A Business Plan Competition Exclusively for Indian Cultural Enterprises.

For cultural entrepreneurs looking to build successful enterprises. Attend workshops and discussions by subject experts, entrepreneurs and practitioners.

Win cash prizes

Network with community

Gain access to investors

Gain access to mentors

Gain Publicity

NICE Aarohana Business Plan Competition is open to NICE Entrepreneurs in five NICE Sectors.

Who can apply?

Enterprises belonging to two stages can participate


Idea stage ventures with no revenue

Enterprises with up to Rs 50 lakh revenue/annum


Companies with greater than Rs 50 lakh revenue/annum

If you have a great business idea in any of the 5 focus categories, and you seek help in growing it further, do write to us at namaste@niceorg.in.

Before submitting applications, refer to the Terms and Conditions.
For further questions, refer to the FAQs.

Read about NICE Code of Conduct.

About NICE Aaorhana Business Plan Competition 2021 

From more than 100 applications received, 20 finalists – 10 for the Early Stage and 10 for the Growth Stage categories – were shortlisted by the Selection Committee. These 20 finalists received 2 rounds of coaching for their final pitches.

Know more about the finalists! 

On the final pitch day, the finalists pitched their business ideas live to the Final Jury. The winners were selected on parameters that included Founder Profile & Involvement, Customer & Market understanding, Business Model uniqueness and Competitive differentiation, Financials & Traction till date.

Know more about the winners!

Final Jury

Faculty Co-Chair, Creative and Cultural Businesses Programme

IIM Ahmedabad

Chintan Bakshi

Changemaker & Social Entrepreneur


Lead Investor

Indian Angel Network & Partner- Acumen Fund

Co-Founder & Managing Partner

Ankur Capital

Selection Jury

Bina Trivedi

Meera Harish

Pavan Krishnamurthy

Rajiv Kuchhal

Chief Investment Officer

Cause First Ventures Pte Ltd

Business Mentor and Entrepreneur

Jury, NICE Aarohana Business Plan Competition

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