First thing that came to my mind when I learned that we were in the finals for Conquest 2007 in BITS, Pilani was that I’m getting the chance to go to India! The more exciting part is getting another stamp on my passport. The chance to fulfill my goal to see at least one new place every year is too exciting. And India sounds quite exotic to me!
The process of how we came to be selected was pretty rigorous. We submitted two business plans, out of which one was selected. The competition saw more than a hundred entries from universities all over. After the cut-down to 40 entries, we were relieved that our business plan, Transtrack, was among the 5 finalists.
Everything flew by so fast. My team also included Prashant Pundrik, Srikanth Sridharan, and Nilesh Borana. However, it was only me and Prashant who went to the finals presentation. With the busy NUS life, we quickly arranged for our tickets and the final copy of our business plan. We also got in touch with our mentor from San Francisco via Skype. Technology is really wonderful. Who knew back then that we can be in contact with someone from another part of the world without incurring huge long distance costs!
As soon as the plane touched down in Delhi, everything feels like a blur, a surreal feeling which may also be attributed to lack of sleep. After spending a few hours in Delhi, we traveled to BITS, Pilani. The next two days were spent doing last minute preparations for the slides, video pitch, and the elevator pitch. We were slated to be the last team to present. It was a closed presentation with only the judges and a few faculty members inside the room. The first part is the elevator pitch which basically involves selling the whole plan in just 90 seconds. After this, the presentation of the whole plan takes around 45 minutes. We were feeling pretty nervous but knowing that we’re presenting to just a few people somehow decreased our stress level. Everything went smoothly. The results came out in the evening of the last competition day. All the hard work paid off when they announced the results: We got 2nd place.
The whole trip happened in a span of just four days which includes also experiencing the hospitality of the wonderful people I met there. The experience was exciting and different… in three words – different, interesting and surreal. It was a short trip, but one that is definitely worth making.
Tan Iris Go, MBA - Class of 2008