Conduct ElevateX, get a chance
to be a part of E-Summit 2018.

A pitching competition for the startups with a
chance to get a total investment up to INR 10,00,000.

What is Elevate?

This funding initiative not only aims to bring eminent startups from all across the nation, but also brings in world class mentors, thus providing a spotlight on the great opportunities for some of the most promising startups of the country. There are two rounds in Elevate: Preliminary round is the city-meetup round, ElevateX, that aims in bringing the competition directly to the college campuses and co-working spaces across the country. These zonal rounds will serve as an audition round for the startups to bypass prelims and fast-track into the finale.

The final round, Elevate, will offer startups with growth potential, an opportunity to receive valuable mentoring and then pitch live to over 20+ World-Class Mentors, Investors and Judges, networking with like-mind professionals and leading entrepreneurs from across the nation and investment opportunities.

It always seems Impossible until it's Done.

-Nelson Mandela

What's in it for YOU?

A chance to

Guidelines to conduct ElevateX

  • Campus Directors need to register their campus online through Elevate website.
  • The main work of the Campus Directors will be to conduct an on-campus pitching session, ElevateX in their respective campus.
  • A good outreach of the ElevateX also needs to be ensured by them in their respective campus as well as cities through dedicated promotions among their communities / partners / members.
  • Supporting publicity materials, and other relevant documents and guidelines pertaining to this event will be provided by E-Cell IITM.
  • During on-ground session, each of the participating teams will be given a time of 3 mins for pitching.
  • The initial screening of these pitches will be assessed by the panel of two or three experts and top 2 teams should be filtered out among the aggregate number of registering teams based on the evaluation sheets as shared by Elevate team.
  • Campus Directors have to ensure the authenticity of the former experts.
  • A complete video of these top 2 pitches needs to be recorded and should send to Elevate Team along with their evaluation report for further filtering. An assessment form should also be sent along with the former video and evaluation report.
  • Top 24 teams from all across the country will be invited for the finale round, Elevate amid the E-Summit ’18, the annual entrepreneurship fest of IIT Madras and the biggest one in South India.
  • The deadline to conduct these on-campus pitching session is 25th March, after which these selected teams will be further evaluated for the finale.
  • Campus Directors will have the freedom to plan, organize, and execute as they wish, as long as it follows above mentioned criteria for us to them as ElevateX.


19th February 2018

ElevateX campus director registrations begin.

22nd February 2018

Individual Registrations begin.

12th March 2018

Last date to register as campus director.

13th March 2018

Submission portal opens for both campus directors and individuals.

15th March 2018

Deadline to submit CAV.

17th March 2018

ElevateX city meet up: Bangalore Chapter.

25th March 2018

Last date to submit all the necessary documents, videos and pictures.

04th April 2018

Announcement of top 24 teams selected across India.

10th April 2018

Last date to submit initial Pitch Deck.

13th April 2018

E-Summit begins. Top 24 teams arrive on 14th April at IIT Madras to compete in Elevate.


Feel free to contact us through mail if you have any doubt regarding Elevate.


  • Will E-Cell IIT Madras provide reimbursements for travel and stay expenses during Elevate?
    ANS. Team/ Individuals have to administer their own costs accompanying to travel and stay during Elevate. E-Cell IIT Madras will not accommodate any agreement for the same.
  • Where will ElevateX be conducted?
    ANS. ElevateX will be conducted in your college campus itself and the judges for it will be appointed by the Campus Director by ensuring their authenticity.
  • Will the first pitching round (ElevateX) be presentation-based?
    ANS. It will be just a pitching session wherein the team/ individual will pitch the idea without any presentation.
  • What are zonal rounds and prelims (mentioned in the About Elevate.pdf Paragraph 2)?
    ANS. The prelims refer to the city meetup round (ElevateX). These zonal rounds will act as filter for the startups to pass the prelims and get into the finals.
  • What help exactly will be provided by E-Cell IIT Madras for organizing the event?
    ANS. Supporting publicity materials, and other relevant documents and guidelines pertaining to this event will be provided by E-Cell IIT Madras.
  • Should the participants be only students or our graduated students can also apply?
    ANS. Graduated students can also apply.
  • Should we as campus directors call our own mentors, or will we be alloted mentors from your side?
    ANS. Yes, you should call your own mentors. We won't be providing any mentors. You are also to ensure their authenticity.