Wadhwani Ignite Plus

NEN Ignite+ is a program is focused on early-stage ventures from incubators, state startup missions and REAL STUDENT VENTURES from the NEN Ignite program with the objective to create successful COMMERCIAL VENTURES.

The Ignite+ program provides the business with goals and a roadmap (designed in consultation with the venture through a self-assessment process. The program support includes curated content, case studies, solution kits, calendared workshops (weekly), masterclasses, ecosystem connects and business mentors/experts.

 NEN Ignite
Who is eligible for NEN Ignite+ ?
Early-stage startups:
  • Yet to become sustainable commercial ventures
  • With a robust revenue model and sources
  • With a potential customer base (>10 in B2B, >1000 in B2C)
  • Having secured external funding/incubation/grant
  • With a limited employee base
  • A registered entity
Are you an Institute?
If you’re an institute, you can enrol for Wadhwani NEN Entrepreneurship course and your students can be eligible for Wadhwani TakeOff.

Program

  • 14 weeks of on-demand and need-based engagement and interventions
  • Venture Interventions:
    • Expert sessions | WF leadership team | Investors & ecosystem experts | 1×1 mentor clinics | Pitching bootcamps and demo pitches
  • Venture Engagement
    • Solutions for market penetration | Avenues for increasing sales & revenue | Networking and customer connects/ events and panel discussions | Access to advisors/mentors | Improving Investability
  • Venture Support
    • Access to content & resources | Inputs on the available Incubators/ Accelerators/ Prototype Grants | Facilitating participation in contests/competitions | Presentation skills | Access to tools/templates – terms sheets, agreements, SHAs, etc.

Wadhwani TakeOff

A golden opportunity for aspiring startups/entrepreneurs to win an all-expense-paid mentoring and networking trip to Silicon Valley. All you have to do is enrol in Ignite program (in team format) and get top certification by an international jury. For more details on the TakeOff program, click here.

What do we look for in a team?

For being selected to the NEN Ignite Program, teams should have the following attributes:

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Aptitude & Attitude

We want empathetic, enthusiastic, bold, and committed participants that can conclude the program till the end.

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Teamwork & Shared Leadership

Can their teams lead this project toward its goals? Do they have unique skills and experiences that will help them succeed?

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Purpose & Passion

We want people that can care deeply about meaningful issues and their communities.

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Resilience

Demonstrate how they foresee challenges, and avoid or bounce back from them.

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Ability to Attract Resources

Show us that they can attract money, people, and other resources to their venture.

Program Benefits to Participants

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Networking

  • 1x1 Access to Domain Mentors
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Learning

  • Case studies
  • Masterclasses
  • Workshops
  • Demo Pitches
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Business Growth

  • Product roadmap
  • Growth and Scale processes
  • Team building
  • Go-to-market strategy
  • Legal support
  • Branding and designing
  • Customer acquisition
  • Startup valuation
  • Funding plan

Rewards and Recognition

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Venture Launch in 10 Weeks​
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Access to Incubators / Accelerators​
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Validated Investor Pitch endorsed through a Global Jury
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Pitching Opportunities to potential Investors​
Global Community – Asia, Africa, LATAM
Access to Mentors
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E Certificate
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Shoutout on Social Media
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Payment Gateway Free Credit
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AWS Credit Worth $5000

Details About the Program

Sprint 1
Business Vision
By the end of week 1–2, the participants will be able to:
  • Have a well-defined vision
  • Set goals
  • Define a roadmap
Sprint 1
Sprint 2
MVP/Product
By the end of week 3-4, the participants will be able to:
  • Defendable VPC
  • Compelling Value Statement
  • Clear road-map for features
  • Clear rationale for feature
Sprint 2
Sprint 3
Business Model
By the end of week 5-6, the participants will be able to:
  • Defendable LC
  • Top 3 - Risky assumptions Hypothesis Tested
  • 1-year/3-year projection business plan
  • Pricing Strategy tested with customers, validated through sales
  • Key metrics are on track
Sprint 3
Sprint 4
Customers
By the end of week 7-8, the participants will be able to:
  • Know your Top 2/3 Channels
  • Compelling Brand promise
  • Positioning Statement
  • Web Page & social media
  • Defendable Customer Acquisition Funnel
Sprint 4
Sprint 5
Growth and Scale
By the end of week 9 - 10, the participants will be able to:
  • Productivity hacks
  • Process Maps
  • Operational excellence standards
  • Established KPIs
Sprint 5
Sprint 6
Team
By the end of week 11 - 12, the participants will be able to:
  • Culture statement
  • Re-inforce your culture
  • Hiring Plan for Co-founders
  • Hiring plan for employees
  • Interview & Exit process
Sprint 6
Final Lap
Funding
By the end of week 13 - 14, the participants will be able to:
  • Defendable valuation
  • Defendable funding ask
  • Logical methodology for Valuation
  • Impactful Pitch
Final Lap
Business Vision
By the end of week 1–2, the participants will be able to:
  • Have a well-defined vision
  • Set goals
  • Define a roadmap
Sprint 2
Business Model and Plan
By the end of week 5-6, the participants will be able to:
  • Defendable LC
  • Top 3 - Risky assumptions Hypothesis Tested
  • 1-year/3-year projection business plan
  • Pricing Strategy tested with customers, validated through sales
  • Key metrics are on track
Sprint 4
Growth and Scale
By the end of week 9 - 10, the participants will be able to:
  • Productivity hacks
  • Process Maps
  • Operational excellence standards
  • Established KPIs
Sprint 6
Funding
By the end of week 13 - 14, the participants will be able to:
  • Defendable valuation
  • Defendable funding ask
  • Logical methodology for Valuation
  • Impactful Pitch
Sprint 1
MVP/Product
By the end of week 3-4, the participants will be able to:
  • Defendable VPC
  • Compelling Value Statement
  • Clear road-map for features
  • Clear rationale for feature
Sprint 3
Customers
By the end of week 7-8, the participants will be able to:
  • Know your Top 2/3 Channels
  • Compelling Brand promise
  • Positioning Statement
  • Web Page & social media
  • Defendable Customer Acquisition Funnel
Sprint 5
Team
By the end of week 11 - 12, the participants will be able to:
  • Culture statement
  • Re-inforce your culture
  • Hiring Plan for Co-founders
  • Hiring plan for employees
  • Interview & Exit process
Final Lap

Masterclasses by marquee entrepreneurs and industry experts

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FAQs

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If you have a validated idea, then you can apply to the NEN IGNITE program

Are you looking to fine-tune strategy, organization & performance to get seed capital? You can apply to the WE Liftoff program.

If you have a well-developed MVP, a small team and demonstrated customer traction, then check-out your full eligibility for the WE VFT program here.

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If you have a validated idea, then you can apply to the NEN IGNITE program

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Are you looking to fine-tune strategy, organization & performance to get seed capital? You can apply to the WE Liftoff program.

Here is what we mean by a Validated Idea:

  • You have identified a ‘customer type’ that you are dealing with.
  • You have identified a problem that is critical for the that customer type
  • You have validated this problem with a ‘sizable’ set of customers so you know that it is a ‘real problem’
  • Your research and customer discussions shows that There is a large enough number of customers that are looking for a solution to this particular problem, and the venture can be financially viable and feasible
  • There are no apparent existing solutions or good enough solutions that are serving your customer type at this time for the problem
  • May have started working on a website/facebook/Instagram page to get customer reactions
  • May have worked on a prototype solution already
  • May have early traction with some customers