Two days left for inaugural edition of Techcircle Startup Tour in Kerala; register now for last few seats; plus final agenda


KochiqThe Kerala edition of Techcircle Startup Tour 2016, to be held on June 16 in Kochi, will provide a panoramic view of the rapidly growing startup ecosystem in Kerala. As a pioneering enabler of the startup ecosystem across the country, Techcircle Startup Tour is a unique initiative which seeks to tap and nurture the growing entrepreneurial culture in tier 2 and 3 cities in India.

Kerala, which has shown a lot promise and potential, is all set to emerge as the newest hub of startups in India, on the back favourable policy and mentoring initiatives. Taking this forward, will provide an attractive platform for young and dynamic entrepreneurs to connect with leading investors and mentors in the country, besides providing valuable insights on keys to starting up in Kerala.

Here is the final agenda for the Kerala edition of Techcircle Startup Tour 2016.

Techcircle Startup Fair

This is where you get a chance to exhibit your business, display your products, pitch to the right set of investors and have a daylong engagement with startup experts. If you are a startup, technology service provider, or business service provider including accountants, lawyers, payroll managers, head hunters, tech service providers and social media consultants, this is your chance to market and grow your business. Book your slot now.

09:45AM – 10:15AM

Registration and Coffee

10:15AM – 10:30AM

Opening remarks by VCCircle Network

10:30AM – 10:50AM

Keynote Address: Kerala: A land of opportunities for start-ups by Shri M Sivasankar IAS, Principal Secretary, Chairman (EC) KSITM

10:50AM – 11:30AM

Panel 1: Starting up in Kerala: Getting the basics right?

While Kerala offers conducive environment for start-up to thrive, there are certain set of challenges that have to be addressed to make businesses sustainable. The foremost challenge is getting the basics – product, marketing, resources, legal and funding right.

Kalyan Sivalenka, MD & CEO, Springforth Capital Advisors
C Balagopal, Entrepreneur, Author & Mentor
Afsal Salu Co-founder, & Business Head – Express Delivery and Marketplace,
Dr Jayasankar Prasad C , CEO, Kerala Startup Mission
Rajesh Nair, Director – Head Kochi Location, E&Y, President – TiEGlobal – Kerala Chapter (Moderator)

11:30AM – 11:45AM

Networking Break

11:45AM – 12:25PM

Panel 2: Creating the right investment environment for Kerala: Focus on skilling youth, key sectors, empowering startups and more

Kerala today is leaving no stone unturned to ensure a conducive environment for investors and enabling their young startups to scale up. There is a special focus to also uplift few sunshine sectors such as IT, Healthcare and Agri. What are certain factors that will drive the growth of startup ecosystem further? How is Kerala’s entrepreneurial landscape shaping up and how is it empowering the youth to come out with disruptive ideas. What more needs to be done?

Samir Kumar, Managing Director, Inventus Capital Partners
Pradeep Tagare, Investment Director, Intel Capital
Vipul Mankad, Mananging Director, SEAF India Investment Advisors
Sijo Kuruvilla George, Founding CEO, Startup Village (Moderator)

12:25PM – 1:05PM

Panel 3: Scaling up Investments: Going beyond the seed stage

With majority of the startups still being at the seed or pre-seed funding stage in Kerala, attracting larger investment and scaling up is essential. How can entrepreneurs pitch and position their ideas to seek further investment despite the limited exposure? How can the ecosystem further evolve to go beyond the current nascent stage?

Arjun Pillai, Co-founder and CEO, Profoundis
John Mathew, Co Founder & CEO, Riafy Technologies
Natarajan R, MD & CFO, Helion Ventures
Deepak Gupta, Co-founder, Equity Crest
Krishnan Neelakantan, Senior Director – Investments & Growth Strategy, Ankur Capital
Hithendra Ramachandran, Managing Director, Carpediem Capital Partners (Moderator)

1:05PM – 1:45PM

Networking Lunch

1:45PM – 2:25PM

Panel 4: Striking the correct product market fit: Converting ideas into revenue

Having a disruptive idea is one thing, but converting it into an effective business proposition with correct market fit holds the key for the startup’s journey to success. How can startups achieve this balance?

Sumit Jain, Partner, Kalaari Capital
Payal Shah, Investment Head, Axilor
Sandeep Singh, Vice President, Eight Roads Ventures
James Joseph, Founder,
Srikrishna Ramamoorthy, Partner, Unitus Seed Fund (Moderator)

2:25PM – 3:25PM

Sunshine Sectors: Opportunities and challenges in sectors shaping rise of Kerala’s startup ecosystem

2:25PM – 2:55PM

IT & Hardware Services:

As technology evolves, startups in this segment have the opportunity to set benchmark in areas like robotics, flexible electronics, software development and Knowledge management. In terms of outlook what does this segment entail and what are unique takeaways which Kerala can offer in this segment.

Prasad Pillai, Co Founder & CEO, Elsys Intelligent Devices Pvt. Ltd
Sindhu Joseph, CEO & Co-founder, CogniCor Technologies
Ranjith Menon, Executive Director, IDG Ventures
Siddhartha Das, General Partner, Ventureast (Moderator)

2:55PM – 3:25PM

Biotechnology & Agriculture:

Kerala with its rich ecology, climatic condition and natural expertise has the potential to bring in disruptive changes to agri practices and products ably supported by innovations in bio tech. With bio tech startups already gaining traction are we in for a booming agri & bio tech startup ecosystem in Kerala?’

Abhilash Thirupathy, Director, Gold Farm – AK Surya PowerMagic Pvt. Ltd
Ashwanth M.P, Chief Executive Officer, Kinemach Engineering and Machines Pvt Ltd
Swarup Beria, Principal, Omnivore Capital (Moderator)

3:25PM – 3:45PM

Special address by Dr. A Velumani, Creator and Chief Executive Officer, Thyrocare Technologies Ltd

3:45PM – 4:00PM

Networking Break

4:00PM – 5:00PM

Techcircle Showcase

This is a unique initiative of Techcircle to bring together a set of promising pre-revenue startups and provide them with a platform to make elevator pitch to a group of angel and VC investors. Startups within potential sectors like IT, IoT, electronics, biotechnology and healthcare will get the opportunity to showcase their unique and disruptive ideas and in the process gain recognition within the larger startup ecosystem.

To participate in the inaugural edition of Techcircle Startup Tour register now or write to Kanika at

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