Ahmedabad, 7 February 2024: Popular business reality show Shark Tank featured founders from Gujarat, Adil Qadri, founder of Adil Qadri – House of Premium Fragrances and Ananya Maloo, Co-Founder of Nuutjob will meet dozens of startup founders from the state to share strategies around brand development, scalability, and marketing insights at D2C Unlocked in Ahmedabad, organised by Checkout Network Simpl. Titled ‘Aapnu Amdavad’, the event will witness a panel discussion followed by a networking event where startups can engage with the Shark Tank featured founders and other panelists and gain rich insights about their entrepreneurial journey.
The two founders will also share their experiences from the popular business reality show Shark Tank and how startups can aspire to participate in such events to boost their brand. While Adil Qadri secured a Rs 1 crore investment from Sugar Cosmetics CEO Vineeta Singh, Nuutjob co-founder Ananya Maloo, a male intimate hygiene and grooming brand, raised a total of Rs 25 lakhs from Lenskart founder Piyush Bansal, Emcure Pharmaceuticals Executive Director Namita Thapar and Boat founder Aman Gupta.
Joining them will be Jigar Patel, Co-Founder and CEO of Brillare Science, and Tanisha Lakhani, Founder, and CEO of Protouch. The panel will delve into topics such as innovative marketing strategies, overcoming challenges in product development, and the evolving trends shaping the D2C sector.
Commenting on the development, Nitya Sharma, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Simpl, said, “It is important for startups to network with fellow founders to learn from each other’s experiences and fast track their growth journey. Adil and Ananya have successfully built their brands and taken them to the national stage. Their experiences will be valuable for D2C founders from the state and we are happy to organise our popular D2C Unlocked for the second time in Gujarat. We are seeing immense excitement for the event and are looking to connect with as many founders from the state as possible to widen our community.
Gujarat is one of the fastest-growing startup ecosystems in the country and has assisted more than 12,900 startups and supported more than 180 incubators across the state with financial support of more than Rs 210 core. It has also established more than 100 Patent Information centers in various academic institutions and more than 900 patents have been filed with support from State Government.