India 2.0 - Journey Beyond 2020
IIT Kanpur
5000 Enthusiasts
300 Delegates
500 Startups
100 VC Firms

About SMC Central 21

India has faced unprecedented challenges on various fronts since last year but despite all these odds, our country has emerged as an even stronger nation than before. India has revamped itself with a whole new era of digitization, self- capability and self-sufficiency. This innovative transition marks a new beginning for our country with transformed health, economic and educational structures. IIT Kanpur Alumni Association and Entrepreneurship Cell proudly brings to you the 20th edition of Startup Master Class – “’India 2.0′- Journey Beyond 2020”.

With insightful talks, enthralling discussions and intriguing competitions, SMC ensures a wholesome experience. From inspiring creative ideas to expediting startups, SMC offers countless opportunities to budding entrepreneurs to prove their mettle and pave their way into the entrepreneurial world. 

Key Attractions

An opportunity to uplift your ideas and pitch them on one of India’s biggest pitching platforms and leave behind a powerful impact, SMC provides you a chance that you wouldn’t wanna miss. Pitch your idea in front of 40+ business experts and renowned investors from all over the country, and gain their visibility as your live audience. Open for startups of all ages, rake in!



Past Judges

Startup Expo is a virtual event where startups will get a chance to showcase their startup in front of renowned Investors, Industry leaders and other dignitaries and to gather an exceptional network base. This event will be held on Townscript live where participants will be allotted virtual tables to showcase their creative ideas to our esteemed panel of guests. The guests will be able to visit any table to view the startups’ products and interact with them. 

General Idea

Ideathon is a competition for IITK Students who want to try their hands at Entrepreneurship or test their problem-solving skills by bringing a feasible startup solution to existing problems in campus, specially after the Covid-era. The competition has two tracks, Student Only, where the students can form their teams and participate on their own to provide a business solution to a problem they find relevant to the campus or can choose it from the given list. The other track is Student- Alumni track where each team will be assigned an alumni to guide them towards a feasible solution.The teams have to prepare a presentation describing the details of their idea and present their solution on their own to the jury members, irrespective of the track.


SMC one-on-one sessions help participants seek one-on-one expert mentorship on their startup ideas with an opportunity to meet 60+ Mentors – Investors, VCs, Accelerators, Industry experts and other successful entrepreneurs from diverse fields of HealthTech, Fintech, Edtech etc. Individuals or teams can seek mentorship on their start-up or other entrepreneurship queries by meeting the speakers, investors or mentors in a one to one 10-15 min session.  The time slots with respective PR will be released prior to the event in the form of google form.The slots for this session will be allocated to the participants on first come first serve basis. 

Power 5x is a series of sessions that brings you the insightful journeys of present-day pioneers in the entrepreneurial world, how they have depicted the veracious meaning of “power” by conquering their own quest despite the challenges they faced during the Covid pandemic.

The speaker panel will consist of esteemed IIT Kanpur alumnus who will share their motivating stories revolving around tracks of FinTech, HealthTech, EdTech and blockchain technology. 

Get inspired and shape your ideas by how they tackled extraordinarily unusual situations which arose during the pandemic and emerged even stronger than ever. 

This event will consist of talk sessions delivered by five speakers distributed over a period of five days. 
“While it is wise to learn from experience, it is wiser to learn from the experience of others” 
-Rick Warren


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Prateek Shukla

Co Founder and Ceo, Masai School

Nikhil Kurele

Co-founder, Noccarc

Ketan Gaikwad

M.D. & CEO at Receivables Exchange of India Ltd

Ashish Kumar

Partner, Fundamentum

Devashish Fuloria



Co-Founder and Ceo at SupplyNote

Kshitij Garg

Chief Business Officer, Emoha Eldercare

Ramakant Vempati

Founder, Wysa

Rajesh Duddu

Vp and Practice Leader, Tech Mahindra

Harsh Pokharna

Co-Founder and Ceo, OkCredit

Asheesh Sharma

Head, JEE-NEET, Byjus’s

Vadiraj Aralappanavar

Director at Founder Institute

Ravish Agarwal

CEO at Able Jobs

Devendra Khandegar

Founder, kredily

Abhishek Poddar

Co-Founder and CEO, Plum

Amit Kumar Agarwal

Founder & CEO at


iit kanpur




Anand Verma

SMC Co-lead

Vinay Garg

SMC Event Lead

Abhijeet Bhandari

SMC Program Lead

Vipin Agarwal

Co-Lead, SMC Program

Bhavna Uttamchandani

SMC Outreach lead

Mayank Verma

Advisor, SMC

Amit Tiwari

Advisor, SMC

Tanu Modi

Manager, Events, E-Cell

Shreyansh Dubey

Overall Coordinator, E-Cell

Mudit Mamodia

Manager, Events, E-Cell

Tanmay Sinha

Manager, Design, E-Cell

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