Launch Pad

01 Jan - 15 Feb, 2018

The Next Startup Contest 2018

About the COntest

As they say, 'catch them when they are young'. Precisely, that is the whole idea behind the Next Startup. The Next Startup encourages entrepreneurial talent and innovative spirit among the current 12th standard students all over the country. As India is moving to prove itself as one of the top entrepreneurial countries in the world, the Next Startup is a small step in this direction by Sharda University which is going to give potential budding entrepreneurs the necessary platform to pitch their ideas and receive mentoring and funding support.

The Next Startup contest would be run in following phases:
First step, for participating in this contest the 12th standard appearing students will have to Apply in the given form, wherein they will have to explain their Business Ideas. The Business Ideas under the Next Startup have primarily been categorised into four aspects namely: Science, Creative, Business and Social.

As a second step to the Next Startup, the applications would be vetted by experts and the prospective students would then be selected. The selected students would be offered scholarship amounting up to Rs 40 Lacs on admission to Sharda University's Undergraduate Program.

Finally, they would be enrolled in the Incubator Program of the University popularly called as the Syncubator Program from the first year of their Undergraduate studies. Here, in addition to studying the regular course curriculum, they would be working under the aegis of Entrepreneurship cell as incubates. Consequently, the incubates would be mentored continuously and rigorously to convert their ideas into viable business plans and models.

Eligibility for the Contest

  • A student can participate as an individual or in groups in the Next Start-Up Contest.
  • A group of 2-5 students is allowed to participate in the Next Start-Up Contest for any of the domains mentioned.
  • In both the cases a student should be appearing for board examinations of any academic board in India, in the year 2017-18

Rewards and Recognition

  • The candidates will be scrutinized and selected through a rigorous method of selection.
  • The selected students receive scholarship as waiver on the 1st Semester fees for a program in which they enroll for.
  • The Scholarship amount would be decided at the time of admission of the student on "whichever is higher" either the 12th Percentage or the Next-start-up award*.
  • An Award ceremony would be hosted for the winning candidates.
  • E-Certifications would also be provided to the winning candidates. (outside Delhi/NCR).


1st Jan, 2018

Start Date - Students start to apply from this date for the Next Start-Up Contest

15th Feb, 2018

Close Date - The application process will be closed till this date.

15th Mar, 2018

Result Announcement - The selected students list would be displayed on the website on this date.

15th Apr, 2018

Award distribution - The selected students would be given the Next Start-up Award & Certificates/ E-certificates on this date


  • Entrepreneurship in Engineering
  • Venture Engineering
  • Product Design and Development
  • Innovation and Commercialisation of materials Technology
  • Entrepreneurship Labs
Opens at: 01st Jan, 2018
Close at: 15th Feb, 2018
Duration: 46 Days
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