Here is Inc42’s latest edition of startup events coming up this week. But before we dive into what’s in store for this week, let’s catch up on the successful events of the past week.
Last week, we hosted Girish Mathrubootham, the co-founder of SaaS startup Freshworks, on Inc42 Ask Me Anything (AMA). Mathrubootham shared with us many highlights of the journey of Freshworks, the newest unicorn from Chennai. He also told us that he doesn’t believe in celebrating the unicorn status, although he is proud of it, and added that the much-coveted achievement has raised the bar for the Freshworks team to keep up the good work.
Another interesting event last week was the Ideathon, a 30-hour nonstop hackathon to address and solve brand-related challenges in a highly competitive environment. The event was hosted by the Mobile Marketing Association (MMA).
Without further ado, here are all the events awaiting bookmarks in your calendars for the coming week!
In the 21st episode of Inc42 Ask Me Anything (AMA), we will host Siddharth Talwar, co-founder and partner at Lightbox Ventures.
Talwar, or Sid as people call him, is an entrepreneur at heart. He founded Evolv, a vocational training company funded by Singapore Technologies. Over the years, he built it into a business that trained more than 20K people annually across 200 cities in South Asia and the Middle East.
He sold it to NIIT in 2007 but continued to lead the internal teams in adopting new technologies.
After leaving NIIT in 2011, Siddharth took advisory roles with various startups and angel funds before starting Lightbox Ventures.
Lightbox has a fund corpus of $232 Mn and has invested in notable startups such as Faasos, Droom, Cleartrip, Furlenco, InMobi, and MapMyIndia, among others. The fund saw a successful, huge exit from edtech startup Embibe.
In this AMA, we will be talking to Sid about the investment philosophy of Lightbox, how he identifies the next big startup opportunity, trends in the industries he invests in and his future investment plans for the Indian startup ecosystem.
Date: August 29, 2018 | 3 PM onwards
Who Should Attend: Tech enthusiasts, tech entrepreneurs, investors, students
VC Dinners by Inc42 bring together the decision makers of the investment world, who are also key to the Indian startup ecosystem. The Exclusive event is attended by partners from VC funds, family offices, HNIs, Super Angels etc.
The event, in association with AWS, will host 30-40 guests who will get the chance for one-to-one networking with the who’s who of Indian startup ecosystem.
Who Should Attend: VC, angel investors, PE, Corporates
Date: August 30, 2018 | 8 PM onwards
With a view to boost and explore the entrepreneurial spirit of the demographic dividend of north India, the Punjab Chamber of Commerce and Industries (PCCI) is organising the Punjab startup Summit 2018, to enable, accelerate, and make the environment more conducive to the growth of north India’s startup ecosystem.
With the Punjab Startup Summit 2018, the government aims to develop the entire ecosystem for the growth of startups in northern India in general and Punjab in particular. The summit will focus on capital requirements of startups, incubation, and issues related to intellectual property, apart from providing marketing support and financial and technical help to startups to scale up their businesses.
The objective of the Punjab Startup Summit 2018 is to create a Vibrant Entrepreneurial Ecosystem, encourage startups in Punjab, integrate entrepreneurs of this region with the expanding pool of Indian entrepreneurs and a lot more.
Vijay Inder Singla, minister for information technology of the Punjab government, will be the chief guest for the Summit.
Key Speakers: Rajiv Agarwal, Joint Secretary, DIPP; Nakul Saxena, Director, iSPRIT Foundation; Deepak Bagla, CEO, Invest India; Pooja Sareen, Co-founder and Editor-in-Chief, Inc42 and more.
Date: August 31, 2018
Venue: The Lalit, Chandigarh
The Rural Innovators Start-up Conclave (RISC) will provide a launch platform to a wide array of budding ideas, rural innovators, and aspirant startups to showcase their design idea/innovations/technology/pitch and talk about their innovation and get an opportunity for learning and mentoring support.
As part of the RISC 2018, a new event called the Rural Innovation and Design challenge (RIDe) will be organized for school children, college students, and the general public. The purpose of this initiative is to find potential solutions to critical day-to-day problems faced by rural people.
The event will recognise the best design idea/solution with prototype or poster, innovators, and startups for acceleration.
The thematic domains of the proposed conclave are agriculture and allied activity, green energy solutions (solar, wind, biogas, hybrid, etc), drinking water and sanitation, waste to wealth (liquid, solid, and recycling), sustainable housing, sustainable livelihood, and health and elderly care.
Date: August 30-31, 2018
Venue: NIRDPR, Rajendranagar, Hyderabad
The Family Office Summit India, which witnesses participation from more than 400 ultra- and high-networth individuals and family office executives every year, is one of the largest wealth management and family office events held annually in Mumbai and Delhi.
The conference provides an annual meeting place for Indian high networth Families, single-family offices, private investors, and thought leaders.
Key Speakers: Apurva Damani, Director, Artha India Ventures; Aditya Gadge, founder and CEO, AIWMI; Sudhir Sethi, Founder and Chairman, IDG Ventures India; Sandeep Tandon, Founder and Global Strategist, Quant, and others
Date: August 27, 2018 | September 3, 2018
Venue: Taj Lands End, Mumbai | Hotel Shangri La, Delhi
Fees: INR 11,800 (for Mumbai) | INR 7,080 (for Delhi)
In an attempt to give a voice to various stakeholders and support India’s startup community, Sequoia Capital India launched Sequoia Spark, an Office Hours Mentorship Programme for women entrepreneurs, earlier this year.
The venture capital firm is now hosting a Bengaluru Spark session entitled ‘Venture Funding: A how-to guide from both sides of the table’ which will bring together a small group of women founders. The session will include a brief talk followed by a fireside chat.
Also, after the discussions, members of Sequoia’s investing team will also be available for 30-minute, one-on-one sessions to discuss top-of-mind issues faced by businesses. These sessions will be offered on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Key Speakers: Ashwini Asokan, Founder and CEO, MadStreetDen; Anjana Reddy, Founder and CEO, USPL (Wrogn, Imara); Anjana Sasidharan, Principal, Sequoia Capital India Advisors
Date: August 30, 2018
Venue: Indiranagar, Bengaluru
myHQ Workspaces and venture capital firm India Quotient are organising a Founders Meetup with a view to prove an opportunity to early-stage startup founders and enthusiasts to interact with the partners and investment team at India Quotient.
Date: August 30, 2018
Venue: myHQ Workspace, Big Boyz Lounge, Sector 29, Gurugram
Stay tuned for the next edition of Events to Attend!
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