The first #eChaiFest was hosted as part of the Global Entrepreneurship Week which was hosted by Centre for Innovation Incubation and Entrepreneurship, IIM Ahmedabad in November 2013.

It was one of those week where we had :

1) entrepreneurs joining us for trip in Dangs Forests at Campfires,

 

2) staying awake full night to help fellow entrepreneurs at After Hours,

 

3) Women entrepreneurs sharing their stories of being Women In Tech, 


4) Some pretty unique business models were presented at Round Table on Unconventional Businesses, 


5 ) Group of enterprising people visited different incubators at Ahmedabad Incubators Tour, 


6 ) Women Entrepreneurs from Ahmedabad Global Shapers Hub presented their perspectives about growing global women entrepreneurs, 

7 ) Young entrepreneurs shared their experiences and journey of Road2Success via Failures, 


8 ) Inspiring social entrepreneurs presented their business ideas for Rural India.


 
#6, #7,#8 were hosted along with CII-Young Indians and #5 was hosted with GBG Ahmedabad.

Thanks to Mainak Bhattacharya, #eChaiFest was also prominently featured in GEW Report which was presented at Global Entrepreneurship Congress at Moscow.

Now, #eChaiFest will become our biannual program where will be hosting some of the most exciting formats of eChai. We will be hosting the 2nd edition of the #eChaiFest from 3rd May - 11th May.  One of the thing that we will experiment this time is having #eChai programs held in multiple cities. Do let us know if you want to host an eChai program in your city or want to collaborate with us to host an entrepreneurial program .

#eChaiFest is greatly supported by Gemius Design Labs as Creative Partner, aBuddyBits.com as Online Media Partner, AllEvents.in as Digital Media Partner and DizLabs as Technology Partner.

For sponsorship and partnership opportunities contact Jatin Chaudhary, Co-Founder, eChai Ventures on +087338 38470 or jatin@point10.co

eChai Runway : 
Date : 3rd May, Saturday  Time : 5.30 pm to 7 pm
Venue : VentureStudio

At eChai Ventures, we believe that for any good support eco-system for entrepreneurs there five major things are required.Not that it should be just limited to these five things, but it will start with these crucial aspects.

1. Community.

2. Skill-Building

3. Infrastructure Support

4. Global Context

5. Financial Support

To some extent the in the first 5 years of eChai, we've primarily focused on building the community. Some of our programs ( eChai Demo Day, eChai Women In Business, eChai Business For Good, eChai After Hours, eChai On Campus, eChai RoundTable ) have been instrumental in bringing many young entrepreneurs together. i.e. 2000+ entrepreneurs have come on stage at eChai to share their stories and now with our Co. Rise. initiative - we will be reaching out to thousands of hundreds of entrepreneurs all across the globe.

Now the next phase of eChai will have many programs - both online & offline - focused on all of the above mentions aspects. We have already started eChai Insights ( Theme-based Knowledge Sharing session ) and eChai Skill-based Challenges ( eChai App Challenge, eChai Marketing Challenge, eChai Technology for Good Challenge, eChai Business Case Challenge etc. ).

Keeping all these things in the context, we will be starting the new program - eChai Runway.

For eChai Runway program, we will be selecting 20-25 entrepreneurs who will go thru the series of hands-on workshops i.e. User Experience, Sales, Communications & Digital Media, Venture Design, Team Building & Work Culture, Raising Capital, Legal & IP, Creative Thinking, Failures, Product Management, Growth Hacking etc. ) which are not just limited what's happening in the world or what is someone's experience but it will also include what should be done to particular start-up with respect to these very important aspects of building an enterprise - what should be their landing page ? What should Sales Strategy ? How do they build a team & company culture?

We will also help these entrepreneurs connect with potential partners and customers with support from eChai and Partners. We will have leading entrepreneurial leaders interact with eChai Runway participants and will also host online programs to collaborate with leading entrepreneurial communities across the globe.

On 3rd May, we will be hosting the launch program of eChai Runway where we will be introducing the selected entrepreneurs and mentors part of the eChai Runway program.i

eChai Marketing Challenge 2014 - 2nd Edition : 
Date : 4th May 2014, Sunday  Time : 9.30 am to 10 pm
Venue : Mudra Institute of Communications Ahmedabad ( MICA Campus )

eChai and MICA Comcubator are hosting the eChai Marketing Challenge 2014 to provide an opportunity to entrepreneurs, professionals and students to showcase their marketing skills by creating marketing campaigns for participating companies, compete for cash prizes, meet the community and develop skills, interact with other domain experts and get an eChai experience.

We will be having some of the best people from the Marketing fraternity as mentors and jury.

To get an idea on what could be the good marketing plan - checkout various templates on SlideShare.net.

Your marketing plan should be innovative, creative and more realistic. Each of the participating company will give their criteria for judging the marketing pitches for their companies. How do you showcase you awesome marketing plan ? Create a slogan, get a defining logo, make a short film, make a slogan, have a greater content strategy, build a very creative poster, create an online media marketing campaign, support your claims with facts and observations ?. There are so many things you can do, eChai Marketing Challenge 2014 is the chance to showcase your creative skills.

There is a certain fees associated for the presenting companies. If you want to present your company at eChai Marketing Challenge 2014 as the presenting company for which the participants will be creating the marketing plans for then you can contact Jatin Chaudhary, Co-Founder, eChai Ventures at +087338 38479 or jatin@point10.co

eChai RoundTable - Food & Beverages : 
Date : 5th May, Monday  Time : 6.00 pm to 8.30 pm
Venue : VentureStudio

We will have diverse entrepreneurs focused on Food & Beverages sector to share their entrepreneurial journey which will be followed by an interactive dialogue. 

eChai RoundTable - Education :
Date : 6th May, Tuesday  Time : 6.00 pm to 8.30 pm
Venue : VentureStudio

We will have diverse entrepreneurs focused on Education sector to share their entrepreneurial journey which will be followed by an interactive dialogue. 

eChai RoundTable - Internet of Things :
Date : 7th May, Wednesday  Time : 6.00 pm to 8.30 pm
Venue : VentureStudio

We will have diverse entrepreneurs focused on Internet of Things sector to share their entrepreneurial journey which will be followed by an interactive dialogue. 

eChai RoundTable - Unconventional Businesses :
Date : 8th May, Thursday  Time : 6.00 pm to 8.30 pm
Venue : VentureStudio

We will have diverse entrepreneurs building Unconventional Businesses to share their entrepreneurial journey which will be followed by an interactive dialogue. 

eChai RoundTable - Road2Success Via Failures :
Date : 9th May, Friday Time : 6.00 pm to 8.30 pm
Venue : VentureSudio

We will have diverse entrepreneurs share their Road to Success via failures which will be followed by an interactive dialogue.  

eChai RoundTable - Business For Good :
Date : 10th May, Friday Time : 6.00 pm to 8.30 pm
Venue : CIIE, IIM Ahmedabad

We will have diverse entrepreneurs focused on building social enterprises to share their entrepreneurial journey which will be followed by an interactive dialogue. 

Design Your City Challenge :
Date : 10th/11th May, Saturday/Sunday Time : 9 am ( Saturday ) to 7 pm ( Sunday )
Venue : CIIE, IIM Ahmedabad

eChai Ventures is hosting the Design Your City App Challenge to bring together developers , designers, professionals, and entrepreneurs to build apps in 24 hours to create solutions for the society.

Cities have several issues that need immediate intervention. And there are budding entrepreneurs and concerned citizens with ideas that can solve these problems.

eChai After Hours [ Full Night Program ]
Date : 10th May, Friday Time : 10 pm to 6 am
Venue : CIIE, IIM Ahmedabad

eChai After Hours aims to engage entrepreneurs, professionals and students to find solutions for other's businesses challenges in a collaborative way.

At eChai After Hours entrepreneurs present their business model, their work culture and couple of significant challenges they are facing / struggling with or want to have people come up with better solutions for that. It can be anything – design challenge, business challenge, tech challenge, people challenge.

eChai After Hours is an amazing way to foster the collaboration among entrepreneurs, as they would be spending significant time and energy to help the fellow entrepreneurs. 

eChai With Young Entrepreneurs - Surat Edition
Date : 3rd May, Saturday   Time : 6 pm to 8.30 pm
Venue : To be announced

This will be our first eChai program in Surat, Nishit Jariwala, Founder, BuddyBits.com will be leading eChai efforts in Surat City. The first eChai program in Surat will have inspiring entrepreneurs from Surat sharing their entrepreneurial journeys and interacting with fellow entrepreneurs. 

eChai With Young Entrepreneurs - Vadodara Edition
Date : 9th May, Friday  Time : 6 pm to 8.30 pm
Venue : To be announced.

 This will be our first eChai program in Vadodara, Sweta Joshi, Co-Founder, OurVadodara.in will be leading the eChai efforts in Vadodara City. The first eChai program in Vadodara will have inspiring entrepreneurs from Surat sharing their entrepreneurial journeys and interacting with fellow entrepreneurs.

Also we will host couple of programs in Rajkot city as well.

For sponsorship and partnership opportunities contact Jatin Chaudhary, Co-Founder, eChai Ventures on +087338 38470 or jatin@point10.co

Register below to participate in #eChaiFest. eChai is open for all. All are welcome!

 

One of the thing that we will experiment this time is having #eChai programs held in multiple cities. Do let us know if you want to host an eChai programs in your city.

For any partnership & sponsorship opportunities at #eChaiFest you can contact us at +087338 38470 or jatin@point10.co