Bridging the investment gap: Boosting growth of startup's in Kerala
Entrepreneurial wave that swept the country in past few years also touched Tier II/III cities, resulting in spurt of new ventures coming up and disrupting traditional businesses in these smaller towns. Backed with economic growth, internet and smart phone penetration, these start-ups have certain distinctive advantages like large untapped markets, low operational costs and astute awareness of cultural preferences giving them an upper hand and much higher rate of success than expected. These success rates have also turned tables for investors who earlier saw start-ups from satellite cities as risky prepositions. In present times, start-ups from non-metros are receiving almost as much investor attention as a start-up from an urban city would.
However, against all the opportunities, there are also a set of challenges that limit growth of start-up initiated from smaller cities. The foremost is lack of awareness and connect with the surrounding ecosystem of policy initiators, investors, vendors, mentors and competitors. With limited access to even local ecosystem players, the chances of these small-town start-ups to connect with state/national level ecosystem are further diminished. Additionally, selective understanding of key investment trends, red hot segments from VCs perspective, valuations, pitching methods are key areas of discomfit for start-ups.
Many of these pain areas will be addressed during the 2016 Techcircle Startup Tour through cities of Chandigarh, Kochi, Jaipur, Pune and Hyderabad. These cities are bustling with start-up activity and are very high on economic indicators. What Techcircle aims to do is to bring together the ecosystem, showcase entrepreneurship and connect them to mainstream ecosystem.
Pit Spot - Kerala
Trivandrum & Kochi, the leading urban centres of Kerala, offers a highly conducive environment for start-ups. With government-led initiatives like Kerala Start-up Mission, Kerala Technology innovation Zone, the state is already home to more than 300 technology startups and is poised to become the largest hub for entrepreneurial activity in southern India. Of course, the next step for these startups is to scale up business by joining hands with big tickets angels and venture capitalists.
What are some of the challenges these startups face when they plan of scaling up? What are the current trends across the start-up ecosystem that these startups can leverage on? How can start-up attract investor attention and what learnings can be derived from continued market interaction. These and many more of such questions will be answered at the TechCircle Start-up Kochi edition.
Techcircle Startup 2016 - Kerala edition
16th June, Le Meridien Kochi
Techcircle Startup Fair
This is where you get a chance to exhibit your business, display your products, pitch to the right set of investors and have a daylong engagement with startup experts. If you are a startup, technology service provider, or business service provider including accountants, lawyers, payroll managers, head hunters, tech service providers and social media consultants, this is your chance to market and grow your business. Book your slot now.
09:45AM - 10:15AM
Registration and Coffee
10:15AM - 10:30AM
Opening remarks by VCCircle Network
10:30AM - 10:50AM
Keynote Address: Kerala: A land of opportunities for start-ups by M Sivasankar IAS, Principal Secretary, Chairman (EC) KSITM
10:50AM - 11:30AM
Panel 1: Starting up in Kerala: Getting the basics right?
While Kerala offers conducive environment for start-up to thrive, there are certain set of challenges that have to be addressed to make businesses sustainable. The foremost challenge is getting the basics - product, marketing, resources, legal and funding right.
Kalyan Sivalenka, MD & CEO, Springforth Capital Advisors
C Balagopal, Entrepreneur, Author & Mentor
Afsal Salu Co-founder, Delyver.com & Business Head - Express Delivery and Marketplace, BigBasket.com
Dr Jayasankar Prasad C , CEO, Kerala Startup Mission
Rajesh Nair, Director - Head Kochi Location, E&Y, President - TiEGlobal - Kerala Chapter (Moderator)
11:30AM - 11:45AM
11:45AM - 12:25PM
Panel 2: Creating the right investment environment for Kerala: Focus on skilling youth, key sectors, empowering startups and more
Kerala today is leaving no stone unturned to ensure a conducive environment for investors and enabling their young startups to scale up. There is a special focus to also uplift few sunshine sectors such as IT, Healthcare and Agri. What are certain factors that will drive the growth of startup ecosystem further? How is Kerala’s entrepreneurial landscape shaping up and how is it empowering the youth to come out with disruptive ideas. What more needs to be done?
Samir Kumar, Managing Director, Inventus Capital Partners
Pradeep Tagare, Investment Director, Intel Capital
Vipul Mankad, Managing Director, SEAF India Investment Advisors
Sijo Kuruvilla George, Founding CEO, Startup Village (Moderator)
12:25PM - 1:05PM
Panel 3: Scaling up Investments: Going beyond the seed stage
With majority of the startups still being at the seed or pre-seed funding stage in Kerala, attracting larger investment and scaling up is essential. How can entrepreneurs pitch and position their ideas to seek further investment despite the limited exposure? How can the ecosystem further evolve to go beyond the current nascent stage?
Arjun Pillai, Co-founder and CEO, Profoundis
John Mathew, Co Founder & CEO, Riafy Technologies
Natarajan R, MD & CFO, Helion Ventures
Deepak Gupta, Co-founder, Equity Crest
Krishnan Neelakantan, Senior Director - Investments & Growth Strategy, Ankur Capital
Hithendra Ramachandran, Managing Director, Carpediem Capital Partners (Moderator)
1:05PM - 1:45PM
1:45PM - 2:25PM
Panel 4: Striking the correct product market fit: Converting ideas into revenue
Having a disruptive idea is one thing, but converting it into an effective business proposition with correct market fit holds the key for the startup’s journey to success. How can startups achieve this balance?
Sumit Jain, Partner, Kalaari Capital
Payal Shah, Investment Head, Axilor
Sandeep Singh, Vice President, Eight Roads Ventures
James Joseph, Founder, Jackfruit365.com
Srikrishna Ramamoorthy, Partner, Unitus Seed Fund (Moderator)
2:25PM - 3:25PM
Sunshine Sectors: Opportunities and challenges in sectors shaping rise of Kerala’s startup ecosystem
2:25PM - 2:55PM
IT & Hardware Services:
As technology evolves, startups in this segment have the opportunity to set benchmark in areas like robotics, flexible electronics, software development and Knowledge management. In terms of outlook what does this segment entail and what are unique takeaways which Kerala can offer in this segment.
Prasad Pillai, Co Founder & CEO, Elsys Intelligent Devices Pvt. Ltd
Sindhu Joseph, CEO & Co-founder, CogniCor Technologies
Ranjith Menon, Executive Director, IDG Ventures
Siddhartha Das, General Partner, Ventureast (Moderator)
2:55PM - 3:25PM
Biotechnology & Agriculture:
Kerala with its rich ecology, climatic condition and natural expertise has the potential to bring in disruptive changes to agri practices and products ably supported by innovations in bio tech. With bio tech startups already gaining traction are we in for a booming agri & bio tech startup ecosystem in Kerala?’
Abhilash Thirupathy, Director, Gold Farm - AK Surya PowerMagic Pvt. Ltd
Ashwanth M.P, Chief Executive Officer, Kinemach Engineering and Machines Pvt Ltd
Swarup Beria, Principal, Omnivore Capital (Moderator)
3:25PM - 3:45PM
Special address by Dr. A Velumani, Creator and Chief Executive Officer, Thyrocare Technologies Ltd
3:45PM - 4:00PM
4:00PM - 5:00PM
This is a unique initiative of Techcircle to bring together a set of promising pre-revenue startups and provide them with a platform to make elevator pitch to a group of angel and VC investors. Startups within potential sectors like IT, IoT, electronics, biotechnology and healthcare will get the opportunity to showcase their unique and disruptive ideas and in the process gain recognition within the larger startup ecosystem.
Kalyan Sivalenka, MD & CEO, Springforth Capital Advisors
Arun Nair, Head of Operations- 10000 Startups Kochi, NASSCOM
Pradeep Tagare, Investment Director, Intel Capital
Srikrishna Ramamoorthy, Partner, Unitus Seed Fund
Siddhartha Das, General Partner, Ventureast
Date: 16th June
Address: Le Meridien Kochi,
Maradu, Cochin, Kerala, 682304 India
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