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The Entrepreneurship Bootcamp and Venture Competition ) featured pairs of inspired student entrepreneurs handpicked from over 17,000+ Indian colleges and 700 + universities. Each venture team presented ideas to innovate across several sectors of national importance to unlock business opportunities fit for the Indian commercial landscape.

The theme of this Together 2023 was ‘Self Reliability, Sustainability, and Social Purpose’, with eight sectors as follows:




Environment and Energy


Health Care


Income Security and FinTech


Food and Agriculture



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The 200 Indian student entrepreneurs were recruited by Startup India and supported by teams of top Masters Students from Schulich School of Business and Lassonde School of Engineering or post secondary students from leading insitution in Canada throughout the Bootcamp. We are also paired 100 Mentors from India with 100 Mentors from Canada to support these innovators further and help them refine their pitches for the judges.

The new businesses are owned by the Indian student entrepreneurs and the winners of the competition were rewarded with access to powerful startup tools, global networks, and monetary support to realize their dream.

This event witnessed several successful innovation leaders and venture capitalists from Canada and India each who wore the hats of an event speaker, mentor, judge, or coach. This initiative was also supported by leading global organizations. For a more comprehensive list of the contributors please visit the web page in the top menu.

Schulich is known as Canada’s Global Business School™, the Schulich School of Business is ranked #1 in Canada and among the world’s leading business schools by a number of global MBA surveys, including The Economist, Forbes, CNN Expansión and Corporate Knights. The Kellogg-Schulich EMBA program is ranked #8 in the world by The Economist and #4 in the world among joint programs by QS MBA. Schulich (York University) is already deeply committed to our larger academic partnership with the Government of India. Each year, our Schulich Campus in Hyderabad welcomes 55 students to our MBA in India Program (with their first year in India and second year in Toronto, Canada).

Schulich is deeply invested in developing entrepreneurial leaders for the future. Its ‘Schulich Startups’ community includes 3,000 members and 150 Schulich-founded companies. ‘Schulich Startups’ is led by the Co-Director of the Entrepreneurial Studies Program, Chris Carder – himself a serial entrepreneur and angel investor.

Schulich has also demonstrated an exceptional ability throughout COVID-19 to move with lightning speed, partner effectively, and make an entrepreneurial impact. As a key partner in the Digital Main Street ShopHERE Initiative during the pandemic, we rallied 100 Schulich Student Leaders to support the program within weeks, helping bring tens of thousands of small businesses online and partnering with Shopify, Google, Facebook/Instagram, Microsoft, and Mastercard Canada.

Startup India is a flagship initiative of the Government of India, intended to build a strong ecosystem that is conducive for the growth of startup businesses, to drive sustainable economic growth and generate large scale employment opportunities. The Government through this initiative aims to empower startups to grow through innovation and design.

Several programs have been undertaken since the launch of the initiative on 16th of January, 2016 by Hon’ble Prime Minister, to contribute to his vision of transforming India into a country of job creators instead of job seekers. These programs have catalyzed the startup culture, with startups getting recognized through the Startup India initiative and many entrepreneurs availing the benefits of starting their own business in India.

Meet Our Team


Chris Carder

Executive Director, Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Ashwin Joshi

Executive Director, Schulich MBA Program in India

Shivangi Jain

Assistant Vice President,

Startup India

Rontu Basu

India Country Advisor, Schulich School of Business

Shuvo Charles Gomes
IMBA ’22

Project Manager,

Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship” for mine and “Entrepreneur Strategist

Diksha Nigam


Invest India

Vito Giovannetti
BBA ’14

Entrepreneur Strategist, Schulich Startups, Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Karan Vaish
MBA ’20

Alumni Mentor, Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship

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