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Startup Events This Week: Inc42 BIGShift, Next BIG Idea, Inc42 Founders Meetup And More

Startup Events This Week: Inc42 BIGShift, Next BIG Idea, Inc42 Founders Meetup And More

BIGShift Chandigarh, EWC Mumbai and Next BIG Idea are happening this week

The 7th edition of Next BIG Idea will be hosted this week across multiple Tier II cities

The applications for Inc42’s BIGShift and Inc42 Founders Meetup are now live

Celebrating India’s Tier 2 startups, BIGShift is an Inc42 initiative in association with DigitalOcean to enable, engage and empower entrepreneurship in smaller startup hubs. The idea is to celebrate, discover, connect the local startup ecosystem in India’s emerging Tier 2 startup hubs while empowering them through much-needed support.

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Last week, SaaS Boomi was hosted in Hyderabad, with SaaS company founders such as Redbus’s Phanindra Sama, Darwinbox cofounder Rohit Chennamaneni, Zenoti founder Sudheer Koneru, Freshworks executive Nivas Ravichandran, and Accel Partners’ Avinash Raghava, speaking and keeping the audience engaged.

As we step into a new week, here’s a list of new and upcoming events:

BIGShift, Chandigarh 

As part of the first leg of the latest edition of BIGShift, Inc42 will bring all the key local ecosystem stakeholders together over the course of an evening to celebrate innovation in Tier 2 cities. Startup founders, entrepreneurs, investors and government officials will come together to discuss the state of the ecosystem in Tier 2 cities through dedicated sessions, keynotes, a panel discussion. The first edition of BIGShift will take place in Chandigarh on July 19.

The highlight of the event is the BIGShift Pitch, a platform for startups to showcase their business proposition as well as products or services in front of the stalwarts from the startup community from each location. Any early stage startup based in any of the BIGShift host cities can apply to showcase their business proposition at the event. Inc42 will be shortlisting applications based on the following parameters.

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Who Should Attend: Startup founders, entrepreneurs, investors, government officials

Date: July 19, 2019

Venue: Space Jam, Chandigarh

Inc42 Founders Meetup

After engaging over 30 startup founders in the last edition, Inc42 is all set to bring you the eighth edition of the Founders Meetup event next month. 

As usual, the Founders Meetup is the place to engage with over 50 startup founders, entrepreneurs and investors for an evening of networking, sharing knowledge, discussing challenges, and interacting with peers.

The guest speaker for this edition of the founders meetup is Nitin Saluja, cofounder of the tea cafe chain Chaayos. The Delhi NCR-based company was founded by Saluja and Raghav Verma in 2012. It has raised over $25 Mn in funding till now. Some key investors in the company include Ola’s Bhavish Aggarwal, Ankit Bhati and Tiger Global. 

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Who Should Attend: Startup founders, entrepreneurs, investors

Date: Aug 8, 2019

Venue: New Delhi

Next BIG Idea Contest 2019

An annual feature of Zone Startups India’s ecosystem development activities, the Next BIG Idea Contest engages the pan-India startup ecosystem including founders, incubators, co-working spaces, investors, and other industry enablers through roadshows in 22 Indian cities. 

The Next BIG Idea Contest seeks to discover India’s most high-potential and innovative technology companies who are looking to leverage a soft-landing opportunity in Canada as a gateway to North America. The selected startups will get access to a two-week all expense paid bespoke market access program which includes mentorship, industry connects, investor and meetings. 

This week, the contest will be organised across three cities including Ahmedabad, Varanasi and Nagpur.


Who should Attend:  Startup founders, entrepreneurs, investors

Date: July 18 (Varanasi and Ahmedabad), July 16 (Nagpur)

Venue: Ek Soch Sandbox, Varanasi; DEVX Ahmedabad; IIM Nagpur

Entrepreneurship World Cup, Mumbai

The Entrepreneurship World Cup, organized by The Global Education & Leadership Foundation (tGELF) in India, in partnership with the Misk Global Forum and the Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN), provides a platform for local entrepreneurs to be recognized for their innovative capability and helps them expand their business ventures. Winning startups from the national competition will represent India at the Global Finals in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and compete for global investments and prizes worth $5 Mn.

This week, EWC India reaches Mumbai, where select 20 startups will pitch to investors and consultants such as Equanimity Investments and Dalberg.

Who Should Attend: Startup founders, entrepreneurs, investors

Date: July 15, 2019

Venue: IIT Bombay