Passion. Determination. Strategic thinking. Lufthansa Runway to Success is an exciting fusion of all this and more. With India's most innovative entrepreneurs battling it out for top honours on each power-packed episode, the series witnessed a meteoric rise to become India's biggest SME stage.
Every successful venture is a story of inspiration, passion and determination. And every successful venture needs a runway to take off.
Lufthansa Runway to Success is a multi-staged initiative aimed at nurturing future business leaders in India through nationwide mentorship camps and a power-packed TV series that provides innovative SMEs an opportunity to compete with the best and take off on the flight to success! The Grand Prize this season includes a sponsorship to a business programme at Cambridge University, a Lufthansa Business Class ticket to Europe and coveted mentorship by TiE.
Runway to Success Participants
The Gourmet Jar
Mr. Hot Foods
Co-Founder & COO
CEO & Co-founder
Founder Member & VP-Business
CEO & Co-Founder
President & CEO
Founder & CEO
Dr. Rasmi Mishra
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Co-founder & CEO, Indifi
Alok is co-founder and CEO of Indifi, a platform to expand access to debt financing for Indian SMEs. A successful first generation entrepreneur based in India, Alok is also a founding member of Indian Angel Network, which is a forum for making angel investments.
He last led India operations of Canaan Partners, a premier US based venture capital firm. Earlier, he cofounded JobsAhead.com in 1999. JobsAhead.com is the leading e-recruitment business focussed on the Indian market, and was acquired by Monster.com recently. Before founding JobsAhead, Alok worked with Hughes software in telecom and internet technologies. Alok is a computer science graduate from IIT Delhi, and completed his MS and Management of Technology programs from UC Berkeley.
Alok is passionate about creating value through startups! He is also keenly interested in entrepreneurship development in India. He has organised a venture community blog at http://www.venturewoods.org/.
Founder, CEO, Design Head - VU Technologies
Devita Saraf is the Founder, CEO and Design Head of Vu Televisions. She is also a promoter of Zenith Computers (India) and Zenith Infotech Limited along with her family members.
From the age of 16, Devita started working in various departments of the company to learn the ropes of running a firm. As a member of the conservative Marwari community, Devita broke the taboo by entering into the male dominated business world.
Devita pursued an undergraduate programme in Business at University of Southern California. While her batch mates were applying for jobs at consulting firms, Devita was clear that she wanted to run her own company. She came back to join Zenith Computers, a firm founded by her father, Rajkumar Saraf, to pick up the much needed practical skills.
VU TV was established in 2006. With a sharp focus on creating a high quality product, Devita was clear that VU would not be a cheap Indian alternative to higher priced international brands, which were perceived by customers as being superior in quality. VU offers a wide range of 22 television sets, priced between Rs 9,500 and Rs 3 lakh, which is roughly 30 percent lower than those sold by international market leaders, but about 20 percent higher than Indian competitors.
In 2014, when the company achieved a turnover of around Rs 500 crore, Devita ventured into e-commerce space, with presence on e-tailers such as Snapdeal and Flipkart.
MD - Metropolis Healthcare
Ameera Shah is the Managing Director of Metropolis Healthcare - a multinational chain of pathology centers based in Mumbai, with presence in seven countries.
Ameera realised early on in her career that a standard corporate career wasn't for her. She saw the potential in the diagnostic lab founded by her father, Dr. Sushil Shah, in Mumbai. She set herself the goal to build a pan-India brand in the diagnostics space.
When Ameera joined her father's business in 2001, it was an 1800 square feet single laboratory in Mumbai. In the same year, the laboratory was renamed Metropolis. It has subsequently grown to become a 135 laboratory chain, not just in India but also in Srilanka, UAE, South Africa, Kenya and Ghana. Over the last 16 years, Metropolis has created a seamless network of health centres globally.
Under her stewardship - Metropolis has become a well-respected healthcare brand, catering to over 50,000 doctors, 10,000 laboratories and hospitals.
Metropolis's goal for 2020 is very clear - to reach a valuation of Rs. 12,000 crores to Rs. 15,000 crores.
Ameera received a degree in Finance from The University of Texas, and completed the prestigious Owner-President Management Program at Harvard Business School.
Director - Dabur International
Gaurav Burman is the Director of Dabur International, and a 5th generation member of the family that founded Dabur over 130 years ago. Dabur has grown to become the largest Indian Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) company over the years. It manufactures a range of over 400 products in healthcare, oral care, personal care, home care, packaged foods, and non-carbonated soft drinks. Dabur became a listed business in 1995.
In 1996, Gaurav and his family started to invest in new businesses as India started to liberalise.
Gaurav Burman manages his family's investment program and is responsible for many joint ventures and investments. He also sits on the Board of Dabur International, the holding company for Dabur's international activities, which include FMCG manufacturing operations in Sri Lanka, the Middle East, Africa, and the US.
As on date, the Burman family have investments in Healthcare, Media, Financial Services, Retail, and Education, and have multiple joint ventures with Global Fortune 100 businesses including Aviva for Life Insurance, Experian for Financial Information, Healthcare at Home for Home Healthcare, Yum Brands for Taco Bell, and previously with Fidelity and ABN Amro.
Gaurav graduated from Tufts University in 1993 with a dual BA in Economics and History.
Founder - Clovia
Neha grew up in Haridwar, where, since her father was an engineer in the public sector (BHEL), she was surrounded by engineers and was even expected to follow in her father's footsteps. Though Neha took up science in school, she did not pursue engineering. She went on to complete her graduation from Miranda House in Delhi University, followed by an MBA.
After a decade of experience in corporate India, she decided to address the gap she found in the lingerie market, and launched Clovia in 2013, along with her husband and a tech founder and a lingerie expert.
With in-house designing and sourcing teams, Clovia produces its own products with imported fabrics, laces, and satins. Their manufacturing is outsourced but, being a firm believer of 'Make in India' campaign, all their products are manufactured in the country.
Clovia's USP is the variety of styles they offer to customers. They offer more than 200 styles per month with over 75% of their inventory being less than 30 days old.
Founder & Chairman - Oxigen Services India
Pramod Saxena is the founder of Oxigen Services and has been its Managing Director since January 2017. He holds a degree in Chemical Engineering from IIT Roorkee.
Oxigen Services was established in 2004 and is India's first non-banked mobile wallet, approved by RBI in 2013 for instant money transfers to any bank. These money transfers can be done real-time in association with National Payments Corporation of India using IMPS. Oxigen received an approval from the RBI in 2016 to be a part of the Bharat Bill Payment System, connecting users with the central bill payments and settlement system of National Payments Corporation of India.
The firm also set up 'Super PoS - Micro ATM' (point of sale) terminals to meet the requirements of merchants as well as banks. This Super PoS demonstrates features such as Micro ATM - Cash-In and Cash-Out, as per the specifications of NPCI, biometric scanner for Aadhaar transactions, Jan Dhan account servicing, merchant payments and eKYC.
Prior to launching Oxigen Services, Pramod was CEO of the Telecom Business at Essar Group from 1994 to 1998. He was also Country President at Motorola Inc. in India from 1998 to 2003.
MD - Omidyar Network
Roopa Kudva is partner at Omidyar Network and Managing Director of Omidyar Network India Advisors, where she leads overall investment strategy, operations and portfolio development.
Omidyar Network, a US-based philanthropic investment firm, established its India office in October 2009 to expand the firm's investments in the rapidly growing economy. Since then, Omidyar Network has invested over $200 million via grants and equity across 70-72 organisations.
Omidyar works in five sectors, which include financial services, education, emerging technologies, property rights and governance and citizen engagement. It invests in three types of organizations— market innovator (for-profit enterprises), organisations that build sector infrastructure and organisations that do policy-related work. It also provides equity capital to for-profit organisations and grants to non-profits.
Prior to joining Omidvar Network, Roopa was MD and CEO at the global analytical company CRISIL She led CRISIL's evolution from a leading Indian rating agency to a diversified analytical company with clients ranging from the largest investment banks of the world to tens of thousands of small firms spread across India. Under her leadership, CRISIL's market capitalisation grew four-fold and revenues tripled.
Roopa Kudva holds a postgraduate diploma in management from Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIM-A) and also received the ‘Distinguished Alumnus Award' from her alma mater.
MD - Omidyar Network
Zorawar Kalra is the founder & MD of Massive Restaurants - a company that includes a range of brands such as Masala Library, Farzi Cafe, Made in Punjab, Masala Bar and Pa Pa Ya, etc. under its umbrella. Zorawar is the son of Jiggs Kalra, widely considered the czar of Indian cuisine and also known as the walking encyclopaedia of food.
Blessed with an entrepreneurial bent of mind and a genetic love for food, he has studied the Indian food and beverage market extensively over the years. Counted among one of the youngest, and most successful restaurateurs of India, Zorawar has combined a penchant for Indian cuisine with his natural business acumen and a rich heritage spanning over four decades in the Indian culinary space and hospitality industry.
With an eye for detail and a passion to succeed, he is on a mission to take the Indian food to a global scale.
Zorawar holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Boston’s Bentley Business University.
Runway to Success winners and participants
Rashi Sanon Narang
Founder & CEO,
Heads Up For Tails
Grand Prize Winner, Runway to Success Season 4
Heads Up For Tails raises $2 million from HNIs
Runway to Success Season 4 Grand Prize Winner, Heads Up For Tails, has raised $2 million in a pre-series-A round from a group of high net worth individuals (HNIs). The fresh round of funding was a huge milestone for the pet products retailer and is being used to further enhance the end-user experience by investing in technology, as well as expanding business in domestic and overseas markets.
Founder & CEO,
Finalist, Runway to Success Season 4
Ed-tech startup Prozo raises pre-Series A round
Runway to Success Season 4 Finalist Prozo.com has raised its pre-Series A round of funding. The online marketplace for buying and selling study material will use these funds to ramp up retailers' acquisition, build integrated technology solutions for other parts of the value chain, besides bulk ordering by buyers and order processing by Prozo. It will also add more domestic and international publishers to its supplier base.
Co-Founder & CEO,
(ReGlobe) Manak Waste Management
Grand Prize Winner, Runway to Success Season 3
ReGlobe.in raises funds from Bessemer Venture Partners and Blume Ventures
Grand Prize Winner, Runway to Success Season 3, ReGlobe.in, has raised early stage funding from Bessemer Venture Partners (BVP) and Blume Ventures. Manak Waste Management Pvt. Ltd that owns and operates ReGlobe is a recommerce or reverse commerce company, which connects sellers of used goods to merchants that deal in used goods. ReGlobe plans to expand to 30 cities in the near future and is looking to use the funds for its expansion plans and product innovation.
Co-Founder & Head - Mktg & Business Dev,
Finalist, Runway to Success Season 3
Chaayos raises USD 5 million in funding from Tiger Global
Runway to Success Season 3 Finalist, Chaayos, has raised USD 5 million in funding from Tiger Global.
Post funding, the NCR-based tea-outlet chain has put together a strong team to work on its in-house software to link everything from its tea collection to outlets, connect with the data inflow from its user app, build a strong technology backbone, reduce turnaround time and ensure a standardised ‘Chaayos experience' at every store.
Co-Founder & CMO,
Finalist, Runway to Success Season 3
Vidooly secures US$1 million seed funding from Bessemer Venture Partners
Runway to Success Season 3 Finalist, Vidooly, has secured US$1 million in seed funding from Bessemer Venture Partners (BVP). The video analytics startup from India will use the fresh funding for getting users from across the globe and product development. Vidooly offers a marketing and analytics suite for YouTube to help creators maximize organic views, build an audience base, and increase revenue.
Co - Founder,
Find My Stay
Semi Finalist, Runway to Success Season 3
Indian Angel Network leads funding in Find My Stay
Runway to Success Season 3 Semi-Finalist, Find My Stay, has received an undisclosed funding round led by Indian Angel Network, the country's oldest and largest angel investor group. The online hotel booking platform will use the proceeds towards product development, brand building and further building its technology. It will also use the capital to double its hotel partnerships and increase city coverage.
Founder & Director,
Participant, Runway to Success Season 3
Foodtech Startup Sattviko Gobbles Up Funding From Quattro Founder & Others
Runway to Success Season 3 Contestant Sattviko has raised a round of follow-on funding from a series of angel investors including Quattro founder Raman Roy and others. The investment in the Delhi-based health food restaurant chain will be focused on scaling up its packaged food business operationally and geographically. The funding will also be used to launch an IoT-based vending machine for corporates.