“DesignFirst Startup Contest” recognizes best startups from any industry sector driving their business and products with design-centric approach.

Who is it for?

Are you an early stage startup with a great idea? Or a startup trying to grow? Or a student startup?

Enter into the ‘DesignFirst Startup Contest’ and tell about why you think your idea is right. Or why you think it is designed in the right way if it is built or being built.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

 

  • Submit your entry by May 15, 2017. Include any links to website, slides, videos, etc. to provide additional details about your StartUp. Only one entry allowed per contestant.
  • Three award categories – Early Startup, Growth Startup and Student Startup. 3 Startups with most compelling & user focused designs in each category will be selected to pitch at the conference and one winner will be selected by jury per category. Each winner will receive a DesignFirst Award and Sponsor prizes.
  • * FIrst 50 qualified and verified entries will get a discounted entry to the conference and DesignFirst Startup Workshop.
  • The contest is open to all StartUps in India.

 

DEFINITIONS

  • Early Startup
    A company with up to 1-3 years of age which uses technology/software in its product or service. The company can be from any industry as long as the core product/service is software and/or hardware.
  • Growth Startup
    A company with up to 3+ years of age which uses technology/software in its product or service. The company can be from any industry as long as the core product/service is software and/or hardware. Growth in the form of employees, revenue, countries to operate, number of users etc.
  • Student Startup
    A company founded by students of under graduate / post graduate colleges which uses technology/software in its product or service. The company can be from any industry as long as the core product/service is software and/or hardware.

 

TERMS & CONDITIONS

 

  • ELIGIBILITY: FREE! Open to all startups from any industry sector
  • HOW TO ENTER:To enter the Contest, Eligible Participants must completely fill out the contest submission form at co/Contest before  May 15, 2017. INCOMPLETE ENTRIES WILL BE DISQUALIFIED. DesignFirst shall not be obligated to but in its sole discretion may notify an entrant of any nonconformity or defect in a submission, and invite the entrant to re-submit prior to the deadline for submissions. Only one entry allowed per contestant.
  • DETERMINATION OF WINNER: Three award categories Early Startup, Growth Startup and Student Startup. 3 Startups in each category with most compelling & user focused designs will be shortlisted to present at DesignFirst Conference on June 21, 2017 and one winner will be selected by jury per category. Each winner will receive a DesignFirst Award and Sponsor prizes. The Jury panel consists of world class designers, investors and Business strategists.
  • CONDITIONS OF PARTICIPATION:You hereby grant to DesignFirst the right in perpetuity to own, use, edit, re-publish or display the submission or any part of it, in any manner DesignFirst may see fit and for any purpose whatsoever, without limitation of any kind. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, you grant DesignFirst the unrestrained rights to utilize the submission in connection with advertising, publicity, public displays and exhibitions. You agree that the conditions of submission set forth in these Official Rules, and solely govern the relationship between you and DesignFirst in connection with this Contest.
  • SPONSOR & ADMINISTRATOR:The producer and administrator of this contest is DesignFirst and organized by UMO. This contest will be supported by various sponsors, venture capitalists, accelerators & other partners.