It all started with an idea to provide a platform to high school students for showcasing their ideas and taking a challenge to build an entrepreneurial venture around it.
3300+ students from 250+ schools across 52 different cities of India participated in IFT 2019, clearly showing that the spirit of entrepreneurship is wide awake in young minds! This competition was free of cost to schools & students at all levels, and was entirely supported by generous sponsors who believed in the same entrepreneurship vision. Using Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations as a framework, the competition urged school students to create business solutions to reduce poverty, provide quality education, improve sanitation and increase nutritious intake
It was inspiring to witness young school-going children aged 13-17 years old submit their innovative ideas in brief on the above social themes. On the basis of their idea submissions, the Top 100 teams were selected for a boot camp and were provided with 2 days of rigorous training. They also received mentorship from industry experts.
The Top 100 teams created video submissions of their ideas, on the basis of which the Top 12 teams were selected for the Grand Finale to present their venture ideas before a team of industry juries.
All the 12 teams presented brilliant ideas on the above themes, thereby reaffirming that we are building strong, social entrepreneurs. We wish to empower the teens to re-imagine a new India where problems related to education, poverty, water sanitation and healthy food are being tackled innovatively. The jury and the audience who witnessed the show were amazed to see the business plans and the confidence with which they were pitched.