Hyderabad student team Findr, a LinkedIn for blue-collar jobs, wins 10th edition of the TiE Young Entrepreneurs B-Plan Competition


36 students from 23 schools formed 7 teams and pitched their ideas at the TYE Grand Finale 2019-22 B-Plan, 1 Minute Elevator Pitch and Maker Faire Prototype competition

● 1 Min Elevator Pitch Winner: Comfee, a power conservation solution and PuriFloat, a lake cleansing device declared joint winners in the 1-minute elevator pitch segment

● Maker Faire Prototype winner: RewardBox, a mobile application that unifies the reward points a customer earns across various brands under one roof, adjudged the best Prototype, in the Maker Faire round for their quality prototype

● B- Plan Winner: Findr, a LinkedIn-like solution for blue-collar jobs including the provision of maids, cleaners, drivers for customers won the top honor in the B-Plan competition

Hyderabad, India: TiE Hyderabad announced today the winners of the 10th edition of TYE (TiE Young Entrepreneurs) challenge held for 3 categories, B-Plan, 1 Minute Elevator Pitch and Maker Faire Prototype. The finale was held at the auditorium of Dr. B R Ambedkar Open University in the city on Saturday.

In the TYE challenge, 36 students from 23 schools formed 7 teams and pitched their ideas under the B-Plan, 1 Minute Elevator Pitch and Maker Faire Prototype competition.

The top prize winner in the B-Plan category was Findr, a LinkedIn-like solution for blue-collar jobs including the provision of maids, cleaners, drivers for customers and the runner up team was Flobal, a business idea where flower-flavored ice creams are made of organic ingredients had bagged the runner-up position.

In the Maker Faire category for best prototypes, RewardBox, a mobile application that unifies all the loyalty points a customer earns through his purchases at several stores across the country and alerts the user of their expiry, emerged as the winner.

It was a close contest in 1-minute elevator pitche as 2 teams Comfee and PuriFloat were declared joint winners held using an online voting method.

Comfee is a power conservation solution regulated by an IoT device that controls the speed of fans and air conditioners based through measurement of ambient temperature in the room, while PuriFloat, is an automated device that helps clean lakes using an Electric motor run boat/conveyor were declared joint winners.

The jury members at the TYE Finale were Deepthi Ravula (CEO, Telangana Government-run Women Entrepreneurship Incubator We Hub), Kishore Uppalapati (Director-Operations, Microsoft Services), Rakesh Munnanooru (Founder, CEO, Whistle Drive, a corporate ride-share company) besides Prof. Vijaya Kumari (Director, JNTU run incubator, J Hub) and Vineel Reddy Pindi (CEO, Collab House an innovation hub).

The winners had faced a stiff challenge, as there were a series of interesting pitches, such as Enviros Amigos, a device that could recycle plastic waste into oil through a chemical procedure called pyrolysis, Idenico, an affordably priced paper strip to test for adulteration, contamination or chemical presence in milk.

Congratulating the winners, and their scalable business models President of the TiE Hyderabad Chapter, Sridhar Pinnapureddy, (CEO of CtrlS Datacenters and Cloud4C Services) said, “It took me a couple of failed ventures to actualise my dream of becoming an entrepreneur. The business ideas of these young minds are nothing short of billion-dollar proposals with the potential to emerge as mega enterprises. It is for them to now leverage on the networks such as TiE to reach their pinnacle. These children are the future of our entrepreneur ecosystem and it is heartening these children have the backing of their family to pursue entrepreneurial dreams.”

“We were genuinely surprised by the professionalism of the teams and the relevance of the ideas. They surpassed our expectations and reaffirms our faith in our young generation potential to create a promising future” the jury members had expressed.

Also speaking at the event, program co-chair Mr. Venkatesh Narasimhan, SVP, Redpine Signals Inc said, “It’s really energising when we see bright, young minds gearing up for entrepreneurship at such an impressionable age. The way the youngsters have picked up concepts like revenue models, marketing, value proposition within minutes in the workshops speaks a lot about their interest to grasp the subject.”

Says the co-chair Mr. Viiveck Verma, CSO, Srinivasa Farms, “This program is very important for youngsters to help them change the way they look at the society and how they solve the problems existing in it. It’s significant to note that most ideas presented by the participants in the event had taken stock of immediate issues that affect us as the citizens of the country. It’s delightful to watch a new future being shaped by them.”

The Executive Director of TIE Hyderabad Phani Pattamatta on what next, said “The winner of the TYE Regional Finals would now compete at TYE Global Finals title against 35+ teams coming from 14 countries at Microsoft campus in Seattle, USA in June Month. He also recalled; Hyderabad chapter of TiE holds a record of consecutively winning at this global competition for the past 3 years in a row.”

About TYE Program: TiE Hyderabad runs two seasons of TYE program, one in Summer it starts in April and ends in June every month. The current season started in October 2019 and close to 40 students underwent a rigorous curriculum on entrepreneurship and learned business concepts through several classroom sessions over the weekend workshops and few weeks of mentoring by successful entrepreneurs, the Charter Members of TiE Hyderabad. This is the one program of global class that is completely run by practicing entrepreneurs to nurture aspiring young students.

Grand Finale B-plan competition Winners Details:

Winners – Findr was declared the Winner of the B-Plan round in the grand finale of the 10th edition of TYE 2019-20. Team Findr members were :

1. N Hasvanth Reddy- Delhi Public School

2. G Srilasya – FIITJEE

3. Mihir Chowdary – Chaitanya Vidyalaya

4. Samhitha T – Future Kids

5. Ishan Amit – Oakridge

Runners up – Flobal declared the runners-up of the B-Plan round in the grand finale of the 10th edition of TYE 2019-20.

Team Flobal members were

1. Hitha N – Future Kids

2. Swapan – Chirec

3. Shrilekha J – Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan’s Public School

4. Hesham Babukhan -International School

5. Aditya M Krishna – Gitanjali

6. Amogh – Chirec