Connect and Take Off – Startup Events To Look Out For

Startups have become common parlance. News about Startup funding, buy-outs and events are not confined to niche magazines, blogs and forums anymore.

Startups have become common parlance. News about Startup funding, buy-outs and events are not confined to niche magazines, blogs and forums anymore.

Right from the time you sip your morning coffee to the time you hit the bed, the newspaper, emails, your social media feeds and event platforms are all brimming with Startup based events. Here are some recommendations from Santosh Panda,  Founder and CEO at Explara, on which events would give you the maximum benefit.

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Yourstory’s Tech Sparks

At its 9th edition, TechSparks has become a benchmark platform. The event is a convergence of startups, investors, leaders and innovators. The event boasts a variety of engagement ranging from showcase to launches to mentor connect to media coverage. Held at Bengaluru in October this year, the speakers list included an impressive mix of Founders, Policy makers and Game changers.

Nasscom Product Conclave

Another prominent event scheduled in October at Bengaluru, the 15th edition is going to be a congregation of speakers, entrepreneurs, CXOs, investors and customers with the focus on enhancing their businesses by leveraging disruptive technology innovations that will soon be the next big shift.

NextBigWhat’s UnPluggd

Started in 2010, UnPluggd, one of India’s biggest Startup and Tech Conference’s 2018 edition is scheduled in Bengaluru this November. This edition of UnPluggd is focused on areas that are defining the NextBigWhats: The Bharat opportunity, AI, Blockchain and Enterprise Businesses.

Micro Format Events By Accel And LightSpeed Ventures

Though the above three have been prominent events for many years and prove to be a great way to expand your knowledge and make connections, a startup in the beginning stages would gain maximum benefits by looking out for micro format events conducted by VCs. A couple of them include events hosted by Accel and Lightspeed Venture partners.

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Accelerator Events

If you are a startup is in the conceptual stage and you are looking forward to meet mentors and gather insights, accelerator events like the ones hosted by Microsoft Ventures or Blume Ventures would be the best bet. Listen to Santosh Panda, as he explains which events would suit your startup the best.

Alternate Events – The Goa Project and Nullcon

Unconventional thinking opens paths you never knew existed. Alternate events that defy conventional conference formats are fascinating places to look for cross-sector learning and collaboration. Santosh Panda elaborates on why one should attend events like Nullcon or The Goa Project and what startups can gain from these.

Santosh Panda is the Founder and CEO at Explara, The NextGen Event Ticketing, Event Management & Membership Software Platform.

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