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Aligarh: Aligarh Muslim University (UAM) students Saurav Saraswat and Divyank Shandilya made the best presentation, complemented the text with creative graphics and used simple but engaging language to explain their start-up idea that won them first prize in the “Step Ahead” – The competition for a start-up of the Innovation Council and the University Incubation Center (IC&UIC) was held at the Polytechnic University of Technology on December 15 on Thursday.

They received the award from the Main Guest, Vice-Rector of the Adam Mickiewicz University, prof. Tariq Mansoor and Guests of Honor, prof. Mohd Mohsin Khan (CFO) and prof. Mohammad Altamash Siddiqui (Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Technology).

Mirza Ali Beg won second prize while Juhi Faridi, Yusra Meraj and Atifa Aqeel took third place. Areeba Khan and her team and Mahima Singh received a consolation prize.

Vice-Rector, Prof. Tariq Mansoor, who chaired the Farewell Session, said: “As we live in a venture capital era where many investors are making significant returns from investing in inspired start-ups that want to change the world, it is imperative that students learn how to portray great ideas to thousands of attendees and connect with people who can take them to the next level.”

In the welcome speech, Prof. Imtiaz Hasnain (Chairman of IC&UIC) called on students to come up with big ideas that could gain traction and to connect with investors to support the expansion of their startup.

He also spoke about the achievements of IC&UIC.

Prof. Mohammad Altamsh Siddiqui stressed, “Startup competitions are an excellent platform for aspiring entrepreneurial talent to train in connecting with the resources and organizations they need to bring and accelerate their ideas.”

“Investors around the world are committed to accelerating disruptive technologies in technology, business and science,” insisted Prof. Mohd Mohsin Khan (CFO).

Special guests Mohammad Hamza (Founder and Managing Director, Engineering and Environmental Solutions Pvt. Ltd) and Anil Kumar Singh (District Manager of Canara Bank) shared valuable insights and informed the student participants about various government programs that provide unsecured loans to startups.

Prof. Asiya Chaudhary offered thanks and the program was hosted by Dr. Ambreen Saleem.

Sarthak Saxena (Director, Deep Expo Equipment Pvt. Ltd), Ankit Agarwal (Director, Swadeshi Khadi Traders Pvt Ltd), Anil Kumar Singh (Lead District Manager, Canara Bank) and Dr Ayesha Farooq (Professor, Department of Business Administration) evaluated the competition .

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