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  • Test Drive Programme

    TURNING IDEAS INTO BUSINESS

    Apply now!
  • Test Drive is an intensive program that is free and targets individuals or teams with innovative business ideas with high growth potential.
  • The best projects will be selected and will benefit from intensive workshops delivered by industry experts to help you develop your idea into a business plan.
  • The Test Drive will culminate with a Final Pitch Night, in presence of potential investors, business angels, professionals and key stakeholders of the ecosystem.
  • All applications will be reviewed and shortlisted applicants will be contacted for one to one interviews where our team will meet project leader(s) in order to finalize their application.

Please read our terms and conditions.

Innovative, expandable, scalable

WHO CAN APPLY?

We welcome people/teams with business ideas in all industries. Scalability is an important element and you should have a desire to start a business around the idea. In this special time, we are making a call for application to all startups addressing COVID19 issues.

Can you afford it?

IT’S FREE

The Turbine Test Drive programme is free. You contribute with your own time and passion. You commit to participate in all workshops and submit all deliverables on time.

We are committed to protect all business ideas

CONFIDENTIALITY

As a requirement to attend the programme, all participants and organizers sign a non disclosure agreement. No information (concepts, technologies or names of participants) may be spread outside the programme without their consent.

Special Call for COVID19 Solution Startups

Our thoughts go out to the professionals and families affected by the COVID19 pandemic. For this reason, Turbine has decided to postpone it’s Test Drive to May 2020 in order to be able to accommodate new startups that offer solutions in this time of need and opportunity.

Apply now if you want to stand a chance at winning 3 different prizes worth Rs 75,000 each if you need mentorship and support while developing your solution and also first-hand advice from industry professionals.

* We will not consider any projects that do not correctly showcase any form of innovation, from product/service development to delivery.

Our other criteria for the selection of projects and our assessment for qualified business ideas are based on the following:

  • Whether your start-up answers a relevant need during and after the COVID19 CRISIS.
  • Expansion Capacity (local or international)
  • Expertise, experience and commitment of the team
  • Innovation

DETAILS OF THE PROGRAM:

Workshop Dates:

07/05/2020, 08/05/20, 

14/05/2020, 15/05/20,

21/05/2020, 22/05/20,

28/05/2020

Venue: Webinars

Application deadline: Monday 20th of April 2020.

The content of the Webinars

Structuring Your Business Idea

  • Lean Canva,
  • Unique Value Proposition
  • Milestone Plan

with Gemstone Training

How do you make money?

Financial Models with PwC

How to Pitch?

  • Your Investor Pitch
  • Your 3 minutes Pitch

with Marc Israel

Pitch Day

Testimonials

“90% of all startups fail” this statistic wouldn’t be true if they all got a chance at a test drive program. It has been the ultimate tool to validate, build and understand the work involved in creating a successful startup.

Jason Delorie Connect me

Le test drive m’a apporté beaucoup, et je ne m’y attendait pas. Tout ce que je repoussais (plan financier etc). Merci!!!!

Nathalie Baissac DarutyFeuilles et Fleurs

The workshop was very helpful as we did not know the steps to follow when starting a business

Roumesh BeepurPlantable Paper Seeds

The Test Drive pushed me to face my weaknesses again and again. I feel like a version 2.0 of myself who’s become a little more than just a software developer. It has also opened my eyes to the incredible amount of support and good will out there. And more than anything else, I feel like a part of a very diverse, very warm family.

Khalifa LameArchiscope

Being part of the Testdrive program was a great experience. I’ve learned so much in such short time. Turbine team and others members was just awesome.

Damien Ho ShingIBamboo

We are now more confident about our product and the milestones we need to go through to penetrate the market. We would recommend the Turbine program to any Start Up who want to showcase their ideas and have professional feedback and guidance.

Adish SesmunSafeway Shield

All those workshops was so helpful. Members at turbine are so amiable and resourceful. We came from nothing to something. Turbine is definitely a place to-be for all start-ups!

Noresh Raaj BissessurPark My Car Moris

TestDrive helped me take some of the daunting yet essential steps of setting up a business, making it a fun and less lonely process to go through, while receiving precious guidance and support from the team and presenters along the way.

Davina MakhanTeas of Africa

Test Drive not only gives you the chance to learn a lot but also gives you the opportunity to meet and network with a group of people who are facing the same challenges and passion as you.

Lalesh BheechookMausales

Test Drive gave me a new motivation to continue Friend’livery.

Yohanna LaroqueFriend’livery

Turbine is really helping our country with this concept. People do not need to have an unnecessary stress or tension to start a business. The mentoring, coaching and help received are wonderful.

Ganeshan ThalayanBiodegradable Cutlery

It was a fabulous and enriching journey with turbine. I learned a lot and the most important is turbine helps us to gain confidence in what we are doing. i will recommend everyone who want to start their own business to seek advises from the team.

Moonish ChatarooIFood

Weeks back when I registered in the Test Drive process, I had only a rough idea about what was ahead. From the first workshop onwards, I was amazed by the level of coaching delivered both in workshops and one-to-one sessions.

Throughout this intensive journey, my original idea remain same but the business model completely changed to a more methodic and rigorous one. A milestone in my personal achievement is the ability to read a financial model, something I considered a nightmare a few weeks back.

A heartful thanks to all the business coaches for their time, assistance and counselling regarding our projects and thank you to all the business partners involved to make it happen.

My personal win in this Test Drive, whatever would have been the outcome of the pitch, is the learning I took from it – priceless !

Hats off Turbine for this wonderful initiative of coaching and guiding entrepreneurs through Test Drive.

Ben JavedIkes - Winner of Test Drive 3.0

Test-drive has been a guiding hand in the right direction, it’s challenging but that shows a glimpse of the entrepreneurs life that awaits a test drive applicant. Having the coaches to invest their time and input on you and your project is so encouraging and motivating. I, not only enjoyed the challenge but also learned so much from it. Thank you Test drive 2019

Adarsh GujadhurKonnekTwa

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