RAI's ‘Retail India Summit & Expo 2019' explores changing trends in the retail industry

The summit saw participation from the retail fraternity and retail service providers from areas such as retail design, digital solutions, visual merchandising, shopfitting, real estate and technology

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Published: Nov 27, 2019 1:36 PM  | 4 min read
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The Retailers Association of India (RAI) organised the ‘Retail India Summit & Expo 2019’ (RISE) on November 26 - 27, 2019 in New Delhi. Themed on ‘Experiential Retail: The Journey from We-tail to Me-tail’, the summit saw an overwhelming participation of the retail fraternity and retail service providers from key areas of retail such as retail design, digital solutions, visual merchandising, shopfitting, real estate and technology among others.

The objective of RISE 2019 is to bring together retailers and retail service providers under one roof to facilitate dialogue and explore changing trends of the industry. RISE 2019 is a platform to discuss new inspirations and innovation to win new customers, retain existing ones, and ultimately increase sales.

Speaking on the theme of the summit, Kumar Rajagopalan – CEO, Retailers Association of India (RAI) said, “Customer experience has become a very significant differentiator for retailers in the same categories. Consumers are now looking for a more personalised experience, which is tailored to their individual needs and hence the shifting from We-tail to Me-Tail has become crucial. The Me-Tail of today is seamless, digital, engaging and involves employing technology, both at the back-end and the front-end.”

The first day of the summit included special addresses by Lalit Agarwal – CMD V-Mart Retail Ltd., Sandeep Kataria - CEO, Bata India Ltd., Abhishek Ganguly - MD, Puma India and Anand Vijay Jha - Head Corporate Affairs, Public Policy, Communications and Sustainability, Walmart India.

“We are at the verge where we can really leapfrog from 12-15% of modern retail to 50% with a digital mindset. There is a large opportunity in India. However, whatever brought us from here to here many not take us ahead. As retailers, we need to keep learning and unlearning.” said Lalit Agarwal, CMD, V-Mart speaking about the potential of modern retail in the country in his special address.

Riveting panel discussions through the day touched upon various aspects of the central theme like Blended Commerce: Delivering True Omni-Channel in Retail, Brand Building Strategies to Delight the Ever-Changing Consumers and Satisfaction to Delight: Taking Customer Experience to the Next Level.

The discussions saw the participation of retail leaders such as Janne Einola - Country Manager, H & M Hennes & Mauritz Retail Pvt. Ltd.; Rahul Singh - Founder & CEO, THE BEER CAFÉ; Siddharth Bindra - MD, BIBA; Amrish Kumar - MD, Ritu Kumar (Ritika Pvt Ltd.); Deepak Aggarwal - MD, KAZO; Vineet Jain - CEO - North, Future Retail Ltd.; Anand Agarwal - CFO, V-Mart Retail Ltd.; Dharmender Khanna - Head Retail & Omnichannel, SSIPL Retail Ltd.; Pooja Nagdev - Founder & MD, Inatur, Sandeep Jabbal – VP IT, Dominos Pizza, Dunkin Donuts (Jubilant FoodWorks Ltd); Sharang Pant – Head Retail Vertical, Nielsen in South Asia; Vishal Kapil - CTO, Marks and Spencer Reliance India Ltd.

“We speak a lot about experience but it is really about the DNA of your brand, which reflects in everything right from product to marketing and customer interaction,” said Janne Einola, Country Manager, H & M India (Hennes & Mauritz Retail Pvt. Ltd.) when speaking about customer experience. “Data says that 30-40% consumers step out of the store with a few minutes. This is where personalisation can help. There is just no substitute for personalisation.” said Siddharth Bindra, MD, BIBA speaking about We-Tail to Me-Tail.

Sharing Bata’s experience on the journey of We-Tail to Me-Tail, Sandeep Kataria, CEO, Bata India shared how Bata now offers customised insoles that are tailored to an individual’s foot. He shared that this was part of Bata’s on-going efforts to change its brand image and perception in India and improve sales.

Some key presentations at the summit included ‘An Overview of the UK Retail Environment’ by Neil Wynn-Jones, MBE, Luxury and Retail Sector Specialist, Department for International Trade, United Kingdom.

Over the years, ‘Retail India Summit & Expo (RISE) has evolved to provide retailers with a platform to find the right business partners and solutions across categories to help take their business to the next level.

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ABP Majha honours unsung heroes of Maharashtra at its annual event ‘Shourya Puraskar’

This year Shourya Puraskars were awarded to eight brave individuals

By exchange4media Staff | Jan 27, 2023 2:03 PM   |   2 min read

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ABP Majha hosted its annual event 'Shourya Puraskar' in Mumbai on 24th January 2023. This event is an initiative by the channel to recognize and celebrate the courage and heroism of common people across the Maharashtra region. Dedicated to celebrating the bravery of the common people, the event was aired on the occasion of Republic Day today.

The event was graced by Eknath Shinde, Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Ashok Chavan, Ex-Chief Minister, Maharashtra, Vivek Phansalkar (IPS), Commissioner of Mumbai Police, and Shivaji Satam, Veteran TV & Film Actor, who also felicitated the bravehearts.

This year Shourya Puraskars were awarded to eight brave individuals who selflessly put their lives at risk for others. The recipients of the award were - Kishore Gadhe, Namrata Kale, Pravin Rathod, Latabai Koli, Mayur Patil, Sanjana Pavde and Satish Kamble.

• Kishore Gadhe jumped into a flooded river and saved three lives.
• Namrata Kale jumped into a well to save her brother’s life.
• Deepak Gharat who was also one of the recipients of the award ran to rescue a family trapped in a fire and saved their lives.
• Pravin Rathod was awarded for evacuating 25 people trapped in a fire due to gas leakage.
• Latabai Koli saved her life from a leopard by swimming for 13 hours in flood waters.
• Mayur Patil received the award for showing exemplary courage by saving the life of a girl from a knife attack while sustaining a few stabs himself.
• Sanjana Pavde was awarded as she fought away a leopard to save her husband from certain death.
• Late Satish Kamble was posthumously recognised as he suffered a heart attack while driving a school bus, yet managed to control the bus and stop it, saving the lives of the children inside. The recognition was received by his wife Pramila.

ABP Majha’s Shourya Puraskar was presented by RCC. The event was powered by Dear Lottery and its digital partner was ABP Live.

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#OrientLightsUpIndia in Tricolour for Republic Day

Rail Bhawan, Baroda House and Travancore House in New Delhi, Varanasi Cantt Railway Station and Bareilly Junction are some buildings that have been illuminated

By exchange4media Staff | Jan 26, 2023 6:00 PM   |   2 min read

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Orient Electric Limited, part of the CK Birla Group, has illuminated a number of landmark buildings and sites across India in the colours of the Indian flag, ahead of Republic Day, as part of its #OrientLightsUpIndiav campaign. The list includes prominent locations like Rail Bhawan, Baroda House and Travancore House in New Delhi, Varanasi Cantt Railway Station, Bareilly Junction railway station, Dobra Chanti bridge in Tehri, Rani Kamalapati Railway Station in Bhopal, Ganga Barrage in Kanpur, and Bharathi Park in Pondicherry.

The company has used indigenously developed Façade lighting solutions to illuminate these iconic buildings, with the option to program lighting levels, colours, and effects through controllers.

Anika Agarwal, Chief Marketing and Customer Experience Officer, Orient Electric said, “We are proud to have partnered with the concerned Government authorities to illuminate these places of cultural and historic significance in Tricolour with our Façade lighting solutions in celebration of Republic Day. The Tricolour illumination has been done in a way to bring out the architectural aesthetics of these buildings and turn them into a unique visual experience for the visitors while igniting the spirt of patriotism. Façade lighting as a category is growing fast in India, with one of the key drivers being the Government’s greater impetus on decorating and illuminating prominent buildings and monuments to bring them to life and promote night tourism. We are among the few Indian lighting brands that have successfully developed design competencies for such projects which require superior technical expertise, aesthetic design sensibility, and project execution capabilities.”

The company is running #OrientLightsUpIndia campaign around this initiative, showcasing these beautifully lit buildings and also highlighting how façade lighting can add charm and character to any structure. Orient Electric carries a wide range of Façade lighting solutions including LED Linear profiles, Spotlights, Projectors, Uplighters, Underwater lights, Controllers, and other accessories.

 

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Palki Sharma to host ‘Vantage’ on Firstpost from Jan 26

‘Vantage’ will air at 9pm on weekdays on Firstpost.com and its YouTube channel

By exchange4media Staff | Jan 23, 2023 7:22 PM   |   2 min read

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Palki Sharma will host a new show on Firstpost.com and its YouTube channel from this Republic Day.

Christened ‘Vantage’, the show will have many firsts to its credit. This will be the first time audiences will be treated to global stories and geopolitical developments that have an Indian perspective.

‘Vantage’ will also mark the first time a top TV news personality will host a digital-first show.

The show will also bring to the fore India’s take on the world for global audiences.

Spearheaded, curated and hosted by Palki Sharma, ‘Vantage’ promises well-researched and unbiased insights into global events that have the capacity to impact human lives.

“While a lot of international news channels report on India, they tend to view developments from their own editorial lens. They seldom offer the full story, let alone the story from India’s perspective. It’s important for us as a nation to be heard internationally, with a detailed reportage on things that matter to us, and I will be trying my best to deliver that,” said Palki Sharma, Managing Editor, Firstpost.

Putting nuance over news, ‘Vantage’ will truthfully give the viewers facts, analysis and context, addressing the need of educative and informative content on a global scale.

‘Vantage’ will air at 9pm on weekdays on Firstpost.com and its YouTube channel.

The show will also be aired on CNN-News18 on weekdays at 10pm.

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Nickelodeon unveils new anthem

Written by Gulzar and sung by Armaan Malik, the anthem opens with the brand's promise of ‘Nick for Kids, Kids for Nick’

By exchange4media Staff | Jan 21, 2023 10:38 AM   |   4 min read

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Kids’ entertainment channel Nickelodeon is ushering 2023 with a brand-new anthem and campaign ‘#DoTheNickNick’. The campaign features Nicktoons, celebrates kids, and encourages them to look forward to 2023 with a positive and exciting outlook.

Written by Gulzar and sung by Armaan Malik, the anthem opens with the brand's promise of ‘Nick for Kids, Kids for Nick’, reiterating that as a franchise Nickelodeon has kids at the heart of all that it does and is by their side through happy and tough times.

“Nickelodeon has planned elaborate interactive initiatives with kids across cities in a bid to enhance audience engagement and experience. The campaign is being amplified with on-air playouts across the Viacom18 Network along with a host of social and digital initiatives, a series of interactive dance challenges, contests, influencer engagement, partnerships, and on-ground initiatives. The campaign will see expansive promotions across online platforms, radio & music apps like Gaana and JioSaavn. To make the new anthem more engaging for kids, a simple and fun hook step has also been created which is sure to catch on and stay with kids for a long time,” the channel said.

‘#DoTheNickNick’ is an ode to all the love received from kids while Nickelodeon welcomes another year of innovation in stories, characters, and campaigns.

Speaking on what the franchise has in store for the year, Viacom18 Hindi Mass Entertainment & Kids TV Network Head, Nina Elavia Jaipuria said, “2022 was a year of milestones. We entertained, engaged, and empathized with our young audiences through the highs and lows in new and innovative ways. As we begin the new year, we once again reiterate our promise to our viewers of bringing the best stories and characters. Our new anthem champions exactly what Nickelodeon stands for – ‘Nick for Kids and Kids for Nick.’ We are excited on presenting a power-packed year, further reinforcing our bond with kids.”

Talking about his experience as the lyricist for the anthem, Gulzar Saab commented, “I have always enjoyed writing for Nickelodeon, because I am still a kid at heart. This anthem is an ode to the young minds to celebrate their zest and the unshakeable bond with their Nicktoons.”

Singer Armaan Malik further added, “Being a part of the creation of 'Do The Nick Nick' is a nostalgia trip for me, as Nickelodeon was a huge part of my childhood. The anthem, written by the legendary Gulzaar Saab, captures the spirit of youth and encourages them to wear their hearts on their sleeves. It's an honour to be a part of something that brings back so many fond memories for me, and I hope that this anthem will create some unforgettable memories for others as well."

In addition to the latest campaign, the franchise has also planned a line-up of new episodes and shows to kickstart the new year. The adorable Motu Patlu and the playful banter between Chikoo Aur Bunty will entertain kids with all new episodes on Nick. Kids are also in for a treat with all-new episodes of Pakdam Pakdai, Ninja Hattori and Pinaki & Happy – The Bhoot Bandhus on Sonic. Filled with thrill and enthusiasm, Nick Jr. has launched a brand-new show Ricky Zoom and will also be airing all-new episodes of Masha and the Bear.

Further to its content plans, Nickelodeon is bringing back its annual global pro-socio campaign ‘Together For Good’, an initiative which always looks out for kids and tackles causes that are relevant to them. The globally acclaimed ‘Kids Choice Awards’, a property that empowers kids to voice their choices will also be back in a dazzling new avatar in the upcoming months. The leading kids’ franchise also has special plans for Holi, Global Recycling Day, and International Happiness Day.

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&TV and Mumbai Traffic Police join forces for Road Safety Week

Artists of popular show Bhabiji Ghar Par Hai urge commuters to follow safety rules

By exchange4media Staff | Jan 19, 2023 4:51 PM   |   2 min read

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Road Safety Week is organised annually to promote awareness on road safety measures and rules. This year the Mumbai Traffic Police has teamed up with &TV for an awareness campaign starting January 11-17, 2023. &TV’s immensely popular and beloved bhabhis, Angoori (Shubhangi Atre) and Anita (Vidisha Srivastava), will reinforce numerous road safety measures like wearing helmets, seatbelts, no drinking and driving, among others. Both the bhabhis kicked off the public awareness drive, urging Mumbaikars to follow the rules in their unique style, characteristic of their on-screen personalities.

Talking about Road Safety Week, the Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic), Pravinkumar Padwal, said, "Road safety is one of the most important goals for the Mumbai Traffic Police and it is our constant endeavour to create safer streets for the citizens of Mumbai. In continuation of this endeavour, we are happy to partner with &TV to spread awareness of various safety measures and traffic violations. Through the use of their popular characters, we hope to positively influence Mumbaikars to take road safety very seriously, for themselves and the safety of others.”

On joining forces with the Mumbai Traffic Police for Road Safety Week, Vishnu Shankar, Chief Cluster Officer, &TV, Zing, Big Magic and Anmol, said, “The Mumbai Traffic Police has always been at the forefront when it comes to road safety and their campaigns have been outstanding. We at &TV are honoured to partner with them on the occasion of Road Safety Week and keep our roads and communities safer together. Angoori Bhabhi and Anita Bhabhi, who enjoy tremendous love from their fans, will be seen urging Mumbaikars to follow the safety rules in their unique style. Apart from the on - ground campaign in Mumbai, we have developed a microsite where people across the country can send personalised road safety videos to their loved ones.”

Adding to this, actor Shubhangi Atre, aka Angoori Bhab hi of Bhabiji Ghar Par Hai, said, “I am delighted to be a part of a campaign that generates awareness about road safety. Understanding and following traffic rules are imperative to avoid endangering your life and others’ lives. My fans can click on andtvroadsafety.zee5.com and send my safety message videos to their loved ones.” Vidisha Srivastava, aka Anita Bhabhi of Bhabiji Ghar Par Hai, adds, "Kudos to the Mumbai Traffic Police for their consistent efforts on educating and sensitising commuters on road safety. Let us all do our bit to make our roads safer for everyone.”

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Ogilvy Mumbai wins Best of Show & Agency of Year in 2022 ONE Asia Creative Awards

A jury of more than 70 top creatives judged this year’s entries

By exchange4media Staff | Jan 16, 2023 4:08 PM   |   5 min read

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At the One Asia Creative Awards 2022, Ogilvy Mumbai picked up Best of Show, two Best of Disciplines, and the Cultural Driver Award for “Shah Rukh Khan-My-Ad” on behalf of Cadbury Celebrations, and ranking as 2022 ONE Asia Agency of the Year.

The work, created with Wavemaker Mumbai, Rephrase.ai Bengaluru and The Pack Mumbai, won Best of Discipline in Experiential & Immersive and Public Relations, three Golds (one each in Experiential & Immersive, Public Relations, and Social Media), a Silver in Social Media, and three Merits. 

Ogilvy Mumbai, working with Vanilla Films Mumbai and Ronin Labs Pune, also won the ONE Asia Sustainable Development Goals Award for “Memory Karaoke” on behalf of MTV and ARDSI.

Based on cumulative points for awards won, Ogilvy Mumbai is ranked as ONE Asia Agency of the Year, “Shah Rukh Khan-My-Ad” is the Highest Ranked Work of the Year, Cadbury is Client of the Year, and Kainaz Karmakar, Sukesh Nayak and Harshad Rajadhyaksha are tied for CCO of the Year.

Other wins for India were as follows.

Bronze:

  • Ek Type Mumbai “Anek Multi-script” for Google Font in TDC Typography Discipline
  • Ogilvy with Wavemaker, both in Mumbai, “Perk Disclaimers” for Cadbury Perk in Integrated
  • Ogilvy with Vanilla Films, both Mumbai, and Ronin Labs Pune, “Memory Karaoke” for MTV and ARDSI.

Merit:

  • Byju's Bangalore with Dora Digs Mumbai for its own “Master Ji” in Brand-Side
  • Byju's Bangalore with Dora Digs Mumbai for its own “Master Ji” in Film & Video Craft
  • Ogilvy India Gurugram with Vikas Maurya Films New Delhi and Gameplan West Bengal, “The Legacy Project - Indian Handcrafted Textiles” for Pernod Ricard India in Print & OOH Craft

Other Best of Discipline winners were Ogilvy Singapore with Ogilvy Kuala Lumpur for “Flags of Generosity” on behalf of Cadbury in Design, Ogilvy Group Thailand with Illusion CGI Studio, both Bangkok, for Live Long Life Company/Googo Green “No Pests Allowed” in Print & Out of Home, and Dentsu with (Tsuzuku) and Dentsu Craft, all in Tokyo, for Suntory “Tennensui Endless Dawn” in Film & Video Craft.

The Green Award was won by Innocean Worldwide with Planit Production, both in Seoul, for “Hydrogen Garbage Truck” on behalf of Hyundai Motor Group. 

Top 10 ONE Asia 2022 Agency Ranking:

 

  1. Ogilvy Mumbai
  2. Special New Zealand Auckland
  3. Ogilvy Group Thailand Bangkok
  4. Innocean Worldwide Seoul
  5. Ogilvy Singapore
  6. (Tsuzuku) Tokyo (tie)
  7. Dentsu Tokyo (tie)
  8. Ogilvy Malaysia Kuala Lumpur
  9. BBDO Bangkok
  10. TBWA\Media Arts Lab Singapore

 

Other top rankings for ONE Asia 2022 include the following.

  • Independent Agency of the Year: Special New Zealand Auckland
  • Brand-Side/In-House Agency of the Year: LIFULL Tokyo
  • Client of the Year: Cadbury
  • Production Company of the Year: The Post Office Auckland
  • Music & Sound Company of the Year: Resonance Sonic Branding Sydney
  • Agency Network of the Year: Ogilvy Group
  • Agency Holding Company of the Year: WPP
  • Highest Ranked Work of the Year: “Shah Rukh Khan-My-Ad” by Ogilvy Mumbai with Wavemaker Mumbai, Rephrase.ai Bengaluru and The Pack Mumbai for Cadbury Celebrations
  • CCO of the Year (tie): Kainaz Karmakar, Sukesh Naylak, Harshad Rajadhyaksha, all Ogilvy
  • ECD of the Year (tie): Jonathan McMahon and Lisa Fedyszyn, both Special New Zealand Auckland
  • Creative Director of the Year: Arnya Karaitiana, Special New Zealand Auckland
  • Art Director of the Year: Kimberley Scott, Special New Zealand Auckland
  • Copywriter of the Year: Anh Nguyen, TBWA\Media Arts Lab Singapore

Overall, there were 18 Gold, 19 Silver, 28 Bronze and 56 Merit ONE Asia winners for entries from Australia, Mainland China, India, Japan, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan-China, Thailand and Vietnam.  The top five countries were Thailand with 31 winners, India and New Zealand with 17 each, Japan with 16, and Singapore with 12.

A jury of more than 70 top creatives from 19 APAC countries and regions — as well as a handful of international creative leaders — judged this year’s entries. 

 

After years of running The One Show Greater China, The One Club Asia, part of The One Club for Creativity, expanded the scope of the awards last year to include all of Asia Pacific as ONE Asia. 

 

Eligible countries and regions for ONE Asia are Australia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, East Timor, Greater China (Chinese Mainland, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan), India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, New Zealand, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Vietnam.

 

Starting this year, ONE Asia is now part of The One Club’s renowned Global Creative Rankings for 2022.  ONE Asia award wins now gain international recognition for agencies and brands, and contribute as appropriate to network and holding company global rankings totals.  The final One Club Global Creative Awards recap for 2022, incorporating points from ONE Asia, will be announced on January 17, 2023.

 

The One Club Greater China office was founded in 2000, hosting a series of youth events in China, and added The One Show Greater China Awards and related Creative Week programming eight years ago.  In the past 20 years, the team has focused on promoting creativity in the APAC region, and greater communications between Greater China and the global industry.  This expanded focus prompted the office to rebrand as The One Club Asia.

 

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Chennai Heats crowned champions of INBL inaugural 5x5 season

This season’s 5x5 championship alone has seen substantial investment in organising the event in four different cities, together with close to 40 lakhs rupees in prize money.

By exchange4media Staff | Jan 15, 2023 9:24 PM   |   4 min read

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Headstart Arena India (HAI), - has successfully completed its inaugural Indian National Basketball League (INBL) 5x5 season. INBL 2022 was played across three rounds of intense league action in three different venues-Kochi, Pune and Delhi -before making their way to the playoff - Finals in Bengaluru. The finals was held in the Sree Kanteerava Stadium with all the pomp and pageantry with the Honourable Governor of Karnataka Sri. Thaawarchand Gehlot in attendance to facilitate the players with awards. 
The Finals was played against the Chennai Heats and the Home team Bengaluru Kings. The exciting southern derby was played in two legs with Chennai Heat comfortably taking both the games with the aggregate score of 183 - 151. M. Arvind Kumar from Chennai Heat was adjudged MVP of the season 2022-23 and the MVP was awarded a Rs.50,000 and an Oben Electric bike.
HAI was appointed by The Basketball Federation of India (BFI) and launched The INBL in November 2021 with substantial investment from Rupinder Brar, Chairman of HAI and a group of investors, with the purpose to increase the popularity of basketball in India and improve the standards in Indian basketball. The INBL, more seen as a concept, and not as a mere cluster of competitions, is a comprehensive, holistic basketball project encompassing all formats of the game involving multiple age groups right from the grassroots. 
The first set of INBL competitions was held successfully between March-May 2022 with the conduct of the INBL 3x3 Season 1 held in 20 cities across India involving more than 9000 players in four categories - Men, Women, U18 Men, U18 Women. The champions of the INBL 3x3 National Finals, held in May 2022, went on to become the first all-Indian roster to participate in a FIBA 3x3 World Tour event. The quartet that was the INBL 3x3 National U18 champions were exactly the foursome that comprised the Indian National U18 team that won the historic silver medal at the FIBA 3x3 U18 Championship in October last year.
This competition helped raise India’s ranking on the world stage as measured by FIBA, the international body.
This season’s 5x5 championship alone has seen substantial investment in organising the event in four different cities, together with close to 40 lakhs rupees in prize money. The teams represented six cities Bengaluru, Chandigarh, Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai and Kochi – the players coming from their surrounding areas representing the top talent in India.
Rupinder Brar, Chairman and Director, INBL said: “We are pleased to be working with BFI to launch this great initiative. A great opportunity for the top talent in India to have a platform to showcase their ability against well matched opposition. This is the second initiative we have promoted, after running a very successful 3x3 tournament earlier this year, with unprecedented representation. We hope to continue helping to develop the sport at all levels and ultimately help India compete at a higher level on the world stage.
Dushyant Khanna, Director INBL said: “Bringing a new Basketball era to India and great development of Indian talent makes it a unique proposition for Indian basketball. It’s great to see that our group investment come to life with so much great competition. We will continue to do this and hopefully attract some other partners for this great journey” 
Headstart Arena India brings in the international experience and the passion for basketball with the sole aim to revolutionizing and to bring Indian basketball to the world stage. At the Helm of HAI, Parveen Batish who brings in the international expertise and the pure passion to help Indian basketball and provide the Indian talent a stage to realise their talents through INBL. Parveen Batish said: “I have been really impressed with the level of competition we have had through this competition. We are on a journey to discover talent and this is just the start. We thank our sponsors Punvec, Konze, Vedanta Sesa Goa for supporting our vision and making this season possible.”
Oben Electric bike was gifted to the MVP by Mr Pratik Gauri, Founder & CEO of 5ire, a sustainable Blockchain Unicorn Company. On this occasion Gauri commented “we at 5ire share the collective vision of the Honourable PM Modi’s “Khelega India, Badega India”
Headstart Arena India (more info on the company) HEADSTART (HAI) has been put together for the sole purpose of running National Basketball Leagues across both 3x3 and 5x5 games. HAI has been awarded a 5-year licence (+5- year option) by the Basketball Federation of India (BFI) to run, promote and monetise 3x3 and 5x5 national competitions in India, for both men and women. HAI has also been tasked to promote basketball in India and drive participation at all levels and discipline – players, coaches, officials and administrators. 

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