Among the top five people’s choice winners, Posh from Coimbatore was started by S Priyadarshini. Posh works on glass and pot paintings, embroidery, stitching and jewellery making, and offers fresh and creative models, as well as customised services. Anish Kumar and Boopesh Kumar’s Dreamtrips in Coimbatore helps book air/train/bus tickets, taxi services and tour packages online.
Drip and Dry was another finalist amongst the top 29 promising ventures. Founded by Sagar Agarwal, Prashant Shekhar, Sonali Priya and Nikita Agarwal, it provides washing machine facility to hostelers at nominal charges. Other entries included ventures into experiential learning tools for educational institutions, a mobile app testing platform, a search engine for e-commerce, automated food equipment and online courses.
K Srikrishna, executive director, NEN, says, “Raw talent exists across the spectrum. In many instances, the placement of a tier-I institute outside of a metro, such as the Birla Institute of Technology and Science in Pilani or an IIM in Raipur or an IIT in Guwahati helps create a kernel around which skill-building and talent-development can be done.”
Atul Agrawal, VP, corporate affairs, Tata Services, says the passion of the student start-ups showcased at the contest was very encouraging.
But their journey has just begun. Without the right sort of consistent knowledge and skill-building supported by
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