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Startup Events To Attend This Week: India IoT Symposium, StartAP Awards 2018 Programme And More

Startup Events To Attend This Week: India IoT Symposium, StartAP Awards 2018 Programme And More

A Curated List Of Startup Events [May 21-27, 2018]

Here is Inc42’s latest edition of startup events coming up this week.

The Indian business ecosystem has been abuzz with talk of the Flipkart-Walmart deal and the ecommerce market is looking ahead atat interesting times as competition between Flipkart-Walmart and Amazon hots up.

But apart from the of all this talk of increased rivalry between companies, what’s really germinating in the minds of many Indians today is entrepreneurship. Sachin Bansal, Binny Bansal, Jeff Bezos, etc might be rivals in a business, but to the common man, they are a source of inspiration whose success is encouraging many to take the path less taken.

No wonder that India is on the verge of an entrepreneurship boom and institutions to train aspiring entrepreneurs, along with government organisations and companies, are looking to nurture and provide a boost to the startup ecosystem as much as possible.

There is much to look forward to in terms of engagements and encouragements that these institutions have to offer as the upcoming events of the week suggest.

Keeping up with our consistent efforts to bridge the gap between the Indian startup ecosystem, policymakers, and industry stalwarts, here are the startup events that you should consider participating in this week.

India IoT Symposium

The India IoT Symposium is coming up with its IoT series featuring business meetings, presentations, and discussions with IoT specialists and provide enterprises more ways to network! With more than 500 attendees, over 40 speakers and panelists, and above 100 sponsors and exhibitors, this event will connect IoT enthusiasts from across the country.

The India IoT Symposium is an event for people looking to develop their brand visibility among influential buyers and procurement specialists.

Last year, the event welcomed a senior delegation of government officials to the event from across a variety of departments. This time around, the symposium will act as a destination for enterprises to come and network and learn more about the latest technologies that can enable the growth of their businesses.

  • Date: May 24-25, 2018
  • Key Speakers:  Dr Aloknath De, Samsung; Farhana Haque, Vodafone; Alok Lall, Microsoft
  • Who Should Attend: IoT startups and entrepreneurs, supplier executives, analysts, tech investors
  • Venue: Courtyard by Marriott, Mumbai

StartAP Awards 2018 programme

The StartAP Awards 2018 programme will be held on the Visakhapatnam beach side on May 25.

According to the CEO of StartAP, Siddharth Marupeddi, the programme will be one of India’s biggest business event. It is expected to have over 1,000 special invitees, 200-plus startups, 20 speakers, three power panels with panelists from across the country. The awards will be given in three main categories — Leadership Awards, Organisational Awards, and Startup Awards — with over 35 awards for the taking.

IT minister of Andhra Pradesh, Nara Lokesh is expected to handhold the event and distribute the awards among the winners along with the who’s who of the entrepreneurial ecosystem of the country. The event places Andhra Pradesh significantly on the global startup map with more than 100 startup CEOs and 35 investors and VCs expected to attend the event.

  • Date: May 25, 2018
  • Location: Visakhapatnam
  • Who Should Attend: Startups, IT specialists, entrepreneurs, investors

Startup Weekend Emerging Tech Hyderabad

Startup Weekend is a global movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is a community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 35,00 past events in more than 150 countries around the world.

Participants create working startups during the event and are able to collaborate with like-minded individuals outside their daily networks. All teams hear talks by industry leaders and receive valuable feedback from local entrepreneurs. The weekend is centred around action, innovation, and education.

Whether you’re  looking for feedback on an idea, a co-founder, a specific skill set, or a team to help you execute your idea, Startup Weekends is where you can to test your idea and take the first steps towards launching your own startup.

Focus Areas for Emerging Tech:




UAV’s / Drones.

Augmented Reality / Virtual Reality / Mixed Reality


Artificial Intelligence / Machine learning

  • Date: May 25-27, 2018
  • Key Speakers: Jay Krishnan, chief executive officer at T-Hub Hyderabad; Murali Talasila, partner innovation leader at PwC; Reena Dayal, director, Microsoft Garage, India
  • Who Should Attend: Tech enthusiasts, investors, and entrepreneurs
  • Venue: Microsoft Development Centre, Microsoft Garage, Gachibowli, Hyderabad

Global Eentrepreneurship & Innovation Program

Columbia Business School is coming up with its Global Entrepreneurship and Innovation Course to help future entrepreneurs set up their own business and innovate. The course will be a partnership between Oakridge International School and Columbia Business School in India.

This is an intensive one-week pre-college university level course, exposing high school students to the theory and practice of entrepreneurship and innovation. In this programme, students are guided through the new venture creation process by the Columbia Business School faculty and can apply it to their own ideas.

This course provides the necessary practical and applicable techniques to test and develop their ideas.

  • Date:  May 23-27, 2018
  • Who Should Attend: Aspiring entrepreneurs
  • Speakers Of The Course: Dr Jack McGourty, Daniel McQuade, Manoj Pooleery
  • Venue: Hyderabad

Stay tuned for the next version of our weekly series ‘Indian Startup Events Of The Week.