Prominent technopreneurs, startup gurus and investors from across the Asia Pacific region are gathering in India for the Startup Capitals 2015 conference, to be held on 27 October at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi and 29 October at Hotel ITC Gardenia, Bangalore.
Startup Capitals is a thought-leadership conference that celebrates the innovation hotspots and startup ecosystem of cities that are making a mark on the world map. It brings together all the stakeholders in a startup ecosystem, including entrepreneurs, business leaders, innovators, researchers and educational specialists, government leaders adventure capitalists, under one roof who champion innovation and who are passionate about taking their innovation ecosystem to the next level.
Both the conferences feature panel sessions on local startup ecosystems and what opportunities and challenges they face. International speakers will bring fresh and global perspectives to the discussions. There will also be entrepreneurs from local startups who will share their experiences. Up and coming startups will have a chance to network and pitch their startups to incubators and venture capitalists at the conference.
A stellar line-up of international speakers and panelists includes Neal Cross, the Chief Innovation Officer of DBS Bank, Singapore; Mahesh Murthy, entrepreneur, marketer, and Founding Partner, Seed Fund; Shireen Bhan, anchor & author Young Turks; Osama Manzar, Founder, Digital Empowerment Foundation; Ajay Batra, evangelist and Founder, Lutyen’s Startups; Puneet Pushkarna, President, TiE, Singapore; Efraim Pettersson Ivener, Partner & Founder, TechGrind, Thailand; Vijaya Kumar Ivaturi , Co-Founder, Crayon Data; Vaidya Nathan, Founder & CEO, Classle Knowledge; Alok Bharadwaj, Founder, Hidden Reflex; K Vaitheeswaran, Ecommerce Pioneer & Founder, Indiaplaza; and Prakash Sangam, CEO, Redbus.in, among others.
“This uniquely curated programme offers you a chance to hear and interact with the thought‐leaders and entrepreneurs who are leading the change in the world,” said Vishwesh Iyer, co-founder of Startup Capitals conferences & Managing Partner at BERG Singapore.
Zafar Anjum, a well-known journalist and writer from Singapore, together with Iyer, who runs several successful events in Singapore, is spearheading this unique endeavor. Zafar is the author of Startup Capitals: Discovering the Global Hotspots of Innovation. “The conference series is a logical continuation to the spirit of the book, and am glad it has set its foot in India, a land rife with the potential to change the world by its innovation and entrepreneurship.”
The first edition of Startup Capitals conference was held in May 2015 in Singapore, drawing some 200 participants from Singapore and other countries such as Australia, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Thailand, and United States.
After the Delhi and Bangalore conferences, a few more are in the pipeline in Kuala Lumpur(Malaysia) and Mumbai, Kolkata and Hyderabad(India). The India conference series is presented in association with 63 Moons. JS Innovation Lab is the Innovation Partner while Nasscom, TiE, Business Standard, AsiaBizToday are the other supporting partners.