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Fast Pitch Business Case Competition Winners - Sponsored by Marriott International Inc.

Network of Indian Professionals, North America (NetIP NA) hosted its 2nd Fast Pitch Competition Sponsored by Marriott International Inc. on August 30th 2014 at the 23rd Annual NetIP NA Conference, Resurgence. It is NetIP NA’s very own ‘Shark Tank’. It is one of our initiatives to foster professional development and help budding entrepreneurs by bringing industry experts to give them feedback and advice on their most pressing problems.

After an initial preliminary screening round, 6 teams were selected as finalists to present in front of a panel of esteemed judges:

  • Mr. Apoorva Gandhi, VP of Multi-Cultural Markets & Alliances, Marriott International Inc
  • Dr. Nitin Shah, CEO & Chairman of Embassy National Bank
  • Asheesh Saksena, Executive Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer for Cox Communications

The finalists represented a variety of industries and encompassed a wide range of products from a trading platform to wedding rentals platform to professional coaching to products enhancing sustainability. The winners included:

  • 1st prize: Mr. Keyur Mithawala, founder of CampBX, a trading platform for Bitcoins where individuals can sell and buy Bitcoins from other CampBX members.
  • 2nd prize: Nishant Arora & Maithreyi Gopalakrishnan, founders of Surya Conversions, a product that would reduce gas consumption in Indian rickshaws leading to significant cost savings for the rickshaw driver.
  • 3rd prize: Mr. Sanjeev Ganatra, founder of IndianWeddingRentals.com, where Indian couples can find a vendor for their every wedding need and minimize wedding stress.

The event drew in a large member audience which got inspired by the sheer talent and was enthusiastic to learn more from these entrepreneurs. The event was moderated by Khanjan ‘Kuki’ Gandhi, Director of Operations, NetIP NA and Anand Bhika, Vice President of Events, 23rd Annual NetIP NA Conference.

We were very fortunate to have Marriott International Inc. support the event. Mr. Gandhi from Marriott International Inc. gave a brief introduction about their new service ‘Workplace in Demand’. This flexible new service, where you can reserve meeting space (both free & paid) with access to WiFi & power, is perfect for entrepreneurs, especially those with budgetary constraints. Mr. Gandhi and his colleague Ms. Seema Jain also showcased their partner Indian Weddings Magazine, which garnered a lot of interest from several conference attendees. Moreover, Marriott International Inc. also raffled two prizes each a 2-night weekend stay with breakfast gift certificate, to raffle at the concluding Charity Gala.

Be sure to check out our next Fast Pitch in NY 2015, where we will have sharks ready with their check books.