Entrepreneurship, especially among the youth, is the passion that India has been channeling in recent times and Future Unicorns Launchpad 2023 (FUL), an entrepreneurship platform co-created by Get Set Learn and TiE Bangalore, further fueled that spirit among school students. The platform has announced the top three winners of the final Future Unicorns Launchpad - Entrepreneurship Bootcamp held on August 22-23, in Bengaluru, Karnataka.
All student teams including the 3 winners were felicitated at an elaborate awards ceremony on the 2nd day of the Bootcamp. In its flagship year, Future Unicorns Launchpad Platform (FUL 2023) has provided an exclusive platform to students in grades 8-12 to present business ideas to established entrepreneurs and investors.
With their innovative startup idea, ShockWear, Vidhaan Parmar, Aarav Gosrani, and Ambarish Thati—the students from Greenlawns School, Worli—won first place at the 2-day Entrepreneurship Bootcamp.
The dynamic trio of Podar International School, Nerul, Atharva Moisendra Wala, Abhyudaya Sharma, and Ashad Ukaye, secured second place for their innovative business idea, Bakhoor, a concentrated perfume brand.
Young entrepreneurs from Sanjeevani International School, Kharghar in Mumbai, Urvi Khadse, Pavani Mahendra, and Arjun Patil, secured third place with their incredible startup idea, NeuroBridge, a gamified learning platform for children on the spectrum.
Talking about the innovative ideas presented by the budding entrepreneurs at the 2-day Bootcamp, Priyavrata Mafatlal, Co-Founder of Get Set Learn and Vice Chairman of Arvind Mafatlal Group said, "FUL has provided them with a platform to showcase their innovation, resilience, and determination. The passion and dedication that they have exhibited is truly commendable,” he said.
The diverse ideas showcased at the final round reflected the students' creativity and understanding of market trends through groundbreaking and unconventional business plans for solving real-world problems.
The top three winning teams will receive cash prizes, a coveted trophy, TiE Bangalore subscription for one year, and certificates along with a field visit to top Fortune 500 companies in Bengaluru. At the end of Entrepreneurship Bootcamp in Bengaluru, schools will get an opportunity to set up entrepreneurship cells by Get Set Learn apart from additional fostering of ideas and mentorship from TiE Bangalore for students.
As a new-age ed-tech startup, Get Set Learn's vision is to provide young innovators with a roadmap that aims to create new possibilities for life-long learning, besides making it industry-oriented with an emphasis on entrepreneurship. “FUL’s vision is to make it a thriving entrepreneurship ecosystem and a collaborative framework that brings thousands of schools and students on a common platform that encourages innovation,” explained Ameet Zaverii, CEO and Co-founder, Get Set Learn
The 2-day program saw 25 incredible business pitches presented by student teams from participating schools, including Sri Sri Ravishankar Vidya Mandir, Sadhu Vaswani School, BGS-Kengeri, Thakur Public School, J B Vacha School, Alpine Public School, Pawar Public School, Anand Niketan, Achiever's Academy, Regency Public School, Regency PU College, Soundarya School, Jain International Residential School, Delhi Public School - East, among others.
Talking about the success of the platform, Madan Padaki, President of TiE Bangalore, said, "The Future Unicorns Launchpad program embodies our mission of nurturing an entrepreneurial ecosystem in India. We are impressed by the dedication and ingenuity displayed by these young minds. Our hope is that this experience ignites a lifelong passion for entrepreneurship and empowers them to shape a transformative future."
These young innovative minds also attended inspiring keynote sessions by top unicorn founders, such as Kshitij Khandelwal, Founder and CTO, Pixxel, and Pulkit Jain, Co-founder and Product Head, Vedantu, tennis star Somdev Devvarman, over two days of the exciting agenda curated by the organizers Get Set Learn and TiE Bangalore.
"FUL is like a shark tank for young entrepreneurs, where they get a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to validate their business plans with expertise and guidance from some of the biggest entrepreneurs in the country,” said Tennis star Somdev Devvarman.