Top 5 Upcoming Indian Startup Events for 2019

Attending startup events should be in every entrepreneur’s calendar. There are multiple reasons why.

You can learn and exchange ideas with a diverse group of people, and they can bring a much-needed fresh perspective to your business.

You can network and make connections that could be the start of a much deeper engagement. Your first customer may discover your business value, your co-founder might find your ideas intriguing or your angel investor might share your passion.

All startup events are different, and they can cost a significant amount to attend. As entrepreneurs we want to be smart about where we spend our time and money. To help you decide, we have curated a list of top 5 upcoming Indian startup events for 2019.

1. Entrepreneur 2019

Organised by Entrepreneur India, the 9th edition of this 2-day conference promises a star-studded lineup of speakers. Some of the speakers that caught my eye are Rajkumar Rao (Actor), Vir Das (Comedian) and Abhiraj Singh Badal (Co-founder, UrbanClap).

Entrepreneur 2019 promo by Rajkumar Rao

In addition to an industry exhibition, the conference agenda is packed with keynotes, fireside chats and roundtables by industry leaders. Startup Kickoff is an exciting opportunity for startups to pitch their business to a panel of investors for a chance to get funded and featured in Entrepreneur magazine.

Dates: 17-18 July, 2019 | Venue: JW Marriott, New Delhi | Tickets | Website

This conference has concluded.

2. ProductGeeks Conf

For those building a product startup in India, ProductGeeks Conf by NextBigWhat promises talks and workshops with the goal of helping you develop product thinking. The conference aims to answer questions on how to find product-market fit and scale, how to build products for the Indian masses, and how to arrive at features & pricing decisions.

Rajnish Kumar (CTO & Co-founder, IXIGO) at ProductGeeks 2018

Dates: 13-14 September, 2019 | Venue: MLR Convention Centre, Bangalore | Tickets

Early-bird tickets are still available. Use code NEXTBIGWHAT for 35% discount on the regular price of ₹ 7,000.

3. Techsparks

Techsparks is the flagship startup conference by media platform YourStory. The 10th edition of Techsparks promises workshops, product launches, exhibitions, startup showcase and much more. If you are an early-stage tech startup, do apply for Tech30 where you get a chance to be featured extensively at the event, which attracts investors, business leaders and media.

Kunal Shah (Founder & CEO, Freecharge / Cred) at Techsparks 2017

Dates: 11-12 October, 2019 | Venue: Taj Yeshwantpur, Bangalore | Tickets | Website

Early-bird tickets are still available. Use code TS19SEB for 65% off on the regular price of ₹ 15,000.

4. Nasscom Product Conclave

Nasscom Product Conclave 2019 (or NPC2019) is themed around scaling up product ecosystems in India. You can expect discussions on trending tech topics such as AI and Blockchain, and deep dives into various industry verticals such as FinTech, Retail, IoT and Robotics. There will be plenty of networking opportunities at the roundtables, workshops and expo. Product Showcase is your chance to pitch your startup to industry influencers to access funding and strategic partnerships.

NPC2018 Rewind

Dates: 5-6 November, 2019 | Venue: Taj Yeshwantpur, Bangalore | Tickets | Website

Early-bird tickets are available till July-end for a 30% discount. Discounts are available for previous year attendees. Regular price tickets start at ₹ 7,000 for startups.

5. Demo Day

Startups Club travels across India looking for startups to showcase at their annual startup conference, Demo Day. The highlight of the event will be pitches from 30 curated startups across India competing for investment. This year’s event will have speaker sessions and panel discussions on the follwing tracks – Hardware/Consumer, Healthcare, Agritech, Fintech/Edutech and Mobility/Logistics.

Dr. Vivek Mansingh (General Partner, YourNest VC) at Demo Day 2018

Dates: 23-24 November, 2019 | Venue: St. John’s Auditorium, Bangalore| Website

Regular price tickets start at ₹ 2,000. You can use code SCDD19SC to get a 25% discount. Pitch Passes for wildcard entries to Demo Day are available for ₹ 5,000.

Before attending a startup event

Here is a fantastic article on the list of things you should prepare before you attend a startup event. A few important tips I wanted to highlight:

  1. Print business cards so you don’t miss out on any leads for your business.
  2. Practice your pitch and memorize a great introduction to instantly grab the attention of conference attendees.
  3. Set realistic goals for the event and prepare yourself well. You may want to get leads for your business, learn specific topics or pitch a certain influencer – be clear up front so you can be focussed during the event, and measure the outcome later.

So what are the top Indian startup events you will be attending in 2019?

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