Startup Saturday continued in November all zeal. The event was held for the first time in Pune, and continued in Mumbai, Bangalore, Delhi and Kolkata.
Think of a group that meets on the second Saturday of every month to provide entrepreneurs a platform to share, learn and discuss their plans, ideas and experiences about running a startup business. What sort of an event do you think it will turn out to be? Full of greasy businessmen, computer geeks, nagging sales people, and hapless chicks attending because they have nothing else to do? Some college students gathering up to discuss their premature ideas, which are often at best, juvenile? A soulless tiring discussion full of business jargons that no sane person understands?
Wrong. Much against the above belief, SS held in Kolkata on 14th November was absolutely opposite in every possible way. Although held on Children’s Day, there was nothing juvenile about it. A bunch of young, dynamic professionals and senior students met up for a very engaging interaction. Some had come to discuss their business plans, to generate new ideas, some to engage in networking, and still others simply in search of inspiration. The energy and enthusiasm of the crowd was infectious.
SS Pune is the newest of all SS events in the country. It is aimed at deepening the skills of the startup community in this city and see more successful startups evolve through the creation of a vibrant innovative ecosystem. As with other cities, SS Pune will also be held on the second Saturday of each month. An SS session is about rich discussions on topics of interest to startups in the city.
“Chaos and uncertainty–two things you must learn to live with if you want to be an entrepreneur,” started Surya, the presenter for the expert talk at SS Bangalore. One of the most awaited sessions, November’s SS saw the highest number of participants in the history of SS Bangalore. Over 170 people assembled at the IIMB auditorium on this brisk Saturday morning eagerly waiting for some insights on entrepreneurship. While the event started with a series of regular lightning pitches, the audience waited eagerly for the key attraction of the day, the expert talk and discussion on “To be or not to be an entrepreneur.”
“You have an idea or maybe even a lot of them. But you don’t know where to start. You are confused,” continued Surya, adding, “then you can assume you are at the right place and fit to be an entrepreneur.” A huge collective sigh of relief spread through the audience. You could almost hear them thinking “thank God, I am not alone.”
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