Chitkara Xcelerator 2023 Unleashing India’s Next Startup Superstars
The entrepreneurial spirit soared to new heights as the inaugural session of “Chitkara Xcelerator 2023” unfolded, an accelerator program organised by the Chitkara Innovation Incubator Foundation (CIIF) at Chitkara University. This grand commencement marked the dawn of a transformative journey for 40 meticulously selected seed-stage startups, chosen from a pool of over 500 applicants from across India.
Dr. Archana Mantri, Vice Chancellor of Chitkara University, set the stage ablaze with her spirited opening remarks, infusing the event with boundless energy and unwavering enthusiasm. The day’s centerpiece was a thought-provoking panel discussion titled “Investments from an Investor’s Lens,” expertly moderated by Dr. Adarsh Aggarwal, Vice President of CIIF. The panel boasted luminaries from the startup arena, including Dr. HK Mittal, Chairman of SISF; Dr. Archana Mantri, Vice Chancellor of Chitkara University and CEO of CIIF; Mandar Joshi, Angel Investor, media producer, and theater actor; Ashank Singh, VP of Venture Catalyst; Bhavish Sood, General Partner at Modulor Capital; CA Sahil Makkar, Managing Director of Punjab Angels Network; and Anmol Jamwal, Angel Investor at Soonicorn Ventures.
These seasoned panelists shared inspiring success stories and invaluable insights drawn from their personal entrepreneurial journeys, serving as guiding beacons for the budding startups in attendance. The interactive Q&A session further enriched the event, enabling attendees to seek mentorship directly from these illustrious figures.
The event continued with an enthralling keynote session delivered by Ashank Singh, offering attendees a glimpse into the intricate world of investments. CA Sahil Makkar then led a compelling discussion on the transformational journey from idea to IPO, illuminating the challenges involved in scaling a startup into a thriving enterprise. The proceedings concluded with an electrifying “Ask Me Anything” session featuring Mandar Joshi, where personalised guidance was generously shared with eager participants.
Chitkara Xcelerator 2023 has ignited dreams and laid a robust foundation for the promising future of entrepreneurship in India. The relentless pursuit of innovation and excellence displayed during this inaugural session is a testament to the untapped potential that resides within the talented startup community. As the curtains closed on this highly successful inaugural session, dreams were ignited, and the stage was set for the next wave of entrepreneurial success stories to emerge from the heart of India.