Over 300 young entrepreneurs from Mumbai will share ideas and gain experience of how to successfully run a start-up in the fifth edition of TiE Smash-UP
If you are a start-up and wish to learn a few tricks from those who have already been around, TiE Smash-Up may be a good place to begin with. The event will take place on Saturday at IIT Bombay, Powai.
Currently in its fifth edition, the meet will have CEOs from some of the most recent start-ups, industry leaders, and more than 300 new start-ups sharing their experience of running a business, discussing ideas and various issues plaguing the Indian start-up industry, and in the process will offer a few tips on how to run their business.
Naveen Raju, executive director, TiE Mumbai chapter, says that there are a lot of start-ups in the city, who are doing things differently. “Some are new, while others have been around for a couple of years. The TiE Smash-Up aims to bring the experienced to share their experiential and industry knowledge with the newcomers,” he informs.
So, there is a special panel discussion featuring Taskbob's founder Aseem Khare, Shreekant Pawar, founder of Diabeto, and Sameer Parwani of Coupon Dunia, who won the SmashUp Award himself, four years ago, investigating what start-ups need to do right in the first crucial 365 days.
The event will feature workshops informing start-ups of the legal and financial aspects of running a business. The event will also feature Kunal Shah, founder of Freecharge, and other company founders including OML (Vijay Nair), DocEngage (Ahimanikya Satapathy) and Holachef (Saurabh Saxena) who will share their journey. One of the highlights would be a speed-dating session where newcomers will pitch ideas to potential investors in less than two minutes, in a very informal session. The event will also see a food trail, where food-based start-ups will be sharing samples of their products.
"There will be no suits, no presentations, and most importantly, no VC talks or the big boy talks that scare off newcomers. It's about meeting people and sharing stories," informs Raju.
But why the need for such informal sessions? "We do lot of workshops all year, but this is an event where new blood start-ups come out, and we don't want to scare them away," he reasons. Though, registration for the fifth edition of TiE Smash-up is over, a few seats are available for on-the-spot registrations.
On: September 12, 8.30 am to 7 pm
At: VMCC Auditorium, IIT Bombay, Powai.
Log on to: Tiesmashup.org
Registration fee Rs 1499 onwards (R2499 for on the spot entries)