Startup Master Class, a volunteer-driven initiative by IIT Kanpur alumni was hosted on the 19th of May, at the Leela, Mumbai. The goal of the event was to create a cohesive ecosystem for Indian entrepreneurs with a focus on FinTech, HealthTech & MediaTech ventures. The event attracted distinguished guests and speakers as Chief Guest Mr. Ajay Tyagi, Chairman- SEBI, Mr. Ashank Desai, Chairman - Mastek, Mr. Anup Bagchi, Executive Director - ICICI Bank and a special video address by Shri Devendra Fadnavis, the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, where he announced the first edition of Startup Master Class in Mumbai and spoke about how the Maharashtra government is supporting the start-up ecosystem. The CM also announced the Maharashtra Startup Week which is scheduled to be held between 25th to 29th June and emphasized the importance of employment generation through startups.
The event included talks on entrepreneur success stories, FinTech - how it is addressing problems of financial services and opportunity and market success of HealthTech ventures. "My Story" was an interesting session where speakers Anurag Batra, Chairman - BW BusinessWorld, Raju Shete, Founder - Planet Ventures, Pravin Tripathi, CEO - Magic9 Media, Udai Singh Pawar- Film maker, Rajesh Sehgal - Equanimity VC and Garima Tripathi, Founder - Care 24 shared delightful insights in their entrepreneurial journey. Workshops, Investor Reverse Pitch session, and the SMS Select Startup Pitch competition were other highlights of the event. It was attended by startups, alumni of IITK and other IITs and IIMs. Investors from VCs, angel networks and people interested in angel investing also attended the event.
The event kick-started with a welcome note by Mr. Pradeep Bhargava – Alumni Association, IIT Kanpur and Prof Abhay Karandikar, Director, IIT Kanpur. Mr. Pradeep spoke about the growth of SMC in last four years and how the program is now slated to go overseas. Prof. Karandikar remarked about the collaboration that IIT Kanpur is planning to do with its alumni.
Keynote Speaker, Mr. Ashank Desai, Co-Founder & Director Mastek, narrated his journey as an entrepreneur highlighting the importance of resilience and flexibility as key success ingredients. Ajay Batra, Director Bennet University, which is a part of the Times Group spoke about how Bennet University is leveraging the group’s media expertise for supporting innovative startups in the sector.
SMC Workshops were one of the major attractions of the event - a stage where experts walked the audience through the intricacies of topics such as Angel Investing, Bulletproofing Your Startup and BlockChain. In his workshop on Angel Investing”, Sushanto Mitra, Founder and CEO - Lead Angels elaborated the importance of using a structured approach for evaluating startups for investing. Speaking on the topic he said, “As an angel network our job is to put a process behind investing to improve investment outcomes.”
Ravi Challu, Founder - BulletproofYourStartup.com presented an interesting workshop on “How to Bulletproof Your Startup” where he talked about Startup Sustenance through figuring out a way to survive and scale. The third workshop was on “BlockChain and why it can change the world” led by Steven Enamakel- Founder, Cryptocontrol.in.