- Posted November 6, 2012 by
Mountain View, California
This iReport is part of an assignment:
High School Entrepreneurs present to VC Panel at SIPACON2012
SIPA recently hosted its annual conference for Indian professionals living in the Silicon Valley. Each year, they feature a segment called “Pitch-it-Up”, where 8-10 budding companies are given the opportunity to pitch their idea to a panel of VC’s, who will judge the contest and give advice and suggestions to the contestants.
This year, SIPACON 2012 saw one of its most unique entries to the contest, in the form of two high school students – Aditya Gande and Ganesh Datta. Both are students at Cupertino High School, and have an interest in entrepreneurship. For the first time, high school students were given the opportunity to present their idea at this conference, and Aditya and Ganesh were quick to seize the opportunity.
Gande and Datta presented their social networking service Komunt.com in front of the panel of judges, much to the surprise of many of the audience members – all the other contestants were college graduates and above. The judges grilled the pair during the Q&A session just as they did with the other contestants, and these budding entrepreneurs were given the opportunity to clarify doubts and further explain their idea to the panel.
Aditya and Ganesh are an example of the growing set of young entrepreneurs we see here in the Silicon Valley, and the vision and ability of the young generation will continue to fuel the growth of the startup phenomenon we see in the Valley.