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About Wadhwani Takeoff

Wadhwani Takeoff is your big opportunity. Grab it!

Wadhwani Takeoff is an open call to aspiring and practicing early-stage startups to take their business idea or early business traction to the next-level. It is aimed to galvanize the early-stage startups with the skills and knowledge, television media exposure, and financing through our strategic partnership with ET NOW.

Under Wadhwani Takeoff, the shortlisted pitch will be showcased in “Leaders of Tomorrow” program on ET NOW channel.

Up to 5 startups topping the leaderboard rankings will win an all-expense-paid trip to Silicon Valley where they will be exposed to mentoring bootcamps and an opportunity to pitch to angel investors.

Program Details

  • The Wadhwani Takeoff Challenge aims to galvanize entrepreneurs across India through city-based events as per the earmarked Event Schedule

  • In each city, five down-selected entrepreneurs will pitch their Startup/Idea to a marquee Jury after receiving coaching by Wadhwani’s network of mentors and experts. The five startup pitches from each city will be telecast on ET NOW

  • Through a leader board ranking mechanism, up to top five startups from across India will win a mentoring and pitching trip to Silicon Valley

  • Applicants from all over India are welcome to apply in any or more than one city


Early-stage startups with initial customer traction and/or revenue not exceeding Rs. 3 crores

Aspiring entrepreneurs with a validated Business Idea and/or a Minimum Viable Product (MVP)

Startups registered in India / Aspiring startups from India

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