Echelon TOP100 Qualifiers have been electrifying the greater Asia region with hundreds of start-ups showcasing their cutting-edge innovations and developments. The India leg of our journey will see 16 ambitious startups taking the stage – pushing the boundaries and pitching fresh new ideas across verticals – at Let’s Venture, SNC House, Karnataka, India, today, 12 April.

The best pitches will be awarded the Judges’ Choice and Fan Favourite – and get accelerated to the Finals at Echelon Asia Summit in Singapore this June amongst the shortlisted 100 – ultimately vying for prizes from WeWork, STSP, Web in Travel and SPRING Singapore!

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But first – these are the judges they have to impress:

  • Shanti Mohan, CEO, Let’s Venture
    Let’s Venture enables startups to have a head-start in raising seed and angel funding by connecting them to investment profiles online and accredited investors. There’s also the opportunity for their business model/plan to get reviewed by in-house experts and mentors who will guide them through.
  • Naini Tej, Analyst, Speciale Invest
    Speciale Invest dabbles mostly in seed stage investments for startups – helping them grow and build their business from the ground up whilst being in an advisory role to guide founders in revenue growth and sustainment, product design and applications, as well as knowledge sharing in digital marketing, sale and administrative requirements.
  • Ibrahim Faruqi, Investment Professional, Orios Venture Partners
    Orios Venture Partners is a seed stage venture fund which primarily invests in consumer technology startups and brands. They predominantly help in the marketing and branding in invested companies to build a community and loyal following – this being one of the most determinative factor to break out into the market.
  • Anirudh Jayagopal, Investment Associate, Sprout Venture Partners
    Sprout Venture Partners is an early and seed stage micro-VC fund focussed on investing in technology and consumer brand startups. They are often looking to invest and work with founders that embrace a vision, attentive execution, and resolute ambition to solve problems to create a profitable, scalable business.

Want to see how the contestants fare in the judging round? Join the conversation at the Qualifying Roadshow near you today!


TOP100, presented by WeWork, is a programme powered by e27 that empowers insights, connections, talent and funding opportunities for early-stage tech startups in Asia. In order to shine a spotlight on the chosen 100, we travel through 23 APAC cities in 2 months, span 7 market categories, and partner with community leaders and ecosystem expertise to curate the ones to keep an eye out for. Learn more or apply now at e27.co/echelon/top100

TOP100 Qualifier Roadshows begin across Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and Myanmar from March 6th, 2018, before taking on the rest of APAC. The TOP100 2018 Official Startup Application Round for joining the Qualifier Roadshow has ended, but we are still accepting applications for Discretionary Admission.