Empower Innovations & Startups across 196 countries Hunt for the next Unicorn
Who we are
NRI Startup India’s vision and mission, through the initiative of EDGE 196, is to inculcate the status of empowering startups from around the globe. This process leads to a global outreach including News, Global Events, Startup Challenges and Stories. Following their motto and passion, EDGE 196 provides with a platform titled “Global Startup Challenge”. A global competition, led by these creative minds, brings forth the Global Ecosystem in your midst. An international platform, EDGE 196 aims to achieve its mission through a forum where intellect and technology meet to create a better life.
Global Startup Challenge 2017: FinTech is an initiative to empower innovations & startups across the globe through the platform EDGE 196. The challenge runs across 26 global clusters (196 countries) where our objective is to identify startups that have the potential to become the next unicorn in the world.
The short-listed startups (3 from each cluster) are invited for an online pitch & the 26 potential startups (one finalist from each cluster) are selected & offered the term sheet and acceleration program run by one of our global partners.
GLOBAL MARKET ACCESS
The potential startups will be facilitated and introduced to the most fitting global markets.
The winning startups from each cluster will get an investment of 50,000 USD +*.
One final winner will be chosen from 26 clusters across the globe who will get an investment of 1 Million USD*.
Selected startups will get an opportunity to enter into Acceleration program run by one of our global partners.
The selected 26 startups will be invited to the Grand Finale (Event format will be announced shortly).
The selected startup will have a chance to raise continuity investment through Global Investment Partners.
Sep 06 2017 - Dec 16 2017
Dec 11 2017 - Dec 18 2017
Evaluation / Screening By The Experts
Dec 20 2017
Online Pitch Session
Grand Finale - New Delhi
- Smart Learning
- Effective monitory solutions for education
- VR and AI based solutions
- Better education for rural areas
- Gamification and scientific learning
- Innovative gadgets and tools for education
- Any other Edu-Tech innovations
- Healthcare and Pharmacy platforms
- Innovations in laboratories, diagnosis and life science equipments
- Big Data and AI solutions for medical industry
- Connected Medical products and services
- Health-Tech for rural India
- Any other Healthcare innovations
- Fermentation and Brewing technologies
- Biofuels and Bio-Degradable solutions
- Computational Genomics
- Nano Technologies
- Any other Bio-Tech innovations
Initial Coin Offering (ICO)
Banking/Payment on Blockchain
Payment solutions (Mobile & Wallets), Digital wealth management
Check Out, POS software
E-Commernce & ERP
Security and biometrics
Fraud & Authentication
AI, Machine Learning & Robotics
IoT & Big Data
Lending: P2P, Small business, Consumer, Credit & Underwriting
Real Estate: Digital mortgages, Residential/commercial
Supply Chain Financing
Banking on social media
Asset management, Hedge fund, Off shore fund management
Innovation solutions in digital banking, financial services and Insurance (BFSI), Bank partnerships
Global financial inclusion & Financial wellness
Rural FinTech Solutions
Cloud solutions in financial services
- Solutions for agriculture monitory
- Agriculture supply chain models
- Agriculture Marketplaces platforms
- Inventions and practices in crop protection
- Innovations in agriculture sector
- Data driven platform for farmers
- Big Data and Analytics
- Internet of Things
- Artificial Intelligence
- Robotics and Machine learning
- Any other emerging Technologies
- Any innovations impacting bottom of pyramid
Social Impact Ventures
- Startups from the sectors not mentioned above can still apply (open for other sectors).
Global Investment Partner
global outreach partner
Community Outreach Partners
Startup Eco-system Partners
- With a prototype or validation in market.
- Traction in terms of Revenue/Clients (preferred).
- Startups should not be more than 5 years old (Except Bio-Tech).
- Startups with the potential to go global.
- Atleast a team of 2 should be working on the project.
The jury will select the startups on below parameters.
Problem Solving :
Startups with a simple solution and a powerful impact.
Passionate founders and a team that believes in their vision.
The technology behind the original solution and future scope.
Sustainable startups that have scalable models.
Some of our panel of evaluators
Co-founder, Cluj Startups
Innovation Manager, InnoHub
Chief Operating Officer, Exxus
Managing Director, Inno101
Founder, AI Startup Incubator
Founder, AFROLYNK & Acme Consultancy Oy
Co-Founder, DLT Labs
CEO, LatAm Startups
CEO, GIZS GmbH/Co-Founder, FinTech Forum
Founder, Alastria & Digital Currency Summit
Program Manager, Ventures Platform
FinTech expert, Investor, Coach
Founder and Managing Director, Pears Capital FZE
Vice President Business Development, Venture Garden Group
Founder & CIO, HashChing
Corporate Counsel, EchoVC Partners
Hoong Chun Wong
Technology Consulting Analyst, Accenture
Project Management & Fintech Expert
Founding Partner, EMU Films
Steve Robert Poulidis
CEO & Co-Founder, Bridg
Saad Ahmed Sharif
CEO, Detente Technologies
Blockchain Advisor + ICO acceleration + Venture Capital
Private Equity Analyst
Dr. Chritelle Scharff
Chair of Computer Science Department, Pace University
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