In a gigantic achievement, Rashi Sanon Narang, our Founder & CEO, was crowned as the new face of Indian Entrepreneurship after having surpassed 50, 000 ultra innovative and budding ventures at the Lufthansa Runway to Success Season 4. At the live finale event held on the 6th of August 2016, Rashi won the grand prize, namely a seat at the iconic Design Thinking Boot Camp at Stanford University sponsored by Kalaari Capital, mentorship from TiE and a Lufthansa Business Class ticket to any destination in the United States with sheer passion, brilliance and innovation.
Lufthansa Runway to Success is one of the country’s biggest and most popular platforms for SMEs and startups. This season had the Start-up Expo which brought together a whopping 10, 000 participants while there were more than 50, 000 applications the television series. There were free mentorship camps and these were taken to non metro cities for the very first time. The event was graced by leading lights such as the Secretary of the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, Ramesh Abhishek, Yogesh Bansal (Angel Investor and Serial Entrepreneur), Venktesh Shukla (Chairman, TiE Global & General Partner, Monte Vista Capital), Dr. Anjlee Prakash (CEO, Learning Links Foundation) and Harish Mamtani (Vice-Chairman, TiE) among many other eminent personalities.
The Director, South Asia, Lufthansa Passenger Airlines, Wolfgang Will, congratulated Rashi on her astounding success and hailed her as the torchbearer of a new generation of Indian entrepreneurs who are out to change the world with innovation as their biggest USP. The 21 most innovative ventures were shortlisted by TiE experts for competing in the 10 episode television series which also featured several icons who mentored, motivated and selected three finalists for competing in the grand finale, telecasted live across the nation. The five member jury comprised of Saurabh Srivastava (Founder, Ex-Chairman, Nasscom & Chairman Emeritus, TiE Delhi NCR), Mandar Dandekar (Vice President, Kalaari Capital), Alok Mittal (Co-Founder & CEO, Indifi), Wolfgang Will (Director, South Asia, Lufthansa Passenger Airlines) and Alexander Schlaubitz (Vice President, Global Marketing, Lufthansa German Airlines).
The climax came when Rashi was declared the unanimous winner after the finalists were presented with a common case study for individual business solutions post which they were probed by the jury members. In Rashi’s own words, Lufthansa Runway Success enriched her as an entrepreneur and gave her some more fuel for pursuing her entrepreneurial dream towards even greater heights. She profusely expressed her appreciation towards Lufthansa for this opportunity to share her own unique business ideologies and vision with the world and also for the mentorship provided by leading business icons.
Having won the coveted prize and being declared as one of the most promising entrepreneurs of the year by the jury, both Rashi and we are on a new high! We heartily congratulate our founder and seek to embrace her spirit and passion en route towards carving out our own innovative, fun filled and enriching journey ahead! We are on a mission towards enabling better, safer and attractive solutions for pets across multiple categories with creativity, innovation, technological expertise, gargantuan knowledge and an innate understanding of pets. Our entire HUFT team is proud of Rashi for her outstanding achievement and expresses sound confidence in the fact that it is just the beginning of many more to come!