A power packed programme on ET NOW that showcases the motivational stories of today’s business icons and provides India’s most innovative SMEs an opportunity to compete with the best and win a Grand Prize to take off on the flight to success.
The search is on for India’s most innovative SMEs. It’s your turn to shine!
Runway to Success is a multi-staged initiative that celebrates the spirit of Indian entrepreneurship. Conceived and developed by Lufthansa in partnership with the business experts at TiE and India’s premier business TV channel ET NOW.
A power packed programme on ET NOW that showcases the motivational stories of today’s business icons and provides India’s most innovative SMEs an opportunity to compete with the best and win a Grand Prize to take off on the flight to success. Registration is open!
All the remaining episodic winners too fly away with a Lufthansa Business Class ticket to Europe!
The first ever initiative in India, that was organized in Delhi/NCR on 23 April 2016, to bring together an ecosystem of facilitators that provided startups all the support they needed to succeed. The unique and special event included entrepreneurial workshops, guru sessions, expert talks, mentoring zones, networking zones, investor zones, partner lounges as well as a Startup Showcase, with a special focus on food entrepreneurs.
|Karan Tibrawalla||Director, Fresh Brew Co.|
|Dr. Pragati Sawhney||Founder, Chockriti Chocolates|
|Anurag Mishra||Co-Founder & Director, MyGreens|
|Gautam Shewakramani||Founder, AudioCompass|
|Shipra Sharma||Co-Founder & Director, Tattva Spa|
|Naveen Khanna||Vice President-Sales, ePaisa|
|Bala Bhaskar||MD, Genius Edulabs|
|Radhika Menon||Founder, The Village Fair|
|Vivek Iyer||Co-Founder, OneClickWash|
|Madhu Bajpai||Founder, RIMUS Technologies|
|Ashvini Jakhar||Founder & CEO, Prozo|
|Kashish Bhagya||COO, MyRefers|
|Rashi Sanon Narang||Founder & CEO, Heads Up For Tails,|
|Praneet Singh Sahai||Co-Founder, PosterGuy|
|Vikas Bagaria||Co-Founder, SafetyKart|
|Ankeeta Deb||Co-Founder, Rivir|
|Sidharth Singh||Co-Founder, CupShup|
|Ronak Dhoot||Co-Founder & CTO, GeekShastra Technologies (Twiddle.TV)|
|Chandrasekaran J||Founder & Director, Watsan Envirotech|
|Himanshu Mishra||Co-Founder & CTO, SustainEarth Energy Solutions|
|Sandith Thandasherry||MD, Navalt|
Starting 4 June 2016, every Saturday 6:30 pm
Repeat telecast - Monday 5:30 pm
|EP No.||EP Name||Telecast Date|
|1||Curtain Raiser||4 June, 2016|
|2||CP Gurnani||11 June, 2016|
|3||Dilip Chhabria||18 June, 2016|
|4||Sanjeev Kapoor||25 June, 2016|
|5||Madhu Pandit Dasa||2 July, 2016|
|6||Alok Kejriwal||9 July, 2016|
|7||Mahesh Gupta||16 July, 2016|
|8||Ajay Kaul||23 July, 2016|
|9||Semi Finals||30 July, 2016|
|10||Live Grand Finale||6 Aug, 2016|
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 56 chapters across 13 countries. TiE’s mission is to foster entrepreneurship globally through mentoring, networking, and education. 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.
Kalaari Capital is an early-stage, technology-focused venture capital firm with $650 million in assets under management. Since 2006, we have empowered visionary entrepreneurs building unique solutions that reshape the way Indians live, work, consume and transact. Along with capital, we focus on a long-term partnership with entrepreneurs to help unlock large value through disruptive innovation.
ET NOW, India’s No.1 Business News channel, helps you make money every day, by providing breaking news that impacts the market, trading strategies, cutting edge analysis and in-depth interviews. ET NOW is supported by the unmatched resources and expertise of The Economic Times, India’s leading business daily. Over the last year ET NOW has comprehensively broken the domination of a 13 year old incumbent in the English business news space and has clearly established itself as India’s No.1 Business news channel. In a matter of just 4 years since its inception, ET NOW has broken all bastions of business news supremacy and established itself as the definitive choice of its viewers. ET NOW ,with its sister publication - The Economic Times, can be said as India’s first truly integrated channel with a common vision and passion for business and economic news, views and analysis. ET NOW engages with viewers in 16 countries across the globe. It is available across all Cable and Satellite, Digital and Mobile platforms.
Ajay Kaul is CEO at Jubilant FoodWorks, an Indian company which holds the master franchise for Domino’s Pizza in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, and also for
Dunkin’ Donuts in India. It is India’s largest and fastest growing food service company with a list of 1004 Domino’s Pizza restaurants across 230 cities. The company is the market leader in the organized pizza market with a 72% market share in India. The company launched Dunkin’ Donuts in India in April 2012. The company has 70 Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in India.
As CEO, Ajay Kaul roots for a unique work culture where there is no boss-employee hierarchy and aims at creating a shared goal that his employees will help him in achieving. He believes that the face of Domino’s Pizza is the delivery boy who has to meet the 30 minute guarantee requirement while driving safe and beating the heat, cold or rain.
Kaul is a B.Tech graduate from IIT Delhi and completed his MBA from XLRI, Jamshedpur. In his career spanning 16 years, he has previously worked with American Express, Modiluft and TNT India.
Alok Kejriwal is CEO & Cofounder, Games2win.
One of the fastest growing online gaming companies in the world, Games2win has fuelled gaming virality among the Indian gamers. It is one of the top 20 online gaming businesses in the world.
Kejriwal first curated the Mobile-VAS industry and then moved on to master the virtual world. A serial entrepreneur, Kejriwal founded Games2Win following several previous ventures such as Contest2Win, Mobile2Win and Media2Win. His first two companies, Contest2win and Mobile2win handled SMS contests for TV shows. Mobile2win was later acquired by the Walt Disney Co. The third venture, Media2win was in the business of providing famous songs as ringtones. He has also founded an online community for emerging entrepreneurs called ‘The Rodinhoods’.
He holds a master's degree in commerce from Sydenham College of Commerce and Economics, Mumbai.
C P Gurnani is CEO & MD, Tech Mahindra.
Tech Mahindra is an Indian multinational provider of information technology, networking technology solutions and Business Process Outsourcing to the telecommunications industry. It is a specialist in digital transformation, consulting and business re-engineering solutions.
C.P. Gurnani has played a pivotal role in the transformational journey of Mahindra Satyam and spearheaded the company’s eventual merger with Tech Mahindra. Under his leadership, the company consistently strives to achieve top quartile growth by contributing to the customers' success, by enabling employees to realize their potential and by creating value for all their stakeholders.
With path-breaking ventures like Saral Rozgar and MoboMoney, he has proved his exceptional captainship in the digital world.
Gurnani is also the chairman of NASSCOM and also been a recipient of various awards like the Ernst and Young ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ award and Business Standard’s ‘CEO of the Year’. He holds a degree in chemical engineering from the National Institute of Technology, Rourkela.
Dilip Chhabria is Founder, DC Design.
DC Designs was founded with the aim of redesigning and modifying mass market cars to create automotive beauties for its connoisseurs as well as offering design and prototyping services to the OEM automotive sector. It is the largest automobile accessory manufacturing company in the country and has to its credit India’s first super car, DC Avanti. The company has provided design and prototyping services to the likes of Aston Martin, Renault and GM.
From designing cars, buses and scooters to aircraft interiors, Dilip Chhabria has done it all. He has designed a limited edition scooter for Kinetic Engineering, the concept car for Coca Cola’s energy drink ‘Burn’, Shah Rukh Khan’s vanity van etc.
Passionate about cars since childhood, Dilip Chhabria efficiently straddles being a car designer and the CEO of DC Designs. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in commerce and then went on to study in the Art Centre College of Design, US.
Internationally renowned celebrity chef, cook show host, author of best selling cookbooks and restaurant consultant and winner of several culinary awards – Sanjeev Kapoor has many feathers in his cap. The celebrated face of Indian food, he has bought the art of Indian cooking to the forefront of the international palette.
Kapoor has hosted a show called ‘Sanjeev Kapoor ke Kitchen Khiladi’ and has also been a celebrity judge on ‘Master Chef India 3’. His TV show Khana Khazana, is the longest running show of its kind in Asia and, in 2011, he launched his own food channel named ‘Food Food’. His restaurant chains named ‘The Yellow Chilli’ and ‘Khazana’ which has his self stylised recipes in the menu are present in various big cities in India. He was conferred with ‘Best Chef of India’ award by the Government of India and is on the panel of Ministry of Tourism, Govt of India, made to specifically document Indian Cuisine and release an authentic version of it for Indians to follow and the rest of the world to understand Indian Cuisine in the right perspective.
Kapoor started out in the hospitality industry in 1984 with a diploma in Hotel Management from Institute of Hotel Management Catering Technology Applied Nutrition, Pusa Road, New Delhi. He started his career in ITDC under their kitchen management program where he graduated there.
Sri. Madhu Pandit Dasa is Chairman, The Akshaya Patra Foundation and President of ISKCON Bangalore. He initiated the Akshaya Patra program in the year 2000 by feeding 1500 children in 5 government schools. It now reaches over 1.5 million school children in 24 locations across 10 states in the country. In recognition of his efforts, he has been honoured with a Padma Shri by the Government of India.
The efficiency and of the Akshaya Patra program led to it being showcased in a Harvard Business School case study. It received the CNBC India Business Leader Award-2008 under the category ‘society enterprise of the year’ for its practices of corporate governance. It has been conferred the ‘ICAI Gold Shield award for excellence in financial reporting in the NGO sector’ conferred by the Institute of chartered accountants of India for five consecutive years for its transparency and accountability.
With nearly three decades of selfless work behind him, Sri. Madhu Pandit Dasa has been instrumental in conceiving and implementing many social initiatives that impact millions of people, helping them improve their quality of life.
A passionate student of science, Madhu Pandit Dasa is a B.Tech in Civil Engineering from IIT-Mumbai.
Mahesh Gupta, a first generation entrepreneur, is known worldwide for revolutionizing the water purification industry in India. He is the Founder-Chairman of Kent RO Systems Ltd., India’s leading water Purifier Company. An IIT graduate from Kanpur in Mechanical Engineering and an alumnus of Indian Institute of Petroleum, Dehradun, Gupta began his early career in 1978 with prestigious IOCL. In 1988 he bid goodbye to the oil sector giant and with a minimal seed capital at his disposal, ventured into the business of manufacturing instruments for oil testing and checking its pilferage. He went commercial under the brand name KENT OIL METERS which went on to be a successful business.
In 1998, Gupta entered the health care segment and launched the first domestic RO water purifier. He started the company from scratch and competing with the leading national & international brands, Kent RO Systems Ltd. is today the leading and most dynamic water purifier company in India, commanding a market share of about 40% in RO water purifier segment. In recognition of his contribution to the water purification industry, he is known as the PURE WATER MAN of India. He has also been conferred upon by an Honorary Doctorate degree by Sri Sri University Orissa, for his contribution in providing safe and healthy drinking water in Rural and Urban areas.
Gupta has more than half a dozen patent technologies to his credit, a manifestation to his passion for technological quest and an innovative bent of mind. With ambitious growth plan, innovative marketing strategies and state-of-the-art technology, Gupta is today a man on fast track. Yet, he also takes out time to guide young minds and channelize their energy in right direction, through guest lectures at several MBA institutes and entrepreneurship development programs. He has also opted to be a mentor under the IIT Alumni Association.
He spearheads PHD Chamber of Commerce as its President. PHD is a proactive and dynamic organization working at the grass-root level and with strong national and international linkages and playing a role as a catalyst in the promotion of industry, trade and entrepreneurship.