15,000 entrepreneurs, 2000 investor meetings: Here’s what went down at the Startup Expo 4

Elevator Pitch Winner Nancy Bhasin from This for That receiving the award at Startup Expo 4 Powered by TiE & Lufthansa
  • 2000 investor meetings held in one day; over 100 investors join mega ‘funding festival’
  • Nancy Bhasin of This for That declared Grand Prize winner of coveted Elevator Pitch contest
The fourth edition of Lufthansa Start-up Expo, India’s largest ecosystem of start-up success, drew a power-packed gathering of 100 top investors, 500 experts, mentors and industry stalwarts, and thousands of young entrepreneurs among 15,000 plus participants.

Powered by Lufthansa and TiE Delhi-NCR, the Expo focused sharply on funding this year and facilitated over 2000 investor meetings at the one day event. It also held expert sessions that helped entrepreneurs gain a deeper understanding of the fundraising process in addition to invaluable mentoring, partnership, business networking, and knowledge-sharing opportunities.

The Expo, witnessed widespread participation and support of key government institutions, including the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT), StartupIndia as well as start-up programs of the State governments of Odisha, Haryana and Jharkhand.


Among the highlights of Lufthansa Start-up Expo 4 was the Grand Finale of the Elevator Pitch Contest, which saw Nancy Bhasin of This for That unanimously selected as the winner of an unprecedented Grand Prize, including direct access to investors at the offices of Indian Angel Network, a dedicated mentor for six months, a seat on the Cambridge Ignite global entrepreneurship program, a Lufthansa Business Class Ticket to Europe and complimentary membership of TiE Delhi-NCR.

The day also featured addresses by prominent industry leaders including Alain Chisari (Vice President Sales Asia & Pacific – Lufthansa Group Airlines), Rajan Anandan (President TiE Delhi-NCR) and Geetika Dayal (Executive Director – TiE Delhi-NCR) among others, highlighting the significance of collaborative ecosystems like the Start-up Expo.

Speaking on the occasion, George Ettiyil, Senior Director Sales South Asia – Lufthansa Group Airlines, said, “As the 3rd largest start-up ecosystem in the world, start-ups are a key driving force of business in India. Our commitment to enabling their success by bringing together the collaborative power of new India is an extension of our long-standing partnership with Indian business. As a global brand, we understand how important nurturing this spirit of entrepreneurship is to the long-term growth of the business ecosystem.”


This year, Lufthansa Start-up Expo brought together over 500 mentors, over 100 partners and 100 investors. The event was also attended by 375 start-up exhibitors.

Geetika Dayal, Executive Director – TiE Delhi-NCR, said, ““Start-up Expo is a unique growth opportunity for Indian ventures. It is the fulfilment of TiE’s mission of fostering and nurturing the startup ecosystem. Its impact and scope are unparalleled. Nowhere else do so many industry stakeholders interact with high-potential start-ups in a captive and focused environment.”