One of the most awaited event “STARup” organized by ah! Ventures held successfully at IIT Powai, Mumbai on 17th Sept 2016. Huge number of people participated including startups, investors and mentors.
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The recession and its aftershocks have left many an investor with burned fingers. It has also caused many a brilliant idea to die an untimely, early death. The markets are yet to reflect the recovery the trade pundits talk of. So where do the survivors go? Many a savvy investor survived the markets, and many businesses are poised on the brink of greatness – each lacks what the other has, each waiting to provide.
At ah! Ventures, we close this crucial gap. By bringing together investors and entrepreneurs to fulfill the needs of each party, providing and creating opportunities for both, backed by a support system that allows no room for failure, we succeed where the markets fail.
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LeadsClue team got opportunity to visit the event and it looked a well planned and useful event for startups. Different sessions of event were planned in three different halls.
After registration & breakfast event started as per planned schedules.
At Inauguration of event, it was time for introduction of ah! Ventures which were presented by Mr. Abhijeet Kumar co-Founder, ah! Ventures. After a brief introduction of ah! Venture it was title sponsor presentation. Parminder Panesar Head corporate communication from Axis bank spoke about the Axis bank and how they are supporting startups with banking. That brought end of inauguration session.
Main hall session was divided in four categories financial technology, Healthcare technology, emerging technology and Platforms & Aggregators. All the four sessions included sponsor presentation, startup showcase and panel discussion pertaining to that sector.
The topic for Panel Discussion – Financial Technology was “Are Indian Fintech Startups As Innovative as their global counterparts?” and speakers were Aditya Gadge founder AIWMI, Shweta Tiwari Associate Director Zonestartups India, Bikramjit Sen Sr. VP Axis bank , Jitendra Gupta Founder Citrus Pay, Varun Malhotra Investment professional Quona Capital and Vinod Keni founder Peachtree managment Advisory.
The topic for Panel Discussion Healthcare was “Why Healthcare startups cannot look beyond service aggregation In India?” and speakers were Ajay Joseph Partner, Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan , Amitabh Sinha Director – Finance & Investment, SME Chamber of India & Director, Start Ups Council of India ,Krishna Venkat Partner, K Law,Sachin Tagra Head Incubator Capital, Brand Capital (Times Group), Shubhanshu Joshi Managing Director & CEO, LSV GROUP , and Vibhuti Channa Director, Viridian Ventures
The topic for Panel Discussion emerging technology was “Can Indian startups ever produce a globally renowned product?” and speaker were Arihant Patni Managing Director, Patni Financial Advisors, Azmul Haque Founder & Managing Director, Collier Law, Jappreet Sethi Head of Marketing and Co-founder, Yostartups, Pradeep Pillai Head of Programmes, SINE, IIT Bombay,Rishi Kapal Chief Executive, Eduguild and Vikash Mittersain Chairman & Managing Director, Nazara Technologies Founder & President, India Business Group.
The topic for Panel Discussion Platforms & Aggregators was “Is the era of platforms over In India?” and speakers were Rahul Narvekar Founder, Scale Ventures , Abhishek Kumar Co-founder, Giftxoxo, Kushal Sanghvi CEO and Co- Founder, THE BEAN COUNTER BUSINESS SERVICES PVT LTD,Mangesh Panditrao Founder – CEO, Shoptimize, Vinay Bapna Co-founder and CEO, Unomer.
Session by Prahalad Kakad was one of catch of main hall where he shared his experience with startups which will definitely help entrepreneurs to promote themselves.
Similar to main hall, pitch hall sessions was divided into four categories finance, healthcare, emerging technologies and platforms & aggregators.
In pitch hall, it started with investor pitch where 9 investors presented about themselves and they spoke about what they look in a startup before taking any investment decision. This session was very useful for startups. Listening these things directly from investors definitely helps startups to prepare themselves for getting investment.
Some of the investors who pitch were Harshad Lahoti from ah! Ventures, Sanjay Mehta from Angel network, Nidhi Saraf from Indian angel network and Ashwin Srivastava from Idein ventures.
After investor pitch, it was time for Startups pitch and category was “Financial Technology”. Some of the jury members were Ashwin Bhadri Founder Equinox Labs, Sunil Chandiramani CEO Nyka Advisory services; Kunal Jadhav GM, Vodafone and some others from well know companies. Total jury members were 9.
Startups who pitch in “Financial Technology” category was Shop4Prop, AdKarlo,GeekTree,BFSL,KickStart and Gizmobaba.
Next category for startup pitch was “Healthcare” and there were total 9 jury members including Chandni Sahgal Co-Founder, D’Essence Consulting,Deepanshu Khandelwal Chief Editor and co-founder, The Tech Portal and Ruchika Singhal Marketing Director, Johnson & Johnson.
Startups who pitch in “Healthcare” categories was PeeBuddy, BeatOapp, Mr. HotFoods, Namhah,Raincan,Cyclops and suxes
Next category for startup pitch was “Platform & Aggregators” and there were total 9 jury members including Mukesh Jain Founder & CEO, Zanskar Advisors Private Limited ,Rahul Sirohia Entrepreneur-Co-Founder at Goodwyn Tea, Director-Sirohia Group of Industries,Shailesh Kantak Founder & CEO, Flexi Ventures Pvt. Ltd and Shraddha Patil Co-Founder & Chief Mentor, TheMentorpreneurs & Founder & CEO, The Success Route Consultancy Services
Startups who pitch in “Platform & Aggregators” categories was Muvizz,BookMySwari,Cabs24X7,Guiddoo,The culture mart,clap global and aurospaces.
Next category for startup pitch was “Emerging Technology ” and there were total 8 jury members including Akshay Shah Founder & COO, iWeb Technology Solutions,Devesh Chawla CEO, Chatur Ideas and Sudesh Agrawal Founder and Director, GeeksPerHour.com – Get The Job Done-Quickly!
Startups who pitch in “Emerging Technology” categories was Matrubharti, Talentbridge, StudentNext, Teleprudence,InstaHop,Zipi and Majhapaper.
Storified.Stars hall was managed by Aakanksha Sadekar, the woman behind Storified.me. The theme of Storified.Stars hall was to showcase the woman entrepreneurs.
After a brief introduction of Storified.me by Aakanksha Sadekar , Mr. Divyendu Verma did the sponsor presentation.
First session of Storified hall was “Storified.Talks 1″ and speakers were Kanupriya Agarwal Founder, Powai Women Networking, Pallavi Singh Founder, Hindi Lessons for Foreigners in India, Ruhee Bhimani Founder, Cocoa Cottage Academy and Shabia Walia Founder, Wild Earth, Anjali Gulati Founder, Back2Front .
After an inspiring discussion it was time for ” Storified.Pitch” session and the startups which is run by woman entrepreneurs presented their idea. Those startups were Just Deliveries, Cazaro and Envoged.
Third session of Storified hall was “Storified.Talks 2″ and speakers were Payal Tyagi Founder, IndieEco Candles, Anubha Grover, Intel India, Ruchita Dar Shah Founder, FMC, Bhavana Motwani Founder, StitchmyFit, Naomi Agarwal Founder,SpaceWhiz .
This event was full of opportunity for networking and we observed people taking full advantage of it. All the sessions of event was full knowledge and health discussion. LeadsClue team congratulates ah! Ventures team for such a successful event.