business idea has been selected for final round pitching under the Prototype Funding category. This event is organised in association with Student Startup & Innovation Policy (SSIP), Govt. of Gujarat.


*This will be a closed room pitching for shortlisted participants only.

14:00 - 16:00

Panel Discussion: Social Entrepreneurship - Policy, Practice and Ecosystem in India

Social Entrepreneurship is gaining growing amount of talent, money and attentions from across the world. When it comes to social entrepreneurship, India is considered as epicenter of Impact Investing. With the increasing popularity of this practice based concept, the challenges of sustainability, investing opportunities and entrepreneur’s dilemma of balancing social & economical gains are key concern to make the ecosystem of social entrepreneurship favorable in India. This challenge can be tacked by redesigning our institutions and policies and rediscovering the ways of doing... Read More

16:00 - 18:00

Panel Discussion: Blockchain Beyond Bitcoin

Block chain is widely considered to be a once in a generation revolutionary technology. It is poised to fundamentally change the way we use the internet. People are now getting to know about the possibilities through Block chain technology usage and more and more people are trying their hands to create something in this space.

But, there is also a set of people who are very interested in the technology but do not know how to proceed. This Panel Discussion is aimed at both the crowds by addressing the problems people are facing in Block chain application and at the same time giving... Read More

Featured Dignitaries



GIL - Gujarat Informatics Limited




SIDBI - Small Industries Development Bank Of India


Claris Capital Limited




Plutomen Technologies Pvt Ltd - Next GEN Solutions


DST-PRC (Govt. of India)


SSIP (Student Startup & Innovation Policy)


Industries Commissionerate (Govt. of Gujarat) & Startup Gujarat


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