Young Indians (YI)

Young Indians (Yi) is an integral part of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), a non-government, not-for-profit, industry led and industry managed organisation playing a proactive role in India's development process. Yi was formed in the year 2002 with an objective of creating a platform for young Indians to realise the dream of a developed nation. Yi has around 2010 direct members in 38 chapters, and engages around 10500 students through chaupals, under the brand ‘Yuva’. The Yi membership includes young progressive Indians between the age group of 21 & 40 and comprises entrepreneurs, professionals and achievers from different walks of life. "To become the Voice of Young Indians Globally" being the vision of Yi, it provides a platform for young Indians to participate in and contribute by becoming an integral part of the Indian growth story. Yi's work is divided primarily into three groups; "Youth Leadership", "Nation Building” and “International Engagements”.

Under youth leadership, Yi works effectively for promoting leadership skills for its members through the learning programs and missions to companies of global excellence in India and abroad; the development and engagement of students through its 109 Chaupal platforms that has 10500 students.

Under Nation Building, Yi engages its members under the board categories of education, environment, healthcare, employability, arts (sports & culture) and rural initiatives contributing positively to its surrounding eco system and the nation. Through its initiatives like Akshara under Education, Yi has impacted more than 15000 students across 57 centers and has successfully managed campaigns like the 'SYightboard Project', providing blackboards to schools across different cities, reaching out to 1070 schools nationally and impacting approximately 2,53,000 children. The Green I Contest done with an objective to engage school children to become socially aware and responsible citizens is one of its flagship programs, with the winner getting a grant of Rs 7.5 lakhs to implement their ideas.

Under "International Engagements", Yi is one of the proud founders of the G20 Young Entrepreneurs' Alliance which is a collective of leading entrepreneurially-minded organizations representing the G20 countries who seek to promote youth entrepreneurship as a powerful driver of economic renewal, job creation, innovation and social and is one of the founders of the Commonwealth Asia Alliance of Young Entrepreneurs (CAAYE) which is a network of young entrepreneurs from the Commonwealth Asia region and the organizations that support them. 

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The Indus Entrepreneurs

About TiE: The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE), was founded in 1992 in Silicon Valley by a group of successful entrepreneurs, corporate executives, and senior professionals with roots in the Indus region. There are currently 13,000 members, including over 2,500 charter members in 61 chapters across 18 countries. TiE’s mission is to foster entrepreneurship globally through mentoring, networking, education, incubating, and funding. Dedicated to the virtuous cycle of wealth creation and giving back to the community, TiE’s focus is on generating and nurturing our next generation of entrepreneurs.

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Indian Angel Network

Indian Angel Network ( India’s first and now the world’s largest Angel Investor Group, brings together successful entrepreneurs and CEOs who share a passion to enable more early stage businesses to create scale and value. By focusing on startups, the Network addresses the current acute lack of funds available to early stage companies. The Network believes that early stage businesses require more than just money to succeed. They require close mentoring and inputs on strategy as well as execution.

Indian Angel Network currently has close to 400 members drawn from across the country and some from overseas, including leading lights from diverse sectors (information on Co founded by leaders like Saurabh Srivastava, Raman Roy, members now include people like Kris Gopalakrishnan, Pramod Bhasin, Jerry Rao, Sanjeev Bikchandani, Ajai Chowdhry, Rajiv Luthra, Sunil Munjal amongst many others. Institutions such as SIDBI, Helion, Sequoia Capital, IDG, IBM, Michelin, etc. are actively engaged with the platform

IAN’s operations are spread across 6 cities in India (Delhi, Bangalore, Mumbai, Pune, Hyderabad and Kolkata) with regular pitch sessions. IAN was launched by Prime Minister Cameron in the presence of 4 of his senior Cabinet colleagues from No 10 Downing Street. This makes IAN the world’s first angel group to set up operations outside of its home country. It now has regular pitch sessions in London as well bringing innovative British ventures to not only raise funds at IAN but also leverage the large global market access that IAN provides to build global foot print companies. Several innovative British companies have now joined the IAN portfolio and are rapidly scaling up across borders including India, Singapore, US, etc.

Close to 5,000 entrepreneurs reach out to IAN and undergo a quick but deep multi layered diligence process. This results more than 300 shortlisted ventures presenting to IAN investors annually through weekly pitch sessions. This diligence / curation ensures that investment opportunities finally presented to investors raise about $500K in less than a day! Interestingly IAN does not stop at just helping companies raise monies – the engagement goes well beyond. Companies are not only mentored by investors, but IAN supports them to access global markets / clients, build their teams, help build their visibility / brand, raise next round investments, etc. This post investment support and engagement helps the companies to grow their businesses faster and build globally competitive companies

With a portfolio of over 80 companies invested across multiple geographies (7 countries) and multiple sectors (17 sectors), the Network has met with early successes. Some of its marquee investee companies have given investors outstanding returns with a potential to become unicorns - WebEngage with close to 6x returns in 18 months, Druva with 290x over 81 months, Stayzilla with 18x over 31 months, Box8 with 20x over 30 months, Sapience with 18x in 51 months, Consure with 10x over 42 months, Traffline with 13.5x in 43 months, etc.   It has built excellent relationships with main stream VCs (like Sequoia, Nexus, Matrix Partners, Tenaya, IDG, Kalaari, USF, Inventus,etc ) which have invested in its portfolio companies.

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Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE)

The Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE), founded in 1987 is an autonomous institution supported partly through grant-in-aid by Department of Science & Technology, Government of India. It comprises India’s most distinguished Engineers, Engineer-scientists and Technologists covering the entire spectrum of Engineering disciplines.

INAE functions as an apex body and promotes the practice of engineering & technology and the related sciences for their application to solving problems of national importance. The Academy provides a forum for futuristic planning for country’s development requiring engineering and technological inputs and brings together specialists from such fields as may be necessary for comprehensive solutions to the needs of the country. INAE has been steered by many eminent Fellows like late Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, former, President of India; Dr. Anil Kakodkar, formerly Chairman, Atomic Energy Commission and Dr. K Kasturirangan, formerly Chairman, Space Commission. Dr BN Suresh, Honorary Distinguished Professor, ISRO and Formerly Director, VSSC, Trivandrum is the current President of INAE. Presently INAE has 762 Fellows from India and 69 Foreign Fellows on its rolls identified in ten Engineering Sections.

As the only engineering Academy of the country, INAE represents India at the International Council of Academies of Engineering and Technological Sciences (CAETS); which is an independent non-governmental international organization comprising of Member Academies from 26 countries from the world over and is committed to enhancing the contribution of science, technology and engineering in the world.

Some of the various activities of the Academy are highlighted below. The Academy organizes Symposia/Seminars/Workshop/Conferences at national/international levels on topics of national importance. The Engineers Conclave and the National Frontiers of Engineering Symposium are held each year. The Engineers Conclave, an annual mega event of engineers is being organized jointly with major engineering institutions, on rotation basis with the objective of providing a platform for engineers from allied fields to meet, deliberate and recommend right engineering solutions to some of the pertinent issues of national importance. The National Frontiers of Engineering Symposium is an annual event which brings together outstanding young engineers from companies, universities, and government labs to discuss leading-edge research and technical work across a range of engineering fields.

One of the other important objectives of the Academy is to assist the Government from time to time in formulating policies on critical technical issues. For this purpose, four forums have been constituted – INAE Forum on Engineering Education, INAE Forum on Energy, INAE Forum on Technology, Foresight and Management and INAE Forum on Engineering Interventions for Disaster Mitigation. With these activities and many more, the Academy endeavours to enhance its outreach in the engineering domain.

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The Startup Board (TSB)

World over, the vacuum of continuous mentoring is acutely felt by the start-ups. These founders could be fresh college pass-out, professionals starting their second innings, companies looking at growth stage, women or rural entrepreneurs.

The Startup Board (TSB) is a group of experienced industry professionals who work with the start-up founders, to help increase the chances of success of the business venture. Under our flagship Able2Enable program, mentors, with their perspective and experience, work together to overcome the pain-points that founders have. These could range from to work on growth of top-line, increasing reach of products / services in new geographic areas, increasing brand presence, helping with key management recruit during growth or alike. The engagement is result driven.

The Startup Board brings together “The Right team” which is the key to the success of start-up venture. The mentoring is based on practical tips and leverages the contacts and know-how of the working professionals.

Team for a venture is modular in structure and is constituted as per the need. It may include core team that comprises of experts from major functional areas - strategy, human resources, sales and marketing, finance or technology. Another layer could consist of guidance from support groups on Government policies, IP & trademarks, processes, partnerships, among others. On top of it, macro sector specific trends are sourced from the domain experts. Professionals are chosen based on their entrepreneurial bent of mind, expertise in their functional area, and minimum 10 years of industry experience to ensure availability of rich blend of perspective.

Big organizations have their board of directors who guide the CEO / management team on strategic direction, TSB fills this gap for the start-ups. More details are available at

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Forum for Industry Interaction, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad

FII is ISO 9001:2008 certified and is India's largest student consulting body (as recognized by the Economic Times). Under the aegis of FII, students of the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad organise themselves in teams of 5 to consult companies in their live projects for a period of 16 weeks. These students are supported with the expertise the IIMA faculty and the executive MBA students in this endeavor. In the academic year 2015-16, FII launched 88 projects covering various domains like finance, marketing, public policy, strategy etc. Throughout the years, FII's portfolio has included established businesses like Amazon, GE, Saint Gobain, Cisco, Adani Group as well as startups/SMEs and some Government projects.

To take the industry-student interaction at a further level, FII has formulated affiliations through corporate alliances, conferences, and business events. Last year, FII has partnered with Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce (FICCI), The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) and Centre for Innovation, Incubation & Entrepreneurship (CIIE) at the National level. In an effort to establish a global footprint, FII has also created alliances with the different student and corporate bodies across the globe, namely, European Confederation of Junior Enterprises (JADE), Business Club India-France (BCIF), Brasil Junior and McCombs School of Business, University of Texas. Through these networks, FII facilitated IIM Ahmedabad student participation in more than 14 national and international conferences.

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