Huddle Global will showcase Kerala’s vibrant startup ecosystem before a wide gathering of global stakeholders.
Offering immense opportunities for the startups to pitch their ideas and products before industry leaders and investors who look for homegrown technologies and are willing to provide financial and institutional back-up for the nascent firms to take off and scale up, the Kerala Startup Mission will get underway with its third edition of the ‘Huddle Global’ conference on December 15.
To be set in the picturesque tour destination of Kovalam in the Kerala capital, Huddle Global will showcase the state’s vibrant startup ecosystem before a wide gathering of global stakeholders. The event is expected to open up plenty of opportunities for startups in the state. State Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan will inaugurate the conclave. Tamil Nadu IT Minister T Mano Thangaraj will also attend the event.
One among Asia’s largest startup congregations
Termed as one among Asia’s largest startup congregations and India’s biggest networking platform for entrepreneurs, ‘Huddle Global’ will have more than 3,000 participants, seeking business, investment and partnership opportunities. The winner of the ‘Grand Kerala Startup Challenge’, which is the highlight of the event, will get Rs 50 lakh as prize. The challenge is open to startups registered with KSUM. The Kerala Startup Mission aims building an ecosystem that would enable entrepreneurs from rural areas also to convert their ideas into technology-based ventures, Anoop Ambika, CEO, KSUM, said.
The conclave will feature sessions like Pitch It Right, Tigers Claw, Marketing Madness, Close the Deal, Meet the Game Changer and Super Coders for startups at the conclave. The meet will bring immense opportunities for startups to get mentored from industry leaders with an in-depth understanding of various aspects of products, services, design, marketing strategies, capital structuring, fundraising and business development.
Huddle Global will bring together globally-known startup founders, mentors, investors, industry leaders and heads of various government departments to deliberate on a whole range of issues relating to startup ecosystem with a global perspective. The conclave will primarily look into the scope of entrepreneurial opportunities across the world and explore the availability of financial and technical backing for startups to accelerate their growth and reach.
100 startups to pitch ideas on day one of Huddle Global
The event will feature keynote sessions, leadership talks, tech talks, startup demo, fireside chat, speed dating with investors, industry challenges, startup pitching and other business and investment-oriented activities. It will have the presence of more than 3,000 startups, around 200 mentors, 70-plus investors and more than 50 exhibitors.
The focus sectors at the conclave are augmented reality (AR)/virtual reality (VR), fintech, edu tech, life sciences, space tech, health tech, blockchain, IoT (Internet of Things), e-governance, artificial intelligence (AI) and Machine learning (ML). On the first day of the meet, 100 startups will pitch their ideas.
KSUM, the nodal agency of the Kerala Government for entrepreneurship development and incubation activities in the state, has been organising ‘Huddle Kerala’ since 2018. More than 5,000 startups from across the country had attended the previous editions of the event, including investors, government officials, members of academia and business community.