Thursday is essentially a day that brings us close to Friday. The proximity to the weekend is at best what keeps us sane on the given day of the week. But Thursday, the 10th of September had more to it than just an anticipatory ritual. The ‘Entrepréneurs’ Cafe’ had organised its 16th meet-up in the startup home of Bangalore, Indiranagar.
As the name of the club suggests, the meet was for established and aspiring entrepréneurs and associates. What better setting than the comfortable Starbucks with its caffeinated temptations to get the creative minds talking? The meetup started off with a steady trickle of entrepreneurs dropping into the venue. The customary introductions and networking soon led to the commencement of the pitches.
First up was a reputed fortune MNC bank which informed the crowd about their support facilities for carrying out financial transactions. Considering that most entrepreneurs fumble with finances, this was definitely a beneficial talk.
Next up was Brand Accelerator, an accelerator company funded by the well-known Times Group. The company had a very useful proposal for startup owners in terms of mentorship. Sevita, an NGO venture, which is a serious platform assisting the revival and retention of Indian traditional art-forms then spoke about their venture. The NGO, co-founded by an artist, gives a living to many other artists practicing Indian traditional art as their primary source of income. Talking about valuable businesses, School Secure was next to speak. Real Time assistance based technology to ensure child safety is useful and commendable. Their product goes a long way in easing the parents’ paranoia about their child’s safety. They shared their experience about how it got shortlisted for incubation by NASSCOM under NASSCOM 10k startup program and they key focus area for incubation preparation.
Hungerbox, a startup on fresh food delivery, shared their experience on startup marketing and sales and key factors of the success of their startup. The session was concluded by Subranil (City Mayor) sharing the plans for future meets and workshops in partnership with the fortune MNC bank and plans to leverage the Entrepreneur café group to engage and benefit each other.
After a productive listen-session for the attendées, open networking began. Networking, as promising as it usually is, saw cards being swapped, meetings being set-up and deals being
made. That brings us to realise- A café couch, a cup of coffee and a clever conversation is as perfect as a work day gets.