LetsIgnite 2019 – An Overview
LetsVenture is back with the 6th edition of its annual flagship event— LetsIgnite where we provide a compelling platform for shortlisted startup founders to engage with Angel Investors, VCs, HNIs, Corporate leaders and Industry Experts, availing an opportunity to pitch in front of marquee investors, get value-added feedback, find a lead, raise funds, build customer connects and network.
Last year, the conference was attended by 170+ Investors and Institutions and had 17 startup pitches from sectors like Robotics, Space Technology, Nanotech, Healthcare and Content (Vernacular). It is worth mentioning that 90% of startups that pitched at LetsIgnite have closed their rounds within the next 3 months.
This year we will be selecting 18 startups (5 from Healthcare, 5 form Fin-Tech and 8 from other sectors) to pitch at the following sessions.
8 sector-agnostic startups will get to pitch in front of recognized jury members such as Lathika Pai (Country Head, Microsoft for Startups) and Sanket Atal Managing Director, Intuit India).
Pitches from 5 Healthcare startups will be complemented with a round-table discussion on the “Health Stack— a set of digital platforms developed as public goods” which is a highly emerging sector in the startup ecosystem. The founders can also network with prolific personalities leading the way in cutting-edge healthcare and establish future collaborations. The Healthcare round table is being led by industry stalwarts Sharad Sharma (Co-founder, iSPIRT) and Dr. Santanu Chattopadhyay (Founder, Nationwide Primary Healthcare Services).
Pitches from 5 FinTech startups will be followed by a discussion on the “Changing Landscape of Fintech in Asia”. As the startup ecosystem is experiencing a rapid growth in collaboration with banks, supported by a large market base. We must, therefore, need to acknowledge and encourage dialogues within the finance industry and provide significant value to a range of stakeholders. This will showcase a report on the HongKong fin-tech ecosystem by Karena Belin (COO of AngelHub – HongKong’s first licensed startup investment platform).
Who can apply? What’s in it for you as a startup?
As a Startup, you can apply to be at LetsIgnite and 18 selected startups will be introduced to the marquee investors from the actionable –
- Pitch your startup with the Lead Investors to 150+ Angel Investors or
- Find your Lead Investor through LetsIgnite– Get access to 100+ global investors
- Meet one-on-one with Institutional and other Investors during curating VC Speed Dating sessions
Please note that the application deadline is 22nd May. You can apply for LetsIgnite Bangalore, 2019 here.
List of Speakers who will be at LetsIgnite 2019
Case Study On Fundraise Through LetsIgnite
LetsIgnite 2018 Winner: Onward Assist: In 2018, we hosted the 5th edition of LetsIgnite in Bangalore and out of 15 shortlisted startups that pitched at the event, Onward Assist was the winner of startup competition and successfully raised funds through LetsIgnite.
Dinesh Koka (Founder & CEO at Onward Assist) shared his experience of fundraising through LetsIgnite with us. For the full conversation.
SumHR, Letsignite, 2017
LetsIgnite was an amazing experience for me. It not only gave us a great platform to showcase sumHR to potential investors but also network with the who’s who of the startup eco-system – from thought leaders to mentors, from aspiring entrepreneurs to successful startup CEOs. It’s an ideal platform for startups looking to connect with Angel Investors, VCs, HNIs, Corporate leaders and Industry Experts. I met so many like-minded entrepreneurs who offered honest, crude and valuable feedback to my ideas and offered interesting solutions to some common problems we all face.
LetsIgnite helped us in understanding the fundraising process. The network that we built at the event, proved to be very beneficial to us. The people with whom we connected eventually became our investors in the future.
We would definitely recommend this event to early-to-growth stage startups all over India. If you want to get noticed or want to get networked, head to LetsIgnite.
sumHR is the cloud-based HR software in India that lets startups and SMEs to view and manage daily HR chorus. It is a comprehensive platform that lets businesses collate their employee and organizational data and streamline all HR process at one place. The web-based HR software is easily accessible from any corner of the world, which means 24/7 connectivity and access to valuable information right from this platform.
Startup Curation Process
By now, you must be curious to know how we pick our startup finalists from thousands of applications. It a tough but important task. You can learn about our curation process in detail here to see how we curate our startups for marquee angel investors and top VCs. if you have any questions or feedback, you can reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Apply for LetsIgnite Bangalore, 2019 – Deadline 22nd May 2019
LetsVenture, is a tech-enabled online fundraising platform for Seed/Pre-series A funding rounds. We were founded in 2013 with the vision to simplify startup fundraising while making it easy and transparent for startup founders and investors alike. We raised our Series A round in 2015 which saw participation from Accel, IDG Ventures, Mr. Ratan Tata, Mr. Mohandas Pai, Mr. Nandan Nilekani and other notable angel investors from India. We currently work with 4000+ Angel investors, 85+ Early stage funds.
We are sector agnostic and our ticket sizes primarily range between $200K to $1.5M. Since the last 5 years, we have helped 180+ startups raise $80M+ USD on the platform from angel investors, with 33 of our portfolio companies raising their next round and 11 have got acquired. Some of the startups which have raised funds through us include – Daily Ninja, Meddo, myUpchar, Testbook, AdPushup, Vebbler, Little Black Book, Uncanny Vision, SumHR, WedMeGood, Wishberry, myAdvo, Correlia Biosystems, Cyclops Medtech, Jiny, Smitch, Cashkumar, Niveshi, Uber Diagnostics, Faclon Labs, Trell, Crofarm, farMart, Nivesh.