UP: CM to inaugurate 2-day conclave of IIT-K alumni on Jan 27
Chief minister Yogi Adityanath will inaugurate a two-day conclave celebrating the entrepreneurial ecosystem created by the alumni of the Indian Institute of Technology-Kanpur on January 27.lucknow Updated: Jan 22, 2018 18:45 IST
Kanpur: Chief minister Yogi Adityanath will inaugurate a two-day conclave celebrating the entrepreneurial ecosystem created by the alumni of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT-K) here on January 27.
The event aims at not only promoting entrepreneurship among students but also helping the existing startups by exploiting IIT K’s experience in innovation and research and its vast alumni network, said the media head of the event Mihikaa Jain.
About 40 distinguished speakers, including some from the US, would address the conclave.
She said over the last couple of years this event had become one of the most awaited events for the budding entrepreneurs to interact with industry experts. The event was also a great platform for leading industries and investors to connect with startups and entrepreneurs and get a pulse of the ecosystem.
This is also a great opportunity for small and large corporations to do a brand awareness exercise amongst startup ecosystem.
Mihikaa said the event was an initiative of IITK alumni association under the banner of Startup Master Class (SMC). It came into existence 4 years ago but this will be the first time when the conclave will be held in Kanpur.
IITK alumni association, president, Pradeep Bhargava said: “The SMC was for the entrepreneurs and by the entrepreneurs. It builds collaboration, inclusiveness and interactions enabling the startups to succeed.”
It is a fully volunteer run, not-for-profit network of individuals and institutions (alumni of PAN IIT network) combining their skills and resources to promote entrepreneurship, said Mihikaa.
Through its 8th edition, organised across various cities in India - Bangaluru, Pune, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata, the SMC has engaged more than 5000 startup enthusiasts, more than 200 delegates, 500 startups and 100 venture capital firms.
“There would be four events, including one-to-one with mentors, which was hallmark of the previous edition and we had more than 250 such sessions. Besides, there would be workshops on blockchain, augmented reality, virtual reality, bulletproofing your startup, drones, mobility, artificial intelligence, innovation framework and startup fundamental,” she said.
“There would also be captivating sessions by venture capitalists (VC) Ravi Sakhuja, the national president at Indian American Forum; Chintan Vaishnav, academic director at MIT Tata Center, USA; BVR Mohan Reddy, chairman at NASSCOM and founder at Cyient; Lalitesh Katragadda, country head at Google India; Saurabh Srivastava, co-founder and director at Indian Angels Network,” Mihikaa said.
Besides, a platform would be provided for startups to pitch their idea, product to various VCs, investors. Investors from Helion Venture Partners, Indian Angel Network, Accel Partners and Jungle Ventures will be present on the occasion. Indian Angel Network has a fund of ₹100 crore and was looking to invest in tier 2 city start-ups, Mihikaa said.
Finally, the participants would be made aware of the challenges in the real world.
The registrations for the event are open and those interested can log on to http://www.startupmasterclass.in/kanpur/#overview or through facebook at https://www.facebook.com/IITKAA/.