The Launchpad at TIE India Internet Day had the audience sitting on the edge of their seats, when Mitra - the Humanoid took to stage to welcome six disrupting products from India. Conceptualised by BoringBrands, #iDay Launchpad, was anchored by Rajan Anandan, Managing Director, Sequoia Capital, provided an opportunity to the curated startups for presenting their new products/services to an audience of VCs, entrepreneurs, and other prominent leaders of the industry. TiE Delhi-NCR hosted its 8th edition of India Internet Day, following the theme, 'India Internet Unboxed: Getting ready for a 100 Unicorns'.

Products presented at the event included:

Bandikoot by Genrobotic Innovations- The first robotic scavenger, the delight of the Launchpad, solves for manual scavenging. The founder revealed a heart warming story of how an erstwhile manual scavenger was now a robot operator at their startup.

Mirrar by StyleDotMe- A Fashion Tech startup providing virtual experience to try jewellery with the help of Augmented Reality (AR) on their iOS devices. Working with top jewelers across the country already, Styledotme launched its app version at Launchpad.

Appstract- While Blockchain has found immense popularity in the payments world, Appstract revealed an app built on the blockchain technology to reinvent the digital distribution of game items. The jury at Launchpad believed that this would open up the world of gaming and take it to next-level.

Ambee- A data-driven environmental intelligence technology to improve health, is drilling pollution data block by block. The startup founders believe that this data can help government to take constructive action towards better living.

Probus- A full suite of IoT solutions that monitor the health of distribution sub- station. The founders believe that every product result from the ideas formed on their lab's whiteboards and worktables must bring smiles in the lives of people using them. Acting as a IoT platform, Probus is working on building energy efficiency in the power distribution industry.

Clinikk- A one-stop shop for affordable and accessible point of contact for health assistance. The founders believe that India continues to have unmet services when it comes to healthcare. With Clinikk, people can now avail healthcare services at one click.

A set of four jury members that comprised of Rajan Anandan, Managing Director at Sequoia India; Vani Kola, Managing Director of Kalaari Capital; Deep Kalra, Group CEO at MakeMyTrip, and Pankaj Makkar, Managing Director at Bertelsmann India Investments selected the six startups out of the 70+ received.

Commenting on the event, Rajan Anandan - President, Director , TiE Delhi-NCR said, “This is the first time that we have organized a session like Launchpad at India Internet Day. It is a part of one of our many initiatives to 10x the startup ecosystem in India. NCR has emerged as a hot bed of ideation and startup activity and we are working to take things towards their logical course. The event was amazing with top 6 entrepreneurial companies from across the country showcasing their innovative products. We have already received a lot of appreciation and we look forward to more such years of success."

Adding to this, Aakriti Bhargava, Co-Founder at BoringBrands said, “Indian entrepreneurs are building some fantastic products. It was heartwarming to see the products showcased here solving some real issues with Robotics and Data Science. It is mesmerizing to see young entrepreneurs taking initiatives to identify and plan to bridge prevalent issues in society."

It has been a great experience working with TiE to bring out a successful session like #iDay Launchpad. ’’, she added.

Networking at the event, one of the new-age entrepreneurs stated, “The #iDay Launchpad is a great session that aims at raising a hundred new start-ups and ventures backed up by internet-centric innovations with the prospect of being global”. TiE believes in the power of innovation by startups, and the zest and zeal shown by entrepreneurs at the Launchpad, empowered the next-gen pioneers to pick up a more profound knowledge into the chances and advancing patterns in the business, he added. Sharing views on the concept of Launchpad, another entrepreneur said “The energy at this platform is insane and this is one of the greatest places to be at. It also gives the exposure to meet different investors and connect on a higher level to give the startup culture a hope of the future,”

The India Internet Day is an annual meet which brings together different stakeholders along with pioneers of the internet and entrepreneurial community to deliver ideas for the benefit of young entrepreneurs. It aims at empowering the next- generation leaders in getting a deeper insight in the advancing patterns in the industry. This year, the main theme at the 8th edition of India Internet Day, 2019 is India Internet Unboxed : Getting ready for a 100 Unicorns. The event plans to have focused and thought-provoking discussions to target entrepreneurs which attracts start-ups, unicorns, industry leaders, investors, mentors, policy-makers, and many more key domain experts from across the country every year.

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