Seaside Startup Summit, Goa Takes Big Step Towards Development of Global Startup Ecosystem

PANJIM : The very first Seaside Startup Summit in India has been officially organized. After the success of Seaside Startup Summit UAE, Ras Al Khaimah on February 8-12, the event moved to Goa, India. Over 300 attendees gathered at Cabo De Rama beach to celebrate another big step towards the development of the Global Startup Ecosystem. Startups, investors, speakers, and mentors from all over the world became a part of this amazing initiative.

The summit was organized by Hakob Hakobyan – Founder Startup Armenia Foundation; Anil Chhikara – Founder Startup India Foundation; Tripti Shinghal Somani – Founder KGS Advisors; and Uma Ghurkha – National President Confederation of Women Entrepreneurs India. The event was supported by Government of Goa, Ministry of Micro Small and Medium Enterprises, National Small Scale of Industries, SIDBI and Invest India, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion.

On the first day of the Summit, the participants dedicated their time to the settling process, meeting each other, and getting familiar with the territory of the Summit. The major event of the day was the grand inauguration/opening ceremony. All participants, organizers and staff members of the Summit came together to celebrate the start of Seaside Startup Summit India, Goa.

Honorable Minister for Commerce & Industry, Mr. Suresh Prabhu supported the summit and also shared a message for all the participants, partners and organizers virtually. Also Minister of Information & Technology, Mr. Rohan Khaunte, supported the event.

Select women entrepreneurs from Seaside Startup Summit in Goa were hosted by Ms. Mridula Sinha, Governor of Goa at Raj Bhawan on 8th of March. To mark the occasion of international women’s day, she along with Tripti Shinghal Somani felicitated women entrepreneurs with awards from the Confederation of Women Entrepreneurs (COWE). Anushka Jain from Share at Door Step, Sahar Mansoor from Bare Necessities, Pooja Rai from Anthill Creations, Ruchi Singh from Cerelia Nutritech, Shruti Chaturvedi from Chaaipani Media, Priyanka Chonde from Bekwell Enterprises, Nivedita Tigadi from VRquin, Pooja Borkar from Juru Yoga and Annalie Killian from inQ Innovation are the entrepreneurs who were awarded.

On March 10th there was a panel discussion on government support for startup ecosystem in India. The esteemed panelists include Mr. Akadas, Director- MSME-Goa; Mr. Vijay M Kalinani, AGM, Branch-in Charge, SIDBI (Panaji); Mr. S.R. Chandra Murthy, Manager, SIDBI (Panaji); Mr. Suresh Siraparapu, ZGM, NSIC; and Mr. Guneet Malik, Assistant Manager, Invest India. The panel was moderated by Tripti Shinghal Somani, CEO, KGS Advisors.

The summit was made very exciting and competitive with Startup battles where in startups from various fields participated. The Summit organized (1) Big Battle, a special type of battle designed for all the participating startups regardless of the field they are active in, (2) Brand Battle, designed only for those ‘early stage’ startups, which operates within a particular field – Retail, Enterprise, Edutech, Fintech, Mobile, Social, Healthcare, IoT.

Oceo Waters founded by Vikram Gulecha in the Smart Cities sector won the ultimate big battle and $5000, competing against 75 startups. Second place was held by Wolkus Technologies, founded by Shailendra Tiwari, and they won $3000. Third place was Prescrip, founded by Shekhar Rawtani, who won $2000. While all the brand battle winners got $1500.

About COWE :

COWE helps women-owned businesses succeed in global value chains. COWE is a non-profit company (under section 25A of The Companies Act – 1956) incorporated in 2004, and has been steered by an eminent Board of Directors since then. Our slogan ‘Gearing women power’ stands for the democratic structure of COWE and stands for ‘Of the women, for the women and by the women’. We have emerged as a well-organized and established organization working towards our goal of liberating women by making them financially independent and vibrant. In totality COWE is spread across India over 10 states.

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