• Runway to Success Season 4

Runway to Success

#LHRunwaytoSuccess Winners declared! Rashi Sanon Narang, Founder & CEO Heads Up For Tails, was crowned the Grand Prize winner at the first ever live finale Saturday evening. She bags a seat at the prestigious Design Thinking bootcamp at Stanford University, a Lufthansa Business Class ticket to the US and TiE mentorship. In turn, Praneet Singh Sahai, Co-Founder Posterguy, won a hard fought Viewers' Choice Award, to bag a Lufthansa ticket to Europe. The biggest ever season of #LHRunwayToSuccess culminated in the spectacular event, attended by distinguished guests, including Secretary, Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion, Mr Ramesh Abhishek.

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Viewers’ Choice Award Winner

Name: Praneet Singh Sahai
Designation: Co-Founder & Director
Company: PosterGuy

Praneet Singh Sahai is an engineer with a passion for art! With his co-founder Puneet Gupta, he created PosterGuy - a crowd sourced design house for unique made to order products. The vision of the company is to provide a platform to artists with innovative designs where they can showcase and sell their designs for profit. Today the company has 500+ unique designers on board with over 5000+ unique designs on 15 different products. A gadget enthusiast, Praneet has an Engineering degree from Amity University.

Name: Vikas Bagaria
Designation: Founder
Company: SafetyKart

Vikas Bagaria, a serial entrepreneur and seasoned businessman with over 17 years of experience co-founded SafetyKart.com with the aim to help individuals lead 'safer and better lives'. SafetyKart.com, a consumer packaged goods venture, is the first of its kind online platform in India that is focused primarily on the personal safety vertical. Currently the platform carries more than 4000 unique and innovative products. Along with experience in setting up start ups, Vikas is an avid quizzer and adventure junkie. He has an MCA degree from Jadavpur University.

Name: Vivek Iyer
Designation: Co-Founder & CEO
Company: OneClickWash

Vivek Iyer has set out to transform how household laundry is done in India with OneClickWash. OneClickWash is a Gurgaon-based laundry services startup that provides tech-enabled, end to end, affordable laundry services via a mobile app. Through a monthly subscription, users can avail integrated washing, drying and steam iron services along with doorstep delivery. Prior to OneClickWash, this IIM Ahmedabad and IIT Bombay alumnus has worked with DBS Bank and Standard Chartered Bank.

Name: Ronak Dhoot
Designation: Co-Founder & CTO
Company: GeekShastra Technologies (Twiddle TV)

Ronak Dhoot, Winner of Amazon Code Ninja 2013, is Co-Founder & CTO of GeekShastra Technologies, creators of Twiddle TV. GeekShastra Technologies is a technology driven professional services firm that pioneers in offshore software and mobile applications. One such innovation is Twiddle TV, a communication medium facilitating local and hyper-local advertising. It enables brands to advertise to prospective customers around a particular location at a convenient time. Ronak, a post graduate from Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management (IIITM), has previously worked with Samsung, Korea.

Name: Dr. Ashvini Jakhar
Designation: Founder & CEO
Company: Prozo

An ex-naval officer and strategy consultant, Dr. Ashvini Jakhar founded Prozo, a B2B content distribution company that provides learning material to retailers, distributors, schools and libraries. During his naval career, Dr. Jakhar was honoured with the Sena Seva Medal for his contribution in post-Tsunami relief efforts. He has also been a strategy consultant with McKinsey & Company. He is an alumnus of HEC Paris, Indian School of Business, Armed Forces Medical College, Pune and National Defence Academy.

Name: Shipra Sharma
Designation: Co-Founder & Director
Company: Tattva Spa

Shipra Sharma, a marketing enthusiast co-founded Tattva Spa, with an aim to revitalize people's lives through luxury spa & salon services. Tattva is a leading spa brand with 35 spa centers across 15+ locations in India and tie ups with some of the leading hotel chains. Tattva Spa has been awarded the "National Spa Chain of the Year-2016" and is among the top 5 wellness services brands in India today.

Name: Himanshu Mishra
Designation: Co-Founder & Product Lead
Company: SustainEarth Energy Solutions

Himanshu Mishra is the CTO and Co-Founder of SustainEarth Energy Solutions and is committed to rebrand Biogas and deliver it to rural households as a clean, affordable and reliable cooking fuel option. The company also aims to provide employment to the rural youth and women in subsequent generations of employees. Himanshu is environmentally conscious and feels strongly about providing safer and cleaner cooking and heating options to rural communities. He has a Masters Degree in Product Design from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.

Name: Sandith Thandasherry
Designation: Managing Director
Company: Navalt

Passionate about boat building, Sandith Thandasherry, is CEO & MD of NavAlt, a startup building India's first 75 passenger solar ferry boat. NavAlt is a joint venture between Navgathi, also led by Sandith, and two French firms - AltEn and EVE Systems. The startup has won first prize at the Villgro Unconvention for Social Entrepreneurship as well as the Abdul Kalam Award for the Best Startup in Energy and Transport. Sandith is a naval architect from IIT, Madras and has an MBA from INSEAD, France.

Name: Naveen Khanna
Designation: CTO
Company: ePaisa

Naveen Khanna, along with some like-minded fellow entrepreneurs, co-founded ePaisa with the vision to change the landscape of mobile payments in emerging markets. ePaisa is a first of its kind mobile payment solution through a multi-lingual app supporting 36 languages, which has so far digitized 5000+ businesses across India. Naveen comes with over 15 years of experience in the digital agency sector specializing in mobile app engineering, digital strategy, brand strategy and integrated communications.

Name: Anurag Mishra
Designation: Co-Founder & Director
Company: My Greens

An avid traveler and keen fitness enthusiast himself, Anurag Mishra co-founded MyGreens to inspire people to make the best health choices. MyGreens is a lifestyle brand committed to providing health enthusiasts with a super-fuel mix of juices from fruits and vegetables, cold pressed to give the right balance of nutrients. An IIT Delhi, IIM Calcutta alumnus, Anurag has worked with global strategy clients like Boston Consulting Group and Monitor Deloitte before this entrepreneurial journey.

Name: Dr. Pragati Sawhney
Designation: Founder
Company: Chockriti Chocolates

'Saving good people from bad chocolate!' It was out of concern for the lack of nutritional regulation and use of unhealthy ingredients in 'homemade' chocolates in India that Dr. Pragati Sawhney set up Chockriti Chocolates, India's first pure 100 percent cacao artisan chocolates in world flavors. She is a Master in Public Health and a certified professional chocolatier from Ecole Chocolat. She was also awarded "Woman Entrepreneur of the Year" in 2015.

Name: Madhu Bajpai
Designation: Founder & CEO
Company: RIMUS Technologies Pvt. Ltd.

With over 20 years of experience, Madhu Bajpai, industry veteran and founder of RIMUS Technologies, aims to offer the best of services in Information Security, Networking, Network Management and Telecom. Rimus Technologies is focused on customer and employee satisfaction, and offers a wide range of services, including software development, testing, technical writing and translation. Well known for expertise in the Information Security and Network Management domains, Madhu has bagged many awards for her work.

Name: Gautam Shewakramani
Designation: Founder & CEO
Company: Audio Compass

Angel investor, ex-strategy consultant, family man and passionate traveler all rolled into one, Gautam Shewakramani, founded AudioCompass with the aim to change how travelers see the world! AudioCompass recognized as the official tour app by Incredible India, is a mobile app that turns your smartphone into a personal guide by providing do-it-yourself, audio guided experiences to you when you travel.

Name: Chandrasekaran J
Designation: Founder & Director
Company: Watsan Environtech

An expert in Plastic Technology and National Award winner for Innovation in Healthcare, Chandrasekaran J set up Watsan Technologies to manufacture and distribute low cost, affordable and maintenance free Terafil water filters to urban slums and rural families. Watsan Environtech has been recognized as one of the hottest entrepreneurial social ventures by Business Week and has received multiple accolades for their efforts. Chandrasekaran, was previously a National Consultant for the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).

Name: Kashish Bhagia
Designation: Karma Officer, Co-Founder & Head - Operations
Company: MyRefers.com

Kashish Bhagia, along with her husband Lalit, aim to change the world of talent acquisition and recruitments with MyRefers.com! MyRefers.com is a unique referral based job community marketplace powered by an AI platform. It is the first human recommendation engine for jobs, job seekers and companies. Kashish is extremely passionate about the company's proposition and is pivotal in the origins of MyRefers.com. She is a Commerce Graduate with an MBA in Finance from IMT Ghaziabad.

Name: Karan Tibrawalla
Designation: Founder
Company: Fresh Brew Co.

Karan Tibrawalla, Founder of Fresh Brew Co. is a man of varied interests - from wildlife photography to scuba diving and more. But it was his passion for good coffee and his inability to get affordable, good quality single serve coffee capsules in India that led to the birth of the Fresh Brew Co., a one stop for fresh single serve artisan coffee!

Name: Sidharth Singh
Designation: Co-Founder
Company: CupShup

Siddharth Singh founded CupShup out of his fascination for channelizing discussions over tea cups. CupShup helps businesses gain access to their customers in their cubicles and classrooms, by advertising on recyclable tea cups. Although it started as a college project, CupShup now has branded tea stalls, marketing merchandise and a network of over 1000 offices, 500+ colleges, 2500 retail tea vendors across 7 key cities. Siddharth is an Engineer from Cochin University and an MBA from NMIMS, Mumbai.

Name: Bala Bhaskar G.T.
Designation: Co-Founder & MD
Company: Genius Edulabs

A passionate edupreneur committed to transforming academic standards. Bala Bhaskar is Managing Director of Genius Edulabs, a social enterprise that creates new teaching tools to empower schools and inspire teachers to change the face of education in the country. This powerhouse of energy has hobbies ranging from mentoring start-ups and offering leadership classes to the rural youth to a good game of cricket or badminton in his spare time.

Name: Rashi Sanon Narang
Designation: Founder & CEO
Company: Heads Up For Tails

A celebration of amazing animals who give so much and ask for so little! Rashi Sanon Narang set up Heads Up For Tails, India's exclusive brand for luxury and premium pet merchandise, when she could not find quality merchandise for her beloved pet dog Sarah. The product range includes customized dog beds, chic collars, leashes, fashionable dog apparel and pet accessories. Rashi is a graduate of London School of Economics and Political Science.

Name: Radhika Manghat Menon
Designation: Founder
Company: The Village Fair

What began as a Facebook page to sell clay and cast iron cookware, made by order, has now grown into The Village Fair, providing healthy cooking options through pre-seasoned natural cookware. Radhika M. Menon founded The Village Fair to bring together meaningful efforts of many to make a difference in people's lives. It now engages 14 women who season the ready to use ware. They support 'mental health for all' and contribute 5% of all sales to Mehac Foundation that provides mental healthcare to the marginalized.

Name: Ankeeta Deb
Designation: Co-Founder
Company: Rivir Shoes

The artsy Ankeeta Deb with her lifelong passion for redesigning footwear co-founded Rivir Shoes with a wish to create out of the box products! Rivir Shoes brings an array of choices to the casual footwear category with customized and painted canvas shoes that are a rage amongst the youth! The company is also developing technology to optimize inventory and reduce online purchase returns. Ankeeta is a Chemical Engineer with an MBA in from Mudra Institute of Communications.

Show Schedule

Starting 4 June 2016, every Saturday 6:30 pm
Repeat telecast - Monday 5:30 pm

EP No. Featured Guest & Jury Telecast Date Episode
1 Curtain Raiser 4 June, 2016 View
2 CP Gurnani 11 June, 2016 View
3 Dilip Chhabria 18 June, 2016 View
4 Sanjeev Kapoor 25 June, 2016 View
5 Madhu Pandit Dasa 2 July, 2016 View
6 Alok Kejriwal 9 July, 2016 View
7 Mahesh Gupta 16 July, 2016 View
8 Ajay Kaul 23 July, 2016 View
9 Semi Finals 30 July, 2016 View
10 Live Grand Finale 6 Aug, 2016 View


About Runway to Success

Runway to Success is a multi-staged initiative that celebrates the spirit of Indian entrepreneurship. Conceived and developed by Lufthansa in partnership with the business experts at TiE and India’s premier business TV channel ET NOW.

Runway to Success TV series

A power packed programme on ET NOW that showcases the motivational stories of today’s business icons and provides India’s most innovative SMEs an opportunity to compete with the best and win a Grand Prize to take off on the flight to success. Registration is open!

The Grand Prize

  • A seat at Stanford University’s prestigious Design Thinking Boot Camp
  • A free Lufthansa Business Class ticket to the US
  • A coveted TiE mentorship.

All the remaining episodic winners too fly away with a Lufthansa Business Class ticket to Europe!

The Startup Expo

The first ever initiative in India, that was organized in Delhi/NCR on 23 April 2016, to bring together an ecosystem of facilitators that provided startups all the support they needed to succeed. The unique and special event included entrepreneurial workshops, guru sessions, expert talks, mentoring zones, networking zones, investor zones, partner lounges as well as a Startup Showcase, with a special focus on food entrepreneurs.

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Shortlisted Contestants

Karan TibrawallaDirector, Fresh Brew Co.
Dr. Pragati Sawhney Founder, Chockriti Chocolates
Anurag Mishra Co-Founder & Director, MyGreens
Gautam Shewakramani Founder, AudioCompass
Shipra Sharma Co-Founder & Director, Tattva Spa
Naveen Khanna Vice President-Sales, ePaisa
Bala Bhaskar MD, Genius Edulabs
Radhika Menon Founder, The Village Fair
Vivek Iyer Co-Founder, OneClickWash
Madhu Bajpai Founder, RIMUS Technologies
Ashvini Jakhar Founder & CEO, Prozo
Kashish Bhagya COO, MyRefers
Rashi Sanon Narang Founder & CEO, Heads Up For Tails,
Praneet Singh Sahai Co-Founder, PosterGuy
Vikas Bagaria Co-Founder, SafetyKart
Ankeeta Deb Co-Founder, Rivir
Sidharth Singh Co-Founder, CupShup
Ronak Dhoot Co-Founder & CTO, GeekShastra Technologies (Twiddle.TV)
Chandrasekaran J Founder & Director, Watsan Envirotech
Himanshu Mishra Co-Founder & CTO, SustainEarth Energy Solutions
Sandith Thandasherry MD, Navalt


Starting 4 June 2016, every Saturday 6:30 pm
Repeat telecast - Monday 5:30 pm

EP No. EP Name Telecast Date Episode
1Curtain Raiser4 June, 2016 View
2CP Gurnani11 June, 2016 View
3Dilip Chhabria18 June, 2016View
4Sanjeev Kapoor25 June, 2016View
5Madhu Pandit Dasa2 July, 2016View
6Alok Kejriwal9 July, 2016View
7Mahesh Gupta16 July, 2016View
8Ajay Kaul23 July, 2016View
9Semi Finals30 July, 2016View
10Live Grand Finale6 Aug, 2016View

About TIE

The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE), was founded in 1992 in Silicon Valley by a group of successful entrepreneurs, corporate executives, and senior professionals with roots in the Indus region. There are currently 13,000 members, including over 2,500 charter members in 56 chapters across 13 countries. TiE’s mission is to foster entrepreneurship globally through mentoring, networking, and education. Dedicated to the virtuous cycle of wealth creation and giving back to the community, TiE’s focus is on generating and nurturing our next generation of entrepreneurs.

About Kalaari

Kalaari Capital is an early-stage, technology-focused venture capital firm with $650 million in assets under management. Since 2006, we have empowered visionary entrepreneurs building unique solutions that reshape the way Indians live, work, consume and transact. Along with capital, we focus on a long-term partnership with entrepreneurs to help unlock large value through disruptive innovation.

About ET Now

ET NOW, India’s No.1 Business News channel, helps you make money every day, by providing breaking news that impacts the market, trading strategies, cutting edge analysis and in-depth interviews. ET NOW is supported by the unmatched resources and expertise of The Economic Times, India’s leading business daily. Over the last year ET NOW has comprehensively broken the domination of a 13 year old incumbent in the English business news space and has clearly established itself as India’s No.1 Business news channel. In a matter of just 4 years since its inception, ET NOW has broken all bastions of business news supremacy and established itself as the definitive choice of its viewers. ET NOW ,with its sister publication - The Economic Times, can be said as India’s first truly integrated channel with a common vision and passion for business and economic news, views and analysis. ET NOW engages with viewers in 16 countries across the globe. It is available across all Cable and Satellite, Digital and Mobile platforms.



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