, India’s leading online search platform and one of the largest digital SME marketplaces, announced the successful completion of the inaugural edition of ‘The Rising Stars Cup’, a first-of-its kind of cricket series between e-commerce and emerging startups in the country.  The mega cricketing event was organized by the AskMe group and witnessed participation from 11 teams who were vying for top honors.

The participating companies included Snapdeal, OYO Rooms, PayU, IndiaMart, UrbanClap, ShopClues, Web Shuttle, Plaza Sports Network (PSN), Sociowash, Foodpanda and AskMe. The winner of this 2-day long tournament was Plaza Sports Network (PSN), a start-up aimed at promoting sports in the country. PSN later played an exhibition match with STAIRS, a Delhi-based NGO for underprivileged kids. The audience appreciated the variety of culinary options from Faasos, Foodpanda, and What The Truck.

Speaking about this mega cricketing event, Mr. Rajeev Goyal, Vice President- Operations, AskMe Group said, “‘The Rising Stars Cup’ was designed with the objective of providing a platform for employees from the e-commerce and start-up industry to come together and celebrate 2 days of fun. We are overwhelmed with the response received for the inaugural season of ‘The Rising Stars Cup’. We would like to thank all the participants who made the sporting event a success. The 2 day action packed event witnessed exciting cricket throughout the 16 matches that were played under this event. I would like to congratulate the team of Plaza Sports Network (PSN) for winning The Risings Start Cup, all partners and our internal organizing team who made this event possible. We had partnered with STAIRS, a non-profit organization in India working in the field of development of underprivileged youth. We are thankful to the NGO kids for participating in the event.“

Added Mr. Goyal, “While we work tirelessly and strive every day to take our brands to the next level, we believe that such initiatives help individuals to unwind themselves and interact with peers from the industry. We hope to roll out and be a part of similar initiatives in the future.”

Plaza Sports Network (PSN) was formed in 2012 by Arpit Gupta and Hemant Sharma. PSN is a network of talented entrepreneurs who are motivated to promote sports in our country. The company provides end-to-end solutions for any sporting event of a company or an individual. PSN has built its own IPs such as “The Legends Cup” which is the biggest corporate football tournament in India engaging more than 4000 football players. It also provides opportunities for corporates to create a platform for team building and bonding through sports.

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