The Grand Finale of FIIB Meraki - 2019, one of India’s biggest B-Plan competitions was organised on March 23rd at FIIB, New Delhi. “With India being home to 26 unicorns (startups evaluated over $1Bn), the 8th edition of FIIB’s flagship event Meraki serves as a much needed platform for young entrepreneurs to present their ideas and impress world renowned venture capitalists. The diversity of B-Plans we received this year is a testimony to the fact that how Meraki drives young talent that promises to change the world of business as we know” says, Ms. Radhika Shrivastava, Executive Director, FIIB. For the finale, out of 200+ B-Plans received from institutes like IITs, IIMs, NMIMS, and DU etc, top 12 big ideas tackling problems of various sectors ranging from healthcare, food and nutrition to plastic waste management are selected to participate in the finale. With their disruptive thinking and strong social, technical, and financial sustainability, teams Inneate from IIM Lucknow, Re-Plas from IMT Ghaziabad, and Nervy from Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru won the first 3 positions respectively.
“There’s a progressive hike in both the innovative ideas as well as structure of B-plans, it can only be a result of guided mentorship, if Meraki is a reflection of how indian youth is growing, I think it’s a golden phase for entrepreneurship” , says Mr. Manish kheterpal, Partner, Waterbridge Ventures and one of the judges of meraki 2019. One of the Judges, Mr. Roni Gordana, Founder of Synergistic Innovations, Israel was impressed with the ideas that were presented and announced that the winners of Meraki will also get a free registration to the Mass Challenge - Israel - a competition for entrepreneurs across the world. Once again, Meraki has proved to be a competition providing opportunities beyond boundaries.