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Startup Events To Attend This Week: BIGShift Vizag, AVCJ Private Equity & Venture Forum

Startup Events To Attend This Week: BIGShift Vizag, AVCJ Private Equity & Venture Forum

A Curated Lowdown Of Startup Events [4-9 Dec]

After the two successful editions of our this new weekly series on startup events to attend this week, we are here with our latest edition for the startup events to attend in this week.

The most happening event of the last week was GES 2017. During the three day event several startups presented their pitches in front of PM Narendra Modi. While the PM promoted Make In India and highlighted the improved ease of doing business in India, the guest of honour Ivanka Trump praised the growing opportunities for women entrepreneurs in the country.

Those who were not able to grab the tickets for GES 2017 or were too busy last week to attend any other event, here is a list of another bunch of startup events which one can look to attend this week..

Startup Events To Attend This Week

BIGShift Vizag

Visakhapatnam or fondly known as Vizag is the financial capital of Andhra Pradesh, a state whose government is currently leaving no stone unturned to promote its startups as well as recognise the potential of new age technologies such as blockchain. Just recently, the state government hosted a two-day Vizag International Blockchain Conference to trigger startups, corporates, local and global investors to eye Vizag city as home to fintech and related verticals’ ecosystem in India.

BIGShift Vizag is a similar attempt by Inc42 to showcase the rising opportunities in the ninth richest city of the country. BIGShift is a series of startup events organised by Inc42 and Amazon India across 8 tier I and tier II cities of India.Having hosted BIGShift in six cities already, Inc42 is now bringing BIGShift to Vizag.

The event will bring together prominent startups, founders, influencers, investors, and ecosystem enablers together for an engaging and stimulating discourse about how to start the business; the right time to raise funding; the challenges of team building and the much-dreaded fear of burnout. The event will also serve as a launchpad for top five startups shortlisted by Inc42 from a group of budding entrepreneurs in each city.

  • Date: December 9, 2017
  • Who Should Attend: Budding Entrepreneurs, Early Stage Startups, Investors, Startup Mentors, Influencers
  • Venue: AP Innovation Society (APIS), Vizag

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The world today is going gaga over blockchain and cryptocurrencies. Even though the Indian government has indicated its dismissal over the cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin from time to time, it has equally appreciated the importance of blockchain as a technology with potential use cases in the near future.

Being into the millennial generation, keeping yourself updated with the upcoming trends and new technologies is the need of the hour. While IoT has already made cool gadgets and smartphones a part of our lifestyle, brushing up your concepts on blockchain will give you food for thought atleast for another week.

The upcoming event is organised by BlockHack which is a platform to educate people about the benefits of blockchain and cryptocurrencies. It organises events to build a community that is enthusiastic about blockchain, cryptocurrency, and startups building innovative solutions on the blockchain. So, if bitcoins attract you but you don’t know where to start, this is the place for you to begin.

  • Date: December 8, 2017
  • Who Should Attend: Blockchain enthusiasts, Bitcoin startup founders, Innovators, Influencers
  • Key Speakers: MD Halim,  Sumanth Neppalli, Vartika Manaswi and more
  • Venue: India Habitat Centre, New Delhi
  • Tickets: INR 3975 Per Person

AVCJ Private Equity & Venture Forum – India 2017

The 18th annual AVCJ India Forum aims to provide an unrivalled in-depth analysis and debate on the latest trends, challenges and opportunities for private markets investors attracted to India in their quest for diversifying their portfolios and delivering alpha.

With 2016 being a year of challenge for private equity, and the introduction of new norms such as GST, there have been several incidents of shocks faced by the Indian private equity markets. But at the same time the last two years have also strongly impacted the investments and exits in the market.

In such a scenario of turbulence, if queries like “Where are the next investment opportunities?”, “How is the exit market in India evolving”, “How are macro trends impacting private equity worldwide and in India?” and more are troubling you, AVCJ India Forum is a place for you.

  • Date: December 5-6, 2017
  • Who Should Attend: Corporate CEOs, Private equity professionals, Commercial bankers, Mezzanine players, Corporate financiers, Lawyers, Due diligence providers, CFOs, Directors of corporate development, Risk insurance carriers and brokers, Investment banks, Management consultants, Accounting firms
  • Key Speakers: K Vaitheeswaran, Rajat Arora, Rubi Arya, Soumya Kanti Ghosh and more.
  • Venue: Taj Land Ends, Mumbai

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NSE Tech Conclave 2017

National Stock Exchange Of India (NSE) was established in 1992 as the first demutualized electronic exchange in the country. Almost 25 years of inception, and the exchange has been able to gain around 1696 listings ( as of March 2016), wherein the percentage of startups going public is almost negligible.

So, why do startup founders prefer venture funding route over IPO? What are the reasons because of which Indian startups with even 10 years of establishment are shy to get listed at the stock exchange? If you are the one who is looking for answers to these, NSE Tech Conclave is an ideal event to attend this week.

Hosted by NSE,  the event will focus on helping tech entrepreneurs and private equity investors get value out of public markets as they look to grow and scale their startups. There are several sessions lined up to provide entrepreneurs with the information and understanding they need to decide on the best fundraising and exit options for them.

  • Date: December 5, 2017
  • Who Should Attend: Startup entrepreneurs, startup enthusiasts, private equity investors , regulators, i-bankers
  • Key Speakers: Vikram Limaye, MD & CEO, NSE; T. V. Mohandas Pai, Co- Founder & Chairperson, Aarin Capital; Mr. C. B. Bhave, IAS, Former Chairperson, SEBI
  • Venue: JW Marriott, Bengaluru

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