• Connect with the top Startup Founders, Investors & Mentors in the Ismaili community.

IPN LaunchPad | November 7 – 9, 2014 | Silicon Valley

We are looking for Founders creating the most disruptive companies and Investors looking for opportunities to fund them. We welcome applications from industries including Social Media, Enterprise, Finance, E-commerce, Healthcare, GreenTech, Social Entrepreneurship and others.

Application deadline of August 18 has passed, but we encourage you to apply for the waitlist.

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About IPN LaunchPad 2014

After the resounding success of the last year’s inaugural IPN LaunchPad event, which resulted in several million dollars of funding for founders, invaluable knowledge-exchange and key new connections for all attendees, we are excited to announce IPN LaunchPad 2014! We will bring together 100 of the top Ismaili Founders along with their non-Ismaili Co-Founders and select Ismaili Investors to attend this exciting three-day conference to be held November 7 – 9, 2014 in Silicon Valley.

We’re amping up the intensity by continuing with the panels and pitch sessions and also adding on action-oriented workshops and 1-on-1 mentorship sessions. If selected, you’ll learn from brilliant entrepreneurs and investors who will push you to challenge your assumptions. You’ll network with Ismailis from the US and around the globe that share your passion for innovation and disruption. Most importantly, you’ll make long lasting relationships with new friends, investors, and mentors who will serve as a catalyst for your success.

If you are an Ismaili Founder looking to accelerate your startup success or an Ismaili Investor looking for opportunities to fund innovative Ismaili companies, we encourage you to Apply Now. Applications are now open. To learn more, please take a look at the Agenda, Speakers, and FAQ sections. If you have any questions, feel free to Contact Us.

Key Dates

August 18
Founder & Investor Applications Due
September 17
Founders & Investors Notified About Application Decisions
November 7
IPN LaunchPad 2014 Commences!

 

Agenda

3:00 pm
Check-In & Networking
3:30 pm
Opening Remarks By NPM Naveed Lalani (IPN)
Naveed Lalani
3:40 pm
Tips & Tricks From Select IPN LaunchPad 2013 Alumni
4:00 pm
Workshop Session 1 – Topics include:
1. Startup Investing 101
2. Picking Winning Investments
3. User-Driven Product Design
4. Psychology Of Success
5. Pitching Investors & Other Stakeholders
6. Marketing Your Startup
Jason Hreha Mahmood Panjwani Rahim Fazal
5:15 pm
Break
5:30 pm
Workshop Session 2 – All Six Topics Repeat
Jason Hreha Mahmood Panjwani Rahim Fazal
6:45 pm
Break
8:30 pm
Networking
9:00 pm
Special Address By Chairman Amir Hudda (IPN)
Amir Hudda
9:15 pm
Dinner
10:15 pm
Social Hour
11:15 pm
Day 1 Ends
7:30 am
Check-In & Breakfast
8:15 am
Special Address By Chairman Amin Maredia (AKEPB)
Amin Maredia
8:30 am
Fireside Chat 1 – Entrepreneur Story By Aamir Virani (Dropcam)
Aamir Virani Mahmood Panjwani
9:30 am
Panel 1 – Startup Trends & Emerging Industries
Adil Jafry Farouk Ladha Sulu Mamdani
10:30 am
Break
10:45 am
1-Minute Pitches – Open To All Startups
12:00 pm
Lunch & Networking
1:30 pm
Panel 2 – Social Entrepreneurship & Impact Investing
Alnoor Shivji Kalsoom Lakhani Tabreez Verjee
2:30 pm
Seed-Stage Pitches – Four Startups Selected
Amir Hudda Arif Janmohamed Shaherose Charania
3:30 pm
Venture-Stage Pitches – Four Startups Selected
Amir Hudda Arif Janmohamed Shaherose Charania
4:30 pm
1-On-1 Mentorship Sessions & Structured Networking
6:00 pm
Break
8:15 pm
Special Address By President Dr. Barkat Fazal (Ismaili Council USA)
8:30 pm
Dinner
9:30 pm
Mix & Mingle
11:00 pm
Day 2 Ends
8:15 am
Breakfast
8:50 am
American Ismaili Chamber of Commerce Presentation By Executive Director Hanif Juma (AICC)
Hanif Juma
9:00 am
Fireside Chat 2 – Investor Story By Ann Miura-Ko (FLOODGATE)
Ann Miura-Ko Tabreez Verjee
10:00 am
Idea-Stage Pitches – Three Startups Selected
Alnoor Shivji Amir Hudda Shaherose Charania
10:45 am
Break
11:00 am
Panel 3 – Realizing Vision & Building Culture
Amra Tareen Venktesh Shukla
12:00 pm
Awards Ceremony Presenting Pitch Competition Winners
12:20 pm
IPN BootCamp Presentation By PM Hussain Manjee (IPN)
Hussain Manjee
12:30 pm
Closing Remarks By PM Dilip Musani (IPN)
Dilip Musani
12:40 pm
Lunch & Open Networking
3:00 pm
IPN LaunchPad 2014 Ends
    HEAR STORIES FROM WORLD-RENOWNED PANELISTS
    PARTICIPATE IN SIX ACTION-ORIENTED WORKSHOPS
    LISTEN TO PITCHES FROM INNOVATIVE STARTUPS
 
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Founder Application



If you are a Founder, whether your startup is early stage or already has VC funding, we would love for you to apply. We just ask that at least one founder is Ismaili and that your company show tangible signs of traction.

Apply as a Founder

Deadline to apply is August 18, 2014

Investor Application



If you are an accredited Ismaili investor looking to back founders of innovative startups, we would love for you to apply. You can apply as an individual or as a representative on an investment fund.

Apply as an Investor

Deadline to apply is August 18, 2014

LEARN FROM BRILLIANT ENTREPRENEURS
CONNECT WITH PEERS AND MENTORS
PITCH YOUR STARTUP TO INVESTORS
Frequently Asked Questions
IPN LaunchPad is a forum for budding Ismaili professionals pursuing new ventures to perfect and pitch their startups. The objective of the weekend program is to bring together 100 select Ismaili startup founders and provide them a chance to engage with peers, mentors, and investors along with world-renowned entrepreneurs that will be presenting at IPN LaunchPad 2014.
Founders: If you are a Founder, whether your startup is early stage or already has VC funding, we would love for you to apply. We just ask that at least one founder is Ismaili and that your company show tangible signs of traction.

Investors: If you are an accredited Ismaili investor looking to back founders of innovative startups, we would love for you to apply. You can apply as an individual or as a representative on an investment fund.
It is set for Nov 7 - 9, 2014 in Silicon Valley. Venue and hotel details will be provided as part of the registration process.
For Founder and Investor applicants, go to www.IPNLaunchPad.com and fill out the online application. Deadline to apply is August 18, 2014 and space is very limited so we encourage Founders and Investors to get their application in as soon as possible.
There are 100 spots open for Ismaili startup founders (including their non-Ismaili co-founders) and 50 spots open for Ismaili angel investors. Application decisions for both Founders and Investors will be sent by September 17, 2014.
There is no cost to apply. Once accepted, the ticket cost is $200 for Founders and $500 for Investors. Full payment will be required to confirm attendance. This does not include any travel costs such as airfare and hotel. We’ll disclose information about a discounted group rate for the hotels as part of the registration process.
IPN LaunchPad will be a 3-day event, where founders will engage with investors and participate in workshops, panels, and networking events. There will be speaker series led by industry leading entrepreneurs and investors, networking sessions with investors and other founders, workshops to provide valuable information to drive new ventures and the venture pitch competition judged by leading startup experts. The detailed agenda is available on www.IPNLaunchPad.com.
No, founders will not have to give up any equity to attend IPN LaunchPad 2014.
We strongly encourage anyone with an interest in IPN LaunchPad, regardless of level of experience or traction, to apply.

The Founder and Investor applicant selection will be based on a suitability point matrix based on the applicant background and the viability of their venture idea or their viability as an investor. Both the Founder and Investor application is judged by an internal judging committee consisting of startup and investment experts.

The qualities we are looking for in Founder applicants include, but are not limited to:
  • Is an Ismaili Professional who has utilized his or her experience to start a venture (at least one co-founder / executive in the startup has to be an Ismaili).
  • Is open to potential investment, mentorship, new knowledge and inspiration.
  • Has a viable problem / solution fit, a viable market and some unique qualification in addressing the problem that he or she is pursuing full or part-time.
  • Has met milestones such as initial product release, customer traction, raising capital, initial revenue or adding team members.
  • Is pursuing a venture in any of a wide variety of industries that may or may not use technology as an accelerator.
  • Has an idea with high-growth potential and could go on to raise venture capital.
  • Has a collaborative mindset in working with other founders.
  • Brings geographic diversity to the founder pool.

The qualities we are looking for in Investor applicants include, but are not limited to:
  • Is an Ismaili who is an accredited investor.
  • Has a serious interest in high-risk high-reward venture investing.
  • Has a collaborative mindset in working with other investors.
  • Is willing to be an early adopter in context of Ismaili angel investing.
  • Is able to mentor startups with his or her business knowledge.
  • Has capacity to invest $25,000 to $250,000 as an individual investor or syndicate.
  • Brings geographic diversity to the investor pool.
  • May be involved in investment groups or alliances.
  • May have previously invested in a startup.
  • Can be of any background, from a traditional business owner to a professional angel investor.
  • Is open to learning and growing his or her investment knowledge.
Yes, absolutely! We would like to get attendees (Founders and Investors) that come back year after year. If you applied in 2013 and were not accepted or weren't able to attend, please do apply again. If you were accepted and attended the 2013 event, we highly encourage you to apply again, as well.
If you are accepted as Founder to IPN LaunchPad 2014, you will have several opportunities to pitch at the event.
  1. General Networking - throughout the three-day conference you will be networking with peers, speakers, and investors - all of who you can pitch your company to in one-on-one conversations. We recommend you practice your "elevator pitch" so you are successful in grabbing the individual’s attention.
  2. One-Minute Pitch - All startup founders will have the opportunity to pitch their startup on stage in front of the entire crowd for one minute - we will ask you to verbally discuss who you are, what you are doing, and what your ask is.
  3. Idea / Seed / Venture Stage Pitches - We will pick 3 Idea-Stage, 4 Seed-Stage, and 4 Venture-Stage companies to do a 10 minute pitch on stage. This includes a 5 minute PowerPoint pitch, and 5 minutes of questions and answers with the judges. The judges will pick one winner each in category that will be announced during the Awards Ceremony. After you have been accepted and paid to attend, we will notify you if you get selected for one of these pitches.
Speakers

Stay tuned as we add more speakers over the coming weeks. In the meantime, follow the links below to suggest a speaker and to view the 2013 speaker line-up.

Suggest a Speaker 2013 Speaker Line-up

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Sponsors

We are in the process of identifying sponsors. If you are interested in sponsoring the event, please review the IPN LaunchPad 2014 Sponsorship Package and contact us using the Suggest a Sponsor button below or via the contact information provided in the package.

American Ismaili Chamber of Commerce
Contact Us

Still have questions? Contact us below or email us directly at pvp@ipnonline.net if you prefer.

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