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Lufthansa begins the search for India’s most innovative SMEs in Hyderabad

·         Jointly organise with TiE, Lufthansa’s Runway to Success season 5 takes off with mentorship camps in Hyderabad
·         Over 150,000 young entrepreneurs have benefited from the platform in the past 4 years

​​Hyderabad, ​ July 04, 2017: ​Celebrating the spirit of Indian entrepreneurship, Lufthansa Runway to Success enters its fifth season in search of India’s most innovative Small and Medium Entrepreneurs (SMEs). Conceived and developed by Lufthansa in partnership with the business experts at TiE, Lufthansa Runway to Success recognises and nurtures potential leaders by encouraging SMEs to come forward and share their vision with some of the best-known names in the Indian business industry. Focused on discovering, mentoring and rewarding potential leaders of tomorrow, the Lufthansa Mentorship Camps are being held across key regions nationally namely Ahmedabad, Pune, Chennai, Jaipur, Kochi, Chandigarh, Bangalore, Hubli and Hyderabad.

 On July 7, 2017, Lufthansa invites young and aspiring entrepreneurs in Hyderabad to share the story of their unique business ventures and get an opportunity to meet industry icons, receive mentorship from business experts, investors, VCs, accelerators, industry associations, service organisations, corporates and more. The Lufthansa Runway to Success regional mentorship camp by TiE Hyderabad will be held at T-Hub, Hyderabad, Telangana from 2:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Over the past 4 years, Lufthansa Runway to Success platform has grown exponentially into a nationwide campaign and has witnessed a diverse portfolio of over 150,000 budding entrepreneurs. Wolfgang Will, Senior Director, South Asia, Lufthansa Group shared, “As an airline that has made India home for over half a century, we feel privileged to be part of a journey that is aimed at fostering a new generation of entrepreneurs. We are excited to further expand our outreach to Hyderabad with mentorship camps. For Lufthansa, Runway to Success is a very important initiative as it brings alive our philosophy of Nonstop You and our promise of striving to be More Indian Than You Think”.

Hyderabad, the once-wealthy and princely city of Nizams is now seeing a growing network of investors, young entrepreneurs in the age group of 25-35 and experienced senior management joining the wave of entrepreneurship. The city is witnessing world class innovative startups emerging in fintech, healthcare, agritech, smart cities, transportation and logistics, sustainability and social tech capturing big data, IOT, analytics, sensors, cloud and mobility.

The joint program by Lufthansa and TiE, will endow participants with the knowledge and skillset to enhance their competitiveness, by providing them an exclusive access to resources, like-minded peers, business connections, and inspiring mentors. SMEs in Hyderabad can benefit from ‘guru sessions’ with celebrated entrepreneurs, along with individual guidance by experienced mentors like Ramakrishna C, Chief Executive & Founder, Spoors Technology Solutions; Sudhakar Reddy Chirra, Founder & CEO, Abhibus; Suresh Raju, Managing Director, Golden Hills Capital; Girish Shivani, Executive Director and Fund Manager, YourNest Venture Capital; Rashida Adenwala, Founder Partner, R & A Associates and Chennapanaidu Darapaneni, MD & CEO, Mera Events.

“Lufthansa and TiE Delhi-NCR have been working closely together for the past 5 years to build Lufthansa Runway to Success as a platform to nurture future business leaders in India“, shared Geetika Dayal, Executive Director, TiE Delhi-NCR. “Guru Sessions at Lufthansa Runway to Success Mentorship camps held by TiE Chapters across the country provide a platform for experts to pass on valuable insights and business lessons that they have learned through experience. We hope that the participants get a better understanding of entrepreneurship for their entrepreneurial journey” added Geetika.

Lufthansa Runway to Success Mentorship camps will culminate at a Startup Expo, a large standalone event by any corporate house, in New Delhi on August 26, 2017.
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The Lufthansa Group in brief
Deutsche Lufthansa AG is a globally active aviation group comprising more than 540 subsidiaries and affiliates. The Lufthansa Group is divided into the three strategic areas of Hub Airlines, Point-to-Point Business and Service Companies. In their respective segments, the Lufthansa Group airlines are positioned as quality carriers. The Lufthansa Group’s airlines currently (i.e. as of next summer) serve 308 destinations in 103 countries and offers 11.738 weekly frequencies. The Group’s total fleet comprises some 617 aircraft, and its member airlines will be taking delivery of 205 new aircraft until 2025. For further information please visit