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FLAME University’s Entrepreneurship Centre all Set to Catalyze the Indian Startup Ecosystem

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  • BLAZE– Igniting Ideas, its flagship start-up summit brings together a stellar group of successful entrepreneurs, Investors and business leaders to support deserving start-ups
  • Invites applications from start-ups with less than five lakhs revenue seeking to fund and scale their ventures 
  • Announces business competition to incentivize students with game changing ideas to pursue entrepreneurship as a career choice

FLAME University, the pioneer of liberal education in India, will bring together a stellar group of successful entrepreneurs, investors and business leaders at BLAZE – its flagship start-up summit on March 1-2, 2019 at its campus in Pune. Designed with the aim of supporting and growing start-ups, the summit will be led by Darshan Doshi, Director of the FLAME Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (FCEI).

 

Making the announcement, Professor Dishan Kamdar, Vice Chancellor, FLAME University, said, “BLAZE is an initiative by FCEI at FLAME that envisions to bring together thought leaders, entrepreneurs, investors and business leaders on a common platform to support deserving entrepreneurs. We will provide them the opportunity and incentive to reach their potential and hope that they build ventures that will create jobs and wealth in the future.”

The theme of BLAZE is to understand the challenges faced by innovators and startups in their journey to scale through workshops, talks and panel discussions with trailblazers in this space and give aspiring entrepreneurs an opportunity to grow through the new venture competition. As a part of this, FCEI will select 15 truly amazing new ventures and business ideas from applicants across India to present their business-pitch to an ‘Investor Panel’, comprising of eminent names from the industry and the start-up world.

Outlining the value-add that BLAZE will provide to start-ups and idea stage venturesDarshan Doshi, Director of FLAME Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (FCEI) at FLAME, said, “BLAZE will play the role of a catalyst in accelerating the growth of entrepreneurship across the country. What differentiates BLAZE is that it offers a multifold ROI to the promising ideas and selected ventures. We will partner with the entrepreneurs to identify their growth areas, solve their challenges and hand-hold them till they are ready to go to market. We will also connect them with prospective customers and Investors for potential funding support and provide them the much needed boost to grow and scale their ventures confidently.”

The agenda for the two-day summit and the speakers who are expected to speak at the summit is as follows:

Friday March 1, 2019 (1pm – 8pm)

  • Opening address by Dr. Dishan Kamdar, Vice Chancellor, FLAME University
  • ‘Startup Opportunities from the eye of an investor’ by Pranav Pai, Partner 3one4 Capital
  • ‘Scaling & Exiting a Fintech Startup’ by Patanjali Somayaji, CTO, Capital Float and Co-founder, Walnut App
  • Investor Panel Discussion: ‘What Investors want to see in Startups’ with Pranav Pai, Vaibhav Domkumdwar, Sachin OswalAbhishek Prasad

DEMO Day – Eight Early-stage startups Pitch to Investors

  • ‘Building a Brand in India‘ by Riya Shah, founder, The Quick Wok
  • ‘Indian Startup Ecosystem: Deriving benefits from events, incubators, accelerators’ workshop by Praveen Dorna, Co-founder, StartupByte
  • Product Showcase – Student Exhibits across FLAME Campus

Saturday March 2, 2019 (9am – 6pm)

  • ‘How to Build Scalable Global Startups from India‘ by Tarun Davda, Partner & MD, Matrix Partners
  • ‘RealLives to Real Life – Training Youth in Empathy, Sustainable Development & Change making’ by Dr. Parag Mankeekar, Ashoka Fellow, Leader – RealLives Global Scaling, Founder Director – NeetiMr. Bennychan Solutions, Founder – YoungChangeMakers Conference
  • ‘Enterprise AI Landscape and Data Science General Practices’ by Rohit Pandharkar, Head of Data Science and Artificial Intelligence at Mahindra Group

BLAZE New Venture Competition – 15 Selected Startups Pitch to Investors

  • ‘Changing Global Trends in Media Consumption’ by Tapas Sen, Co-founder & CPO RadioMirchi
  • ‘Working with Legends in the Indian Music Industry’ by Shameer Tandon, Founder, Music Boutique
  • ‘Should I Startup | Succeed not Fail’ workshop by Vikas Kumar, serial entrepreneur, investor and founder, LoanTap

Key Initiatives at BLAZE – Igniting Ideas:

  • New Venture Competition – Startups with less than INR 5 lacs in annual revenue as well as game-changing new business ideas from students from universities, technical and management schools across India are eligible to apply before February 22, 2019Top three winners will receive INR 85,000 in cash prizes while 15 startupsselected to pitch to the investors will receive an opportunity to incubate their ideas at the FLAME Incubator Program to achieve next stage of growth. New Venture Competition Application Link: https://www.flame.edu.in/research/centres/centre-for-entrepreneurship-innovation/blaze-igniting-ideas
  • FLAME Origins Program Demo Day – FCEI’s startup accelerator initiative, the FLAME Origins Program, has accelerated eight early stage startups across India over the last five months. These startups will make their business pitch to prominent angel investors and venture capitalists.
  • Product Showcase – Over 30 FLAME entrepreneurship undergraduate and postgraduate student groups will display a range of products created over this academic year.
  • Workshops, Speakers and Networking – Aspiring entrepreneurs and students can attend the two-day event for free upon registration and get the opportunity to network with prominent business leaders, investors, entrepreneurs and talented students. Individuals interested to attend BLAZE startup summit can register here: https://www.townscript.com/e/blaze-igniting-minds-204341

 

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Essence wins integrated media duties for online higher education platform UpGrad in India

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Essence, a global data and measurement-driven media agency which is part of GroupM, today announced that it has won integrated media agency of record duties for online higher education platform UpGrad in India following a pitch. The agency’s scope of work spans both offline and digital media.

UpGrad provides rigorous industry-relevant online courses and education programmes designed and delivered in collaboration with world-class faculty and industry professionals, including in the areas of data sciences, marketing and management, product management, entrepreneurship and technology. Merging the latest technology, pedagogy and services, UpGrad aims to create an immersive learning experience anytime and anywhere, to advance professionals’ journeys and build careers of tomorrow.

Led out of Essence’s office in Mumbai, the account will be supported by key practice leads across communications strategy, data strategy, client analytics, experience, media planning, media activation and advertising operations.

Mayank Kumar, Co-Founder and Managing Director at UpGrad, said, “The advent of new age technologies like data science and artificial intelligence has made it pertinent for the IT professionals of today to upskill themselves. We at UpGrad provide the means of upskilling through an immersive online learning experience. To reach a wider audience with our brand message, we have Essence on board with us. Being a technology-focused company itself, Essence understands our language of business.”

Anand Chakravarthy, Managing Director, India at Essence, said, “The online education sector is expected to witness exponential growth in the coming years. The UpGrad team is very forward-thinking – they are keen to lean in, experiment and push boundaries, in line with our own progressive learning agenda. We look forward to delivering our full-service media offering focused on data, measurement and technology, and help UpGrad become even more successful on this exciting journey.”

This development follows Essence’s recent announcement of Airtel joining its portfolio of clients in India, which also includes Flipkart, Google, Honda two-wheelers and Zee Entertainment. The UpGrad win marks another important milestone for Essence, as the agency continues its rapid growth in India and across the Asia Pacific region. It further demonstrates the success of Essence’s approach to working with clients who want to drive transformational change in marketing and support the agency’s mission to make advertising more valuable to the world.

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50th Anniversary of Sophia Antipolis, The First Science and Technology Hub in Europe

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Jean LEONETTI, Mayor of Antibes Juan les Pins, President of the Sophia Antipolis Metropolitan Council and of the Sophia Antipolis Joint Association (SYMISA), unveiled this morning the timeline of events scheduled in 2019 as part of the 50th anniversary of Europe’s first science and technology hub.

This series of events aim not only to celebrate the progress made by the trailblazers who followed one another at Sophia Antipolis, but also to explore the challenges of tomorrow and set the course for the years to come, with a special emphasis on artificial intelligence.

1 March 2019:An event involving Sophia Antipolis’s stakeholders

Today, nearly 40,000 people work at the science and technology hub. On Friday 1st March 2019, hundreds of women and men from Sophia Antipolis (residents, students, employees, etc.) will gather to form together a human logo as a sign of the hub’s vitality.

April 2019:The 3IA label formalizing the excellence of the science & technology hub in the field of AI

The 3IA Côte d’Azur project, focusing on the issues of “Digital Health and Biology” and the “Smart City”, will be formally labelled in April 2019 by the Minister of Higher Education, Research and Innovation.

13 June 2019:Celebration of the 50th anniversary

  • In the morning, inauguration of the exhibition #BeSophia, an open-air, marked course embarking visitors on a journey throughout the science and technology hub and shining a light on its history, strengths and values.

– In the afternoon, a forward-looking round-table session on the topic of “new technologies and their role in tomorrow’s society” will take place in the facilities of Skema Business School. Several top-notch speakers will be on stage to share their perspectives.

November 2019: Second edition of the SophI.A Summit

  • After the success of the first edition of November 2018, with 1,300 participants to the conferences on the various applications of AI hosted by 50 French and international experts, a second edition of the SophI.A Summit is underway.

December 2019: Laying of the first foundation stone of the ‘Ecotone’ project and burying of a time capsule sealed until 2069!

– A new gateway to the science and technology hub, this 40,000 sq. m development project will be carried out by Compagnie de Phalsbourg, with the support of architects Jean Nouvel and Manal Rachdi. Ecological and definitely innovative, the complex will house, among other things, office and coworking spaces, including a replica of Xavier Niel’s brainchild, the Paris-based Station F incubator – all of this on premises stretching over 27,000 sq. m of green space.

– To mark the end of this extraordinary year, a time capsule will be buried under the ground of the future ‘Ecotone’ site, and left there for the next generations to discover.

A series of items representative of people’s everyday life, of innovations, testimonies, messages and visions of the future will be placed inside the capsule before it is sealed, and eventually opened 50 years from now, in 2069.

In the late 1960s, one could legitimately doubt the success of the creation of a center for innovation and high-technology located in the middle of nowhere, in a region more closely associated with tourism than with industrial development. Yet, it all worked out. With nearly 5,000 researchers and 2,500 companies that employ 38,000 workers within a science and technology hub featuring 90% of green space, what looked like a challenge at first proved to be an undeniable success, boasting today €5.6 Bn in turnover. The science and technology hub also succeeded in attracting beyond our borders, as reflected by its 188 foreign companies employing nearly 10,000 people of 67 nationalities.

Today, Sophia Antipolis is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Half a century during which the idea of cross-fertilization has kept enduring. The fact that SophiaTech, the new University, chose to settle here, that the “Business Pôle” business incubator and its many startups are expanding everywhere and, more importantly, that the first European science and technology hub has just been awarded the 3IA label is proof that the very idea of Sophia Antipolis, at the crossroads between innovation and excellence, is more relevant than ever,” says Jean Leonetti.

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NYU Tandon Financial Engineering Master’s Degree Program Ranked in Top Four

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The New York University Tandon School of Engineering’s Financial Engineering master’s program has been named among the best in the 2019 TFE Times ranking.

One of the longest-running and largest such programs, the NYU Tandon Financial Engineering master’s moved up three places from the 2018 ranking, putting the program at the number-four spot, ahead of the University of Illinois Urbana-ChampaignRensselaer Polytechnic InstituteJohns Hopkins University, the Georgia Institute of Technology, and the University of California, Los AngelesNYU’s Mathematics in Finance program at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences was also included among the leaders.

TFE Times rankings are based on mean GRE scores, mean starting salary and bonus, mean undergraduate GPA, acceptance rate, full-time graduates employed at graduation and three months after graduation, total number of distinct courses available and total research expenditures, all areas in which the department enjoys strong statistics already or is improving rapidly.

Eighty seven percent of NYU Tandon’s financial engineering graduates who were seeking employment found positions within three months of graduation, and starting salaries averaged $91,000. NYU Tandon has 276 students studying financial engineering in a customized educational environment, with small class sizes (averaging 15, and none larger than 30) and more than 50 course offerings.

“We are gratified that TFE Times recognizes the work of our faculty in shaping our academic research to reflect — and in some cases drive —shifts in the field of financial engineering,” said Peter Carr, chair of the Department of Finance and Risk Engineering. “Our focus on financial technology in areas like machine learning, pair theory with practice and prepare our students for highly sought quant, risk, and tech careers,” he said.

“We are thrilled to see the Department of Finance and Risk engineering achieve such a stellar position in the TFE Times rankings,” said Jelena Kovačević, Dean of the NYU Tandon School of Engineering. “This is an affirmation of the department and faculty’s ability to attract the best and brightest students, push the boundaries in scholarship, expand access with new programs, and create a fertile environment for training the next generation of experts to better access today’s financial industry, as well as projecting future trends.”

Within the last year the department has added 12 courses on machine learning and several on cryptocurrencies and blockchain, as well as cloud computing, Advanced Fixed Income, High Frequency Trading, and an Advanced Risk and Portfolio Management boot camp.

Faculty from around the world actively participate in comprehensive analysis and assessment of risks in application areas including financial risk management, derivatives, credit risk, default models in finance, black swans and rare events finance, global warming, infrastructure and water finance and sustainability, safety and security, healthcare, cybersecurity, and investments.

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