Top 10 Startup events in India

The Startup ecosystem in India has matured over recent years with many people choosing to take the road less travelled. One of the key factors that has led to this phenomenon, is the fostering of the spirit of entrepreneurship by successful entrepreneurs and organizations. Startup events conducted by these organizations have helped them in their cause, of building a better and more enterprising India. Lets have a look at ten startup events in India, which have provided platforms that have helped startups in their growth story.

Proto.in: Managed by the Knowledge Foundation, Proto.in, over the years has inspired and supported umpteen number of startups in the Indian Startup Community. Apart from speaker talks, the event also gives startups an opportunity to showcase their products and interact with mentors. The eighth edition that took place in Chennai on July 9, 2011 featured entrepreneurs and experts from the industry sharing their knowledge and experience with budding entrepreneurs.

The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) Summit: The flagship event of the The Indus Entrepreneurs – India, the TiE Summit is hosted annually in a major metropolis in India. The event brings the best leaders from the industry and society to interact with and inspire young turks from the startup community. A number of sessions and workshops on topics that range from building a team for your startup to formulating a marketing strategy, are organized during the summit. One on one mentoring sessions with industry veterans and experts are also organized during the summit. Speakers in the past editions of the summit include Amartya Sen, Kiran Bedi, Vijay Mallya, Deep Kalra. The next TiE summit will be held at Mumbai on March 4th and 5th, 2011.

UnPluggd: Brought to you by pluggd.in, Unpluggd hosted its third edition at Bangalore on July 9, 2011. The event showcased ten startups apart from speaker sessions that provided insights on various facets of entrepreneurship to attendees. The Startup showcase provided a platform for startups where they could present their products to the community and gain valuable feedback from experts and mentors. Unpluggd is organized biannually and  has featured speakers such as Saumil Majumdar, Deap Ubhi and Dr. Naren Gupta in various editions.

NASSCOM Emergeout Conclave: The NASSCOM Emergeout Conclave has seen seven editions since its inception in September 2008. The event focuses on the development of emerging companies within the IT-BPO sector by providing a national platform to deliberate on technology and business trends, and gain insights on the new opportunities opening out before them. The event also helps startups in the sector to showcase their products and get valuable feedback from industry experts and entrepreneurs. Past speakers at various editions of the event include Som Mittal, Rajindra Pawar, Kiran Karnik and Sahil Parikh. The next edition of the Emergeout Conclavewill be held on August 12, 2011 at Gurgaon.

The Startup Garage: The Startup Garage is a weekend program that aims to help startups validate their ideas, build a product roadmap and create teams to effectively launch a business. The event brings together developers, designers and product managers to formulate ideas, improvise on them and build prototypes out of them. You can register here for the next Startup Garage at New Delhi scheduled to take place on August 13th and 14th, 2011.

Techsparks: Techsparks is an annual event organized by YourStory.in. The event is designed to help technology startups which are not greater than five years old to achieve national recognition, gain access to networking opportunities and receive support from the investment and technology ecosystem. The 2011 edition of Techsparks concludes on August 19,2011 at Bangalore after various regional roundtables.

Seedcamp: Seedcamp is a venture capital firm that aims to nurture startups across the globe by providing mentoring and funding for their ideas. Seedcamp reaches out to startups across the globe through its Mini Seedcamp events, which are organized periodically in different regions. Mini Seedcamps are accomplished by inviting select few startups, after evaluating all applicants. The selected startups are then invited for a full day mentorship program, some of whom are eventually selected for funding by Seedcamp. The last Seedcamp in India was held at Mumbai on December 4, 2011 with as many as twenty startups selected for the day long mentorship program.

NEN First Dot: An initiative of the National Entrepreneurship Network (NEN), the NEN First Dot brought together 30 startups selected from 141 applications. What made this event special was that each of the 141 startups who sent in their applications were completely student driven. Apart from showcasing these companies, the event also provided the student startups an opportunity to connect with entrepreneurs and experts in the fields that they operated in. Speakers at the workshop included Satya Prabhakar of Sulekha.com, Indus Khaitan of The Morpheus Venture, Laura Parkin of NEN.

Bootcamp: Organized by the Indian Angel Network and Springboard Ventures, the Bootcamp had close to 13000 people involved in a series of ‘boot-camps’ across the country. The series of events provided entrepreneurs an opportunity to interact closely with angel investors from the IAN. The initiative included a contest where top ideas from each of the four centers as categorized by the organizers , battled it out for angel funding for their venture. The 2011 edition of the Bootcamp concluded at New Delhi on June 5, 2011 and the next edition in 2012, only promises to be better.

The Startup Weekend: The Startup Weekend is an event that takes place for 54 hours over a weekend. The event brings together designers, developers, product managers and entrepreneurs to share ideas, build products and launch a startup, all done in 54 hours. Two editions of the event at New Delhi and Bangalore drew great responses from the participants with prototypes of various ideas being presented by them. Mentors and experts from the industry guided the teams in the product building process during the weekend.

Which event do you think is the best of the lot? Is there a startup event you think we missed out? Let loose in the comments section.

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3 Comments

  1. Posted July 16, 2011 at 10:46 pm | Permalink

    Hi Rahul,
    Thanks for adding Startup Weekend to the list. We’ve got Startup Weekend Hyderabad happening on the 2nd – 4th of September at ISB and we’re working to bring Startup Weekend to at least one more city before Diwali. Stay tuned!
    Cheers,
    Pankaj

    • Rahul
      Posted July 16, 2011 at 11:31 pm | Permalink

      Hey Pankaj,
      Thanks for reading the post. Good luck on the ISB event and do watch this space for more top lists on events in India and Overseas.

  2. Posted July 17, 2011 at 12:08 am | Permalink

    Pretty. Useful.