YourStory’s TechSparks: How Startups Can Build Real Businesses
Build, Grow and Monetize! That’s the only way real businesses are made. Indian startups are building innovative companies, growing their consumer base, but are they really monetizing these assets? What do millions of customers mean if they don’t transact with you?
Going back to the startup fundamentals of sustaining scale with real numbers and real revenues (and not just valuations), TechSparks 2016 is putting the focus back on building real businesses, growing real consumers, and having real revenues (not GMVs).
Scheduled for September 30 and October 1 in Bengaluru, the seventh edition of the most-awaited technology and innovation event, TechSparks will focus on disruptive technologies, sustainable scale, and startup fundamentals.
The stellar line-up of Speakers include PayTM’s Vijay Shekhar Sharma, Karnataka IT, BT and tourism Minister Priyank Kharge, Additional Chief Secy to the Govt, C&I Department, Government of Karnataka Ratna Prabha, Future Group’s Kishore Biyani, Tata Sons’ Dr Mukund Rajan, MapMyGenome’s Anu Acharya, Julie Knight from Zendesk, BookMyShow’s Ashish Hemrajani, Sequoia Capital’s Shailendra Singh, Zendesk’s Morten Primdahl, Shopify’s Bram Sugarman, ZestMoney’s Lizze Chapaman, Kunal Shah, BabyChakra’s Naiyya Saggi, Vista Room’s Ankita Seth, and Ten Ten Ten Digital Product’s Ramesh Srivats, among many others.
TechSparks 2016 has some of the most credible and innovative brands supporting. These include Zendesk, Axis Bank, Sequoia Capital India Advisors, Digital Ocean, Microsoft, Amazon Web services, Target, Akamai, and Kerala Startup Mission. The diversity of sponsors is also a testimony to the increasing interest in and the consciousness of the value the startup ecosystem can create for the Indian economy. The event will also showcase more than 60 exhibitors.
Since its inception in 2010, TechSparks has covered more than 16 cities, hosted more than 540 speakers and recorded more than 15,000 attendees.
With its ever increasing commitment to showcasing innovative startups from across India, TechSparks showcases the coveted Tech30 list, which includes 30 of the most promising startups that we believe will go a long way: a belief that has stood the test of time in these past six years.
Tech30 – It’s the list that every tech startup wants to be on
It is no secret that over the years, many of the startups on our annual Tech30 lists have gone on to achieve great heights and leave their mark on the Indian startup ecosystem. Little Eye Labs, Forus, Capillary, Freshdesk, and Loginext are but a few of the Tech30 startups that have become examples to emulate. Just earlier in May, Niki.ai one of our TechSparks Tech30 companies got funded by Mr Ratan Tata.
Of the 180 startups showcased in the past years, 97 have raised growth capital after they featured on the Tech30 list. In fact, more than $630 million of growth capital has been injected in these startups after they were part of TechSparks’ Tech30 list.