This sponsored post is produced by TechSparks.
TechSparks is India’s largest startup discovery platform which is now in its third year. Organized by YourStory.in, an online media platform for startups and entrepreneurs, it spans over a period of 5 months across 6 cities in India and aims to showcase some of the most innovative and promising early stage ventures emerging out of India.
The event consists of 5 Regional Round Tables in various cities which are followed up by a Grand Finale in the Silicon Valley of India – Bangalore. The Roundtables are being held in all the major startup hubs of India. This year’s TechSparks edition has already been to Mumbai, Delhi, Ahmedabad and Chennai, where over 1100 established and aspiring entrepreneurs got together to network and exchange ideas. The next roundtable is scheduled at Hyderabad before the finale in Bangalore on September 8th.
India’s diversity is widely celebrated, and the roundtables that took place were a great meeting ground for people from different regions, sectors and backgrounds to come together and collaborate on ideas. Every roundtable has a keynote speech given by someone that made it big in the Indian startup ecosystem. In Delhi it was Kunal Bahl, the founder of one of India’s fastest growing e-commerce startups, who shared his experience of starting up and scaling Snapdeal.com.
There is also a panel discussion and an open house at the roundtables which encourages tough questions and brings to fore some of the key issues that entrepreneurs face. This year’s TechSparks theme is “How to Scale Up Smartly” which is particularly relevant in the big-picture of the Indian startup scene which has gained momentum of late. There are now a lot of ventures that have matured into the growth stage.
At the end of TechSparks, Yourstory.in comes up with a “TECH 30” report which identifies the top 30 promising startups that were discovered across India. Here are some numbers that bear testimony to the quality of startups that emerge from TechSparks: Of the 30 startups from last year, 14 of the companies have raised funding in the last 12 months. One of the 30 also got acquired and another one made an acquisition of a global startup. Sequoia Capital is the VC partner for the event, which is a major attraction for entrepreneurs who turn up in huge numbers at the roundtables. TechSparks is supported by Intel, Sequoia Capital, Amazon, Qualcomm and VentureBeat, along with CNBC-TV18.
With one more roundtable to go before the Grand finale, the hunt for the most promising Indian tech startups is on!
VentureBeat readers who want to attend and witness the unveiling of TechSparks 2012 of India, please use the following special discount code while registering your ticket: TS2012VB023
For more information regarding TechSparks 2012 , get in touch with Chandan Raj at chandan [at] yourstory.in.
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