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Tata mentorship program votes for finalists

Posted on Dec 14, 09:12PM | IBNS

The Tata First Dot, powered by NEN a platform for student entrepreneurship, supporting and accelerating high-potential entrepreneurship across the country, is inviting people to vote online for determining 5 people's choice winners of the competition for best student start-ups. The five winners of the Tata First Dot People's Choice Competition will be determined through, national level, public online-voting.

These winners will be recognized during the Tata First Dot National Conference along with the 5 winners of the jury-based Tata First Dot National Competition and will receive professional mentoring.

The detailed profiles of the 411 shortlisted student ventures have been showcased on the Tata First Dot website.

People can log onto www.tatafirstdot.com to cast their votes, and support the young entrepreneurs in achieving their dreams. The last day for voting is December 30, 2012.

Tata First Dot, powered by NEN is a national recognition and mentoring platform for student startups.

In the first phase of the programme, 15 regional workshops were held across different cities, designed to help the students to refine their business models, connect with peers, and interact with experts and Tata leaders.

These workshops attracted participation from 690 aspiring student entrepreneurs.

The second and third phase of the programme consists of two competitions; a jury-based Tata First Dot National Competition and a public voting based Tata First Dot People's Choice Competition.

The competitions have attracted overwhelming response from student entrepreneurs with entries spanning the areas of technology, retail, education, agriculture and media, among others.

Overall, 411 validated entries have been shortlisted which have been showcased on Tata First Dot website, and will be adjudged to determine the overall winners of this year's competitions.

Top 30 shortlisted best student start-ups, including the Top 5 winners from the Tata First Dot People's Choice Competition and Top 5 winners of the jury-based Tata First Dot National Competition, will receive professional mentorship via the NEN mentoring platform and will also get networking opportunity with Entrepreneurs, Angel investors, Mentors, Experts and other Student start-ups.

The Top 10 Winners will be felicitated in an award ceremony at the Tata First Dot National Conference scheduled to be held at IIT-Madras on January 20-21, 2013.

The Conference will feature talks by business leaders, mentoring sessions, and exhibition of business ideas, among other things.