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Startup City Asia's Largest Event for Startups held in Bangalore

SI Team
Monday, July 2, 2012
SI Team
Startup City, Asia's largest startup event culminated in Bangalore on June 2, 2012. The event which gave budding entrepreneurs a rare opportunity to explore new and upcoming genres of idea implementation was a roaring success.

The 11th edition of startup city was an enriching experience for entrepreneurs. It aimed at helping them identify the next steps to success. A powerful keynote, informative panel discussions like 'The E-commerce Wave: Where does it go from here?', Entrepreneurial keynote like 'Concept to Success: Milestones for startups' close knit interactions with successful entrepreneurs made Startup City the perfect event for entrepreneurs to learn important life lessons. They also got the golden opportunity to build lasting connections with the who's who of the entrepreneurial world A power packed day, it was marked by informative discussions on New Paths to Online Revenue: Journey of Internet Entrepreneurs, Meet the VC’s section and CEO Conclave, attracted more than 5000 active participants across the space, star engineers who build cutting edge technology products, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and angel Investors.

Ashok Soota, Founder & Executive Chairman of Happiest Minds gave away a powerful keynote on "Beginning a Successful Entrepreneurial Journey" explaining the intricacies of entrepreneurial equation. Soota gave an insight on the 5 important factors for success: creating a strategy, organization building, experience, identifying the weakest links and timing being the key. He also touched upon the three things to avoid. Soota said, "Don’t bet on the company, don’t ever use inappropriate means to get ahead and don't get carried away with early success or get disappointment with early failures." 'Meet The VC' section gave promising startups and aspiring entrepreneurs an opportunity to pitch their ideas to venture capitalists and angel investors. Some of the leading VC firms like Canaan Partners, Norwest Venture Partners, Indo U.S. Venture Partners, Accel Partners, Helion Venture Partners, Matrix Partners, Inventus Capitals and some of the angel funds like Seedfund, Mumbai Angels, KITVEN Funds, Indian Angel Network spent time with entrepreneurs and gave them valuable advice.

Best Startup Awards:

Startup City had 60 promising startups present their companies in the ‘Elevator Pitch Competition' to bag the prestigious ‘Best Startup Award 2012' under four different categories: Internet, Services, Products and Mobile. The jury comprising of VCs, Angel Investors and eminent Corporate investors evaluated the presentations by startups based on business and strategic elements like company overview, market opportunity, the team, solution value proposition, competitive positioning, growth plans, go-to-market plan, current status and investment prospects that determined the prospective future of an enterprise.

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