Over 100 budding entrepreneurs, Angels and leading investors join the GSF-ixigo marathon
ixigo.com, India's leading travel planning and search engine, together with GSF, a leading start-up Accelerator program in India organized a 10km marathon run on February 1 in New Delhi. More than 100 budding entrepreneurs along with leading Venture Capitalists and Angels from across the world came together to learn from each other's experiences, discuss challenges and find viable solutions to their problems while engaging in a fun, healthy activity.
"The start-up ecosystem is huge and we at ixigo realize the importance of bringing people together on one platform so they can mutually benefit from each other. A healthy mind starts with a healthy body and that was the clear message we wanted to convey," said Aloke Bajpai, CEO and Co-founder, ixigo.com. "It is by partnering with GSF that we got the opportunity to encourage young entrepreneurs, and support them in their journey. Who knows a start-up idea that may have been nurtured via this platform today goes on to become a big success story tomorrow."
"We at GSF are dedicated to encouraging, supporting and funding young entrepreneurs from across the world. The marathon run organized together with ixigo provided us with an opportunity to meet young and bright minds who have the zest to make it big in their respective ventures. Since ixigo is a successful start-up company itself, partnering with them for this event was a natural choice for us," said Rajesh Sawhney, Founder GSF.
The marathon run was flagged off at 7am from Sanjay Van, Qutub Institutional Area. To ease the networking activity that was to follow, special colored bands were presented to all participants, clearly differentiating them into three categories; start-ups, people who have ideas and the drive to work towards a start-up and venture capitalists. TiE came on board as a knowledge partner to promote the event.
The run culminated with a healthy breakfast meeting, where participants got the chance to effectively network with each other, share valuable experiences and exchange useful tips. The breakfast was sponsored by Times City.
ixigo.com is India's leading travel planning and search website, voted as the Product of the Year 2013, in the Travel category. Launched in 2007 by IIT, INSEAD and Amadeus alumni, ixigo.com's vision is to simplify the life of travelers through innovative travel products for Internet & mobile. The website searches, aggregates and curates travel information across hundreds of travel sites and allows travelers to access relevant information on tourist destinations, places to visit, things to do, modes of transport, driving directions, hotels, restaurants, weather and more. Today through its various mobile apps ixigo app, pnr status, road trips, trains, buses, goa travel guide) and the website ixigo helps approx. 2.5 million travelers every month to find answers to their travel related queries, gather key information, plan and travel more.
ixigo.com has launched many industry-first innovations and won several prestigious awards and recognitions from TiE, NASSCOM, Business Today, Red Herring & Mint. ixigo.com is an investee company of SAIF Partners & MakeMyTrip Limited. For more information, visit www.ixigo.com and keep up with updates on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ixigo and Twitter at www.twitter.com/ixigo
GSF (www.gsfindia.com) is the leading startup Accelerator programme in India. GSF Platform, with presence in four Indian cities, has been at the cutting edge of spurring technology innovation. 24 startups and 30 Entrepreneurs-in-Residence have gone through the GSF platform since its launch 18 months ago.