March 7-10, Bangalore hosted an amazing festival, called the Startup Festival.
The mission reads “Mission: Bring Bangalore from #19 to top 10 startup hubs in the world” (Source: Start-up Festival India Website)
There was an article about this festival in the TOI a couple of weeks before the event.
I was also recommended to like their page on Facebook (I’m sure based on other pages I like and articles I browse/like/share on FB). Their FB page was buzzing with posts about what to expect at the fest. The website was or rather is very neat too.
(Source: Startup Festival india Website)
Aren’t the numbers impressive. And this is nothing. The fest was designed to include so much more than what you would expect – talks, sessions etc.
I was part of the festival on March 8th (nice way of celebrating women’s day 🙂 & 10th. Unfortunately couldn’t be part of all events on the 8th. I first went to the central hub of activitiies – called the Powerhouse in the startup fesival lingo. Bought my tickets, they handed me a map-and-schedule. (Loved the colors on the map!) Yes I needed a map of Jayanagar. Each event was tagged with a number, the address in turn tagged to an address. I made up my mind to attend a few crawls on that day (crawl: visit to a startup to get inspired!) I decided to first go to Cloud9 hospital, where the founder Dr. Kishore was to talk about about ‘A new Vision for Health’. They have positioned the entire parenting/birthing process as a cloud9 experience. A few excerpts from their website
“Cloudnine Hospitals, a venture of Kids Clinic and Scrips & Scrolls India Pvt. Ltd. heralds the beginning of a new era for all maternal and child care needs. It found its beginning in the CEO and senior neonatologist Dr. R. Kishore Kumar’s vision of bridging the ever- widening gap between Indian and international standard care for mothers and babies. For the two Cloudnine Hospitals renders full spectrum services efficiently through a team of obstetricians, neonatologists, paediatricians, gynaecologists of distinctive repute.
Since inception in 2007, innovation, integrity and quality has spanned the comprehensive portfolio of services offering complete women care including pregnancy care, fertility care, gynaecological care, well women care, neonatal and paediatric care.
With a diversified, well trained and motivated talent pool of work force, the hospital has achieved the vision that it envisaged and now is an accomplished fact. That is ZERO percent maternal mortality rate and 99.83% survival rates for the babies.”
My next stop was at the bookmytraining.com office – the founders Bala and his wife Aruna gave an inspiring talk of how take idea to action! Much needed talk. They spoke about how you should let your idea take flight and not keep waiting for the ultimate product/service, let it fly and then keep improving. Multi-tasking. Wearing different hats. Talk. Ask. Experiment. What I really admired was their honest and friendly demeanor – they really wanted to inspire & help.
My last stop was at Itshandmade. Shreya who founded this website where you can buy and sell handmade products spoke with a lot of passion about her venture. She not only left the audience inspired to start a venture, she also inspired them to create 🙂
On March 10th the last day, I went for the art fest, the finale event of the start up fest. Equally inspiring.
There was only one thing that was a little inconvenient. Hopping from one place to other. I mean it was fun in one way, but it was tiring till the end. And for someone who is new to the city (I am sure the fest attracted people from all over India and maybe even outside of India!) To my first stop, the Go green bikes team dropped me to my destination on electric vehicle- product experience and promotion! Cool! After that I was on my own walking, ricking etc. Maybe there could be buses that ply, chance to network too. You could ask attendees to choose one of say 3 routes and a bus arranged accordingly for each of the 3 routes. Just a thought. And ya, towards the end I felt I was on a treasure hunt, maybe there could really have been a treasure hunt! Were you there at the start-up fest, do tell me about what you enjoyed the most!