This weekend I visited a conference in Bangalore called Startup City. This is apparently an annual phenomenon, and I was frankly surprised at the energy, the excitement and the talent on display here.
The stalls were dominated by software product & service companies, plus Ecommerce, hardware, networking and devices firms, but there were also a good spattering of services cos catering to advertising, jobs, accounting, automobile, transportation etc.
In addition to the stalls where one could understand each one’s offerings, there were:
- A keynote by Ashok Soota on beginning an entrepreneurial journeys
- Structured ‘knowledge’ sessions with established firms sharing trends and ideas
- Presentations by start-ups in a hall where they spoke in 5-7 minute sessions, and
- Meet the Venture Capitalist sessions where the VCs and start-ups had one on one sessions for funding.
The VCs were all over the place evaluating ideas and looking for the next ‘big idea’ to fund.
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