India needs another tech conference like it needs another foodtech startup. There are enough startup events out there that one could last most of the year without ever having to buy dinner!\u00a0And yet I've always known that designing a kickass\u00a0conference would inevitably be a big part of our business.\r\n\r\nI wasn't sure how to reconcile these two realities. For almost 2 years now, I've told my investors, peers and my\u00a0team the same thing: When we do an event of this scale, I want people to be wowed and say, "Yep, that was an Inc42 conference."\r\n\r\nImagine an intimate gathering of hand-picked people, away from the hustle & bustle of daily life; imagine a royal getaway in a historical castle; imagine 300 global influencers staying together under one roof for three days; imagine a delicate mix of new age platforms and old-school conversations; a treasure trove of deep scientific and psychological insights, game-changing connections and collaborations - packed into a three-day bootcamp designed to catalyse personal, professional, & collective growth.\r\n\r\nActually don\u2019t imagine any of that, because we built it, and it launches today.\r\n\r\nToday I\u2019m happy to announce the first of its kind conference, The Junction 2017, Inc42\u2019s first flagship conference, to be held on 12-14th January, 2017 at Fairmont Jaipur.\r\nThe Junction is an exclusive invite-only gathering of 300 entrepreneurs, corporates & investors with a mission to unite the leaders of the global & Indian startup ecosystems looking to tap into the massive growth potential of India.\r\n\r\nSet in the surreal backdrop of the enthralling historical city of Jaipur, The Junction promises to be a three-day conclave packed with insights, innovations & inventions in a setting designed to address business opportunities & challenges, leading to a highly interconnected landscape around startups, innovations, & linkages.\r\nYou heard that right - our first ever flagship conference and it\u2019s not in Delhi, Mumbai or Bengaluru.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nSince the day we decided on turning this into a destination conference, we knew it wasn\u2019t going to be an easy endeavour. At Inc42, we\u2019ve always tried to challenge the conventional - be it hacking the media business, be it through stories, be it through our designs, be it through our events like Pulse42 and now through our first conference. You can call it our naivety or you can call it gutsy, but what\u2019s the fun in doing something easy?\r\n\r\nThe idea is to create such a high-value, high-intent private community of global tech influencers that people are compelled to take the pain to come down all the way to Jaipur, disconnect from their routine, spend over two days of their valuable time and also pay us for this at the same time :). And so we have booked out the complete venue so that we can get all our delegates to stay at the same place for the conference and create amazing personalised experiences.\r\nConvinced? So Here\u2019s What You Can Expect From The Junction\r\nThe Junction\u2019s purpose is to bring together minds that run the business ecosystem in as many as 50 countries! \u2018The Junction\u2019 may be considered a proliferation of what Inc42 stands for \u2013 connecting ideas that have the power to change the way we live and businesses that will make way for the ecosystems of the future.\r\n\r\nAnyone looking at India as a potential market for investments or market expansion? The Junction is the place to be. We have carefully curated the focus sectors, topics, and panels to enable delegates to get a deep dive into the Indian Startup Ecosystem.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThe program will feature game-changing talks, demos, stay and gala dine-in experiences, Jeffersonian lunches and parties, experience zones, high-spirited night summits, private investor and corporate mini-conferences and a showcase of 42 pre-growth Indian startups in front of the movers and shakers of the global startup ecosystem.\r\n\r\nWe have handpicked key influencers from various ecosystems and created private roundtables and settings to catalyse real business & conversations to happen. Delegates will take back invaluable partnerships, access to syndication deals, market insights and overview of trends as well as potential deal flow from our chosen 42 startups!\r\n\r\nYou won\u2019t find speakers dropping by for just two hours, no trade-fare style exhibitions, no stuffy networking events nor the same old rehashed content. Our idea of a conference is when people see it and are wowed, awed by the sheer perfection of content, experience, venue, ambience, networking, quality of people and more.\r\n\r\nLast but not the least, we\u2019d like to thank some amazing people who\u2019ve shown their support since the inception of the conference. The Junction\u2019s advisory include our patrons our power-panel of catalysts.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThe experience is open to a curated audience and will feature bespoke brands and speakers. Some of the speakers so far include:\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThe slots are limited to 300 people and participation is by invitation only with delegate passes starting from $1199 (INR 82,500). For a change,\u00a0how about skipping on buying that new iPhone and investing in your business?\r\n\r\nFor more details, speakers, updates and agenda, head over to our website (which, by the way, just went live)\u00a0JunctionConf.com.\u00a0Join us to witness the story of "New India" in the making.