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    Under-25 entrepreneurs unite to take innovation  forward

    Christ University students, Shreyans Jain and Anto Philip have launched U-25, a platform for young entrepreneurs. Back for its second annual summit, U-25 expects 1,000 delegates and a line-up of inspirational speakers.

    Making a start
    “We realised that there were no good platforms to meet other like-minded people,” begins Jain. “And older players didn’t take you very seriously. Your entire venture could be written off because of your age,” adds co-founder Philip.
    So emerged India’s only youth-centric start-up platform, with an ‘energy and passion’ that the founders believe sets them apart. And with backing and logistical support from Construkt, India’s largest start-up festival, U-25 is hoping that this year will mark the beginning of an upward curve for the platform, which they plan to take to other cities in the next 12 months. “People are now taking us a lot more seriously,” explains Jain.
    Inspiration station
    Speakers include app developer and India’s youngest CEO, Sanjay Kumaran, Dhruv Visvanat, an acoustic guitar player and ‘one-man band’ who will perform, as well as speak about making his musical journey into a viable business. Plus Anuj Gosalia, whose company Terribly Tiny Tales specialises in ‘tweet-sized’ takes, and standup comedian Kenneth Sebastian. “It’s not just a platform for networking, but a place for people who haven’t ‘started up’ but want to.”
    Sign up for passes on the website, while well-wishers can also contribute to the crowd-funding initiative on Wishberry, currently halfway towards its one lakh target, and remains open for another week.

    February 28. At World
    Trade Centre, Brigade Gateway. Passes (`850) on u25start
    upsummit.com

    —Maegan Dobson Sippy

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