After spending one week in Bengaluru for TechSparks 2016 and meeting diverse key players of the startup ecosystem two weeks ago, we’ll be back in India again for the NASSCOM Product Conclave on 26-27th of October!
We’ve been delighted during our last visit by the openness, energy and enthusiasm of entrepreneurs, accelerators, mentors or even corporates to make the ecosystem grow and India stand out on the global tech scene.
Bengaluru has 4,000 active startups. They have raised a total of over one billion dollars in the last two years, making the city the second largest tech hub in the world.
But 2016 has given a new turn in the ecosystem after the euphoria of 2015. Investors realised that startups aren’t doing so well. Very few of them have managed to build a really sustainable business model and solve Indian-specific problems. “Winter is coming” said Shailendra Singh from Sequoia Capital India at TechSparks 2016, but he highlighted that winter is also an opportunity to refocus on building products that really fit the market needs.
The 2016 edition of the NASSCOM Product Conclave (NPC) focuses on “Navigating Turbulent Times”, bringing VCs, global leaders and young entrepreneurs together to discuss how to capture real opportunities.
With 5 different summits around Design, Product Management, Fintech, Sales & Marketing and DeepTech, around 240 speakers and the showcase of more than 120 startups, the NASSCOM Product Conclave will help us understand better the challenges in building products for the Indian market, and the opportunities of Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, Drones and software products to solve real problems.
Corporate innovation and unicorns from India
On both days, several talks will give insights on our favourite topic: how corporates can collaborate with startups! We are looking forward to hearing from corporates such as Intel, Accenture, Walmart, Target, Airtel, Microsoft and several banks including Societe Generale about how they innovate.
And of course, as everyone else, we will take the opportunity to meet the unicorns attending this NPC edition. Unicorns who will share their knowledge with younger entrepreneurs include the messaging app Hike Messenger, the advertising platform inMobi, the payment giant Paytm, the Uber competitor Olacabs, the Healthtech platform Practo, e-commerce players Flipkart and BigBasket and the most awaited Nutaxis, the second US-based unicorn to IPO this year after Twilio.
If you can’t attend the event, watch out for our live updates on social media and our upcoming articles about the startup ecosystem in India!
A look back at the NASSCOM Product Conclave 2015: