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Mr. Shailendra Kumar, Thought Leader and International Authority on Artificial Intelligence & Data Analytics
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What was your thought process behind organizing the event?
SK: We, at engage ai.digital, were analysing the start-up market worldwide and realised that there is a huge gap in the VC and Accelerator space. We realised that the innovating start-ups are not getting much attention and investors are not able to reach the start-ups that are innovating in the digital space. This gave us an idea on what if we bring the innovating digital start-ups, High Networth Individuals, Venture Capitalists and Senior Leaders from the industry under one roof, this will provide an environment for the community to meet and learn from each other. Furthermore, its not only the funding that the start-ups need. They need much bigger support around guidance, mentorship, visibility and recognition. We are creating an ecosystem that not only contains just the start-ups and investors(HNIs & VCs ) but also industry leaders to validate and optimise their offerings to the market needs.
A Digital Start-up Pitch Night is centred around five pillars: Funding, Brand Recognition, Global Visibility, Mentorship & Networking, which helps Venture Capitalists connect with innovative start-ups. Therefore, start-ups get validation and guidance from credible thought leaders, get a futuristic technology roadmap for success, and are able to build market connections, while being presented to investors.
Being first of a kind Digital Start-up event. How do you feel about the response?
SK: It was an overwhelming response to the inaugural Digital Start-up Pitch Night. In the Oberoi Gurugram ballroom, there is a capacity of 100 people, but we had 120 attendees, which is 120 per cent attendance. An audience of over 3 million watched it live on LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube and Facebook, and replays of the event have been viewed by a huge number of viewers in the past 15 days. Over 2 million people have watched the replays since 21st July, and the number is increasing daily.
What do you hope to achieve going forward with the upcoming series of DSPN?
SK: During the upcoming series, we’ll introduce several start-ups that are doing some real innovation in the digital space, as well as ones that are playing in the metaverse. From the standpoint of HNIs, we are looking to attract some serious investors who will invest, support, and participate in the next batch of innovative digital start-ups. We intend to create an ecosystem with over 50 innovative digital start-ups, 25 investors and some senior industry leaders, by the end of next year. A community which will share and care for each other.
What would be your one piece of advice/tip to all start-ups?
SK: To the founders of digital start-ups, I advise remaining focused on the innovation and the outcomes they are looking to achieve for their customers. The path to success is to follow excellence. It’s not the end of the story when you get funded, that’s just the beginning. As a start-up, they will need a lot of support on being mentored in areas such as human resources, marketing, etc. and also on building their own brand. They can count on engageai.digital for help!
How do you see the future of India’s Start-up Ecosystem?
SK: Startup ecosystems in India have tremendous potential. There is a great deal of diversity in the Indian start-up ecosystem, with booming industries ranging from fintech, e-commerce, and software to supply chain and logistics. Global investors and private equity firms have been actively participating in the ecosystem since the pandemic hit. Over $12 billion has been raised by domestic start-ups in the first three months of 2022, setting a new trajectory for India’s entrepreneurial journey.
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