The Entrepreneurial Cell at IIT Kharagpur, has partnered with GoToPitch this year to launch its Global Business Model Competition – Empresario 2022, anticipating startups to participate in huge numbers and encourage enterprising innovation ideas through the event. 

Event Profile – Empresario

Empresario 2021-22 intends to provide a platform for students and young entrepreneurs to access exceptional opportunities and exposure to get their hands on excellent professional mentorship from its experienced, varied and unique mentor pool like TiE, NEN (National Entrepreneurship Network) and others. 

The startups, thus, will get a chance to showcase their ideas before venture capitalists, angel investors, and industry experts with specialised tracks for products and services through the event. Startup Services amidst the event like legal advice, taxation, financial, technical aspects of running a startup, co-working space, HR needs, incubation opportunities would also be provided.

The entrepreneurs putting forward their candidature for this much-awaited event will get a chance to win a total prize worth INR 50 Lakhs (nearly US$ 68k) and an opportunity to compete with startups globally through their business model competitions like BMCG. 

The executive head of competitions at The Entrepreneurship Cell, IIT Kharagpur, Vaishnav Lembhe, mentions, “The participants of Empresario get a unique opportunity to present their ideas and get a chance to win a multitude of prizes. This year, due to COVID-19, we will be conducting the competition online, and we have made all the preparations for the same.”

About the round: To register themselves, the participants would be required to fill up a brief questionnaire addressing and talking with regard to the Business Idea that the candidate aspires to pitch, and submit it on

The deadline for registration is 20th November 2021. After the registration is completed, the potential candidates will get 1.5 months of mentoring before submitting their Business Models. 

A few interesting startups that paved their way to the top in Empresario 2020-2021:

  • Product and Services Winner: Flynovate

Flynovate is a DeepTech startup that uses computer vision-enabled swarms of drones, which inspects and detects every visual and internal defect in a solar panel present in a solar farm, providing essential statistics that can be used to prevent companies from spending huge fortunes and time.

  • Social Track Winner: MomsKart

 MomsKart is a social commerce marketplace built on the philosophy of empowering rural India and brings India together through homemade food, bridges the gap between home-based foodpreneurs and customers who love their traditional Indian delicacies.

About The Entrepreneurship Cell, IIT Kharagpur

The Entrepreneurship Cell of IIT Kharagpur is a non-profit, student-faculty-run organisation promoting the spirit of entrepreneurship on its campus and beyond. Founded in 2009, the cell is currently functioning under the patronage of The Rajendra Mishra School of Engineering Entrepreneurship. 

With the incubation of 200+ startups from the campus of IIT Kharagpur in less than 14 years, it aims at providing students with all the support they require ranging from training, mentorship, incubation, parenting to funding.

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