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VentureNursery (VN), India’s first angel-backed start-up accelerator, aims to prepare start-ups and founders for #PolePosition.
VentureNursery was established in March 2012 by two like-minded Angel Investors —Shravan Shroff, Founder and former MD, Fame Cinemas and Ravi Kiran, former CEO-South East & South Asia, Starcom MediaVest Group, Co-Founder, Friends of Ambition and Co-Founder, DazzleToday.
Shravan Shroff and Ravi Kiran in their individual capacity have made over sixty angel investments in sectors ranging from Hospitality, Enterprise Technology, E-Commerce, E-Services, EduTech, Cloud Telephony, Crowdfunding, TravelTech, toMobile Solutions, Gaming,Social Commerce, Location Technology, Computational Science and Analytics and more. They are also limited partners in several Venture Funds and Private Equity funds.
Until September 2015, VentureNursery has accelerated 21 start-ups, of which 15 have graduated and 13 are active and growing well.
Based on its belief that the venture ecosystem needs to focus primarily on maximising the success potential of founders and start-ups, VentureNursery undertakes an intensive and immersive coaching and mentoring role in the chosen start-ups and helps each with end-to-end infrastructural and learning support.
With an obsessive focus on quality, VentureNursery currently conducts four boot camps a year in Mumbai and accommodates two start-ups in each. Following a customised curriculum, delivered by industry leading mentors, the three most important things each start-up learns during the program are identification of right problems, achieving product-market fit and decision making. At the end of each program, start-ups graduating successfully, are evaluated for investment by VentureNursery’s members, a strong group of committed and seasoned angel investors.
Beginning with 10 members (including Shravan and Ravi Kiran) in 2012,VentureNursery currently has 30 members in addition to over 80 mentors-in-residence.
VentureNursery Alumni include branded budget hotel chain OYO Rooms, video interview platform Talview, fashion and lifestyle social commerce platform Klip, crowd-funding platformCatapooolt, travel start-up SeekSherpa, artificial general intelligence companyInvenZone, last minute hotel booking company Hotels Around You and curated activity and hobby classes company FindUrClass, an on-demand home beauty and wellness services platform The Home Salon, and Fixy an on-demand service platform for Handyman, Repair and Home Maintenance Services.
Founder: Ritesh Agarwal
VentureNursery graduate from its first Boot Camp Ritesh Agarwal founded OYO Rooms is India’s largest branded network of hotels. Ritesh was also India’s first winner of the Thiel Fellowship, a program started by Paypal founder, Peter Thiel.
It currently operates in more than 100 Indian cities including major metros, regional hubs and top leisure destinations. OYO Rooms promise comfortable and delightful stays in AC rooms with free breakfast, Wi-Fi and 24×7 customer service support.
OYO Rooms, a winner of several accolades is backed by leading investors including the Softbank Group, Greenoaks Capital, Sequoia Capital and Lightspeed India.
www dot oyorooms dot com
Founders:Harsh Gadia and Maneesh Madambath
Klip is a Social Commerce App for Fashion Discovery. It curates and gives personalized product recommendations to users from all online stores at one place. Klip caters to Young Indian Shoppers in Fashion and Lifestyle category, one of the fastest growing segments in Indian e-Commerce space.
www dot klip dot in
Founders: Sanjoe Tom Jose, Tom Jose, Jobin Jose. Subramanian K
Talview is a video interview platform which helps employers build a high performing workforce by reaching out to and screening more candidates using lesser time and resources than traditional hiring processes.
Talview has served clients across 102 countries and counts ABB, Avery Dennison, Cognizant, GlaxoSmithKline, NTT Group, Tata Group, Unicef, VF Coporation and Wipro among its customers.
www dot talview dot com
Founder: Satish Kataria
Catapooolt, India’s leading Crowdfunding and community engagement platform, endeavours to bridge ideas, innovations and upcoming ventures with potential funders, supporters and lovers!
Till date, the platform has helped over 30 projects raise over Rs 100 Lakh from amongst over 2000 contributors. Always at forefront of promoting crowdfunding in India, Catapooolt is backed by some interesting partnerships – including that of PayBack and Economic Times.
www dot Catapooolt dot com
Founders: Dhruv Raj Gupta, Sukhmani Singh
SeekSherpa is a hyperlocal platform connecting travellers and locals over unique local experiences. SeekSherpa works with cool and eclectic city locals (Sherpas) in setting up interesting micro tours. These tours are then offered to travellers and city residents looking for things to do or sightseeing solutions in their city.
www dot seeksherpa dot com
Founders: Rina Nathani, Aakash Jethwani
FindUrclass.com is a search and discovery platform that enables parents to find the RIGHT activity or hobby class for their kids. Educators are curated and listed online across various interests including – art and craft, sports and adventure, fitness and health, cooking, dance, music and singing, beauty and fashion, photography, languages, film and acting etc.
www dot FindUrClass dot com
Founder: Harsha Nallur, Mohsin Dingankar, Animesh Chaudhary
HotelsAroundYou is a mobile only, on demand, last minute hotel booking platform for travellers to book quality hotels at significantly discounted prices; while simultaneously allowing hotels to sell their distress inventory. It currently caters to major Indian metros, with India wide expansion on the anvil.
App available at www dot hotelsaroundyou dot com
The Home Salon
Founders: Rishika Chandan, Nihar Thanawala
The Home Salon is an on-demand home beauty and wellness services platform is co-founded by husband-wife duo Ms Rishika Chandan and Mr Nihar Thanawala, both graduates of the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad. The entrepreneurs graduated from VentureNursery’s Season 6 acceleration Program in June 2015.
The Home Salon (THS) connects stylists, therapists and beauticians to customers who are looking to indulge in convenient and prompt home services and treatments, a click of a button away. THS operates as a controlled market place that curates and controls the supply, product and customer with their app-based model.
Their unique business model provides scalability, while differentiating the model through stringent ownership over the entire value chain.
THS aims to disrupt the market with highly trained beauty experts catering to customized requirements through the click of a button.
www dot thehomesalon dot in
Founders: Tufayl Merchant, Nabeel Merchant]
Fixy is an on-demand service platform for Handyman, Repair and Home Maintenance Services in urban India. Currently operating in Mumbai, Fixy operates in an unorganized sector which has an addressable market size of over two million urban homes with a potential of INR 10,000 crore.
By seamlessly connecting Handymen and other professionals to Home Owners through the Web and Mobile Platform, Fixy intends to make Home Care & Maintenance a breeze, opening up more possibilities for Home Owners and more Business for local handymen and home maintenance companies.
www dot fixy dot com
Founders: Vinay Kumar, Deekshith
‘Arya’ is artificial general intelligence based application that powers machines to be interactive and intuitive with human-machine conversations in natural language in both text and visual formats.
‘Arya’ uses proprietary deep learning architectures to learn faster and adapt to multiple domains. It assists humans in making effective decisions at a faster pace and automating execution of tasks cost effectively.
It started off while working on InvenZone, the platform for STM researchers and scientists to simplify the intellectual knowledge sharing conversations between peers. Since then, ‘Arya’ is being evaluated in various business verticals and for various use cases like automating the customer relationship management, in conversational commerce and as advisory in purchase decisions.
Founded by IIT, Mumbai postgraduate and Nanotechnology researcher Vinay Kumar and JNTU, Hyderabad graduate and Natural Language Processing researcher Deekshith, ‘Arya’ targets businesses dependent on information gathering and information retrieval both in B2C and B2B space as also research focused institutions.
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Thiruvananthapuram, 16 September 2015: Kerala Blasters FC has made significant changes to the team for the second edition of the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) as they prepare to stake their claim to the ISL trophy. The team had finished as runners-up in the inaugural edition of 2014. Muthoot Pappachan Group continues its association with Kerala Blasters as the main sponsor of the team. The team will continue training at the Greenfield Stadium, where they will play further practice matches, before heading to Kochi. KeralaBlasters will host North East United at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Kochi in their first match on October 6, 2015.
Speaking on the occasion, Sachin Tendulkar co-owner of Kerala Blasters said that, “I would like to thank Muthoot Pappachan Group for continuing their support to Kerala Blasters. We have enjoyed our association with Mr. Thomas George Muthoot and his entire team and look forward to making this second season even bigger for the scores of fans of Kerala Blasters. Indian Super League has made tremendous impact and provided a great platform for young Indian players to hone their skills and play with some of the best players from across the globe. Kerala Blasters had a memorable debut season. We keenly look forward to the team playing their special brand of football under the able leadership of Head Coach Peter Taylor, coach Trevor Morgan and Marquee player Carlos Marchena.’’
Mr. Thomas George Muthoot, Director, Muthoot Pappachan Group said that ‘’We are delighted to continue our association with Mr. Sachin Tendulkar and Kerala Blasters as Main sponsor. The team epitomizes our core values of creativity, teamwork and commitment. We had an exciting journey last year and are confident that Kerala Blasters will be the front-runner to win the second edition of Indian Super League. We appeal to all our fans for their whole hearted support to the team.
The players that have been retained include Sandesh Jhingan, the talented right back who was voted ISL’s emerging Player of the Year in 2014. Partnering him in defense will be the familiar face of Gurwinder Singh, Ramandeep Singh & Saumik Dey, whereas Mehtab Hossain & Ishfaq Ahmed will anchor the midfield and the dependable Sandip Nandy will hold fort at the goal.
Head Coach – Peter Taylor
Coach – Trevor Morgan
Asst. Coauch – Ishfaq Ahmed
Forwards – Mohammed Rafi, CK Vineeth, Chris Dagnall, Antonio Timothy German, Sanchez Watt, Manandeep Singh
Midfielders – Mehtab Hossain, Victor Herreco Forcada, Joao Coimbra, Cavin Lobo, Peter Carvalho, Shankar Sampingiraj, Josue Currais Prieto
Defenders – Carlos Marchena, Peter Ramage, Marcus Williams, Bruno Perone, Gurwinder Singh, Ramandeep Singh, Sandesh Jhingan, Saumik Dey,
Goalkeeper – Sandip Nandy, Stephen Bywater, Shilton Paul
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#6: Home team Gujarat boys secure second victory; Chhattisgarh girls win back-to-back on Day 3
Bhavnagar, Gujarat, 16th September 2015: On Day 3 of the 32nd Youth National Basketball Championship being held at Bhavnagar, Gujarat, the games in the morning session were packed with strong teams. The Tamil Nadu boys continued their surge with another victory, this time against Delhi. TN captain P. Baladhaneshwar again showed his MVP-calibre with 25 points, leading all scorers. The ease of the victory enabled Tamil Nadu to showcase their bench strength in the game. The other Level 1 boys’ games were also one-sided affairs, as Punjab handily beat last year’s runners up Kerala. Sahil and Kanwar Gurbaz Singh from Punjab had good games for their team with 22 and 18 points respectively. The Haryana boys picked up their second victory of the tournament defeating a comparatively undersized Maharashtra team. Chhattisgarh boys fell to the Uttar Pradesh team that registered a 59-39 victory. The play of the UP boys has been one of the surprises of the tournament so far.
In the Level 1 girls’ games on Day 3 morning, the Maharashtra girls registered their second victory of the tournament against the Punjab team by an impressive 32-point margin. Shruti Vasant Sherigar and Neha Shanu were joint top scorers for Maharashtra with 18 points each. In the other game, Chhattisgarh stuck to their fast paced style of play and picked up a 53-44 victory against last year’s runners up Kerala girls. Chhattisgarh was led by Gulabsha Ali’s 21 points.
In the second half of the day, the Chhattisgarh girls played another game against Karnataka. Gulabsha Ali top scored for her team yet again with 27 points and Chhattisgarh ended up with a comfortable 47-24 victory. The Chandigarh girls also handily defeated their opponent Rajasthan 36 to 15.
In the boys’ games, Kerala faced Maharashtra in a cracker of a contest. Both teams went back-and-forth and the game saw multiple lead changes. In the end, Kerala held on for a 1-point victory 59 to 58. The Chhattisgarh boys faced neighbours Madhya Pradesh and displayed strong defense in the paint coupled with strong drives to the basket. Led by guard Vinod Rajak, Chhattisgarh bounced back from the morning loss to register a 51-32 victory.
Results from Day 3 up to 7:30 p.m.
Maharashtra (Shruti Vasant Sherigar 18, Neha Shanu 18) bt Punjab (Rajandeep Kaur 10, Lovepreet Kaur 9) 67-35 (26-7, 6-12, 20-12, 15-4)
Chhattisgarh (Gulabsha Ali 21, Jyoti Kumari 17) bt Kerala (Adhikanop 17, Sylvia Grace Shiboo 11, Reyna K. 8) 53-44 (10-13, 11-10, 9-6, 23-15)
Chhattisgarh (Gulabsha Ali 27, Jyoti Kumari 8) bt Karnataka (Aastha 8) 47-24 (12-4, 19-6, 5-3, 11-11)
Himachal Pradesh (Muskan 11, Pallavi N. 8) bt Jammu and Kashmir (Ishita 9) 45-21(11-0, 11-9, 11-3, 12-9)
West Bengal (Paramita Ghosh 24, Mala Arong 14) bt Puducherry (Sandhya 14, Aiswarya 7) 54-33 (15-14, 16-5, 9-9, 14-5)
Chandigarh (Amrit 16, Palak 10) bt Rajasthan (Usha Acharaj 7, Himanshi 6) 36-15 (10-7, 8-2, 8-2, 10-4)
Tamil Nadu (P. Baladhaneshwar 25, C. Joshua Rozario 16, K. Ajith Kumar 12) bt Delhi(Hansraj 20, Sorav 11, Manik 9) 76-60 (24-10, 9-8, 22-10, 21-32)
Uttar Pradesh (Pankaj 18, Dheeraj Maurya 10) bt Chhattisgarh (Virendra 10, Salim Ali 10) 59-39 (21-11, 10-7, 10-12, 18-9)
Chhattisgarh (Vinod Rajak 17, Gajendra 10) bt Madhya Pradesh (Harshvardhan 9, Manoj Singh 7, Vicki Batham 7) 51-32 (10-12, 6-13, 18-4, 17-3)
Haryana (Ankit Toshi 19, Rinku 16) bt Maharashtra (Sameer Qureshi 23) 71-48 (18-11, 11-16, 24-14, 18-7)
Punjab (Sahil 22, Kanwar Gurbaz Singh 18, Parmod Pal 17) bt Kerala (Joshua George 12, Jithin Paul 9) 74-43 (19-16, 24-14, 18-6, 13-7)
Kerala (Muhammed S. 24, Joshua J. George 14) bt Maharashtra (Faisan Khan 22, Gurprem Singh 12) 59-58 (12-15, 15-9, 14-16, 18-18)
Jammu and Kashmir (Abhinav 11, Shivam 11) bt Puducherry (Gurumurthy 29) 51-46(13-13, 2-10, 15-8, 21-15)
Gujarat (Karan Pithadiya 14, Satyajeetsinh 8) bt Telangana (Priyank 9) 53-21 (13-8, 10-3, 12-6, 18-4)
West Bengal (S. Hussain 13, P. Mondal 11) bt Bihar (Raunak Kumar 7, Rahul Kumar 6)55-24 (13-8, 11-7, 22-8, 9-1)
Uttarakhand (Vaibhav Choudhary 28, Prakhar Sharma 18, Dheeraj Negi 12) bt Goa(Shaun 22, Manjesh 14, Roy 12) 63-60 (14-15, 13-13, 11-11, 25-21)
About 32nd Youth National Basketball Championship
The 32nd Youth National Basketball Championship is being conducted in Bhavnagar, Gujarat from 14th to 20th September 2015 by the Gujarat State Basketball Association in association with the Bhavnagar District Basketball Association and the Youngsters Basketball Club, Bhavnagar under the aegis of the Basketball Federation of India.
The tournament shall see the participation of 43 teams from different states, which includes and 22 teams in the boys’ category and 21 teams in the girls’ category, in the ‘16 and under’ age group. Last year’s Youth National Championship was held in Chandigarh. The winners of the 2014 version were Tamil Nadu, in both the boys’ and girls’ categories, while the first runners up position was secured by the boys’ and girls’ teams from Kerala. The third place winner in the boys’ category last year was the team from Haryana. In the girls’ category, the third place winner last year was Karnataka.
This year’s tournament is being held on two outdoor courts at Maharaja Krishnakumarsinhji Bhavnagar University. KARP Impex Group, involved in the business of diamond polishing, crafting and sale and based out of Surat, Gujarat, is the title sponsor for the event. Other sponsors include Sports Authority of Gujarat, Sheetal Group, Acrysil Limited, Madhu Silica, HVK, Rudra TMX, Mono TMT Bar, Leela Worldwide, Maruti Metal Industries, Priya Blue Industries Private Limited, Navyug Pharma Chemical Private Limited, NBM – Iron and Steel Trading Private Limited and Kiran Diamonds.
About Basketball Federation of India
The Basketball Federation of India or BFI is the governing and controlling body of basketball in India, and is responsible for the development and promotion of the sport at all levels. BFI has been involved in conducting camps, clinics, events, and training sessions at its academies for the development of basketball. BFI came into being in 1935 and took complete control over Indian basketball in 1950. Prior to that time, the Indian Olympic Association handled the conduct of Indian basketball championships. Since 1950, the BFI has been conducting various such championships, from the grassroots to senior team participation in international tournaments. In addition, the BFI has been responsible for the establishment of strong sub-junior and junior level programs. The BFI has to its credit produced several international players of repute, among them 17 have been bestowed with the honour of Arjuna Awards. Earlier in June 2015, 19-year-old Satnam Singh Bhamara made history by becoming the first Indian national to be drafted by an NBA team, when he was selected by the Dallas Mavericks. More information at www.basketballfederationindia.org
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