On the 9th of July, the 100th edition of an incredible community meetup Startup Saturday Hyderabad was celebrated at IIIT-H. This celebratory edition was packed with multiple panel discussions, startup pitches, live music, startup spoof, Zumba etc.
The celebratory seminar had a featured panel on “Next Gen Early Stage Funding -A discussion on how investor considerations are changing”, that had Sashi Reddi of SRI Ventures (earlier founded AppLabs), the popular and multi-faceted Ramana Gogula, Suresh Reddy of Lycos Group (founder of Ybrant Digital) and Sateesh Andra of Endiya ventures. The keynote talk was delivered by Sri Jayesh Ranjan, Secretary IT&C Dept Gov of Telangana, where he shared the vision of the state government in fostering and accelerating the startup support and enabling ecosystem in the city.
This was followed by 3 other panels- “One Saturday, a crore and now this! Super entrepreneurs sharing their SS experience”, “Startup Workspaces that Click. Coworking spaces bringing in that unique enablement” & “Press that accelerator. Programs that help startups grow and growth-hack”.
Speaking at the seminar, Sashi Reddi said “Startups have to look for differentiation and customer acquisition first and fund-raising next”. Amit Singh, one of the 16 founders of Headstart network and presently the National head said “Am Very happy to see Hyderabad celebrating the centennial Saturday, just 2 months after Bangalore. Hyderabad is rapidly growing to be a very vibrant early stage startup destination in the country”. Ramesh Loganathan from Hyderabad is one of the 16 founders and along with Srikanth Soni helps lead the Hyderabad startup meetups and activities from Headstart.
The seminar was peppered with celebratory fun elements including a zumba to pump energy right at the start to a startup band (DetoxFox) performance, to even a startup spoof skit put together by young entrepreneurs.
The highlight was the unique musical startup pitches, where five startups made lightning pitches set to music and rap singing. The upcoming promising startups that rapped their pitched include Stumagz, Kahaniya, FatCowFactory, Nebulaesoft, & Beeryani Finess. Startup Saturday Centennial edition was hosted at IIIT-H, with support from T-Hub and a large group of partners from the ecosystem including TiE, Hysea, HyderabAngels.
Startup Saturday, one of India’s most popular startup events is organized by the Headstart Network Foundation, a non-profit organization on the mission to ‘Change the World through Entrepreneurship’. Active in 16 cities across India, Headstart helps early stage startups and aspiring entrepreneurs by providing them with guidance, mentorship and support that they need to turn their entrepreneurial dreams into reality through initiatives like Startup Saturday, Higher, WE, Inturn, etc. . At Startup Saturdays you can listen to successful entrepreneurs as they share inspiration and insights on launching and running a startup, get all your startup- related queries answered by them, and interact with a like-minded group of fellow entrepreneurs and startup enthusiasts, to further deepen your knowledge about the entrepreneurial ecosystem of India.
Srikanth Soni- +91 99-59-112455
Ramesh Loganathan- 98490 42997